TBWA makes three new strategic hires

TBWANZ Group has grown its strategy team with three new hires, Josh Taylor-Dadds, Rebekah Gierlinska and Lloyd Thomason.

Working across TBWANZ Group, the hires are driven by new business growth and the increasing need for diversified agency capabilities across all divisions.

Taylor-Dadds, TBWA’s new  Strategy Director was previously at VMLY&R London where he ran strategy for key accounts including TUI Holidays, Wendy’s and Viagra. He has extensive experience working on brand, digital and product strategy across retail, FMCG, TV and entertainment, sport, restaurant, healthcare and travel.

Gierlinska, TBWA’s new Channel Strategy and Brand Orchestration Specialist joins the team from FCB, with previous experience at Starcom and MPG London. She has worked on iconic New Zealand brands Toyota and TVNZ and most recently led Westpac strategically at FCB.

Thomason joins TBWA as a strategist from FCB where he focussed on behavioural change campaigns for government clients and has previously worked at BC&F Dentsu.

“Great strategic thinking is in hot demand, yet finding great planning talent has never been harder.  We’re bloody delighted to welcome such a lovely, talented and genuinely world-class group of people in Rebekah, Josh and Lloyd to our growing TBWA team,” says Matt Kingston, TBWA’s Head of Strategy.

TBWANZ Group’s growth and diversification means the agency is attracting unique talent to deliver to a new range of capabilities.

“We’re making a range of significant new hires over the coming months due to the rapid growth of TBWANZ Group. Bolstering our strategy and planning team under Matt has been a priority for Shane Bradnick and I for some time. Both Josh and Rebekah bring with them some incredible experience that will greatly benefit our client partners and Lloyd is a brilliant planner and a great example of the future of the industry,” says Catherine Harris, Group CEO at TBWANZ.

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