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New staff intake at The 6AM Agency

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on
The 6AM Agency signage (photo credit; official 6AM Faccebook page)Sydney PR/communications outfit The 6AM Agency is welcoming new staff.

Zahra Babuji signed on as group account director. She recently left Howorth Communications after six years as senior account director and producer.

Former Howorth managing director/opr COO Graham White joins the leadership team as senior adviser. He will serve part-time as he is focused on his own communications agency. 

“We’re honoured and thrilled to have the likes of Zahra and Graham join our leadership team at a time when clients and team need a smart, empathetic and steady hand to traverse this time of disruption and possibility. Their experience brings world class expertise to a nimble boutique agency, enabling easily accessible, agile and trusted senior advisor counsel, at a time when business leaders need smart strategic thinking across PR, Social, Digital, Content and Influencers/KOLs, with a focus on ROI,” lauded 6AM founder/CEO Gillian Fish of Babuji and White’s entry.

Lara Doundoulakis is a senior account director counsel. She was recently with Example as senior PR director for three months this year. 

Megan Hoole was hired as account manager focusing on employee and consumer communications, having finished two years with Swedish furniture house IKEA.

Cindy Alexandra is in action as senior account executive. She finished two years on account executive roles with Taurus Marketing, handling PR, content and social work for, among others, health and education accounts. 

UNSW student Carla Ishak is in as account coordinator. She recently completed 6AM’s internship program.

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The new deal will see Thrive run Tinder’s Australia media relations and communications projects.

“Did you or anyone you know meet on Tinder? With millions of downloads across 40+ languages we’re guessing there’s a lot of you out there, and we’d love to hear your stories,” the agency declared.

The agency previously handled campaigns for apps such as TikTok and Twitter.

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Credit-card provider VISA has appointed Natalie Lockwood to be its new VP for marketing in ANZ and the South Pacific region.

She has led the company’s client relations management arm in Sydney since 2016. Her experience in fintech-based marketing goes back over 25 years, working in Mastercard and Citibank’s credit cards division, plus the ASX. 

“I’m really excited to lead VISA’s brand strategy and marketing execution across Australia and New Zealand at a time when payments are rapidly evolving. Over the past year we’ve seen consumers embrace digital technology and change the way they pay, and I’m looking forward to helping VISA demonstrate how we connect the world through our innovative and secure digital payments network, because VISA is much more than a credit card company,” said Lockwood.

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Buchanan earns Ogilvy PR global consumer role

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Matt Buchanan will be Ogilvy PR’s new global consumer PR chief, effective 1 July.

A BA PR/Politics graduate of RMIT, Buchanan has been in the UK for the past six years, serving as UK managing director of One Green Bean and currently heading Ogilvy UK’s PR and influence department. His experience included running campaigns for a major international bank, an alcoholic drink brand, and a leading search engine.

He also represents Ogilvy on the PRCA industry bloc.

“As Ogilvy PR continues to transform under Julianna’s leadership, it’s the perfect time for me to take on a new challenge and help create the most innovative work, strongest client relationships and best-in-class creative communications across the globe. I’m so energised by the opportunity to drive our PR business forward globally and look forward to partnering with our teams to deliver great work that has true impact,” said Buchanan, referring to Ogilvy global CEO Julianna Richter.

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iD Collective taps new brand director

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The iD Collective has hired Joel Victoria as its new brand evolution director.

Victoria joined after over four years in the cruise marketing and hospitality industry. He was formerly marketing director for AAT Kings, marketing/sales GM for Captain’s Choice, and subsequently APAC marketing chief for travel cruise line Hurtigruten. 

“I’ve built a career client side, helping brands achieve their goals, working for one brand at a time. The opportunity to work with multiple brands across various industries was a big drawcard for this move to agency. I’m equally excited by the opportunity to work with the talented team at iD Collective and look forward to working on brand evolution strategies that leverage sound marketing disciplines, fuelled by creativity and a good dose of imagination,” said Victoria.

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Currently the CEO of Hotwire’s North America operations, she will succeed Barbara Bates, who will be appointed to a new senior advisory role related to Enero’s North America M and A activities. Both of them will report to Enero Group CEO Brent Scrimshaw.

Kernahan has been with Hotwire since September 2016. 

“We have ambitious plans to bring more value to our fast growth and global tech clients, who are looking for an alternative to the big multinational agencies. Barbara has led a culture, team and business that is sought after by the largest tech companies in the world and I’m honoured to now lead this organisation. With 20 years behind us, we feel that we’re just getting started,” said Kernahan. 
 
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He will be in charge of using data and analytics solutions to power brand experiences and campaigns across the Ogilvy ANZ client network for the advertising, experience, PR, and health sectors.

Albert has been on freelance data consulting for most of H1 2021, leaving Velocity Frequent Flyer last December as operations manager for Torque Data and data consult head. He previously worked for the Ogilvy organisation from 1993 to 1994 as data planning manager.

“There is a huge opportunity for us to continue accelerating the smart application of data and analytics, and I look forward to combining my extensive data analytics experience with Ogilvy Australia’s talented creative minds to deliver exceptional work,” said Albert.

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