Ikon restructures: hierarchy gets a shakeup – UPDATED

Ikon, which recently added the 2degrees account to a client portfolio that includes the likes of Coca-Cola New Zealand, Kiwi Bank, L&P, Mercury Energy and Trademe, announced that it has decided to restructure its offering, and as a result both managing partner roles have been made redundant.

This move sees Tom Davidson, Auckland managing partner, and Lee Parkinson, Wellington managing partner, leave the company after five years of service.

The managing partner positions will be replaced by a pair of general managers, with Emma Bolser filling the Auckland role and Gerrard Duignan taking up the Wellington position. Both general managers will, however, be answerable to James Greet, Ikon CEO for Australia and New Zealand.

A release from Ikon quoted Greet as saying, “Both Tom and Lee have played a major role in establishing Ikon in New Zealand over the past five years and we thank them for all their hard work.”

When asked on the need for restructuring, the new Wellington general manager Duignan, said, “We can’t comment on these matters yet. We really can’t say anything in addition to what was in the press release.”

He continued by pointing out that Ikon was still in the process of notifying some clients about the changes and that the redundancies made the issue sensitive.

Bolser adds, “Many of us are still in touch with Tom and Lee on a personal level, and it was always a pleasure working with them.” She also says, “It’s business as usual at Ikon and we are looking forward to what the future holds.”    

Tom Davidson was contacted to comment, but he was unavailable at the time.  

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