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The New Zealand Herald’s Travel magazine has announced the appointment of Shandelle Battersby as deputy editor to assist with the significant growth the magazine has seen over the last three years. 

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Facebook has appointed Spencer Bailey to lead its New Zealand operations as Head of New Zealand. Spencer is a senior digital executive with over 20 years’ experience in advertising and publishing, and a founding member and former chairperson of the Interactive Advertising Bureau New Zealand.

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Omnicom Media Group (OMG) has created a new role to further maximise its market leverage as New Zealand’s largest media group, promoting Scott Keddie to the position as chief investment officer.

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Fairfax Media has appointed Ellen Read as national business editor: “Ellen will be responsible for setting a bold business content and audience strategy, harnessing the power of Fairfax business journalists around the country to enhance existing products – and develop new ones,” said Fairfax Media group executive editor Sinead Boucher.

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Paralympics NZ has appointed marketer Rachel Froggatt to the new role of commercial & marketing director: Froggatt – who was recuited from Germany – is a Kiwi with 15 years’ experience in the international sports & media comms business.

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STW-owned Designworks Wellington has appointed Dan Mercer as Creative Director: Mercer starts on January 5 next year, and will partner with managing director Guy Vasey and head of innovation Chris McDermott to ensure continued growth of the Wellington office.

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Viaduct Harbour-based branded content agency BrandWorld has appointed seasoned advertising sales professional Frances Quirk as business manager: “We’re delighted to welcome Frances to the team,” says Richard Stevens, BrandWorld’s managing director. “We’ve known her for a long time, as have many others in the industry. She’s a consummate professional with an enviable list of contacts and clients who trust her to offer them the best opportunities for their marketing dollar.”

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PHD Group has appointed Robin Wilson to the role general manager of Spark PR & Activate: He joins the leadership team at PHD Group, bringing with him significant depth of knowledge and experience of running businesses specialising in Content, Social Media, PR and Experiential in both the UK and New Zealand, says ceo Louise Bond.

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Special Group has appointed Teresa Harris as director of strategy. She’s ex Crispin Porter & Bogusky Miami (four years). Before that, she was a planner at Saatchi & Saatchi London (2008-2010) and has also worked in London at Proximity and Tequila.