CAANZ chief executive Paul Head this morning announced that Simon Lendrum, managing director of JWT New Zealand, has been elected to the position of CAANZ president, which was vacated by DDB's Sandy Moore after his recent resignation.
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All the best ideas in the business were recognised last night at the Axis Awards, and one of the best men in the business was recognised too, with advertising veteran Sandy Moore accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award.
What sorcery is this? Six of the country's most experienced admen—Mike Hutcheson, Ross Goldsack, David Walden, Peter Cullinane, Sandy Moore and Roger MacDonnell—were spotted feasting at renowned advertising haunt Cibo on Friday. This gathering certainly wouldn't have happened a few years back. So what's brought them together? The only logical explanation is the launch of a new advertising agency.
After around three years in the role of managing director at DDB, Justin Mowday has moved up the chain and been named as chief executive, with Sandy Moore, who has been with the agency for 23 years—and at the top since 2007—stepping back to a part-time role. And in another big change, Mowday will be working closely with Chris Riley, who is moving from his role as managing director at OMD into the newly created role of chief operating officer.
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Fresh from winning more Caples metal than any other agency in the world over the weekend, Colenso BBDO followed that up by winning Campaign Asia Pacific's New Zealand creative agency of the year award ahead of DDB Group and DraftFCB, with creative chairman Nick Worthington named as the Australasian region's best creative director. DDB Group also backed up a good year on the awards front, with Rapp/Tribal winning digital agency of the year ahead of Colenso BBDO and TBWA\DAN, while Spark PHD was rewarded for an impressive year with the media agency of the year title, ahead of Naked and OMD.
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When we sat down for a chat with DDB's new executive creative director Andy Fackrell a few months back (see full interview below) he said he was enjoying being back in the Kiwi countryside and was pretty keen to stick around if he was enjoying himself. And that's exactly what's happened, because he has signed on to become the permanent ECD eight months into his 12 month contract.
According to CAANZ, one of the big challenges facing the communications industry is the way it is sometimes perceived by clients—and society more broadly. So, in an effort to address this and show that it is in fact what chief executive Paul Head calls a reputable and professional industry that adds value to businesses, the communications industry will be governed by a formal set of rules after CAANZ introduced its new ‘Code of Ethics, Practices, and Obligations of CAANZ Members'.
We called it in late April, and now the official word is out: Westpac New Zealand has appointed DDB Group as its sole creative advertising agency.
It was announced a couple of months ago that DDB NZ's creative sage Toby Talbot was leaving to take up a role within the DDB Network based in London where he would be working on global clients like Volkswagen and McDonald’s and doing a creative MBA. Everyone was assured it was a short-term thing and he'd be back to take up his position after his year-long overseas sabbatical. But he's "made the most difficult decision of his business life" and instead made a clean break from the DDB Network to take up a role as executive creative director with one of the UK's top agencies, RKCR/Y&R.
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Paul Head, the managing director of his own consultancy business Strategic Thinking, has been appointed as the new CAANZ chief executive, replacing the outgoing Rick Osborne.
Sandy Moore, chief executive of DDB Group New Zealand, has been elected president of CAANZ for a two-year term, taking over from DraftFCB's Bryan Crawford.
The Spikes Asia spikes were dished out last night and the 2010 'Asian Cannes' was a bit of a two-horse race between DDB New Zealand, which was named Agency of the Year and helped DDB Group Asia Pacific to Network of the Year accolades, and Colenso BBDO, which was named Media Agency of the Year and placed third for overall Agency of the Year.
You might have noticed that digital is not an 'other' anymore. And while a number of the larger agencies have been operating separate digital factions for some time, many of them now appear to be moving digital back to the centre of the agency offering. TBWA\ recently brought Ross Howard in as creative director of Tequila to sit beside executive creative director Andy Blood, Saatchi & Saatchi closed its digital outfit SaatchiDGS this year, and DDB is the latest to head in this digi-direction after merging its direct arm Rapp and its digital arm Tribal DDB, into one, Popeye-esque arm they're calling Rapp/Tribal.
The advertising Lazy Susan continues to spin. And there's been another big switcheroo: Justin Mowday has swapped his managing director cap at DraftFCB for a snazzy new one at DDB.