Change of guard at CAANZ

caanz_logo lgBryan Crawford, group CEO of DraftFCB, is the new elected president of CAANZ for a two-year term.

“I’m honoured to take on the position of CAANZ president,” says Crawford. “The industry has some challenging times ahead. My goal is to do everything I can to ensure the ongoing success of the New Zealand advertising and communications industry.”

bryancrawfordBryan has been Group CEO of DraftFCB since 2006 following a diverse corporate career that has seen him undertake senior leadership roles with Lion Nathan, Caltex, United Networks, Vector and ACP Media. Immediately prior to DraftFCB he was CEO of NGC Ltd, then New Zealand’s 10th largest listed company.

CAANZ CEO Rick says Crawford has a very good understanding of business and regulatory issues. “The CAANZ executive board has diversified over recent years reflecting the changing communication mix and now includes representatives from media, independent, PR and digital agencies well as New Zealand CEOs from some of the world’s largest agency groups.”

Outgoing president David Walden, CEO of TBWA\Whybin, takes up a vice presidential position and Jon Ramage, CEO of Y&R, was elected to the role of vice president.

CAANZ member agencies collectively represent 90 per cent of agency billings in New Zealand, with a combined annual turnover of approximately $1 billion.

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