After 15 years with Colenso BBDO, five as its Managing Director, Scott Coldham has announced he is leaving the agency to take on a new set of opportunities with a tech start-up.
Coldham’s next chapter will see him take up the position of Chief Marketing Officer with New Zealand technology company Whip Around and local menswear brand Asuwere.
He has led Colenso BBDO since 2015 and, together with Chief Creative Officer Levi Slavin and Creative Chairman Nick Worthington, helped build it into one of the world’s most successful creative companies.
Worthington says Coldham has become a dynamic and respected leader who very much grew up in the business.
“Scott joined Colenso as an Account Manager in 2006 and learned from some of the best in the business, ultimately becoming our Managing Director in 2015. He has an incredible intellect and a passion for innovation, which has been critical in the transformation of our culture and capability here in Auckland.
“We’ve always held a view that we ‘want to be the best in the world, from the bottom of the world’ and to do that, we have to encourage global perspectives and opportunities.
“Like all our best and brightest, Scott has an opportunity to learn and grow in different fields and markets. We wish him well and are genuinely excited for him.”
Clemenger Group NZ Chairman Jim Gall says Coldham had been a great champion of the work and his colleagues.
“We thank Scott for his significant contribution to our business and we wish him every success as he takes on the world with his new ventures.”
Clemenger Group is undertaking a global search to replace Coldham, who will depart at the end of April.