Kate Heatley joins DDB

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AUCKLAND, Today: DDB Aotearoa NZ has announced the appointment of a new lead business partner, with Kate Heatley joining the Auckland-based team to lead the Westpac NZ business.

Formerly general manager at TBWA NZ, Heatley has more than 20 years of experience working in creative agencies on both sides of the Tasman, including Y&R, FCB NZ, and FCB Sydney. She has extensive experience working across leading global and local clients, including ANZ, 2degrees, Gruppo Campari, Mondelez and Beiersdorf.


“Kate is an awesome human and really lives up to our ‘talented and nice’ culture – we’re lucky to have her at DDB.”

DDB Group Aotearoa ceo Priya Patel said: “We’re delighted to have Kate join the team, bringing an impressive track record as a business and agency leader. She has a wealth of experience in leading agencies and client business across a number of industry sectors, and is well placed to deliver excellent results for Westpac NZ.

“Kate is one of the best strategic minds in the business; she’s a creative problem solver, trusted advisor and has a natural drive to make fast progress on any project.

“She’s also a genuinely awesome human and really lives up to our ‘talented and nice’ culture – we’re lucky to have her at DDB.”

Heatley said: “The passion the people at DDB have for clients’ business and the work they produce is quite inspirational – I’m looking forward to helping to deliver innovative, effective and unexpected campaigns for Westpac that drive strong outcomes and impact for their business.”


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