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VERSA puts in Sydney staff

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on

VERSA logoVX agency VERSA has enlisted new upper-level personnel for its office in Sydney.

The agency announced that current global business director Guy Munro will relocate from Melbourne to work in the Sydney office. He has been with the company for three years including service with VERSA predecessor agency Deepend. 

Elizabeth Croger is also making the move to Sydney as the newly-promoted client engagement director. She has been with VERSA and Deepend for most of the past five years as account director and senior account director. 

Gavin McDonough comes aboard as branch GM. He was co-founder and managing partner of Urban Australia and has since moved to non-executive director.

Dan Taylor takes up a national post for analytics, data, and insights. He joins from Service NSW, where he served as data and analytics consultant from January to July 2019. He also worked at Deepend, HotHouse, and TBWA. 

The move is part of VERSA’s plans to build more business growth from within the Sydney market. 

“These are exciting times for VERSA, coming on the back of exceptional year on year revenue growth of 46%. The Sydney market is a key component of our national growth strategy for voice and enterprise digital. We are laser-focused on growing our business in the important Sydney market and these strategic appointments of people with such exceptional talent will drive our ambitious business to new heights,” said VERSA CEO Kath Blackham.

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