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AUCKLAND, Friday. Colenso BBDO has promoted head of account management Angela Watson (seven years at the agency) to managing director, replacing 15-year veteran Scott Coldham (five as MD), following a “global search”.

Coldham left suddenly in January “to take on a new set of opportunities” as chief marketing officer with NZ technology company Whip Around and menswear brand Asuwere.

Angela Watson’s elevation follows the agency’s appointment this month of UK strategist Rob Campbell, as chief strategy officer. The news of her promotion was delivered to media in an email statement from Porter Novelli on Friday.

In the release, Clemenger Group ceo Strahan Wallis said: “Colenso is a powerhouse of best-in-class creative and strategic talent.”

He did not once refer to Coldham.

His focus was on Angela Watson: “A leader of Ang’s pedigree, experience and drive, marks the beginning of a new era for our award-winning agency that has a long and proud history in the New Zealand and global advertising landscape.

“We are thrilled that Ang is amped for the gig and able to bring that exceptional talent to our clients.”

“Businesses in New Zealand, and globally, can access outstanding people in Colenso. We are thrilled that Ang is amped for the gig and able to bring that exceptional talent to our clients.”

In a career spanning three-decades Watson has worked with clients in the telecommunications, insurance, entertainment and FMCG sectors. Starting out at Saatchi in Wellington in the early ’90s, she had stints at Saatchi Auckland, Y&R, and DDB, before “finding her home” at Colenso.

Campbell: “With extensive experience in brand transformation, Angela’s a passionate believer in the power of insight and ideas to challenge beliefs, provoke social change, and re-imagine business.”

Watson: “Colenso is a place I love, full of people I love, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to harness my experience and expertise to lead the company and continue to create a meaningful organisation that builds culture and community, for our clients and our people.”

The Porter Novelli release: “Watson will report to Strahan Wallis, and in partnership with Rob Campbell and CCO Levi Slavin, lead Colenso into this new exciting era.

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