Movings|Shakings: 21 August

Old hand

Peter Cornelius has been appointed as director of client service of media for Ebiquity Australia and New Zealand.

Cornelius’s career includes senior management roles in leading media agencies and running Australia’s largest media research business. More recently, Cornelius established his own media consultancy – Cornelius Media Pty Ltd, operating under the marketing umbrella of Kinesis Media.

Prior to this he was managing director of media for Nielsen Australia and NZ. This involved managing the company’s media measurement and advertising information services and dealing with advertisers, media companies, media agencies and industry bodies.

Previous to Nielsen, Peter had a long career with the George Patterson Bates agency group culminating in him being one of the founders of Zenith Media and rising to managing director and chief negotiating officer. 

The art of directing

Chemistry Interaction has hired Kishan Chopra, as an art director after his recent return to New Zealand from MRM Meteorite in London.

As well as spending two years at MRM Meteorite, he has also had stints at Leagas Delaney London, JWT New Zealand and Droga5 New Zealand.

After a three-month placement at the agency, Kishan will be forming a permanent creative partnership with copywriter Bronwyn Retief. 

Thieving a filmmaker

Filmmaker Jess Bluck has recently returned to New Zealand and signed with Thick as Thieves for representation. Her work is renowned for poetic, cinematic imagery, combined with distinctive character studies.

She has made commercials for Lift, Maurice and Blackburn, Origin Energy, Boost, Nine MSN, Fanta, Cadbury, Nikon, Toyota and others.

“I have long admired Jess’s work and we are flattered that she has chosen us to rep her here,” Thick as Thieves executive producer Nik Beachman says.

City dwellers

Bcg2 has brought aboard some new recruits into its Wellington and Auckland teams.

Felicity Draper joins as business director with direct responsibility for bcg2 Wellington. Draper has 14 years Wellington-based advertising and marketing communications experience at Saatchi & Saatchi, Assignment and has also worked client side for ACC and Ministry of Education.

Previous experience includes responsibility for clients like New Zealand Defence Force, Meridian Energy, Positively Wellington, Z Energy and the NZ Fire Service.

Joining Draper on FMG in bcg2 Auckland is Abraham Turner. Turner graduated from AUT with a bachelor of communications 2011. Turner previously worked in Sydney, at MercerBell as a digital campaign manager at Whybin\TBWA Sydney and then in Auckland on the Tourism New Zealand, ANZ and Gatorade accounts.

He gained client side experience as a marketing coordinator at the University of Auckland before joining bcg2 as an account manager.

Another new hire at bcg2 Auckland is Christian Robertson. He joins bcg2 as the senior account director on the Audi account. Robertson has over 15 years of experience in Australia, the UK and in NZ and joins from .99 bringing automotive experience from marques including Peugeot, Mazda, Toyota & Lexus. 

A new leader

Bauer Media has announced the appointment of Susannah Walker as editor of Metro magazine from the November 2015 issue.

Bringing more than 25 years of editorial experience to the role, Susannah is a former editor of several magazines, including Next, in addition to being a Publisher at News Custom Publishing in Melbourne. Most recently, Susannah was the national travel editor at Fairfax Media, based in Auckland.

Publisher Brendon Hill says: “The Metro editor role is a highly sought after position and Susannah stood out as an experienced journalist who will take this prestigious brand forward and continue its stellar growth across its numerous platforms.”

Reaching for the Sky

Sky has appointed experienced independent director Susan Paterson to its board.

The second woman to join Sky’s board, Paterson has been a professional director for the past 15 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

She is chair of Airways NZ Ltd and IT consultancy Theta Systems Ltd, deputy chair of Abano Healthcare Ltd and a director of Goodman NZ, Housing NZ Ltd and Les Mills NZ Ltd. She is also on the board of the Electricity Authority of New Zealand.

An independent director since 1996, her previous directorships include Ports of Auckland Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd, Auckland Regional Holdings, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, and America’s Cup Village Ltd.

Earlier this year, Paterson was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to corporate governance.

A first

Tim Richardson of VeNA has become New Zealand’s first IAB-certified digital media salesperson.

This was after sitting and passing a globally recognised IAB Digital Media Salesperson Certification exam. The certification is the highest industry credential for digital media sales professionals.

Individuals who earn the certification have had to demonstrate their knowledge and competency, and are dedicated to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice in the industry.

The purpose of the Certification Programme is to establish a standardised benchmark for digital advertising professionals. The programme helps individuals and companies accelerate their growth in digital advertising, raise the standards and perception of our industry and provide a foundation for career advancement.

New York, New York

Former Whybin TBWA creative directors and partners Lisa Fedyszyn and Jonathan McMahon have both taken up positions at Droga5 in New York where they have been for the past three months.

A new story

In April of this year Maggie Christie was appointed as marketing development manager at The NZ Story after spending three years as director of integration at Colenso BBDO. Before that she was general manager at Proximity New Zealand for three years.

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