Arrivals & Departures: Silent Hancox switches sides, Nick Sampson becomes a Principal

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MediaWorks group head of revenue Paul Hancox left the company last week “to take up a new position” (according to a MW release) but M+AD inquiries have revealed this new position is head of business partnerships & customer acquisition at NZME).

At MediaWorks he is being replaced in the interim by Donna Gurney, who has taken on the role of acting head of sales.

“Hancox has been a highly valued member of the MediaWorks team since 2007, and has worked across a range of senior sales roles in both our radio and TV arms,” said chief commercial officer Glen Kyne.

“He has played a big part in developing the amazing environment and team we have – he’s the kind of person that makes any workplace a great place.”

A replacement for his role will be announced at a later date. In the interim, general manager agency sales Donna Gurney has taken on the role of acting head of agency sales.

Nick Sampson becomes a Principal
DNA Auckland strategy director Nick Sampson has left to join independent branding agency Principals as strategy director.

At DNA, Sampson led the set-up of its Auckland operation. In recent years, he consulted through ad agency Consortium and led the Gunroom strategy/creative group. He has experience across a broad range of brands including Trustpower, Auckland Airport, Shingle Peak, Taranaki Region, InterCity Group and Great Sights.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nick to the business,” said Principals Auckland GM Steve Main. “He is a practised facilitator of stakeholder groups and knows his way around business brand challenges. He brings fun, creativity and hard work to workshops and project delivery and I look forward to working with him once again.”

Sampson said: “I’ve enjoyed working as an independent over the last seven years and wasn’t looking to change. However, the opportunity to join Principals has come up at an exciting time in the company’s growth. They’ve made a big impact in the local market in a short time. Steve and I have worked together before and there’s some great work coming out of the team so I’m looking forward to where we can take things.”

Principals has been operating in Auckland since 2012 and also has offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Locally produced work includes the creation of the NZ Government toolkit The New Zealand Story, the rebrand of Westpac as well as work for Harrison Grierson, Prime TV, Waitangi and T&G. Recent business wins for the agency in New Zealand include ACG Education, Russell McVeagh, Hobson Wealth Partners, Tower Insurance and Bay of Plenty Tourism.

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