Change of voices
ZM have announced Bree Tomasel and Clint Roberts as its new Drive show hosts.
L-R: Bree Tomasel and Clint Roberts
Tomasel is an Australian export who has been making some cameos on ZM over the past couple of months, while Roberts was formerly on The Edge’s Drive show, and joins from the breakfast crew at George FM.
Ross Flahive, content director for ZM, says the pair have a great rapport and he is looking forward to getting them on air.
“Bree and Clint are both incredibly talented in their own rights, and make for great radio when they’re together. We are excited for listeners to get to know them even more, and follow along with them throughout the day, not just on Drive, as they keep us posted on their shenanigans on social media.”
Current Drive hosts Jase Hawkins and PJ Harding will be staying with ZM, and details of their new show will be announced shortly. Tomasel and Roberts will be on air from 2 July.
On the editorial side, NZME has promoted Alanah Eriksen to the role of deputy editor of the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday. Eriksen was previously deputy chief of staff.
Shayne Currie, managing editor at NZME, tweeted that it was a "great internal promotion and career step."
Brand strategy and design agency Creature Design has announced Jerry Beale as senior strategist.
Based in Auckland, Beale will also work with the Wellington team on key projects.
Brooke Ashton-Taylor, managing partner of Creature, says Beale brings 20 years of brand strategy and innovation experience to the agency, across a range of global clients. This includes most recently as senior strategist at True.
“He’s consistently delivered breakthrough brand strategy, and we’re thrilled to add his considerable strengths to our teams helping our clients succeed in their markets.”
Beale says the marketing services world is undergoing rapid transformation.
“Creature has a fresh, vibrant body of work and a savvy appreciation of what clients are hungry for. They get that business leaders are looking wider and deeper for answers, and that the idea of an external consumer brand and an internalised employer brand are increasingly simply shades of the same branded experience. Design in general hasn’t let channel or media limitations restrict creative evolution, so we are naturally kindred spirits.”
Expanding into The Bay
HMC Communications is now operating in the Bay of Plenty.
L-R: Suzi Luff and Heather Claycomb
Director Heather Claycomb says the expansion is a logical next step for the agency.
“HMC Communications is well-established in the Waikato, where we’ve assisted companies and not-for-profit organisations across the region with a range of communications services for fourteen years.”
“We’ll now have a local presence in the Bay, with a full-service PR team available to hit the ground running. We provide a range of PR services, from outsourcing 100% of an organisation’s communications requirements to helping with small writing projects or events,” says Claycomb.
Also leading the expanision is Suzi Luff, former Trustpower community relations co-ordinator.
Papamoa-based Luff brings over a decade of PR and communications experience across a number of sectors including conservation, tertiary education, the community and voluntary sector and the utilities industry.
Luff says she is looking forward to working in the role.
“HMC Communications excels in this space, providing strategy, advice and implementing long- and short-term communications campaigns to support any business activity or organisational goal. I’m excited to be leading HMC Communications’ expansion in the Bay and can’t wait to work with local businesses and organisations.”
Thrive PR has appointed Kelly Stambanis to the role of general manager - Australia New Zealand. Stambanis started as Thrive's first PR manager in 2000.
Managing director Leilani Abels says elevating Stambanis' role and extending her remit from her current role as general manager Melbourne will accelerate the agency’s growth moving into the new financial year and beyond.
Stambanis says Thrive is uniquely positioned to deliver big agency benefits with a boutique agency approach to client service.
"However, to continue our growth with a focus on our current clients and their success, means that we need to be investing even more in the best resources and innovating more within our agency. My role is about creating more opportunities for our Thrive team, ensuring they grow and do their career-best work with us, and guaranteeing that our clients experience best-in-class public relations with us."
Change of scene
Michael Taylor has moved to international coffee and tea company Jacobs Douwe Egberts as marketing manager – New Zealand.
He was formerly the marketing manager – premium and craft beer at Lion.