2017’s biggest creative agency hires and departures

For the creative industry, 2017 was Melbourne's year. Mumbrella looks back at some of the biggest shifts and shuffles in creative land.


Adam Ferrier, Jim Ingram and Ben Couzens depart Cummins & Partners

Back in March, Cummins & Partners “alumni” departed the company. In June, they resurfaced with brand new independent agency offering Thinkerbell.


Paul McMillan hired as CEO of The Monkeys’ new Melbourne office

In August, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne’s Paul McMillan was named the CEO of The Monkeys’ Melbourne operation.


Clemenger Melbourne announces Gayle While as deputy CEO, Simon Lamplough as MD

Melbourne was a hot bed of a lot of the creative shifts seen this year, as these appointments prove. (Mumbrella reporter Abigail Dawson wrote about the growing trend back in October.)

Clemenger’s new deputy CEO, While, MD, Lamplough and current CEO Nick Garrett


Ant Keogh joins The Monkeys Melbourne after leaving Clemenger BBDO in June

Another Clemenger BBDA Melbourne staffer, and one of Australia’s most celebrated creatives, jumped ship to The Monkeys in October.

Clemenger BBDO Sydney CEO Andy Pontin resigns

The CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney, Andy Pontin departed the company after 12 years. Pontin joined the agency in 2005 as the head of the group’s direct and digital businesses and was promoted to CEO in 2006.


Clemenger BBDO Melbourne CEO Nick Garrett adds Sydney to remit

Nick Garrett, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne’s CEO extended his leadership remit in December, making him CEO of both Sydney and Melbourne.



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