Long-serving duo to take Spark PHD reins

  • Media
  • February 23, 2011
  • Ben Fahy
Long-serving duo to take Spark PHD reins

Between them they've worked under the Spark PHD roof for over 20 years and Nikki Grafton and Stuart Rutherford have been rewarded for their loyalty after being appointed as joint managing directors.

Louise Bond, soon to be the sole chief executive of the Spark Group given Richard Fenner's imminent departure, says promoting Grafton and Rutherford "is a reflection of the company’s commitment to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic management team".

"Nikki and Stu will play a vital role in leading Spark PHD into the future; their promotions are a result of the respect they’ve earned from their clients, partners and peers, and their significant contributions to the agency.”

Spark PHD took out the CAANZ Media Agency of the Year title last year and Grafton says the win all boils down to the "vibrant, creative and smart media professionals and steady team that make up Spark PHD".

"Over the business’ 12 year history, it has been the significant and valuable contributions of the individuals, several of whom have been with us since day one, that have established us as market leader.”

PHD’s Asia Pacific chief executive, Cheuk Chiang was so happy about the promotions he spoke almost entirely in business cliches.

“Nikki and Stuart are both quintessentially PHD—dynamic, innovative and progressive–and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them drive the business in New Zealand. Together with Louise, they will make an unbeatable team and we look forward to seeing the business go from strength to strength.”

Speaing of PHD, its 'predicting the future' lark didn't really work out so well.

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

Hell launches ‘unruly tourist’ pizza

  • Advertising
  • January 21, 2019
  • StopPress Team
Hell launches ‘unruly tourist’ pizza

As the unruly tourists saga continues, Hell Pizza decided to join the conversation with a billboard 'launching' a limited edition pizza.

Read more
Next page
Results for

StopPress provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2019 ICG Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.


Contact Vernene Medcalf at +64 21 628 200 to advertise in StopPress.

View Media Kit