Movings/Shakings: 29 September

Good night to Good Morning

TVNZ has confirmed that Good Morning, currently broadcast weekdays from 9am on TV One, will be discontinued in November. 

The broadcaster’s director of content Jeff Latch says the show has been a long-time success, but it has now run its course.  

“TVNZ has chosen to focus its local content investment in prime time programming,” Latch said in an official statement. “Good Morning has been a long standing part of our schedule, we are extremely grateful to our viewers and everyone who has contributed to the show.”

Good Morning employs 15 people in a contract and freelance capacity, but at this stage it is unclear how many will be made redundant due to the decision to cancel the show. 

“Where possible we will look at other opportunities within TVNZ for them,” says TVNZ spokesperson Lenska Papich.

 Streaming and selling

Spotify has hired former Southern Cross Austereo national sales chief Andrea Ingham to head its sales division across New Zealand and Australia. 

As Spotify’s new sales director for Australia and New Zealand, Ingham will be responsible for driving ad sales revenue and strategy. 

“Andrea is an outstanding talent and a respected leader with over 18 years’ experience across multiple media and markets,” says Kate Vale, managing director for Spotify’s Australia and New Zealand business. “She’s joined at an incredibly exciting time for Spotify AUNZ as we continue to combine unprecedented growth with groundbreaking innovation across the service.”

Previously as national sales director at Southern Cross Austereo, Ingham developed an exceptional network across the agency landscape, heading up sales across all SCA assets including metro radio, regional radio, regional television and digital. Prior to this role Ingham was Sydney sales director at Nine Network Australia. She also spent eight years at Regional MediaWorks as national sales manager.

“In just over three years Spotify has carved out a commanding lead in music streaming across Australia and New Zealand,” says Ingham. “There isn’t a more dynamic, more rapidly evolving space in digital today and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

A hairy badger

Auckland-based business-to-business ad agency Badger has dramatically increased its facial hair resource with the addition of creative director Jon Coles (pictured left), whose bushy chin increases the number of beards at Badger by 50 percent.

Coles joins Badger from Young & Shand, where he grew his striking ginger beard and picked up a number of awards including a Gold NZDM for Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost and a Silver Axis for TVNZ Walking Dead.

He brings a wealth of digital experience to Badger, having overseen campaigns and content for the likes of Steinlager, Mac’s, Fly Buys, Cadbury and Air New Zealand Grabaseat.

His appointment takes the Badger team to a total of twelve, consisting of three beards, eight naked chins and two with somewhat indecisive stubble.

Clean-shaven managing director Matthew Masters adds:

“Although the phrase ‘ginger badger’ does sound a touch euphemistic, I’m excited that Jon has joined us. His digital experience and ability to turn complex business-to-business propositions into creative that works on a human level is a rare talent.”

Besides Young & Shand, Jon has worked at Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi and .99 where he was a group head on Air New Zealand.

“My whiskers and I are very happy to be joining Badger,” says Coles. “Matthew and Liz have put together a great team here and there’s a very facial hair-friendly vibe in the place. I can’t wait to roll my sideburns up and get stuck in.”

Burgeoning Mango

Mango Communications has appointed a quartet of public relations specialists, consisting of two account directors and two account managers.

Newly appointed account director Tabitha Coleman (third from left) brings a wealth of experience from agencies both in New Zealand and London, having worked on a range of clients including Samsung, NZ Heart Foundation, Nissan Europe and L’Oreal Paris. At Mango, she directs a group of accounts, including Qantas, Booking.com, Lion wine brands, Kelly Tarlton’s and TFE Hotels.  

Victoria Fruean (far right) also joins Mango as account director, having previously served as media and communications Manager for the Melbourne Vixens. Her PR portfolio also includes Rekorderlig, Old Mout Cider and 2degrees. “Mango is renowned for its talented team of specialists offering innovative ideas, and great clients. I’m looking forward to working across the Nespresso, Auckland Racing Club and K9 accounts.” 

Third newcomer, Amber Young (first from left), joins the Mango team as account manager following an events and marketing role with the Britomart Precinct. She has worked on events all across Auckland including the New Zealand Polo Open. 

Max Burt rounds off the new quartet, joining Mango from his previous role as editor of Cambodia Angkor Air Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Cambodia’s national carrier. Burt comes on board into his first PR role as an account manager, bringing with him a background in editing and copywriting. 

“In the short time I’ve been at Mango, I’ve been swimming with sharks, had my chakras professionally aligned by a guru, and I’ve been the target of an office- wide rumour that I broke the work elevator (which I can neither confirm or deny). Clearly it’s an exciting place to work and I’m looking forward to whatever happens next.”

