Kiwi appointed to global BBDO Creative Board for first time

Brigid Alkema has been named the first-ever female Kiwi to be appointed to the renown global BBDO Creative Board, reaffirming Wellington and New Zealand’s leadership and place in the creative world. 

BBDO has 15,000 people in 289 agencies across 81 countries, making this appointment truly unique. 

Simultaneously, Clemenger BBDO has promoted Alkema to Chief Creative Officer. The promotion and appointments come off the back of many years of creative excellence from Clemenger BBDO with creative leadership from Alkema in her previous role as Executive Creative Director. 

Clemenger Group NZ CEO, Strahan Wallis says: “This is very rare global recognition for an amazing Kiwi creative leader from an amazing little agency at the bottom of the world and we couldn’t be prouder! This news reflects the global mana that Brigid already carries. Her and her team’s mahi speaks for itself and has been felt many times throughout communities across New Zealand and recognised at creative and effective award shows both here in New Zealand and around the world.

“We’re beyond thrilled for Brigid and look forward to her continuing to lead a world-class team in Wellington and bringing a taste of Kiwi creativity to BBDO globally.” 

Clemenger BBDO Managing Director, Brett Hoskin says: “Over the last five years, Brigid has fostered a community of brilliant creative brains. They embrace challenges and go all-out to find solutions that deliver for our clients and New Zealanders. Brigid leads from the front and gets her hands dirty, tirelessly pursuing work that makes an impact. 

“She has well and truly earned this title and appointment.”

Alkema says: “We’re proud to produce work that makes a difference in Aotearoa. When our work connects with people and moves them – we feel good. We’re having fun and we’re forever learning. I couldn’t work at a better place, alongside a better bunch of people.

“As the world turns, how do we keep building an environment that supports high performers to operate on the edge? What does work/life harmony look like when it’s humming for each individual as well as for the team? These are some of the challenges I look forward to solving with the brilliant minds of the BBDO board. Exciting!”

Alkema reports to Wallis to continue to lead the agency into its next era of success.

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