Y&R New Zealand has announced Josh Moore has resigned and will leave the agency to “pursue a new opportunity”.
As a result of his departure, Jono Key, managing director Y&R New Zealand and Fleur Head, managing director Wellington, will assume a dual leadership role overseeing their respective offices, ultimately reporting to Y&R’s regional CEO Australia and New Zealand, Pete Bosilkovski.
Moore has been with the agency since 2011, joining as ECD and soon assuming roles of CEO and CCO. In 2016 his CCO duties were expanded to include Y&R Australia.
Under his leadership, the New Zealand agency moved into new offices in City Works Depot and won a host of new business and creative awards, including agency of the year titles at D&AD, AWARD and Campaign Brief.
About the last several years, Moore said in a release that it’s been seven years of incredibly hard work, sleepless nights and much success.
“I’m incredibly proud of the business we’ve built, the clients we have and I love the team we are. The agency has evolved from being just another dot on the agency map to one of the most celebrated in our network and the region. Which is why it’s incredibly hard to leave. But there’s always something new to achieve and so it’s simply time to take up a new challenge.”
When StopPress asked him for comment about his next move, he said he couldn’t comment further. However, when asked if the new opportunity was a weed start-up to compete with Paul Manning, he said, presumably joking, “yessssss!”
Key reflects Moore’s pride in the work at Y&R, saying under Moore’s stewardship, it’s taken what was a middling agency to one that has over doubled in both size and revenue.
“Y&R New Zealand has a distinct style of work, that both demands attention and meets our clients’ business needs. Awards and campaigns aside, Josh’s greatest legacy to Y&R is that he leaves behind a culture of ambitiousness, perseverance and sense of fun; ultimately this is what will be integral to the agency’s continued ongoing success.”
WPP AUNZ CEO Mike Connaghan adds Moore is a strong leader that’s spent considerable time building a talented team that has produced some outstanding work.
“This effort and commitment has been greatly appreciated and we now wish him well as he moves into the next phase of his career outside the group. The leadership team that he has built and fostered is now in an excellent position to continue his legacy of creativity and momentum, while moving into a new era of growth and expanded capability.”