Movings/Shakings: 9 December

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  • December 9, 2014
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Movings/Shakings: 9 December

Fashion forward

Fashion Quarterly editor Fiona Hawtin has resigned from the magazine, with her last day to be this Friday.

Fiona has been at the helm of Fashion Quarterly since 2008. Over that time she has been a passionate advocate of the fashion magazine and is known for her own style. 

As well as her fashion credentials, Fiona is also a foodie, and has championed brand extensions within her role as editor including FQ EntertainingAfter more than six years of leadership at Fashion Quarterly, Fiona is to moving on to pursue her passion for food with a small business idea. 

“I would like to personally thank Fiona for her contribution to the company and significant dedication to this prestigious brand. We wish her all the best for the future,“ says Bauer Media chief executive officer Paul Dykzeul says.

The recruitment process for a new editor at Fashion Quarterly will begin immediately. 

Designworks lands Dan

Designworks Wellington has appointed Dan Mercer as its new creative director.

Mercer starts at the Wellington agency on January 5 next year, and will partner with managing director Guy Vasey and head of innovation Chris McDermott to continue to grow the Wellington office.

Vasey says the past 12 months has seen the studio in Wellington significantly enhance its experience design and service innovation capability, and finding a strong creative leader was critical for their future success, but not easy to do.

“It’s been an exhaustive search but patience has paid off.

"In Dan we've found a genuine design thinker who shares our passion for creating brilliant user experiences. Dan’s diverse experience will be an exciting addition to the re-energised Wellington team,” he says.

In his new role, Mercer will be responsible for leading the Wellington design team, bringing more than 20 years of experience.  He most recently worked as creative director with independent consultancy Purpose in Sydney, and has also been team leader with STW’s Moon Group, head of art at Naked Communications and spent more than ten years at Seven in Auckland. 

Mercer says he admires the Designworks' ethos  for innovation and can't wait to start.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in with Jef, Guy and Chris and the whole team in Wellington and the other five offices across the region," he says.

Win for Wynyard 

Crime analytics software and services company Wynyard Group has appointed international marketer and strategist Ian Scherger as its new chief marketing officer. 

Wynyard Group chief executive officer Craig Richardson says Wynyard was seeking a technology leader with a track record of global success and scale to lead its marketing strategy and help drive Wynyard's international growth.

“After an extensive search for a CMO we are delighted Ian has chosen to join Wynyard Group.  His deep experience in leading high performance marketing teams for successful growth driven technology companies makes him the perfect choice for this key role.

He says Scherger has been involved with Wynyard since the beginning in an advisory capacity.

"And now he will play a direct role as part of our executive team in driving our momentum, brand and product through our next exciting growth phase."

Scherger has more than two decades’ industry experience leading sales and marketing focused on growing some of the world’s best-known technology brands, including executive positions at Vodafone Australia, Clear Communications, Telecom XTRA and Apple. Scherger has been a key advisor to numerous innovation driven businesses.

“Wynyard has built an enviable position globally driven by its great foundation of well-respected products, technology leadership, and an engaged global team - all of the ingredients to be a formidable presence. I look forward to driving the brand to even greater heights," Scherger says.

Scherger starts at Wynyard this month.

Tourism Fiji does the Deed

Tourism Fijl has appointed regional director New Zealand Wayne Deed as acting chief executive, effective 26 December 2014.

Tourism Fiji marketing manager Michelle Sinnott has also been confirmed as acting director of global marketing at the same date. Both Deed and Sinnott will be based in Nadi for the duration of their appointments.

"Wayne has been with Tourism Fiji as head of our New Zealand operations and has the necessary experience required to manage the functions of Tourism Fiji until such time as a substantive CEO is appointed. He will be supported by a very experlenced team of professionals in our head office in Nadi," Tourism Fiji chairman Stefan Pichler says.

Deed has been a part of Tourism Fiji's team since July 2013 and has over 30 years of industry experience.

"The 2015 Budget allocation has allowed the Tourism Fiji Board to establish our strategic direction and the global scope of work  for the next year already," Pilcher says.

He says the duo should deliver during their tenures in these roles, and should facilitate a smooth handover when the new chief executive comes on board in the new year.

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