Theory of Evolution

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: Downtown indie brand agency Culture&Theory has announced two critical hires – Su Chin Chow and Jed Misa. MD Jonte Goldwater said: Culture&Theory is on a mission to build a team that delivers thinking, creativity and technology that is truly connected up.

Track brings ECD home from UK

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: DDB Group marketing agency Track Aotearoa has appointed Aaron Goldring as executive creative director. Goldring has recently returned after over seven years in the UK starting with Ogilvy and most recently ECD at Engine Creative. Prior to his UK stint, he held creative leadership positions at DDB and Proximity NZ.

MediaWorks hires GM trio

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: MediaWorks has announced the appointment of three new agency general managers to its commercial team. Anna Magasiva, Sarah Jones and Matt Field will join the company in the coming months as agency GMs responsible for delivering radio, out-of-home and digital solutions for advertisers.

Aussies rule

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SYDNEY, Tuesday: WPP AUNZ’s VMLY&R has promoted Sydney-based ceo Jon Bird to executive chairman of the agency in NZ & Australia. Bird has been replaced by Isobar Australia MD Thomas Tearle (he’ll also be based in Sydney).

New GM at Discovery NZ

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AUCKLAND, Thursday: Discovery NZ has made half a dozen key appointments within its commercial division. Jas Gierlinski who has been appointed general manager – agency, responsible for TV and digital revenues across a large agency group.