SAATCHI WELLINGTON HIRES HALL AS CD, HARLAND AS GM
In a major revamp, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington has hired Australian Tim Hall as creative director and former Lowe Auckland GM Cameron Harland as general manager.
From 2000 to 2004, Hall (pictured) was deputy creative director of Clemenger BBDO in Sydney, and more recently he has been freelancing in Sydney including with Saatchi's.
Says Mike O'Sullivan, Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand's Executive Creative Director: "Tim's one of those rare people who combine creative flair with experienced management. He's done great work for us in Sydney and he's really excited about joining the Wellington office. He and Cameron will be a great partnership and they'll both be real contributors to us nationally”.
Says Andrew Stone, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand: "I've known Cameron for a few years. He's a Wellingtonian, and was a client of Saatchi's Wellington when he was at the Rugby Union. He worked for our London office overseeing Toyota and more recently was GM at Lowe. He's full of energy, full of great ideas and keen to get stuck in."
Stone said in the last three years, under the leadership of Jonathan Russell, the Wellington agency had increased in size, in the quality of its creative work and in the breadth of work it is now undertaking for its clients: "All of that has been fundamental to Saatchi & Saatchi being named Agency of the Year by NBR, Campaign Brief and B&T Magazine.
"Jonathan has also been leading our expansion into the field of "Shopper Marketing" with the focus of turning shoppers into buyers. It's a huge global focus for us, and we have 400 professionals through the Saatchi network who specialise in that area under the brand Saatchi X. We've asked Jonathan to step up and lead that initiative for us nationally, becoming the New Zealand GM of Saatchi X. Jonathan will continue to be based in Wellington and will continue the partnership with clients there in a Shopper Marketing capacity."