Movings/Shakings: December 6

DDB’s Dave Brady heads to Australia, Mark Addy joins GPY&R, The Listener appoints another deputy editor, Independent Liquor bolsters its marketing team, CAANZ DLG adds a few new digi-boffins, and Rhema Broadasting Group’s chief executive steps down. 

On the Brady train

DDB’s big creative dog is getting set to head to London, and Dave Brady, DDB’s head of art and the creative director on the Cadbury account, is also off to join WhybinTBWATequila Sydney as its creative group head.

Brady, who worked at DraftFCB prior to DDB, has been awarded at Cannes Lions, One Show and Spikes Asia and he was also behind all four of DDB’s golds at Axis this year.

“I’ve had a fantastic time in New Zealand,” he says. “I’m lucky enough to have been surrounded by some seriously humbling talent. The willingness to make things happen, the passion for craft and drive for innovation I’ve experienced in New Zealand has been totally inspiring.”

Addy off to Aus

Former Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT and Colenso BBDO digital creative Mark Addy has taken the role of digital creative director at GPY&R Melbourne.

Addy joins from NZ Lotteries, where, for the past year, he was creative director/design director consultant and worked on the design and promotion of the MyLotto e-commerce site.

He has over 16 years of experience, has worked on a host of big brands and has been awarded by Axis, Effies, Clio, The One Show, South African Loeries and Cannes Cyber Lions.

Scherer and share alike 

The Listener has churned through a few deputy editors in recent years, and it’s got another one: multi-award-winning journalist Karyn Scherer, who joins after 15 years with APN, during which time she has been editor of the Daily Post in Rotorua and the launch editor of the Herald’s weekly financial affairs magazine the Business.

Earlier this year she won the Canon Print Media Award for best investigation for a series on the potential bidders for the Crafar farms.

The Listener is New Zealand’s highest-selling and best-read current affairs magazine, and editor Pamela Stirling says she is delighted to announce the appointment of such a high calibre journalist to the deputy editor’s position.

“Karyn’s distinguished career has included everything from crime and business journalism to Maori affairs and political reporting, and she brings all that valuable experience to the role. She is the winner of many prestigious awards and it is a great pleasure to welcome her to the magazine. The team are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Scherer starts in her role on January 16.


Independent Liquor is increasingly focusing on above the line advertising for many of its products (it’s currently having a bit of a stoush with DB over the use of the term Radler) and its marketing department has been bolstered this month with four senior appointments.

Tim Beck has been appointed to the position of marketing manager bourbon and will focus on building the Woodstock Bourbon and Cody’s brands. He brings a wealth of industry experience from his time spent time at Diageo and DB Breweries, working on the Guinness and Heineken brands. He most recently worked as a marketing manager at Fonterra Brands New Zealand.

Ilse Wolfe has been appointed to the role of marketing manager vodka and will lead the Vodka Cruiser and KGB portfolios as well as focus on launching and developing new market-leading vodka RTDs. She comes from Microsoft where in her role as partner marketing manager she led the launch of Windows Phone into the United Kingdom smartphone market.

Also newly appointed is Jason Naylor who has taken the position of trade marketing manager beer. In his new role, he will be responsible for the development, execution, and performance of all beer trade marketing investments and initiatives as well as the development of the trade marketing strategy.

He joins Independent Liquor from Hancock’s Wine and Spirits where he was senior brand manager for the Jack Daniel’s and Brown Forman brands.

Glen McCracken has also been appointed this month to the role of trade marketing manager RTDs and spirits and will take a lead in looking after brands such as Woodstock, Cody’s and Vodka Cruiser at a trade level. McCracken comes from Frucor Beverages where he was their national account manager for Progressive Enterprises and prior to this role, he worked as a national account manager in the petrol and convenience channel working with BP, Mobil and the Red Circle Independent Group.


The Digital Leadership Group (DLG) has enlisted several new members into its ranks, as it has reassessed the needs of the market and the businesses it serves.

“With new blood comes new passion and we subsequently look forward to making some significant changes to CAANZ digital footprint,” says DLG chair Greg Whitham. “With more and more players in the digital communication industry there has never been a greater need for leadership in this space. The DLG aims to cater to those member agencies and clients that require informed direction and comment in this area.”

The new members are:

  • Peeyosh Chandra – Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Chris Macdonald – Affinity ID
  • Nigel Hammersley – Y&R
  • Aaron Goldring – Rapp Tribal
  • Greg Wood – Publicis Digital

They join current members Greg Whitham from Ogilvy, Alex Radford from Vivaki, Bonnie Bradley from Shift, Craig Osborne from OMD Wellington and Mike Wilson from .99.

New calling 

John Fabrin, the chief executive of the Rhema Broadcasting Group, a position he has held for over 11 years, is stepping down in order to pursue a new calling.

“I have been so engaged in the mission for many years and from the very beginning knew an absolute call of God to it. In addition the Rhema team here is an outstanding group of people whom I love and respect. RBG is a unique and amazing work. God uses it to literally ‘change lives for good’ all over this land.”

Fabrin will remain with RBG until the new chief executive, who the board will appoint, takes up the leadership position, ensuring a smooth transition for all stakeholders.

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