JWT MELBOURNE HIRES AWARD WINNER
JWT Melbourne’s new executive creative director Richard Muntz proved he has an eye for spotting talent with the recent appointment of creative team James Orr and Carly Williams.
Last month, Orr was named Top Student for News Limited AWARD School in Victoria. This week, he was named ‘Best In Australia for 2007’, outdoing the winners from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.
“James Orr is the best student in the history of AWARD school,” said Muntz, who as well as being ECD of JWT Melbourne is also the New Limited AWARD School co-leader.
“That opinion has nothing to do with the fact that I recently hired James and partner Carly Williams at JWT,” he added.
Orr and Williams paired up as a team during the course. Muntz says he hired the pair primarily for their talent but also for their flexibility.
“James and Carly distinguished themselves by appearing as a footstool and a coffee table in the posters promoting AWARD School. I thought that showed the type of willingness to adapt to any situation that busy agencies are looking for,” said Muntz.
One of the first things Orr will be asking for is some time off – his prize includes a trip to the Caxton Awards in Byron Bay next month.
Muntz has also added to the agency’s digital line up, hiring web specialist Gideon Cheok. Having studied at Monash University, Cheok is highly skilled in web framework and aesthetical design. He joins JWT from Studio Equator, where he was working on graphic design, environmental design and front-end work for multi-media websites.