Claudia Macdonald, managing director of Mango, says: “These four additions to the Mango team offer a great range of skills between them and will be a huge asset to Mango. All four share a passion for PR, experiential and social, and we are very fortunate to have such a smart and creative bunch join the Mango family.”

Adding two to the research mix

Colmar Brunton has appointed a media and digital director along with a new director of creative and brand strategy.

Kerri Tait (pictured right) has moved from Tangible Media to take up the newly created media and digital director role, which aims to improve the impact and effectiveness of clients’ media and digital investment.

Chief executive Jacqueline Farman says Tait brings over 20 years of experience across publishing and multi-channel media (including stints at Fairfax and APN) and a strong network of senior level contacts, making her a great strategic asset to Colmar Brunton.
Belinda Freeman is the newly appointed director of creative and brand strategy.
Previously the chief executive of Hypermedia, the in-store media partner to Progressive Enterprises, Freeman has a proven track record in developing brand and shopper research programmes and she has also held executive positions in sales and marketing, market research, data production and client service. 

Farman says the appointments recognise clients’ increasing need for senior business expertise and thought leadership to help them thrive in today’s accelerated and disruptive economy.
“They’re joining an outstanding team with a track record of helping New Zealand’s most loved and reputable brands create better futures.“  

Fresh vantage point

From mid-October VantagePoint will welcome Ian Mills to their senior team in his newly appointed role as general manager.  

Current general manager Paul Rogers will continue to work directly with VantagePoint clients at the same time as taking up the newly created role of chief operating officer with Ranqx – a business benchmarking software company that has been spun out of VantagePoint. 

Managing Director and founder Dave Lewis says the appointment of Mills will help broaden the skills offered by the management team.  

“Ian is an insights industry veteran and the breadth and depth of his skills are really well suited to the work we do with our clients,” say Lewis.  

Mills says he is looking forward to returning to having a hands on role with clients and to continuing to develop the established VantagePoint service offering. 

Arriving with experience

New Zealand technology experts Leanne Graham and Rob Brough have joined the advisory board of local SaaS start-up Yudoozy

Graham has 28 years’ experience in the software sector and previously served as the general manager and head of sales for Xero, where she was instrumental in the strategic growth and development of the New Zealand operations. 

Graham continued her success of driving and accelerating growth for early stage businesses by joining GeoOp as chief executive officer, where she led the company to list on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. She currently holds board member positions with local and international companies, including GeoOpCloudM and Velpic, as well as advisory boards globally.

Brough has a similarly impressive CV, having delivered highly complex, multi-million dollar digital infrastructure projects in the past. This has included technical solutions for interactive in-flight entertainment used by major airlines such as Air New Zealand. He was also the technical director at DesignWorks.

Graham says: “I am excited to join the Board of Yudoozy and provide my expertise especially around  Yudoozy presents the solution to the problem all business leaders in technology companies face – in an ever changing technology space how to link the right skills with the right projects, in a cost effi-cient manner while innovating and scaling quickly and successfully. Talented individuals are moving towards the freedom of freelancing/contracting and companies struggle to find and afford this talent. Yudoozy creates the perfect platform for matching; it’s Tinder for matching freelancers with technology companies.” 

Yudoozy is focused on connecting freelancers to employers and on the back of these appointments comes the ability for the business to leverage Graham’s strategic experience and Brough’s technical knowledge from within agencies to gain even greater market traction throughout the country.

With Graham and Brough on Yudoozy’s advisory board, they now boast an increasing wealth of expertise and knowledge, especially surrounding locally driven technology solutions. 

“Yudoozy is still just starting out. Although we’ve had hundreds of freelancers sign up already, as well leading businesses likes IAG and Digital Arts Network Auckland, having people like Leanne and Rob join us really gives us a solid platform to deliver the future of freelancing,” said Greig Cranfield, co-founder of Yudoozy. 

A familiar face

Independent search marketing agency SureFire Search Marketing has announced the appointment of Glenn Marvin as equal partner alongside Mark Scearts and Jeremy Templer.  

Marvin joins from Reach Local, where he first as a sales director and then as the director of client engagement over a one-and-a-half-year stint (he previously worked at SureFire between 2011 and 2014). 

Marvin is set to take a lead role as the company expands its business in the local market. In addition to the search marketing and analytics services the company continues to offer, SureFire now also provides in-house training in digital marketing.

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