Movings/Shakings: 7 July

A new picture

Canon has a new appointment in the form of Adam Maxwell who has taken up the position of general manager for the Canon Consumer Imaging business, replacing Kim Conner who was appointed managing director of Canon New Zealand in April, according to NBR.

Maxwell has joined Canon New Zealand from Independent Liquor and Boundary Road Brewery where he was general manager of marketing and innovation for six-and-a-half years.

He has held previous roles at DB Breweries and Diageo Great Britain and was a recipient of the prestigious NZ Marketing Association ‘Marketer of the Year’ award. 

Maxwell’s broad and diverse experience is just what Canon needs at a time of continual shifts in consumer behaviour and the rapid growth of global online commerce Canon managing director Kim Conner says. “We were greatly impressed by Adam’s passion and drive and look forward to him steering the brand as a leader in marketing innovation and consumer engagement. I am very excited to welcome talent such as Adam to this dynamic team.” 

Digital driver

Former FCB senior account digital producer Nick Niblett has joined Content Boutique as an interactive/digital and content strategy director.

A release says Niblett’s background as digital producer combined with his experience over many years in large award-winning agencies will play a key and valuable part of where Content Boutique is heading.

“I’m stoked to have Nick onboard. With the technology today, we don’t only want to look at making high end visual content, we also want to look at opportunities to marry digital tools and innovation,” Content Boutique director Marco Siraky says. “With his background, he is just the best thing that could have happened to us right now. Apart from the fact that he is a pleasure to work with, he is bloody good at what he does. He will be a managing partner and key figure in Content Boutique. We are excited about the future possibilities to have such a rocket on the team and I can’t wait to let him loose.”

“Yeah, I’m really excited about the future of Content Boutique,” Niblett says. “I think it’s a space many clients and agencies are trying to get to grips with, this intersection between content and digital. With Marco and I coming together through Content Boutique we have a great opportunity and clean canvas to really create a unique offering for our clients.”

Careless comments

Pebbles Hooper resigned from her role as co-editor of New Zealand Herald Weekend gossip column Spy today after describing the accidental gassing of a mother and her three children in Ashburton as “natural selection” in a tweet on Saturday, according to 3 News.

“Today I accepted the resignation of Pebbles Hooper, effective immediately,” New Zealand Herald Weekend editor Miriyana Alexander said in a statement.

Hooper, the daughter of fashion designers Francis Hooper and Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, wrote the comment about Cindy George, and her three children, Pio, five, Teuruaa, three, and two-year-old Telyzshaun.

Hooper has since apologised saying she deeply regretted any distress caused to the family. “I apologise for my wording and take responsibility for upsetting those involved, and I was careless in my actions.”

In other New Zealand Herald-related news, last week the Press Council ruled against the New Zealand Herald on several of complaints over its controversial “ponytail gate” article which identified waitress Amanda Bailey as the woman who spoke out against Prime Minister John Key for repeatedly tugging on her pony tail over a number of months at a café she worked at in central Auckland, according to Stuff.

The Press Council said it received nine complaints, saying the article was obtained under false pretences and printed without Bailey’s consent. “The interview was made by conference call by Herald columnist Rachel Glucina with Bailey and her employers and included photographs of Bailey and her employers.” 

Taking the reins

oOh!media has announced the appointment of Adam McGregor as general manager of oOh! In New Zealand as the company gears up for its next phase of growth, a release says.

Bringing almost 20 years of Out Of Home (OOH) experience, McGregor was until recently the general manager of the outdoor industry body, Outdoor Media Association of New Zealand (OMANZ).

The appointment of McGregor as general manager was an important milestone for oOh! New Zealand, coming at a particularly busy time chief executive Officer Brendon Cook says. “We welcome Adam to the oOh! team. He is an action orientated and results focused individual with a career demonstrating the ability to consistently deliver growth,” Cook says. “oOh! is currently investing dramatically in new products and technology that will enable advertisers in New Zealand to experience the best of the best.  This combined with the appointment of Adam makes for a truly exciting time at oOh! New Zealand. Watch this space.”

While he has worked with some of the biggest agencies and brands in the world, he is excited to be joining oOh! and driving the business forward, McGregor says.

“It’s a wonderful challenge to be part of one of the world leaders in outdoor advertising. The business is so dynamic and oOh! is embracing some of the best technology available. oOh! has an incredible vision for the future of New Zealand OOH, including the digitisation of our assets.”

McGregor will take up his position of General Manager of oOh! New Zealand in early August.

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