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AUCKLAND, Monday: Global indie network Hearts & Science has announced the appointment (and return to New Zealand) of Emily Douglas, who joins the Ponsonby marketing agency as group business director, following “significant growth” since Hearts & Science NZ launched at the end of 2019.

Coming from Hearts & Science in the UK, Douglas has 10 years’ experience working in developing strategic communications on both sides of the globe, across a full range of sectors, including automotive, travel, retail and FMCG.

She worked 3.5 years the UK market, where highlights include devising a deep tech and digital communications solution for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Hearts & Science NZ ceo Jane Stanley said: “We are thrilled to see Emily back on our shores. Emily is a strong, senior strategic leader, who will add further fuel to our growing momentum at Hearts & Science NZ.

“Since setting up the agency in late 2019, our focus has been on recoding some of the outdated norms within media and broader communication channels, using the power of data and technology.


“Our commitment to data-first thinking that recodes media and communication strategies for sustainable brand growth, is what connects the Hearts & Science team across the globe.”

“Em is passionate about this philosophy and with her extensive international omni-channel experience, we are looking forward to the opportunities ahead in 2022.”

Emily Douglas said: “Being able to blend my Hearts & Science UK experience into the Hearts journey here is such a fantastic opportunity.

“I’m excited to now be on the ground with such great client partners and a very talented team to help continue the momentum.

“Our commitment to data-first thinking that recodes media and communication strategies for sustainable brand growth, is what connects the Hearts & Science team across the globe. I’m looking forward to doing more of this on home soil next year.”

And Beks Gierlinska
Emily Douglas’s appointment follows that of Beks Gierlinska, who joined as head of strategy earlier in the year. Gierlinska also brings local and international award-winning experience across automotive, financial services, telco and utilities.


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