Ant Melder replaces Stu Turner at Havas as executive creative director

DDB’s Ant Melder has joined Havas as its joint executive creative director, working alongside Seamus Higgins.

Melder is replacing Stu Turner who departed Havas to join DDB as an executive director, after Darren Spiller left in November last year.

Havas’ joint executive directors Melder and Higgins

Melder was previously a creative partner at DDB Sydney for one year and six months and has worked on campaigns including ‘Game of Balls’ for the Blue Balls Foundation.

Prior to his stint at DDB he worked at M&C Saatchi as a creative director for two years after departing his creative director role at Iris Worldwide.

Seamus Higgins, executive creative director at Havas Sydney, said in a statement: “Since taking the reins with Stu over a year ago, it’s been great fun getting the creative fires burning at Havas again.

“I thank him personally for all of his passion and I know he’ll kill it in Melbourne. Now it’s all about increasing that momentum. Our goal is to make our clients and ourselves famous around the world for truly innovative thinking, and I am incredibly excited to work with someone as dynamic and hungry as Ant to continue on that mission. We’re just getting started.”

Melder said: “It was a bittersweet decision to leave a brilliant agency that’s absolutely on fire but I simply couldn’t turn this down.

“I’m passionate about the intersection of creativity, technology and culture and that’s exactly where Havas are playing.”

Anthony Gregorio, Group CEO of Havas Australia, said: “Ant will be a great fit for our business, particularly with that name.

“Our joint ECD structure has been one of the key reasons for our success and in driving our pace of change. Ant’s passion for collaboration and his innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, are exactly what we need more of as we continue to push ourselves and the Havas agency further.”


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