Google snaffles Special Group Australia creatives

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After three years establishing Special Group in Australia, founding creative partners Matty Burton & Dave Bowman are set to take a role at Google, leading the Google Zoo operation throughout the Asia Pacific region, according to a report in Campaign Brief Australia.

The magazine says the pair will retain a shareholding Special Group.

“Matty and Dave joined Special Group Australia just six months after launch and in less than three years have helped build a truly modern culture with killer talent, an enviable group of client partners and an offering that has seen our business gain five Agency of the Year awards,” said Special’s Australia managing partner Cade Heyde.

“We are obviously absolutely gutted to see them go but very happy that they remain vested in our future success as shareholders.

“We have been working with Google Zoo pretty much since we opened and we feel privileged to be able to continue to collaborate with the boys in their new roles.”

Burton said: “I’m sad about leaving behind the very talented people who make up Special Group, given all we have achieved in such a short space of time.

CB says a global search is currently under way to identify their creative successors.

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