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Leo Burnett appoints Jason Williams as national chief creative officer

Leo Burnett Melbourne’s executive creative director, Jason Williams has been promoted to the newly created role of chief creative officer, Australia.

The news comes a month after Publicis Communications announced a major leadership re-structure, promoting Leo Burnett’s Melinda Geertz to a national role as CEO of Leo Burnett Australia.

Jason Williams: Chief creative officer, Leo Burnett Australia

Williams has worked with Leo Burnett for more than 10 years and his work has won awards including the Cannes Grand Prix, Clios, D&AD and Spikes Asia.

He is also the founder of the YoungGuns International Advertising Award, which recognises under-30 creative leaders globally.

More recently, Williams worked on the Bond’s ‘Comfytails’ campaign, iSelect’s ‘Always Get it RightHonda’s water bottle company stunt and SPC Ardmona‘s #MyFamilyCan campaign.

Melinda Geertz, CEO for Leo Burnett Australia said the new appointment would help the agency’s two Australian offices connect their “creative firepower.”

“Jason is a highly respected, talented and innovative creative leader. He has been instrumental to Leo Burnett’s creative and broader business success for more than a decade,” Geertz said.

Williams will continue to lead the Melbourne creative team in his new role and will work with Sydney executive creative directors Grant McAloon and Vince Lagana.

Commenting on his appointment, Williams said: “It’s an honour to take on this role. I’m looking forward to working more closely with Grant and Vince, two of the absolute best in the business. Together, we’ll continue to build our creativity and innovation, and create powerful business platforms for our clients.”

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