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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.