Arrivals & Departures: Saatchi taps new CD, Weta grabs Clems man, three newbies at Lily & Louis

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Saatchi & Saatchi has appointed Chris Childerhouse as creative director. The agency says his appointment comes off the back of a series of new client projects with Local Government New Zealand and the Ministry of Justice in the Wellington office.

More creative hires are to follow once Childerhouse is in place.

“Guy [joint ECD Guy Robers] and I have known Chris for a number of years as a mate and a workmate,” said Corey Chalmers, joint ECD. “He’s proudly Wellingtonian, a clever writer and we’re stoked to have him partner Wendy Schrijvers and the team in our shiny new Wellington office.

“He’s fresh off scoring a few D&AD pencils this year too, so he’s hungrier than ever for great work. He’s a great, mature and passionate addition to our growing team.”

Childerhouse joins Saatchi & Saatchi from Ogilvy Wellington after 20 years in advertising in New Zealand and the UK. Earlier this year, he won yellow and graphite pencils at D&AD for his Forest & Bird work and most recently won the NZME media challenge for Public Trust. He worked with Guy Roberts and Corey Chalmers at Whybin/TBWA.

Childerhouse will be working across all of the Saatchi & Saatchi clients with a focus on Wellington including the New Zealand Defence Force (the Navy, Army and Air Force) which he says is especially exciting given he spent three years in the territorials as an artillery gunner.

Freemans Bay PR outfit Lily & Louis has hired three new staffers to help cope with a recent influx of new business, including Hansell’s Food Group, Peroni, Lighthouse At-Home, Grin Natural, Ultraceuticals and Rhythm & Vines.

Hansell’s Food Group is an iconic Kiwi company celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Previously Old Fashioned Foods, they have a portfolio of leading FMCG brands and have successfully expanded in to offshore markets with the aim of being the best in food manufacturing.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro was established in 1846 in Pavia province, Italy, and epitomises effortless style, creativity and authenticity. The premium beer brand continues to grow and has aggressive plans.

Lighthouse At-Home is a large privately owned home-based NZ childcare business. Founder Grace Xue started the business as a result of her own struggles to find suitable childcare for her young children. Xue is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards this year.

Grin Natural is a 100% natural, made-in-NZ toothpaste brand – fluoride-free, made from manuka honey, propolis, sea salt and mint. It’s also fluoride-free, and contains no SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate a common component of in toothpastes – this chemical compound does not actually clean teeth; its sole purpose is to produce foam.

Ultraceuticals is a beauty industry leader in developing award-winning breakthrough cosmecutical skincare products, without animal testing. Australian cosmetic physician Heber Davis, developed Ultraceuticals in 1988.

NZ Tourism Awards winning Rhythm & Vines music festival was founded by three Otago University friends in 2003. The festival attracts of up to 25,000 and hosts international acts such as N.E.R.D, Chromeo, and Calvin Harris.

These clients join Lily & Louis’ high profile client roster of leading brands.

“We are delighted to extend our portfolio of esteemed clients,” says Jacqui Ansin, managing partner of Lily & Louis. “Our new team combines creative, strategic and innovative strengths. We are working smarter and kicking goals.”

To support the growing business, the agency recruited Nicole Haysom (ex Tourism NZ), Michaela Williams (ex LexisNexis), as senior account managers, Julia Lomas (ex BEAT Comms) as junior account manager and Jameila Jeffery as account executive.

Weta Workshop has hired Clemenger Wellington senior copywriter Erik Hay – a member of the legendary award-winning Sattchi Wellington office in the early 2000s – as senior communications manager.

In In 2006 Hay became creative lead at Publicis Digital Sydney and, in 2008 worked as a senior creative at Saatchi & Saatchi London. He returned to Australia in 2010, and established Story, an independent digital agency in Melbourne.

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