Arrivals & Departures: One Plus One signs Hutch

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Corporate PR firm One Plus One Group today announced the appointment of Mike Hutcheson to the newly created role of Non-Executive Chairman.

Kelly Bennett, One Plus One founder and managing director, said the introduction of Mike Hutcheson’s involvement was a real coup for the company.

“Mike is widely acknowledged as one of the smartest and most strategic thinkers in New Zealand business. His wisdom and experience, honed over many decades building hugely successful companies and brands, will be a real asset for us.

“He’s gregarious, eminently likeable and we get along well, so it was a natural fit.”

Hutcheson was a key figure in the early days of Colenso BBDO, and went on to become managing directgor at Saatchi & Saatchi NZ. In 2003, he set up an innovation and start-up incubator called the Lighthouse Ideas Company, and in 2008 was involved in a management buyout of Image Centre Group, where he is currently a director.

He has published four books, is a regular television guest and presenter, and in 2012 was named Business Columnist of the year in the MPA Awards. He is also a director of Cooks Global Foods Ltd (NZX: CGF).

“I’m delighted to be able to work with Kelly and the One Plus One team, who have carved out a special position in the corporate communications space, and are operating at the top of their game,” Hutcheson said in a supplied statement.

“They’re professional, focused and responsive. They listen more than talk, and they’re well networked. Plus they’re smart, pragmatic, down-to-earth and efficient. You can’t get a better formula for success.

About One Plus One
One Plus One Communications is a leading Corporate Communications & Engagement consultancy, whose work is designed to improve perceptions and enhance revenues for its clients. The bespoke services it provides include Corporate Communications, Stakeholder Engagement, Crisis Management, PR, Digital and Marketing Communications. It is also the New Zealand partner of MSL Group – an award-winning, global PR company with nearly 3500 employees operating from 100 offices in 22 countries around the world.

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