Friday, October 06, 2006


After only 18 months as Chairman of Clemenger BBDO/Melbourne, Ron Mather has decided to leave the agency at the end of October.
With the recent appointments of James McGrath and Tony Greenwood, as Executive Creative Director and Group Creative Director respectively, to the agency’s creative department, Mather says he feels his work at Clemenger BBDO/Melbourne is done.
“James McGrath, who is joining Clemenger BBDO as Executive Creative Director, is a great talent and Tony Greenwood is a creative I have admired for years,” says Mather.
“Having one of these guys in your department would be great. Having two of them is very special. Add to that, new Managing Director, Peter Biggs, and you have a potent combination.”
Mather said he enjoyed his time at Clemenger BBDO which, although short -lived, was quite fruitful. Creating the Government World Class Performance Campaign last year, helping create a very successful campaign for Dulux and hiring Tony Greenwood were among his highlights.
Although he enjoyed the title of ‘Chairman’, Ron says he’s “not ready to sit down just yet”.
Biggs paid tribute to Ron and his contribution to Clemenger BBDO/Melbourne: “We have been very fortunate to have had an advertising legend like Ron Mather as part of the agency for the last year and a half. He has played an important role throughout a time of transition at the agency. We thank him and wish him well.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

so ron mather said that peter biggs is the bestest person in the world....

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sit down Ron. Please. Just sit down.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't a year and a half premature eject - ulation?

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many months do we give poor old Tony Greenwood???

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great team player Ron is, he's been in most of them

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Ron when he was an up-and-coming art director at London Progressive Advertising in Knightsbridge, way back in 1969. At the time his writer/partner was Mike Cozens, who some time later won two D & AD Gold Pencils... Almost 20 years later, Ron was to be my lecturer when I was admitted into A.W.A.R.D. school in Sydney. I was the oldest course student in Australia that year (same class as D. Droga oddly enough). How strange it feels even now to try and rationalize that it’s O.K. if no-one’s ever heard of YOU... Anyway, back to Ron, considering that advertising is a "young person's" business, I am awed by the fact that he has lasted so long...and he’s not a bad dart-player either...

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6.05m He's also one of the nicest blokes you could hope to meet.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that a genuine talent like Ron Mather can be treated like this shows the terrible state of Australian advertising. (This blog, with it's endless kiddy in-jokes, is another.) Quite simply, when James McGrath and his ilk are totally forgotten (about 18 months from now) Ron Mather will still stand tall as one of this country's great ad men and his work will still be the stuff I'll be looking at for inspiration.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10.30 PM:

Not much longer than he gave to many of his own staff in the past.

1:31 PM  

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