Edge appoints Ben Smith as ECD after the exit of Stu Turner

Independent creative agency Edge has appointed Ben Smith to the role of executive creative director.

Smith replaces Stu Turner, who joined the agency as ECD and a partner just six months ago but has now exited. There’s no word yet on his next move.

Edge Managing director Nicole Gardner said: “We enjoyed working with Stu and very much appreciated his contribution. We wish Stu well in his new role.”

Ben Smith, Edge ECD

Ben Smith is the new ECD at Edge.

Smith has worked for a long list of respected agencies in Australia, including Clemenger BBDO, 72andSunny and 303MullenLowe, and in the US, like R/GA.

He has been recently working with Edge as a contractor.

Of his appointment, Smith said: “I’m looking forward to taking the helm at Edge.

“During my time with them I’ve seen them not only produce some great work, but also get involved with brands in non-traditional ways like joint ventures and with sweat equity that really excites me.

“The opportunity to join a business that is seeking to evolve what an agency is and does, as well as push the boundaries with the work, was irresistible.”

Gardner described Smith as “a lovely human and a fantastic ECD.”

“His portfolio speaks for itself, and his ability to solve business problems – as well as to mentor and shape teams to make great work – really gelled with us. We’re stoked to have him on board.”


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