KPEX appoints Contagion's Richard Thompson chief executive

  • Movings/Shakings, brought to you by Marsden Inch
  • February 18, 2016
  • Damien Venuto
KPEX appoints Contagion's Richard Thompson chief executive

Richard Thompson, a partner at creative agency Contagion, will be taking over the KPEX reins from consulting chief executive Duncan Arthur in mid-April. 

KPEX was founded in November last year as a joint partnership between Fairfax, MediaWorks, NZME and TVNZ with the aim of providing a premium exchange of online advertising in this market. 

With over 17 years of experience in senior digital media roles across London, Europe and New Zealand, Thompson seems well suited to the task of taking over the responsibilities of managing this initiative.

In addition to working at Contagion since 2012, Thompson has also served as digital strategy director for Universal McCann and as general manager of digital across the VivaKi group in New Zealand.

“Richard has a proven track record of digital innovation and building successful digital teams," said KPEX board spokesperson Robert Hutchinson. “KPEX has performed ahead of expectations in its first three months of operation.  Buyers have responded positively to having a New Zealand-based, brand safe, highly liquid exchange for premium advertising inventory.”

Contagion's founder and managing partner Dean Taylor says that the departure is "a huge loss for the agency on a commercial and personal level", given Thompson was integral in building Contagion to an organisation that today employs over 35 people (in related news, Contagion is also rumoured to have recently won two new accounts—StopPress is awaiting confirmation on this speculation).

Taylor went on to say that it's a great opportunity for Thompson and that he wishes him the best in his new role.

 On the KPEX side, Arthur was only intended to serve as a consulting chief executive, responsible for launching the initiative and then handing it over to someone else on a more permanent basis. 

Arthur was also involved in launching the Pangea Alliance, during his time as the commercial director of the Guardian Australia.

Arthur recently told StopPress that he has started "a growing collective of digital media consultants" called CoLab. 

Read more of our of our coverage on KPEX here

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

Helping national brands get local: the Brand Machine story
Sponsored content

Helping national brands get local: the Brand Machine story

During his career in advertising, Andrew Mitchell saw rst-hand how challenging it was for brands with multiple locations to produce quality local marketing across their network. So, he set about starting his own company to solve the problem. Five years on, Brand Machine’s Marketing Hub solution is automating local marketing for brands around the globe.

Next page
Results for

StopPress provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2018 ICG Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.


Contact Vernene Medcalf at +64 21 628 200 to advertise in StopPress.

View Media Kit