Thursday, May 10, 2007

HANKINSON LURED BACK ACROSS TASMAN TO DDB AUCKLAND



DDB New Zealand Executive Creative Director Toby Talbot has hired Paul Hankinson as Creative Group Head to be responsible for the McDonald’s account.
Sydney-based Hankinson, who will start in June, is no stranger to New Zealand with previous stints at Publicis Mojo and HKM (now Clemenger BBDO Wellington.)
“Hanko will be a great addition to the place,” says Talbot. “He’s bloody funny and he works bloody hard. He was here freelancing for a month and the place didn’t feel the same without him. We all wanted him back. He’s got a huge personality and talent to match. He’s spent the last five years working on big, challenging accounts like Woolworths at M&C Saatchi and Kellogg’s at JWT. Now he wants to do some great work back in New Zealand again.”
Hankinson, who worked with Talbot as a freelance on the recent NZ Lotteries pitch, added: “Toby and I have always got along famously; whether that would translate into working well together was tested in the cauldron of the Lotteries pitch. We’re treating the win as an ‘it works’.
“New Zealand has been extremely kind to me. As well as producing the best work of my career so far here, I’ve even managed to acquire a missus from the place.”
“I’d describe DDB as ‘poised’. It’s already a strong agency, and now Toby’s come in and they’ve won one of the most highly coveted pieces of business in the country. From my point of view, there wasn’t much to think about.”
Hankinson’s last stint of work in the NZ market included multi-award winning campaigns for Hallensteins, Coke and Burger Rings.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Kirsty said...

Congrats Hanko, that's great news, although sad that you'll be leaving Sydney.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news Hanko. Maybe you'll get a chance to finish that book on the plane ride over.

RF

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really pleased for you Hank. Just make sure Regan doesn't try and touch you.

I look forward to discovering some of Auckland's cheapest foodcourts with you.

Dave

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Mick said...

Well done Hanko, you're too good for that other rabble.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you two would be over cheap foodcourts. Booker

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work. Be good to have you back. We must grab a burger. Blaine.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kingy and Hanko back in NZ. Sydney won't feel the same but it'll smell a whole lot better. Good luck Hanko.
MA.

2:04 PM  

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