Moving/Shakings: 17 July

In Radio

Radio New Zealand announced today it has brought onboard broadcaster and columnist Jesse Mulligan to host the Afternoons programme on Radio New Zealand National, replacing Simon Mercep.

In making the announcement head of radio John Howson said he expected that the appointment would bring a new and exciting flavour to the Afternoons show.

“We’re thrilled that Jesse is joining us. He has done a great job filling in on Afternoons in the past and listeners can look forward to his invigorating fresh approach when he starts as the permanent host on Monday 27th July.”

Jesse Mulligan is an experienced broadcaster with a diverse media background. Starting out in student radio while completing his law degree at Waikato University, he spent ten years as a commercial radio breakfast host in Wellington and Auckland.

He writes for a number of national publications as a columnist and restaurant reviewer, and has worked in television as a writer, producer and presenter.
He has also enjoyed a stint in public relations, working in a busy London agency – and later in corporate communications in New Zealand.

Mulligan said: “I’m very excited to be joining the incredible line-up on Radio New Zealand National, and am looking forward to bringing a new perspective to the Afternoons slot, while upholding the excellent traditions of New Zealand’s favourite radio station.”

Herald writer John Drinnan said in an opinion piece the ending of RNZ’s relationship with Mercep reflects badly on the strategy it adopted when it pulled Mercep from Morning Report to make room for Guyon Espiner and Susie Ferguson. “Mercep is an old-school features broadcaster, but that style has gone out of fashion.”

Radio New Zealand has also confirmed it is disestablishing 20 jobs as it deals with the latest extension of Government funding freeze.

Drinnan said on the cuts: “Chief executive Paul Thompson met with staff last week and said yesterday that RNZ was asking for voluntary redundancies, but there would also be restructuring. The jobs would go over the next six months. He said other positions had been created and there would be a net loss of 14 staff. All media are going through upheavals, but RNZ has suffered severely from limitations on its ability to increase revenue.”

A global voice

Icebreaker announced it has a new member of the “flock” in the form of Lauren Vosper who will take on the role of global PR manager. “When she’s not working, Lauren loves to be outdoors and travel, she has traveled to over 45 countries. Congratulations to Lauren, and to Icebreaker,” an Icebreaker spokesperson said.

In July last year Vosper ended her year-long stint as the head of Eleven PR at Whybin\TBWA.

Prior to taking on her role at Eleven, Vosper worked in Sydney for ClemengerBBDO as the Sydney business director for approximately one year.

Before that she worked as a group account director at DDB Sydney between 2012 and 2013 and as a brand project director at Graphite Media for approximately nine months.

Vosper has also notched up some New Zealand-based experience during her career, working as the sponsorship manager at Vodafone between 2006 and 2007 and as an account director at Mango from 2005 to 2007. 

Shuffling up

Big Mobile has appointed a new group CEO, its co-founder Graham Christie which it says is one of a number of changes taking place following a “successful and transformative” fiscal year quarter for Big Mobile.

Christie says in a release: “With the Asia-Pacific region now the worlds biggest mobile advertising marketplace, and mobile’s share of all internet traffic now over 30 percent, we need to calibrate the company to focus on the big growth generators, for us, that’s data leadership, restless product innovation, and new key appointments where it matters”

“The great news is, through our own success, we have the ability to invest in all these, plus launch a fourth APAC operation,” he said.

After six years at Big Mobile Rob Hall is departing to found a new business venture, the release says. “The move sees Andrew O’Shea appointed to the role of commercial director responsible for sales and partnerships across the group, and June Cheung being appointed as ANZ sales director. Lastly, the changes see outgoing CEO David Green, and CFO Richard Leifer assume executive chairman, and executive director roles respectively.”

A new visionary

KOR Creative has announced a new appointment, Barron Braden who will take on the role of “vision weaver”.

A release says Barron comes from a successful career in sales and marketing gathered over more than twenty years across a variety of industries including publishing and digital marketing.

“Barron enjoys challenging the status quo and questions the validity of conventions such as ‘thinking outside the box’, he asks, ‘why even have a box?’,” the release says.

“Barron’s originality and creativity combined with his love of digital marketing will be a great asset to the team and to helping businesses communicate their vision through the use of video, whether that be corporate profiles, event and conference videos, product videos, animated explainer videos or video newsletters,” the release says.

A double-whammy

Since establishing its Auckland offices in January this year Greater Group has added two new appointments to its team: Aimee Joe and Ross McLennan.

Joe arrives as a retail interior designer and McLennan will take on the role as project manager within the team, a release says.

Joe graduated with a bachelor of design at AUT in 2011 and has honed her skills in the areas of interior architecture and design. “Her previous experience includes interior design roles at two retail and interior architecture companies: Nick Consulting Architecture and Kenndesign Group.”

She will be responsible for retail interior design for New Zealand-based clients focused on concept development and specification, right through to construction plans, the release says.

McLennan’s remit will involve project management of retail store fit-outs as well as budget management, consent lodgement and on-site construction delivery.

Greater Group general manager of global brand and strategy Danielle Barclay says she is thrilled with the recent hires and what it means for their clients.

“We are delighted to welcome both Ross and Aimee to the greater group team. Aimee is already a very talented young interior designer who possesses incredible drive and passion. Ross has proven project management skills with an enviable client history and will be a valuable asset to our team.”

“Together they bring a wealth of retail knowledge, which will not only strengthen our offer for our New Zealand based clients, but will also be key to our business,” Barclay says.

Leading light

Consumer proximity marketing agency Hypermedia has announced the appointment of Chris Jones as managing director.

The Hypermedia business spans, instore media and POS, iBeacon technology, a national merchandising team and the recently created real activation business.

A release says: “Backed by over 25 years experience driving operational and strategic direction of businesses across the Asia Pacific region, Chris’s proven track record of creating and implementing strategies to trigger performance efficiencies, revenue growth, front line compliance and customer experience programmes is highly regarded, largely thanks to his role as managing director of Market Pulse. Chris will remain a director and shareholder in Market Pulse moving forward.”

“I am very excited to be leading the Hypermedia team in this next phase of growth and development in the market, I see multiple opportunities for the company and our clients to further build our respective businesses” Jones says.

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