Following the news breaking on StopPress on Thursday evening, DDB Aotearoa has officially announced the departure of Group CEO Justin Modway and Chief Creative Officer Damon Stapleton, both of whom have resigned to join a competitor agency.
The pair will be setting up the New Zealand office of The Monkeys, owned by Accenture Interactive.
DDB Worldwide CEO and DDB Aotearoa NZ Chairman, Marty O’Halloran says the pair have made a strong impact on the agency during their 11 and seven year tenures respectively.
“Naturally I am extremely disappointed that they have chosen to leave the best agency group in New Zealand, and one of the stars of our global network, but we have to accept that they want a new challenge.
“I’d like to thank both Justin and Damon for their hard work, passion and creativity. We will miss them.”
O’Halloran added, “This agency is built on strong foundations, with a hugely experienced leadership team and incredible staff. I have the utmost confidence that all 265 of them will continue to do what they do best – create amazing work that makes our clients famous.”
A global search is underway for both roles, and O’Halloran says there are ‘several options within DDB’s global network.’
DDB Group Aotearoa is ranked among the top five most effective agencies globally and holds five Agency of the Year titles.