And away we go…

… as Colenso group account director Lou Kuegler heads for Asia, DraftFCB makes a surprising hire, Los Angeles calls for one of the Resn crew, Kiwi copywriter Cam Brown joins Arnold Furnace and Sunday Star Times reporter Jonathan Marshall leaves Fairfax.

Oriental express

Lou Keugler, group account director at Colenso, is leaving the agency to try her hand in Asia.

Kuegler, who has been with the agency for six years, was responsible for the Westpac account and has worked on Fonterra, Mars, TVNZ, IAG Insurance, SkyCity, TV3 and Fisher and Paykel in her time, is the second group account director to leave in recent times, after Angela Watson left for DDB a few months ago.

She hasn’t had any solid offers yet, but she’s talking to a few agencies at the moment and is confident she’ll be able to find something with the BBDO crowd.

She says it’s the right time to head off on a bit of an adventure, because her kids are five and three, so there’s a window for travel before they start secondary school.

Fast times in Draft

Two of the most unpronounceable names in music and advertising have come together as one to become even more unpronounceable, with Dave Gibson, front man of New Zealand’s most painfully catchy post punk outfit ELEMENOP, joining DraftFCB’s creative department.

“I’ve admired Dave’s music for quite a while but I’m impressed at how much smarter he looked when he started wearing glasses,” says executive creative director James Mok. “He’s going to be a great asset to the team and the timing couldn’t have been better.”

Gibson, who certainly looks the part, starts his new role on August 29.

Land of the free

Resn’s digital strategist Andy Williams is upping sticks from Wellington, after landing the plum posting of director of digital strategy with Los Angeles agency 72 & Sunny.

Williams says the offer came about because Resn had worked with the agency in the past, including a game for Carl’s Jr where bikini clad babes sling chicken burgers at robots and a pitch for Fiat.

72 & Sunny, which was responsible for this glorious piece of advertising for K-Swiss, is owned by MDC Partners, which also owns other hotshops Crispin, Porter + Bogusky and Anomaly.

He starts his new role in mid September.

Into the Furnace

Sydney agency Arnold Furnace has hired Kiwi Cam Brown as copywriter, following a stint freelancing with the agency.

Prior to joining Arnold Furnace he spent time in Canada as a copywriter with Grey Global Group. Before that he was in New Zealand working with DDB for two years and Grey for four years, both in Auckland.

He has been awarded an Adfest Lotus Grande 360, Gold Effie Award, Cannes Finalist and Axis Finalist.

Forgetting Jonathan Marshall

The NBR has reported that controversial reporter Jonathan Marshall has resigned from the Sunday Star-Times and has left Fairfax.

“In recent times Marshall’s reporting of Amanda and Mark Hotchin resulted in a high-profile and expensive legal spat between the former Hanover Finance boss and Fairfax Media,” the NBR said.

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