It’s been a week filled with movings and shakings, including the fine folks at Tangible Media who have relocated offices to the mighty Mt Albert. But the movings and shakings are widespread. MSN has taken on three new hires while TVNZ’s publicity team makes way for motherhood and an appetite for travel. And although its Australian offices are already open, communications Agency The Church has only recently found its Australian general manger. There’s a new chief at the helm of mobile software and services experts, Run The Red, and Lightfarm Studios gets a touch of G-force with its new marketing and client manager.
Triple whammy for MSN
MSN New Zealand has announced three fresh appointments by way of Rhys Heron, Tara Newport and Becky Saunders.
Heron has been appointed to the newly created position head of business development. There he’ll be responsible for strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and a product portfolio spanning Windows Live, search, mobile, and advertising exchanges. Heron made the small trek from MSN Sydney to join the Kiwi team, where he was the director of MSN parent Ninemsn’s mobile division and content syndication business HWW Pty Limited.
But don’t worry Australia, MSN has sent an employee back to you. Finance manager Deborah Francis has moved to Australia and will be replaced in the New Zealand office by Newport. A qualified accountant, Newport was most recently finance manager at distribution and logistics company Brightpoint.
Finally, Saunders has been appointed account manager, and will manage agency and direct sales for MSN’s MSDR performance advertising network. Saunders most recently held the position of advertising manager at Tangible Media, where she oversaw Groove Guide advertising sales.
A whole lot of moving at TVNZ’s publicity
A combination of imminent motherhood and overseas travel has led to some new additions in the TVNZ publicity team.
Meredith McGrath makes the move from Hachette Publishing and joins the team as TVNZ publicist where she will focus on TV ONE. Prior to moving into publicity McGrath enjoyed a career as a journalist and producer at Radio NZ and Newstalk ZB.
Meanwhile Beck Vass joins the publicity team where she will focus on TV2. Vass has previously been the broadcasting and consumer journalist at the NZ Herlad.
The Church may have opened its first office in Australia earlier last month, but it’s taken a while for it to hunt down a general manager for the new Australian office. But the hunt is over with the communication agency announcing Jeremy Taylor-Riley has been appointed to the role, bringing with him diverse marketing and communications experience both in B2B and consumer channels.
With his roots firmly in Britain, Taylor-Riley moved to Australia in 1986, after working for the world’s largest DM agency, Wunderman, in North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Chief executive of The Church, Simon Kozak, says the addition of Taylor-Riley brings a “young head on old shoulders” to The Church service.
“It has taken us a long time to find the right person for this key role and Jeremy's breadth of experience and international reputation fits our bill. His experience matches our ambition to deliver The Church brand of design, advertising and communications within the Australian market and beyond," says Kozak.
And in a mix of acquisition and appointment news, Ultimate Media Group (NZ) Limited has announced the acquisition of Rush Live Ltd and the appointment of Rush Live principal Andrew Barron as the new managing director of the merged entity.
Placed based media specialists Ultimate Media Group specialise in the placement of media and promotions within their Pub and Bar Network and their Health and Fitness Network. Rush Live specialises in the placement of media advertising within the 4-5 star premium hotel market. The new merged entity will provide access to over 300 venues nationally (150+ bar, pub, hotel venues and 100 health and fitness clubs).
Mobile software and services experts, Run The Red, have recruited Jennifer Mortimer as chief operating officer. A past winner of the Computerworld CIO-of-the-Year award, Mortimer has previously worked at TelstraClear, Datacom, Telecom and MED.
CGI gets it G
You might now her as G, or you might not know her at all. But G, or Geraldine Schnauer, has recently made the move to CGI stills experts, Lightfarm Studios, where she’ll be taking up the role of marketing and client manager.
"This really is a CD's dream,” says Schnauer. “Brand images limited only by imagination".
This move comes after 12 years client side. Her former local and international b2c and b2b marketing includes Independent Liquor, Emerald Foods, Wattie's and Fonterra Brands.
The ultimate rush
Ultimate Media Group (NZ) Limited has announced the acquisition of Rush Live Ltd and the appointment of Rush Live principal Andrew Barron as the new Managing Director of the merged entity.
Placed based media specialists Ultimate Media Group specialise in the placement of media and promotions within their Pub and Bar Network and their Health and Fitness Network. Rush Live specialises in the placement of media advertising within the 4-5 star premium hotel market. Their combined force will provide access to over 300 venues nationally (150+ bar, pub, hotel venues and 100 health and fitness clubs).