Designworks expands as Christchurch rebuilds

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Just a week after design director Kerry Argus joined Designworks, the STW-owned Christchurch shop has expanded its senior ranks with new additions Nicola Davis & Andy Bell.

The flurry of hirings reflects the  rapid business growth in the burgeoning Christchurch market.

Nicola Davis joins as head of client service and Andy Bell as account manager. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Designworks Christchurch managing director Michael Prentice said “The proven expertise of both Davis and Bell will add an enviable skills set to the existing team,”said Designworks Christchurch managing director Michael Prentice.

“Both recruits form part of a larger strategy to hire only best-in- class practitioners and would continue to position Designworks as one of Australasia’s leading design agencies.

“Diversifying our skill base across different facets of design is key to our strategy. We transform brands using design as the core driver to shape customer experience. Nicola and Andy bring breadth and depth at multiple levels to our business as well as being the kind of people we want on our team.”

Prior to joining Designworks Davis has held leading marketing roles for JK Kids, Postie+, Mike Pero Mortgages and Eagle Boys Pizza. She has also worked agency-side for Y&R.

Davis said: “My expertise across both marketing and business management, together with the creative expertise within the agency ensures we will drive real business results for our clients.  I am looking forward to playing a pivotal role in the agency’s ongoing success.”

Bell brings digital account management experience working with leading tourism and travel brands, launching multiple social media campaigns and new website developments focusing on user engagement. His career highlights include  a decade of marketing management experience in the fashion industry working with  New Zealand and international brands including Kate Sylvester, Adidas and Marc Jacobs.

“I am very excited to be joining the Designworks team at a time of accelerated growth and diversity,”Bell said. Design can shape the customer story and ultimately influence their behaviours and my focus will be to work with the team and bring this service to our clients.”

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