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AFFINITY hires new directors

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on

New AFFINITY directors L-R: Giorgia Butler, Russell Smyth, Lisa Christie  (photo credit: AFFINITY)Effectiveness agency AFFINITY has welcomed new directors to its leadership circle.  

Lisa Christie (pictured, right) is onboard as the new group media director. She has over 30 years of experience handling strategy and brand planning for major consumer brands such as Suncorp, Sony, and CBA. She’s a co-founder of IKON Communications and runs her own consultancy.

Giorgia Butler (pictured, left) is on the team as senior strategist and brand director. A brand planner with 20 years’ experience, plus three Effie nods and an IPA award, Butler is well known at running campaigns for companies such as Telstra, Nestle, and Samsung. She has held strategy director posts with the former Y&R, Ogilvy Australia, and the Houston Group.

Russell Smyth (pictured, centre) is AFFINITY’s new creative director. He comes to the agency equipped with over 20 years of creative experience, 15 of them total gained from long sojourns with Ogilvy & Mather and The Campaign Palace. His portfolio includes multi-channel campaigns including those for Transport for NSW, MILO, and Pfizer.

The trio’s appointments came as AFFINITY moved away from account management work to a more hands-on strategic planning approach with clients. As such, they will join seven other people who will work personally with the clients as strategists, including among others, CEO Luke Brown, chief strategy officer Angela Smith, and senior strategist/CRM director David Ryder. 

“We’re proud to have attracted the calibre of talent in Lisa, Giorgia and Russell. They’re already demonstrating their exceptional talent in working with our data-driven approach and are making a huge difference to our clients on a daily basis,” said Brown.

Get to know Butler, Smyth, and Christie on LinkedIn.


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