AUCKLAND, Wednesday: Dentsu Aotearoa has appointed Brett Colliver and Mike Felix to the newly established roles of joint chief creative officers.
They will be responsible for building the dentsu Creative proposition in market and infusing creativity throughout the entire dentsu Aotearoa business.
Bringing two decades of global experience, they join dentsu from DDB Aotearoa where they have spent the last seven years.
Over their careers they have worked at globally recognised agencies – Felix at Droga5 New York and Leo Burnett Sydney, and Colliver at Clemenger BBDO and Colenso BBDO.
They’ve claimed the top prizes at global creative award shows, including a Titanium Lion, Cannes Grand Prix and Yellow Pencils at D&AD. In 2022 along with Gold at Cannes they became the country’s second ever team to win a D&AD Black Pencil.
In their seven-year partnership they’ve been responsible for notable campaigns, including Samsung iTest, Steinlager’s Fight for Territory and the last four Lotto Imagine campaigns, winning 11 Gold Effies including the Grand Effie and two Sustained Success effectiveness awards.
“They are the real deal when it comes to modern creative leadership, and their world-class body of work at the intersection of technology and creativity speaks for itself.”
Dentsu Aotearoa ceo Rob Harvey said: “These two outstanding humans are the real deal when it comes to modern creative leadership, and their world-class body of work at the intersection of technology and creativity speaks for itself.
“We’ve been building strong momentum with our creative product, and the addition of Brett and Mike to the team will undoubtedly catalyse a transformative shift in the role of creativity across the entire dentsu Aotearoa group. I can’t wait to be working alongside them.”
Mike Felix said: “Helping to define dentsu’s creative voice in the local market and New Zealand’s creative voice on the global market (plus getting to keep working with Brett) is an honour I couldn’t turn down.”
Brett Colliver said: “When the new dentsu Creative brand was announced 12 months ago, it got my attention. And after meeting people from both the local team and the global team, it’s clear that there are big ambitions and even bigger things already in store at every level. It’s a very exciting time to be joining.”
Felix and Colliver will report directly Rob Harvey, and work alongside chief client officer Rachel Anderson-Cormack, chief strategy officer Stevie Weber, and the dentsu Creative ANZ leadership team including Kirsty Muddle, Avish Gordhan, and Mandie van der Merwe.
They start in their roles on Monday 22 May 2023.
About dentsu Aotearoa
Part of dentsu International, dentsu Aotearoa partner with brands and organisations to achieve meaningful progress as a force for growth and good. We unlock new opportunities for growth across the entire customer journey through the capabilities of Dentsu Creative, Dentsu Media, and Merkle. Based in Auckland and Wellington we employ 300 people, with global operations in over 145 markets with 66,000 dedicated specialists.
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