Movings/Shakings: 17 February

A pair of promotions

FCB Media’s seen a few moves in its office this week with Rufus Chuter and Angela Spain stepping into new roles.

Previously head of media and strategy, Chuter is now the managing director. Commenting on his move he said: “It’s a real privilege to be given the opportunity. The team’s record speaks for itself so I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum and shaping the next chapter alongside Angela and the leadership team.”

Meanwhile, Spain has moved into the role of head of brand experience from her previous role of head of PR, activation and social. She commented: “We have a great challenge to build on our agency of the year accolade in 2016. Alongside Rufus and our leadership team, I’m excited about that opportunity and motivating our talented team to continue to deliver excellent results for our clients in 2017.”

Chairman of FCB New Zealand Bryan Crawford said it’s great to see the pair’s experience and leadership ability recognised with the promotions. He looks forward to the even bigger impact on the agency as a whole.

New hire for a new role

Su Johnstone has been appointed to the newly created role of creative services director at Saatchi & Saatchi.

In the role, Johnstone will have oversight across the entire creative and production process, ensuring collaboration across all areas of the business and the best possible outputs for clients.

She brings with her a wealth of experience within the creative industry in the branding, packaging and digital sector, with much of her time spent working with London agencies during pivotal times of their development.

She also ran her own creative services consultancy in London following her work as managing director of Street Design and Production Agency, as well as creative services director of 141 Worldwide (both companies are part of Bates UK Group).

Managing director of Saatchi, Paul Wilson, said as it continues to expand its capabilities it’s important the agency has the right talent across the entire creative and production process.

Crossing the globe

Chow Group Management Limited (CGML) has announced the appointment of Sharon Garrett as the group marketing and communications manager. She will be based in the company’s Wellington headquarters.

Garrett recently arrived in New Zealand from the Middle East where she added the United Arab Emirates to her list of international marketing and corporate communications experience. That list also includes Australia, the UK and Hong Kong.

As group marketing manager, her responsibilities include forming an in-house design agency, strategic planning, advertising, new media, sponsorship and motivating a team. She will also be will be responsible for overseeing the marketing and communications functions of all businesses within the CGML stable.

A series of expansions

Postr has announced the first step of its expansion into new markets with the opening of its Singapore and Australia offices, as well as three new appointments.

Krishan Patel, Ben Searancke, Janette Higginson

Krishan Patel has joined as chief revenue officer, moving from his role as vice president of global business development and strategy at Singtel-owned Amobee.

He’s tasked with scaling Postr’s global commercial operations, leading advertising operations, business development and client services. He will be based out of Singapore.

Meanwhile, in Sydney, Ben Searancke has been appointed as director of advertising sales and partnerships, ANZ. Having previously held senior positions in mobile businesses units for Dentsu, Omnicom and Amobee, he will now be responsible for driving Australia and New Zealand revenue.

And joining Searancke in Sydney is the newly appointed global head of programmatic, Janette Higginson. She joins from her role as Criteo’s head of programmatic.

CEO, Milan Reinartz, who has just relocated to Singapore, commented: “We’re now fully focused on the growth of the business in South-East Asia and Australia and we’re very pleased to have attracted some world class talent for the expansion.”

 A good fit

Six months after its launch in New Zealand, Thrive PR has acquired Auckland-based PR agency, East Agency.

East Agency founder and director Lucinda Kennedy has joined the Thrive team as the on-the-ground New Zealand lead. She’ll continue the company’s expansion plans by levering Thrive’s three Australia offices and ANZ resources.

Thrive managing director Leilani Abels said the acquisition of East Agency strengthens its knowledge and reach.

“It is a natural fit for us given the company’s knowledge of the NZ food, wine, sport, tech and leisure markets. Lucinda has more than a decade of experience, having worked on agency-side in NZ and New York and on ‘media-side’ including time at Bauer Media as a senior journalist.”

Joining the list

Flying Fish has welcomed acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Christine Jeffs to its roster.

She brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to emotive and cinematic filmmaking. Her most notable works include directing Sunshine Cleaning, Sylvia and Rain.

Alongside a number of film awards, Jeffs has also won numerous advertising awards. Her most recent commercial work includes directing the latest BP campaign with Ogilvy.

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