Thursday, September 13, 2007


Saatchi & Saatchi Australia's Executive Creative Director, David ‘Nobby’ Nobay is leaving the agency in November to pursue a new challenge, details of which should be known in the coming months.
“Saatchi & Saatchi feels very privileged to have had more than four extraordinary years with Nobby to firmly position the agency as the No. 1 creative agency in Australasia, including three successive years as Campaign Brief’s Agency of The Year,” said Saatchi & Saatchi Chief Executive Simone Bartley.
Nobay is currently ranked number one CD in Australasia on the CB Creative Rankings.
Says Nobay: "To say I've enjoyed my time at Saatchi & Saatchi in Australia would be a gross understatement. It's no secret that I love the culture and people here enormously. Saatchi & Saatchi is a unique place to work and offers an environment that has helped me create the best work of my career. Moving on is a painful decision: I'm leaving behind mates, more than colleagues and clients, but, ultimately I knew it was time for me to face a new challenge. The good news is that I won't be traveling too far from the Mercantile Hotel!"
“Nobby is committed to remaining at the agency until November, to give plenty of time to overlap with the new incoming Executive Creative Director and complete major ongoing projects,” Bartley said.
Simone Bartley said that she expected the new ECD would be announced shortly: “We are well into an international search and are in discussions with a number of local and offshore candidates.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me be first to say it: It will be weird to visit Saatchis Sydney and not see your smiling, if not slightly rounded face. Definitely the end of an era. you have been a brilliant instigator, innovator, mentor and mate to so many of us. Congratulations on having the guts to make the move. Whatever the future holds, your indelible mark on Saatchis and Aussie advertising will remain. See you down the Mercantile soon. I believe its my shout.
Tim Hall

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clemenger. $00000000000000's

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you mate. Many of us around town owe you a debt of gratitude for the good times and hard lessons learned during your time at the Saatchi helm. Onya.
- Luke Chess

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloody hell. A slow news day eh?

Congrats Nobby, your incredible record will be very, very difficult to match.

All the best for whatever the future holds.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim, have you finally invented teleportation?

Or are you no longer living in NZ?

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll see you at The Mercantile too Nobby and I believe it's your shout.


2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leaving a position like that, must of been an amazing offer.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Onward and upward Nobby. Was that a sigh of relief I heard? It's so unheavy man. Can you make mine an organic carrot juice? Your friend. Neil

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no doubt, based on Saatchi's record over the last few years, that the guy is a great CD. I do detect, however, a touch of irony that he is on the blog announcing his impending departure. After all, he is the bloke who spent about 2000 words slagging the thing off once upon a time.
Signed, Anonymous!

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck! Satchi's was my next move to work under you. Now I gotta chase you to fuck knows where!!!

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim lives in NZ. I saw him on Wednesday night at the Viaduct. He looked happy to be here.

A. Bouncer

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one Nobby. Looking forward to seeing where you go next. I bet it doesn't start with a "C"!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Must of been?

Must of been?

Back to school please.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way people make out they are Nobby's best mate by posting a message on the blog. If you know him so well you'd call/text him. It so fake and clearly about you pretending you are mates.

6:25 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...


i think the fact that you're blatantly trying to be his mate, by hoping he reads your comment, is far worse.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a mate of Nobby's. He wouldn't know me from a chimpanzee's testicle. I'd just like to say that imho he's one the all-time great Aussie CDs, and good luck to him for his next venture - it'll be great. Mate.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know you very well at all Nobby but there's no denying the mark you've left on Saatchis. Congrats.

Ps. How does that 6.25 message get a posting Lynchy? Seriously?

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with 6:25.

I mean seriously, how dare you say something nice about someone you don't know?

The blog is intended for anonymously slagging people you don't know. Come on.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good onya Nob. Your mate, Toby.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arnt you guys wasting your time writing comments of good will here? After all nobby doesn't read the blog doesn't he?

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tragically, 10.38, as you can see from both the standard of debate and the minimal language skills exhibited, the contributors to this blog and indeed the ad industry itself are mostly illiterate, pubescent little boys.

Small wonder the likes of Warren Brown are devising exit strategies.

Nobody who's any good should be in this once-great business once they hit 50. Nobby of course being a bit younger will still need to ride the bucking beast for a few years more.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact: you know you've made it when others are getting into arguments; fiercly questioning whether these people do in fact know you.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:44, I know that you know I don't know you know any of the protagonists in this debate, but I know that you know you don't know you don't know you know, you know? You know?

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Nobby?

11:33 AM  

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