CAANZ taps new board members

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FCB’s Brian van Den Hurk, Special Group’s Michael Redwood, and Touchcast Wellington’s Andrew Hawley have been elected to the CAANZ executive board. 

The three vacancies became available when Andrew Holt and Derek Lindsay stepped down down, and coincided with CAANZ’s desire for additional independent agency representation.

“I’m thrilled that Brian, Michael and Andrew have been elected to the board by our members,” said CAANZ ceo Paul Head. “All three have skills and experience that will make invaluable contributions to the industry. The CAANZ team and I are looking forward to working with them on the challenges our members face,” says Head.

Brian van Den Hurk is the ceo of FCB New Zealand, one of the country’s largest, fully integrated advertising, marketing and communications agencies. He spent several years with international agencies in Auckland and Wellington before establishing a FCB office in Indonesia and subsequently joining FCB Auckland. During the 21 years Brian has been with FCB New Zealand, the agency has grown from just 25 staff to the current 220.

His passion for effective communications has been recognised with FCB being awarded over 10 Gold Effies, including most effective and Best in Show plus the internationally coveted IPA Gold Effectiveness Award for campaigns he has actively managed. In the last two years, FCB has brought home 18 Cannes Lions including four gold.

Michael Redwood is the managing partner of Special Group New Zealand. He became a partner and shareholder at newly minted Special Group in 2009. Since then, he has helped drive the agency’s growth, establishing it as a multi-awarded design and advertising business with offices in Auckland and Sydney.

Prior to Special, Redwood spent nearly 20 years working at some of New Zealand’s leading advertising agencies with New Zealand’s leading clients. At Colenso BBDO he ran the Air New Zealand account across all Clemenger Group agencies for six years, and led the successful global pitch for Fonterra Brands. He has had campaigns recognised at the Effie awards every year for the past 11 years and was part of the team that was awarded the Cannes Grand Prix in 2010.

Andrew Hawley is founder and managing director of Touchcast. He drives the company’s overall strategic direction and works with clients in both a strategic and creative capacity on key projects. From founding his first digital agency, Breathe, in 1999, to the establishment and rapid growth of Touchcast, he has always been passionate about creating exceptional human experiences. Having been at the forefront of digital and experiential for over 15 years, he knows there are only two constants in the communications industry; change itself, and nurturing long-term, sustainable client partnerships.

Hawley’s work has featured at the RSVP and NZDM Awards in New Zealand, the Caples Awards in New York, at Cannes, the Future Marketing Awards for Asia Pacific Region, and the Best Design Awards in New Zealand. he has been on the digital jury of the Clio awards in Miami, and has judged the Axis and Effie Awards in New Zealand several times. Most recently Andrews’ agency Touchcast was ranked 6th fastest growing company in New Zealand, and 46th fastest growing tech company in Asia Pacific.

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