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Common Ventures founder Damian Damjanovski departs after four and a half years

Common Ventures founder, managing director and strategy director Damian Damjanovski has left the agency, selling his shares after four and a half years.

Damjanovski took to Facebook to make the announcement: “After four and a half years and one incredible journey, I’m sad to announce today is my last day at Common Ventures. I’ve left the coup and handed the reins to the next generation to keep the CV spirit going!”

Executive creative director Brian Merrifield will step in as managing director.

Common Ventures was co-founded by Damjanovski alongside Jane Burhop and James Crawley in 2012, and since then he has worked with clients including Tourism NT, Aussie Farmers Direct and lastminute.com.

In 2015, he was part of a campaign for Tourism NT which warned consumers not to delay their trip to the Top End any longer – or risk their mortality.

Prior to creating the agency, Damjanovski was head digital strategy at Ogilvy and also held the role of innovation director of strategy.

He has also worked with BMF as a strategist.

Commenting on his departure, Damjanovski told Mumbrella: “I’m sad to be leaving but I’ve had a wonderful time building the agency. I’m really proud of all we’ve achieved and I’m excited to announce my next adventure soon.”

Damjanovski found fame of a moral viral nature after appearing on Q&A wearing a fur-collared jacket to ask Labor leader Bill Shorten last year why it was that despite starting a business he could not afford to buy a house aged 31.

Mumbrella understands the agency will look to replace Damjanovski’s head of strategy role but not immediately.

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