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Gyro London has appointed David Harris as Executive Creative Director. Teamed with the strong leadership of Gyro London Managing Director Kate Howe, Harris will help to intensify gyro’s growing presence as a business-to-business powerhouse in this highly competitive market. Harris has held ECD roles at other top agencies, including Wunderman (leading Microsoft’s business-to-business work) and most recently FCB where he worked on Beiersdorf (Nivea, Eucerin and Elastoplast) and Mondelez (Oreo and Tuc). Harris was also instrumental in co-founding the integrated agency LIDA with M&C Saatchi.

Gyro London has appointed David Harris as Executive Creative Director

Kate Howe, managing director of Gyro London, said: “David has achieved nothing but success throughout his career. His world-class talent and exceptional experience across all channels, combined with our talented team, will bring a best-in-class offering to our client partners.” Harris added: “The fact that gyro is an independent, challenger agency with a strong focus on business is something that truly resonated with me. I’m looking forward to getting started with this talented, collaborative team to bring to life Gyro’s mission of creating humanly relevant ideas.”

 

Crush+Lab

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Creative agency and strategic media platform Crush+Lab continues to sharpen its impressive team with the addition of editor Scott Butzer. Butzer will work as Head of Editorial for the Los Angeles boutique production company, which specialises in creating innovative television, film, commercials, as well as engaging social projects and relevant digital media. Butzer has a passion for provoking stories that inspire dialogue and leave a mark in the world, which is perfectly in step with the Crush+ Lab ethos. Executive Producer/Director David Solomini, along with EP Alexander Kafi and Creative Director/Producer Paula Tabalipa, formed the company with the intention of challenging the status quo and creating relatable content with lasting impact.

Crush+Lab continues to sharpen its impressive team with the addition of editor Scott Butzer as Head of Editorial

Butzer said: “There are many things that excite me about crush+lab, but mainly the opportunity to form strong working relationships with the creators here. An in-house editor at a production company is a somewhat rare phenomenon in this business for reasons that still elude me. The director/creative/editor relationship is very crucial to the filmmaking process, so to be able to work with these people under the same roof that you can evolve with and collaborate with throughout the entire creative process is a really exciting opportunity.”

 

Mother London

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Brazilian creative team Ana Balarin and Hermeti Balarin have been announced as the new ECDs at Mother London. The husband and wife pair who have risen through the ranks of the creative agency over the past nine years will be immediately tasked with leading London’s creative department, and continuing to cultivate a spirit of creative excellence among the next generation of Mother talent. They will join the London management team, working alongside Managing Director Sara Tate and Joint Heads of Strategy Chris Gallery & Katie Mackay to continue to drive the agency’s creative reputation that has consistently built up over the past two decades.

Ana Balarin and Hermeti Balarin have been announced as the new ECDs at Mother London

Mother creative chief Robert Saville, said: “This is a big deal for Mother London. Handing creative leadership to a new generation is not something Mark and I do lightly. In Ana and Hermeti that decision is a no brainer; they have it all.” Co-founder Mark Waites, said: “There's a long list of creatives who've started their careers as a placement at Mother and now run their own shops. We're very proud to add to that list.” Mr and Mrs Balarin, meanwhile, added: “We humbly accept the honour of leading Mother’s legendary creative output through its next era.”

 

BBH Asia Pacific

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BBH Asia Pacific has welcomed Creative duo Kasia Kifert and Dawid Marcinkowski to Singapore. The duo (originally from Poland and most recently based in London) are more widely celebrated as the “Kissinger Twins,” even though they're not genetically related. Kasia and Dawid have received international acclaim for their original work. The duo have produced creative content across a vast media palette including film, digital, photography and advertising for brands that include Channel 4, Honda, Expedia, Philips, Clarins and Avon. Their work has been widely recognised by major festivals and awards shows, including the Webby Awards, SXSW, Cannes Lions, Luezers Archive, Vancouver IFF, onedotzero, OFFF and The FWA.

BBH Asia Pacific has welcomed Creative duo Kasia Kifert and Dawid Marcinkowski to Singapore

Scott Mcclelland, ECD of BBH Asia Pacific, said: “I'm a big fan of The Kissinger Twins - of them and their work and we're excited to have them join us. They bring to us fresh new skills and talents and a lovely visual eye (or 4) to help complement our current offering to brands.” Kasia & Dawid themselves, added: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. We are very excited to join BBH Singapore, and work with Scott and other great talent here.”

 

Mullen Lowe Group

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Mullen Lowe Group has announced the promotion of Richard Warren, CEO of DLKW Lowe and co-founder of DLKW, to the newly created role of Mullen Lowe Group UK CEO. Warren will report into Alex Leikikh, Global CEO, Mullen Lowe Group, and the appointment is effective immediately. Mullen Lowe Group UK consists of through the line advertising agency DLKW Lowe, digital marketing agency Lowe Profero, and strategic activation and shopper marketing agency Lowe Open. The three entities will continue to operate as separate brands. As part of this announcement, DLKW Lowe has also appointed a new management team. Jamie Elliott, DLKW Lowe’s Managing Director has been promoted to CEO, and ECD Dave Henderson has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer.

Mullen Lowe Group has announced the promotion of Richard Warren to the newly created role of Mullen Lowe Group UK CEO

Leikikh comments. “We have tremendous leadership strength in the UK across DLKW Lowe, Lowe Profero and Lowe Open. The creation of the Mullen Lowe Group in the UK positions us to capitalise on huge growth potential with an integrated product offering, and Richard’s promotion to lead the Group reflects his exceptional leadership and strategic abilities.” Richard Warren, Mullen Lowe Group UK CEO, adds: “I am very excited about the potential of learning from Mullen’s outstanding US success. I am keen to create with Dale, Jamie, Anthony and Simon a highly contemporary, competitive and integrated UK group offering.”

