WE Buchan adds new clients and staff

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WE Buchan logoIntegrated communications agency WE Buchan has welcomed new clients and staff into the fold.

On the staffing side, Canadian Samantha Eng comes in as account director for corporate. She brings with her ten years of communications experience, gained from serving in the Nova Scotia Health Authority and two Toronto agencies, among others.

Marissa Zammit is onboard as senior account director for investor relations. Her communications career spans almost 20 years, which includes stints at Macquarie Bank, CBA, and Charter Hall, Nutrimetrics Australia and Uplift Media. She recently wrapped up seven months as director at Cannings Strategic Communications.  

Charlotte Wood is in as account director for consumer.

WE Buchan’s new client signings are all on the tech circuit.

UiPath offers robotic process automation solutions for business operators. Bid Energy specialises in energy spend management solutions while Knosys is a Melbourne-based knowledge management software vendor.

The new client signings and hires came in the wake of WE Buchan welcoming new GM and technology head Nat Bradford.

“We look forward to working with all our new clients, increasing their brand awareness, attracting new investors, and helping more people learn about and understand their interesting work and stories,” said WE Buchan managing director Gemma Hudson.

“The fact that WE Buchan continues to attract such a diverse group of clients with equally diverse needs is testament to the agency’s growing expertise across its tech, corporate, health, digital and social, consumer and investor communications teams.”

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