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Fenner throws in Spark towel, focuses on golf, contemplation of universe

The golf course is calling and Richard Fenner, the co-founder of Spark PHD, has answered, resigning from his role as joint chief executive of The Spark Group, which was established in 2000 and encompasses media agency Spark PHD, Spark PR & Activate and digital specialists, PHDiQ. 

“After 27 years in media and as my 50th birthday looms large, I have decided it’s time for a change,” Fenner, a member of the PIMMS gang, says. “Leaving Spark PHD after 12 years is a huge call for me and I have to admit to a degree of trepidation as I leave my group of close friends and colleagues here. That said, I’m looking forward to new challenges and opportunities. I plan to take a couple of months out to contemplate Life, the Universe and Everything—and to try to get my golf handicap down to something vaguely respectable.”

Barry Cupples, head of Omnicom Media Group across Asia Pacific, says: “What Richard has achieved with Louise [Bond] is truly remarkable. Few people get the opportunity to own their own agency and fewer still make such a success of it, as they both have. Richard has done a quite incredible job in New Zealand and we regret losing his passion, talent and vision in the company. We wish him nothing but success in his future pursuits.”

Fellow co-founder, Louise Bond, continues on in her role as chief executive and will work closely across the teams at Spark PHD, which took out Media Agency of the Year award last year, Spark PR & Activate and PHDiQ.

Fenner’s final day at Spark will be 15 April.

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