AUCKLAND, Today: Special NZ has strengthened its creative department, announcing the appointment of Matt Simpkins as its new group creative director.
AUCKLAND, Today: John Madden, co-founder of CBD-based Spitfire Digital, is moving on, to start a new ‘mystery’ venture in the Queen City.
AUCKLAND, Today: NZME has appointed Kiwi tech entrepreneur Guy Horrocks to its board – as an independent director. NZME chairman Barbara Chapman told the NZX (in a statement): “Guy brings a background in successfully growing digital businesses, strong capability in the commercialisation of data and a focussed entrepreneurial mindset to our board”.
AUCKLAND, Friday: NZME has appointed James Butcher as head of digital audio. Currently, Butcher is digital media GM at FCB NZ.
AUCKLAND, Today: Westhaven-based creative indie Chemistry has enticed Sarah Atkinson, the outgoing marketing manager at Tourism Fiji, to cross the road to agencyland.
AUCKLAND, Today: Growing Westhaven creative shop MetroEXP, has promoted Tammy Milani to managing partner. And hired Beatrice Bearne as account manager.
AUCKLAND, Today: Kiwi creative legend James Mok has been appointed ECD at BBDO’s NZ retail agency 99, effectively returning to his strongest suit – a senior creative role.
AUCKLAND, Today: VMLY&R NZ MD James Mok has resigned (to join 99 – see accompanying story) and is being replaced by Fleur Head, previously MD of VMLY&R Wellington.
AUCKLAND, Monday: Ponsonby indie YoungShand has hired Andrea Long to head up their growing media team, expanding the previous digital focus to a full media offering.
AUCKLAND, Today: After a decade at Colenso, and a brief stint with Little Giant, Aaron Turk has returned to the Clemenger Group as creative director of newly transformed 99.