New staff movements at WE Buchan

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WE Buchan logoThe staff pool at integrated communication and marketing agency WE Buchan has been bolstered with new promotions and fresh talent coming aboard.

The agency announced that after almost two years as head of digital and social, Nichole Provatas is moving up to Group Head of Digital, Creative and Strategy. She will be in charge of a larger integrated services team that takes on strategy, creative, branding, production, social, and digital functions.

Current investor communications head Kyahn Williamson is now the group head for investor and corporate communications. She is one of WE Buchan’s seasoned hands, having logged 15 years with the company, starting as account director.

Current account director Libby Woolnough is appointed the acting head of corporate. Senior account director Cristina Fletcher moves up to technology director while Fred Hadfield has been tapped as design director and manager of the agency’s creative studio.

In the recruitment front, former Ogilvy Sydney marketing communications director Remy Le Fevre signs on as head of consumer and creative director, bringing his skills on business management, creative, digital marketing, and advertising to the table.

Jye Smith takes up the director of strategy position. His experience in strategic planning spans over ten years, including an APAC SVP post at Weber Shandwick, marketing executive with CBS Australia, and innovation/strategy director at the Disruptor’s Handbook.

“We’ve built two fantastic practices in consumer and strategy with excellent teams in place. These appointments are an opportunity to take our offering in these sectors to the next level, and we are excited at the growing opportunities to work on some of the most exciting brands in the world,” said WE Buchan CEO Gemma Hudson of Le Fevre and Smith’s entry into the agency.

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Thorburn joins The Mint Partners

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Integrated communications agency The Mint Partners has tapped Cameron Thorburn to be its new head of digital and content.

The new position puts Thorburn as part of the agency’s senior leadership team, alongside co-founders/MDs Genevieve Taubman and Brett Galvin and strategy and operations boss Miranda Bryce. 

Thorburn comes to The Mint Partners with a wealth of experience stretching back over ten years. He has previous digital and creative director experience at agencies such as the DDB Group Australia, Totem Communications, Weber Shandwick, and PPR ANZ, which he left last month. 

“Cameron’s experience will be instrumental in building the agency’s digital and content capabilities, while integrating in with our broader PR and communications remit,” Taubman said.

“He will lead our new digital offerings around content production and distribution, social media and digital advertising, measurement and brand strategy.”

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Stellar earns new clients

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Sydney communications agency Stellar has kicked off FY20 with new clients on the roster.

The agency’s Stellar Connex division was tasked to handle the account for hospitality and leisure recruitment consultants Hastings People. Their first assignment was organising the Hastings Connect networking event for Australian hospitality professionals, which took place this week.

Stellar Connex is also teaming up with co-departments Stellar Social and Stellar Studio to work with direct-to-consumer hair and beauty brand True Me. The remit calls for Stellar to bolster True Me’s legacy branding with new content, marketing, and the deployment of brand influencers/ambassadors. 

“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to build a brand from its infancy and work with a business that entrusts you wholeheartedly as part of its team. We are delighted to be on the journey with True Me and look forward to sharing its story with Australia,” said Stellar co-owne

WhiteGREY loses directors

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WPP AUNZ member-agency whiteGREY no longer has the services of two senior directors.  

Mumbrella reported one of them, group account director Claire Manning, had exited the company after 22 years. She joined predecessor agency Grey Group in August 1997, running the agency’s oral health portfolio, and was able to see Grey Group’s merging with The White Agency in 2017.

The second, Warwick Heathwood, left whiteGREY this week after only five months as strategy director to go freelance. He joined the agency after relocating to Sydney from New York, where he was head of strategy with SET Creative.

whiteGREY management has yet to announce replacements for Manning and Heathwood.

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Titmus exits RED Havas

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Grant Titmus has stepped down as RED Havas’ executive director.

Mumbrella reported that he left the agency to open his own consultancy, called Sumit Media.

Titmus has been a major stalwart of former RED Havas component arm RED Agency. He joined RED Agency in October 2005, handling work across its financial services, technology, corporate affairs, and issues and crisis communications practices. 

Titmus detailed that Sumit Media will focus on issues and crisis management.

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OPR staffers move up

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WPP AUNZ member-agency opr has promoted two senior employees.

The agency announced this week that Bridget Jung (pictured, right) is now with the opr executive team as its new chief creative officer. She had been the agency’s ECD since joining the team in October 2017, and was critical in building opr’s integrated communications services. 

“Promoting Bridget further reinforces our focus on creativity as a strategic differentiator.  We have purposely focused on creativity and innovation as a key growth strategy for the business, and a key driver for our client’s success. Bridget has played an instrumental role in achieving that strategy, extending the range of work the team is delivering,” said opr CEO Richard Brett.

Current associate director for strategy and creative Miriam Wells (pictured, left) steps up as creative director. She signed up with opr as associate director for content and social in August 2016.

One Daydream scores new deals

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One Daydream has become a PR agency of record for two companies, reported Mumbrella. 

The first account is Australian cosmetics firm Napoleon Perdis. The account calls for One Daydream to help rebuild Napoleon Perdis’ market position with a new communications strategy. The KUBA investment house bought the company when it went under administration earlier this year. 

“We are really looking forward to watching this iconic business thrive under new leadership. It’s an exciting time to watch the Napoleon Perdis brand, as it heads into new territory,” said One Daydream founder/CEO Pru Corrigan. 

One Daydream will also handle media and influencer relations for New York skincare maker Indie Lee & Co. The company is known for all-organic solutions such as body wash and vitamin-laced facial oil.

VERSA earns Fast Company ranking

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VX agency VERSA has been recognised in the new 50 Best Workplaces for Innovators list compiled by American business publication Fast Company and Accenture.  

The agency landed the coveted spot in the listing after evaluators positively graded its employee business development program that began in 2017. The program has since borne fruit with the establishment of satellite firms Code Like a Girl and Initio Insurance.

VERSA is one of only eight companies not based in the US - and the only Australian firm - to make the list, which highlights firms in areas such as engineering, biotech, and cybersecurity. The 50 entries were picked out from a pool of 362 companies from the US and around the world. 

“After a year of recognition for VERSA’s culture as an employer, it’s humbling to be recognised on an international stage for creating an innovative environment for our employees. We are delighted to be one of eight companies outside of the US from the To

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