Hardhat recruits JWT’s former executive planning director, Iain White

Digital agency Hardhat has appointed the former executive planning director of JWT, Iain White, as its planning director.

White was an executive planning director at JWT’s Melbourne, Tokyo and Bangkok offices for more than 20 years.

client services director, Isabelle Bonin, Iain White and creative director, Reece Ryan

White joins Hardhat in the newly created role, saying he is excited by the agency’s growth.

“I’m thrilled to join Hardhat and it’s rare to meet such a nice bunch of smart people.

I’m doubly excited by the agency’s growth, not just in new accounts, but with the big movement happening with existing clients asking the agency to extend their skills into more traditional channels such as TV, radio, print and outdoor. It’s a good sign of strong relationships and that the work is working.”

White has also had his own consultancy Insight and Ideas offering project and freelance services since 2015.

Justin Kabbani, co-founder and managing director of Hardhat, said: “As Planning Director, Iain will play a critical role in helping us execute our strategy to become a leading creative agency built for the digital age. His extensive global experience is a big asset as we continue our expansion not just in Melbourne and Sydney, but also into Asia.”

Hardhat’s clients include Deakin University, Melbourne Airport, NAB, Devondale Murray Goulburn, Baiada and Visit Victoria.


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