Commonwealth//McCann, a division of McCann Worldgroup, has hired Ogilvy & Mather Vietnam CCO and Kiwi expat Todd McCracken as regional executive creative director for Commonwealth//McCann’s Asia Pacific operations, according to a report in Campaign Brief Australia.
MediaWorks has appointed Charlotte McLauchlan as group head of communications: In this role, McLauchlan will oversee external communications, corporate affairs and internal communications for the group, which includes TV3, FOUR and The Edge TV; radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, George FM, Magic, and RadioLIVE; a network of websites including 3news.co.nz and 3NOW, and a family of mobile and tablet apps.
Christie Tanner returns to Adshel Auckland sales team: Tanner has re-joined the company as senior account manager.
MediaWorks group head of corporate communications Rachel Lorimer has resigned to take up the role of head of communications at nationwide ambulance provider St John.
NZME has turned to one of New Zealand’s journalism’s most respected newsroom leaders to take over the NZ Herald editor’s role vacated by Shayne Curry, who has moved to an expanded editorial role across all Herald brands (as acting managing editor, a position previously held by Tim Murphy). The new man in the weekday Herald editor’s chair is former Otago Daily Times editor Murray Kirkness.
Westhaven-based integrated indie agency Chemistry Interaction has hired four new staff members to help service their growing client list (which now includes Samsung, Caltex, Bridgestone and Tony’s Tyres, Cancer Society, MobileIron, Fisher Funds and Serta Mattresses).
Jordan Dale, Clemens Zlami, Ben Barnes, Matt Webster, Darryl Wong and Kim Pick are among the latest creatives to join the team at 100 College Hill.
New trio of top talent at .99 & justONE: Creative retail agency specialists .99 and direct hotshots justONE, have strengthened their strategic and client-service offering, with the appointment of three senior industry heavyweights – Angela Legge, Amy Dufty and Pippa O’Regan.
Colenso lures creative heavyweight back to NZ: Colenso BBDO has attracted creative Dave Brady back to New Zealand as a creative director after a four-year stint in Australia where he was head of art at Whybin/TBWA.
New faces at 3rdeye: The 3rdeye Recruitment team of agency specialists has seen a growth surge from five to eight in recent months.