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AUCKLAND, Today: Dentsu has today announced the appointment of Dan Bye as managing director – group strategy for New Zealand, responsible for growing the strategic offering for dentsu across NZ, and leading a multi-disciplinary team of strategists across channel and creative capability.

Bye joins dentsu from Clemenger Group, where he was most recently group director of strategy, leading integrated strategic services across .99, Raydar and BrandWorld, as well as heading up the Skinny account through Colenso BBDO.

With 17 years’ experience in strategic marketing & communications, Bye began his career in London, working in client-side marketing roles with Pepsi and Orange before moving agency-side.

He has spent the last 10 years leading the development of campaigns for Sydney agencies, M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett and OMD.

His work has seen him recognised as one of the top 10 planning directors globally in 2016 and 2017, as well as winning the inaugural WARC Prize for Innovation in 2016.


“Dan Bye started in February, replacing Claire Bradbourne, who departs at the end of March.”

Dentsu NZ ceo Robert Harvey said: “It’s fantastic to have Dan join the dentsu family.

“Not only is he a world-class strategic leader, but he is a great human and shares our passion for driving meaningful progress across the whole customer value chain, balancing growth with good.”

Dan Bye said: “It’s the perfect time for me to be joining dentsu, with opportunities on the horizon to grow the brand in new ways across New Zealand and help create a shift in how we can partner with clients’ to achieve long-term sustainable brand growth.

“I’m fortunate to be joining a committed and passionate team who are already helping clients make the leap from what’s now to next, with the added benefit of drawing on capabilities from across the denstu network.

“Most importantly, I feel a real values alignment with dentsu and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Bye commenced in the role at the end of February, replacing Claire Bradbourne, who departs at the end of March. He reports to Robert Harvey.

About dentsu NZ
Part of Dentsu International, which operates in 145 markets worldwide with 46,000 dedicated specialists.


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