Arrivals & Departures: M&C Saatchi taps Paul Hankinson for Greenhouse NZ

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SYDNEY, Thursday: M&C Saatchi – now based in Australia – has appointed Paul Hankinson to the role of executive creative director for its specialist agency model Greenhouse in New Zealand.

Previously, Hankinson was a NZ-based consultant for agencies and clients in on both sides of the Tasman.

Before that, he was CD at .99 and head of copy at DDB Auckland. He has worked across a range of brands including Woolworths, McDonald’s, NZ Lotteries, Volkswagen, NZ Police, Westpac and ANZ.

As part of his remit, Hankinson will oversee the creative output for Greenhouse New Zealand which opened in January following supermarket chain Countdown’s appointment of M&C Saatchi as its creative agency.

Greenhouse is a dedicated bespoke model tailored around the specific needs of the Countdown business designed to work with all agency partners.


“Since winning the business last year, Greenhouse has launched three major integrated campaigns for Countdown.”

Since winning the business last year, Greenhouse has launched three major integrated campaigns for Countdown: Grower Fresh, One for All and All for One (for Onecard) and Get Your Easter On which build on Countdown’s existing brand platform.

Hankinson said: “There was a lot that attracted me to M&C and the Greenhouse model. Being 100 per cent dedicated to the one client means everybody’s on the same, single-minded mission. That makes for a spirit of collaboration, open conversations and a more straightforward way of working. I also love that the structure is dead flat and that everyone’s on the tools.”

M&C Saatchi Sydney creative partner Tom McFarlane said: “Last time Paul worked with M&C he led the creative relaunch of Woolworths Australia with a brilliant and much-awarded campaign.

“So when we established Greenhouse in New Zealand to work with Countdown, he was always going to be the person to do the job. I’m delighted to have him back in the fold.”


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