Colenso BBDO has appointed Ahmad Salim as a Group Business Director: A native of Scotland, Salim cut his teeth at The Leith Agency on international beer brands Grolsch and Sol, and Irn-Bru, a Scottish carbonated soft drink often described as “Scotland’s other national drink” (after Scotch whisky).
PHD Group’s digital division PHDIQ has promoted digital director Mike Harland to the new role of head of online content: The Mt Eden-based agency says the appointment is intended to better meet clients’ changing needs amid the ongoing digital revolution.
Te Papa taps Rick Ellis: Former TVNZ ceo Rick Ellis has left his post as managing director at Telstra Media Sydney to take up the ceo role at Te Papa Museum Wellington.
After “a very enjoyable year and a half at String Theory”, senior writer Glenn Wood has returned to freelance “to spend more time with my surfboard”.
Sydney-based Rabbit Content (offices also in New York City and LA) has announced the signing of award-winning Kiwi director Zoe McIntosh for representation in Australia. In NZ, she will continue to work out of Thick As Thieves.
Busy days at Snakk: NZAX-listed mobile advertising company Snakk Media has announced that its hired its first Creative Director. Carlos Guedes will be based in Sydney, but will actively service Snakk customers in NZ.
CAANZ has appointed two new members to its executive board: DDB ceo Justin Mowday, and Copper Brand Experiences’ Megan Clark.
OMD & Total Media trading director Andy Taylor has resigned to relocate to Sydney to take up a similar role at Starcom Australia. Taylor has been at the Auckland agencies since 2012. Before that, he spent five years at Aegis UK.
Tom Cotter has been appointed to the newly created role of CIPO (Chief Information & Product Officer) for MediaWorks. The role is part of a new service delivery structure that combines both technology operations and technology product development into one department.
NZME (formerly APN/TRN) has appointed Michael Boggs as its new Chief Financial Officer: Boggs comes to NZME from Tower where for the last four years he managed the Tower Group’s multi-billion dollar assets, take executive accountability for Tower’s Pacific Islands operations and play a leading role in Tower’s earthquake recovery programme.