 

TBWA Oceania

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Hristos Varou has been promoted to the position of regional chief strategy officer at TBWA Oceania. He will continue to work in partnership with Paul Mayes, executive planning director of Whybin\TBWA Melbourne and David McIndoe, Head of Planning for Whybin\TBWA Auckland.

 Joining Whybin\TBWA Sydney as executive planning director in July 2009, Varouhas has been critical to the agency’s creative, effectiveness and new business success.

Hristos Varouhashas been promoted to the position of regional chief strategy officer at TBWA Oceania

Paul Bradbury, Regional CEO at TBWA Oceania, said: “Don’t be deceived by the Billabong shirt, the gold chain and the Harley-Davidson, Hristos is the sharpest planner across all disciplines that I have ever come across. Scott Whybin and I are very excited by what he can continue to achieve in partnership with our teams in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland,”

 Varouhas added: “It’s been a very fruitful almost six years with Whybin\TBWA and with this new role I’m looking forward to growing the Strategy discipline (which is fast-changing) with Paul and our exceptional planning leaders in Melbourne and New Zealand.”

 

Grey Group Australia

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Grey Group Australia has made three key appointments in the creative and planning departments to further extend its digital expertise. Josh Harvey and Cohan Banfield join Grey as designers for the creative team while Matt Simms joins as strategic planner. All three are based in Sydney and will work across all Australian clients. 

Harvey, a digital designer who joins Grey from Spinklr UK, will be responsible for developing integrated and interactive experiences across mobile, web and social media. 

Banfield, a multi disciplinary designer with experience across print, photography, web and online media joins Grey as digital designer, and Simms will be responsible for the digital and social planning, and will be working closing with Grey Sydney’s newly appointed national planning director, Danish Chan.

Grey Group Australia has made three key appointments in the creative and planning departments to further extend its digital expertise



Paul Worboys, COO of Grey Group Australia, said" "The appointment of this terrific trio, with their abilities centred around digital creativity and thinking, will take our product to a new level. The digital work and thinking coming out of Grey is of a very high standard and is integral to everything we produce.”

 

BBDO Japan

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BBDO has named strategist Tony Harris as CEO of a newly created agency brand as the network splits its Japanese operations into three: I&S BBDO, BBDO J West and the newly-created BBDO Japan. Harris, formerly CEO of BBDO Guerrero in the Philippines, will be joining BBDO Japan as its new chief executive. He will report to Kazutoyo Kato, president of the I&S BBDO Group and Chris Thomas, chairman of I&S BBDO Group and CEO of the Americas, who will continue in their roles.
 
Based in Tokyo, BBDO Japan will be responsible for managing BBDO’s existing global accounts, as well as assisting those Japanese clients seeking access to BBDO’s global capabilities. At BBDO Guerrero, Harris will be succeeded by Francine Kahn-Gonzalez, managing director of the agency. Harris assumes his new role immediately.

BBDO has named strategist Tony Harris as CEO of BBDO Japan

Thomas said: 

“The establishment of this new organisation will strengthen our ability to service our global businesses and to handle creative platforms brought in from around the world. And in Tony, we have a leader with a proven reputation of what it takes to establish a successful BBDO office and who is passionate about great work.” Kato added: “We are always looking at new ways to enhance our client offering and we are very deliberately setting out to create a variety of working models for our clients that will more usefully reflect their requirements in this rapidly changing marketing landscape. BBDO Japan will present an agile and forward-facing structure for our clients.”


 

Havas Media Group UK

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Havas Media Group UK has appointed Nick Wright to the newly created role of Group Creative Director. The news marks a promotion from his current role as Head of Creative for Havas Sports & Entertainment. Nick’s immediate focus will be on the implementation and construction of an entirely new, creatively-driven team, in which he will work into Group Chief Strategy Officer Graeme Douglas, and will be tasked with driving creativity and collaboration across the group.

Havas Media Group UK has appointed Nick Wright to the newly created role of Group Creative Director

Wright said: “I am truly excited to take up this new position as Group Creative Director. The idea of ‘creativity’ within a media agency may to some feel incongruous but in fact, with the way technology and media has changed our world so rapidly, I believe that now this is its natural home.” Graeme Douglas, CSO, Havas Media Group, added: “For too long the role of ‘the Creative’ has been the exclusive domain of the Creative Agency. This notion is dead. Nick is the ideal person to lead our relentless pursuit of excellence in creative thinking that goes beyond what brands say but into how brands behave, regardless of platform or media channel.”

 

R/GA London

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R/GA London has appointed Phil Haworth to the newly created role of group creative director, head of campaigns, joining the agency’s senior management team. As group creative director, head of campaigns, Haworth is charged with the day-to-day management of the agency’s creative teams, developing best-in-class work across all accounts. Haworth joins R/GA from AKQA, where he spent eight years as group creative director.

R/GA London has appointed Phil Haworth to the newly created role of group creative director, head of campaigns

Haworth reports to vice president, executive creative director, R/GA London, Rodrigo Sobral who said of the appointment: “Phil’s unique creative vision and history of delivering world class, award-winning campaigns will help us continue to lead the way when it comes to creating truly end-to-end work.” Haworth added: “Joining R/GA London represents a unique opportunity to work with one of the most diverse and extraordinary talent pools anywhere in the industry. For anyone with an interest in digital, innovation and world-class communications, R/GA is an amazing opportunity. I’m extremely proud and excited to be a part of the team here.”

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