Wednesday, January 25, 2006


CEO of DDB New Zealand Group, Martin O’Halloran (pictured) has been appointed Chairman/CEO of DDB Australia and New Zealand, a role that will see him relocate to Sydney. Current DDB Australia chairman and CEO Nick Cleaver has decided to resign, effective from March 2006 after 16 years with the agency.
President of DDB Asia Pacific, Mr John Zeigler, says O’Halloran has done a superb job building the New Zealand DDB business to become one of DDB’s top 5 agencies worldwide. “Marty is one of the best managers we have in the DDB Worldwide network. He has built a leading edge agency that has achieved Asia Pacific regional top three creative status and has a people culture second to no other agency.”
Added Ziegler: "Nick has been with DDB for 16 years and in that time has helped transform DDB Australia from a leading advertising business to the country’s pre eminent integrated services provider in the communications industry. Nick will be missed but his contribution to the growth and sophistication of our operation in Australia will long be remembered.
"Under Nick’s leadership you have all continued to grow our creative reputation winning many Industry awards, growing new business and adding new businesses. It’s been gratifying under Nick’s leadership to see companies like Tribal DDB, Remedy, Mango and Rapp Collins come of age and performing strongly. Nick will be remembered for many positive things, most of all the talented management team that’s in place."
O’Halloran says it’s a great honour to be offered this challenging new role, which sees him assume responsibility for the Australian operation as well as maintaining overall responsibility for the New Zealand business.
“Part of my new challenge will be to continue the growth that’s been experienced in both the New Zealand and Australian businesses to date. We want to sustain our strong regional standing within both markets, while developing further opportunities to generate ongoing business initiatives.
“I believe there will be huge two-way trans-Tasman opportunities for DDB that I will be able to take advantage of in my new role.”
O’Halloran’s career with DDB spans 20 years, 17 of them in New Zealand – the other three in Australia. He has been CEO of the group for the past four years. In 2004 he was awarded CEO of the year, DDB was named B&T agency of the year and was the leading agency at the 2005 Axis Creative awards.
He is highly regarded within the local advertising community, having been president of CAANZ for four years and currently its vice president.
The new role will see O’Halloran based in Sydney but he will spend regular periods in New Zealand. It is expected that a new group managing director will be appointed to DDB New Zealand within the next three months.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the new CD is...

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true the Melbourne Museum is leading the search for a new fossil to replace the outgoing creative fossil at DDB?

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

furby to make a return ??

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

about time he got fired!

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of Faudet. Talk about weirdo hacks....

6:06 PM  
Blogger CB said...

dazzling, chaps. You could have a TV show.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of the authors of these bitchy comments have ever been a creative director themselves, let alone a successful one. It would make a pleasant change if this blog was used to encourage each other and our clients towards better work, rather than constantly slagging each other off. From the outside it appears that Garry did an extremely difficult job well, lot of fast turnover retail clients, constant change at senior management, high suit turnover and more. You try doing that for 10 years under those circumstances and have everyone love you!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will we be hearing of a new agency soon called Cleaver/Horner?

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well if you fire someone on their hospital bed...remember what happened to blampied...sometimes karma has a weird way of catching up...

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jhonnie B wasn't fired on his hospital bed - in fact his farewell present was the trail bike he had the accideent on! I heard he resigned cause he was over Cleaver's political bullshit. Sounds like everyone is better out of DDB!

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cleaver fires horner....cleaver is then fired...looks like someone got employed to do the dirty work and then got snipped.

reminds me of clemenger and mike o.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Et tu Ziegler?

7:15 AM  

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