Arrivals & Departures: Cricket legend joins MediaWorks Cantebury, Dentsu’s Amplifi promotes ‘humble’ Greg Brown

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MediaWorks Canterbury has appointed former Kiwi cricketer Chris Harris to its Canterbury sales team. Since the end of his professional cricket career in 2010, the former Black Caps one-day star, who is known for his nagging slow-medium wobblers and as one of the best fielders to ever play for New Zealand, has spent the last three years working in medical sales.

Harris says he is thrilled to be joining MediaWorks: “I’m used to working in a good team environment and it certainly seems to be that so far; I’m looking forward to adding value to the team.

“Radio runs in the Harris family, with all three brothers now currently working for MediaWorks, so I am very excited about the new challenge that lies ahead,” he said.

The number one network in Christchurch with 263,000 listeners every week, MediaWorks’ network of nine stations commands 65.4% of all listeners in the area aged 25-542.  The network broadcasts Christchurch’s most popular radio station More FM (the second most popular music station in New Zealand), with broadcasting icons Simon Barnett & Gary McCormick at Breakfast, and Lana Searle & Jason Gunn in Drive.

Mediaworks Canterbury GM Rob McDonald says Harris is a great addition: “We are delighted to have one of NZ’s finest ever cricketers join our sales team in Christchurch,” he said. “Chris is a true Cantabrian and is incredibly well respected. It’s great to have him now representing our very strong media brands in the Canterbury region.”

MediaWorks Canterbury general sales manager Di Palmer said: “Chris is a fantastic addition to our award-winning sales team and we know he will be a huge part of our continued growth.”

Amplifi promotes Greg Brown
Amplifi, the London-based strategic media investment & partnerships division of Dentsu Aegis Network, has promoted Sydney-based Greg Brown as president, Australia & New Zealand.

Brown joined DAN in June 2015 as media group chief financial officer. In his new role, Brown will direct major media investments across DAN clients, working with Amplifi’s team of more than 100 staff across the region.

“Greg has been a valuable addition to our senior executive team since joining last year and I’m delighted to announce his promotion to lead Amplifi,” said DAN ANZ ceo Simon Ryan.

“With his extensive media industry background, Greg has a great understanding of the landscape and the strength of the relationships we have with our media partners. I know he will do an excellent job in continuing to strengthen Amplifi ensuring that our clients receive the best value and connections in media locally and globally.”

Greg Brown said: “I’m excited and humbled to take on this new opportunity to lead Amplifi, a strategically important and ever-growing member of the Dentsu Aegis Network. I am really looking forward to leading the incredible team across Australia and New Zealand, who are already playing an integral role in shaping the current success and future positioning of the Dentsu Aegis Network, on a local and global level. I look forward to working closely with our agencies and leadership team to continue to drive business success for all our clients.”

With annual billings in excess of $2.5 billion, Dentsu Aegis Network is one of the most influential media groups in the region.

Amplifi was formerly led by Paul Brooks, who was appointed ceo of Dentsu Aegis Network media agency Carat earlier this month. Brown’s successor as media group CFO role will be announced “in due course”.

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