Host’s Paul Ward to join Naked Communications as group production officer

PaulWardAfter just over a year at Host Sydney as regional chief operating officer, Paul Ward has moved to Naked Communications to take up a role as global group production officer based in Sydney.

Ward joined Host Sydney in August last year after 16 years at Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in senior production roles.

In taking on the newly created role as group chief production officer, Ward will work closely with the Naked Australia, US, and USA CEOs and their teams, and alongside Naked Group COO Joe Lugo.

Starting in January 2014, Ward will work from Sydney but will travel around Naked’s various offices.

Incoming Naked Australia CEO, Carl Ratcliff said: “With Paul on board, Naked will have even greater firepower as a creative agency to serve the multifaceted needs of clients today. Naked has seen strong growth and building momentum in recent times. In Australia we have recently been appointed the lead creative agency for Blackmores and the communications strategy lead for Jagermeister and globally, we have won significant new business that includes Virgin Atlantic, The Coca-Cola Company, De Beers Forevermark, Danone and Mars Pedigree.”

Paul Ward said: “I can’t wait to start work with the Naked team. Naked has one of the most powerful brand names in the business and is renown for its industry-leading clever and creative work. I’m awfully excited about our road ahead.”

During his time with Host, Ward  partnered with Anthony Freedman in setting up Host’s first office outside of Australia, with offices opened in Singapore.

Last week, the co-founder of Naked Communications, Jon Wilkins announced his resignation from the company and will leave at the end of the year.

In September, the last remaining founder of the Australia arm of Naked Communications Adam Ferrier resigned. He is set to join CumminsRoss as its chief strategy officer.

Host were unavailable for comment at the time of posting.


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