OMD New Zealand, standing tall and gazing across the country’s media landscape, is planning for the future, announcing a strengthened senior management team with the creation of a new managing director role in the Auckland agency that will be taken up by OMD’s director of digital, Chris Riley.
Riley, who will also be working closely with OMD Wellington’s managing director Nigel Keats, lead what quickly became the biggest digital media team in the country. And Kath Watson, OMD New Zealand chief executive says he is the ideal candidate for the role as he brings “considerable international experience, a reputation as the market’s best digital practitioner, obvious leadership capabilities and a great personality”.
“Whilst I will remain fully involved with OMD Auckland, I will also be able to invest more time into my extended role as chief executive of both OMD and Total Media and work to ensure the overall success of these businesses,” she says. “Chris’ appointment will enable OMD Auckland to further expand our business, leading the rapid integration of digital as the media landscape evolves,” says Watson.
OMD’s management cup doth now runneth over, with the promotion of Riley adding to the appointment of Steve Tindall as head of trading late last year. And with him fighting the battles it will allow managing partners Andrew Reinholds and Rosanne Robinson to concentrate on driving strategy and client services.