With a newish chief executive, a switch to Saatchi & Saatchi without a pitch, a rejigged marketing team, record profits, a new HQ being built, a couple of awards, a few more impressive innovations like Facebook payments and a classy if comparatively subdued response to the National Bank’s departure (something big might be brewing, however), ASB had a fairly eventful year. Executive general manager marketing and online Roger Beaumont shares the love.
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Saatchi & Saatchi officially welcomed ASB into the building at the start of July, along with around 12 new staff across its account service, digital, production and creative teams. And while there’s no title on his business card, Philip O’Neill—ex Mitchell’s and TBWA\ managing director and self-proclaimed “adman at large”—has joined the agency as the main man on the account.
With a new TV channel about to launch, a few smart cookies at the helm who have well and truly laid the gauntlet at the feet of TVNZ, some positive radio results, good news on the interactive front and a new group buying venture on the horizon, 2011 is destined to be a fairly exciting one for MediaWorks. And, after a summer of reflection, Roger Beaumont, the director of marketing and communications, has decided the house is in good enough order for him to step down from his role.
New Zealand has a nigh-on unhealthy obsession with oversized novelty items. Carrots, L&P bottles, trout, salmon, sheep, kiwifruit… the list goes on. So what better way to celebrate the arrival of MediaWorks’ new mainstream entertainment channel FOUR this weekend than to set a 12 metre high, 14 metre wide inflatable duck loose on Auckland harbour.