Arrivals & Departures: NZME changes agency team structure – and opens Melbourne office

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NZME has announced changes to the structure of the Agency team. Chris Rudd has been appointed as the General Manager – Agency Markets. He will also oversee the Wellington and Australian teams.

Drew DeSantis and Jaana Collins have been appointed to the roles of Auckland Team Leads in Media Investment and Radio Partnerships respectively. They will lead agency groups, as well as working across the Auckland team utilising their skills in media investment and radio partnership.

Both will report to Chris Rudd.

“We have created an incredibly strong agency management team with Drew and Jaana,” Rudd said. “Both come from extensive sales backgrounds that will continue to help us work closer with agencies and clients across the market.”

Joining the team as Strategic Partnerships Lead – Enterprise Team is Paige Sundberg, working across all agencies in a long-term strategic partnership role.

Returning to the Auckland agency team is Sarah Hoffman, who has been appointed as an agency lead to drive revenue where the group see growth opportunities.

In the Wellington market, Allen Ngan has been appointed Agency Team Leader. Matt Webb from the Enterprise team will work alongside Ngan in Wellington, in a similar role to Sundberg in Auckland. Rudd will oversee the duo.

Melbourne office
NZME is launching a Melbourne office in response to growth within the Victorian market. Angie Russell, currently Audience Strategist in Auckland, has been appointed to the role of Senior Audience Strategist and moves to Melbourne in early March.

Lloyd Aickin will replace Russell as Audience Strategist in Auckland. Aickin comes from the Agency Digital team as a Senior Audience Strategist, working on one of NZME’s key agency groups.

Paul Hancox, Head of Agency, Enterprise, Events, Partnerships and Rural, said: “What we have created here is an incredibly strong agency team with amazing experience and knowledge across media. We are already delivering some innovative creative thinking and areas of revenue growth driven by Chris and the agency team.

“We are looking forward to a great year ahead working with agencies and our client partners.”

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