… Saatchi & Saatchi brings in a big gun to fill a creative void, Wellywood digital agency Resn takes the piss and, at the same time, enhances its hygiene, Tourism NZ announces some fresh blood and Breeze DJ Kerry Smith leaves to fight a health battle.
No Taine, no gain?
Jeremy Taine, Ogilvy’s ex-ECD, has been signed up as as the part-time executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi for the first quarter, replacing previous ECD Dylan Harrison, who took up a post with DDB Sydney after less than a year at the creative helm.
As the company’s website says: “We connect skills to projects. High level expertise in bespoke teams, tailored to need.” And, according to Saatchi & Saatchi’s chief executive Nicky Bell, who said it would give the agency “a little extra breathing space” before finding a permanent replacement for Harrison, that’s exactly what is required.
Taine will be providing creative support two days a week for the next two months and will “oversee Saatchi teams working on some major new projects for several of its clients”.
“String Theory offers a good solution for us right now,” says Bell. “Having access to Jeremy’s ideas and oversight on these projects will help us create great work for clients in early 2011.”
Sweeping changes at Resn
Resn has caused ripples within the fragile New Zealand advertising industry after snatching DDB head of cleaning Sue Paclean and Clemenger BBDO’s group trophy polisher Al Bowgrese.
“These appointments bring new dimensions of hygiene and party recovery capability to the talent we already have,” says Resn’s managing director Rikki Campbell. “This just further cements our position in Australasia as a leader in this area of advertising. We’re delighted to have Sue and Al join our amazing team.”
Resn’s creative director Steve Le Marquand is over the moon.
“I’ve wanted to work with Sue for a long time now. She’s worked on some amazing accounts, including Auckland’s Greenlane Hospital, Britomart and Auckland City Council Chambers.”
Arrivals up for TNZ
Tourism New Zealand has welcomed Tim Burgess into its Sydney office as regional manager Australia, and there are a few new additions to its trade development and marketing communications teams.
Regional marketing communications managers Tony Saunders (Australia) and Sandi Boyden (UK/Europe) are now in market, while Kate Necklen is working from Wellington in preparation for her move to Shanghai.
Jacqui Lloyd will also take up the role of trade development manager North America in mid-February. Lloyd, who has both trade and marketing experience and will be based in Los Angeles, currently works at Tourism Auckland and has also previously worked at THL.
And in departure news, Jason Hill, regional manager Japan and Korea, will be leaving at the end of March to join Ad-Comm, an advertising agency with offices in Shanghai and Tokyo, as chief operating officer.
Broadcaster Kerry Smith is taking medical leave from her role as 10am – 2pm announcer on radio station The Breeze to focus on the treatment of and recovery from a recently diagnosed treatable melanoma.
“We fully support her decision to focus on her health, and we look forward to Kerry’s recovery and return to the station,” says programme director Ian Avery.
The leave is effective immediately.