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A change in leadership at VMLY&R New Zealand

VMLY&R NZ has announced that Fleur Head will step into the role of managing director following the resignation of current MD James Mok. 

Mok, who was appointed managing director of VMLY&R Auckland in early 2019 will leave the agency to pursue a creative leadership position. However, no further details on this post-December position were given.

The former FCB  executive creative director says that he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time at VMLY&R. “I’d like to pay tribute to our clients who have entrusted us with their brands, my fantastic team in Auckland, the terrific partnership with Fleur in Wellington and the generous support from VMLY&R regional and global leaders. Its model and culture have been good reasons why VMLY&R has been so successful globally with new business growth during this Covid-19 year. I am excited for James Johnston to be taking the well-deserved step up to Managing Partner and I know I leave the agency and clients in great hands,” he says.

Previous managing director of VMLY&R Wellington, Head has more than 25 years agency and management experience across both the Auckland and Wellington markets. She will lead VMLY&R NZ closely supported by James Johnston who moves into a managing partner role.  

VMLY&R NZ’s creative team will continue to be led by ECD Kim Pick

Commenting on her new role, Head says that she is delighted at the prospect of working more closely with Johnston and the Auckland team, continuing to build the VMLY&R offering to connect technology, creativity and culture. 

“We have a special culture at VMLY&R with a team that truly embraces diverse thinking, partnership and a willingness to get out of the plush environs of an agency office to spend time connecting with and understanding real New Zealanders. This will continue with the new leadership team.

“I am personally very sad to see James Mok leave, I appreciate his leadership and contribution over the past two years. During his time as Managing Director James added a raft of new clients to the Auckland office, including Vocus, Sport NZ website, Villa Maria brand and Ryman Healthcare and was an invaluable partner.

“On a lighter note, it will be easier having one less person named James in the office and JJ (James Johnston) might be able to reclaim his birth name,” she says.

WPP AUNZ New Zealand CEO – Creative, Kelly-Ann Maxwell, says that she is excited Head will be taking the role to lead the creative agency into its next growth phase.

“James has played an important role in this transformation and we wish him well as he returns to creative leadership pursuits,” she adds.

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David Nothling-Demmer is Editorial Director - Business Titles at ICG Media. Titles include: StopPress, NZ Marketing magazine, Idealog and The Register.

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