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Leo Burnett’s Vince Lagana joins The Monkeys as ECD

Leo Burnett Sydney’s executive creative director, Vince Lagana, is departing the agency to join The Monkeys as ECD.

Lagana joined Leo Burnett in 2012 as a creative director and head of art, and was promoted to ECD in 2014.

Lagana will commence working at The Monkeys in June

“It’s time for me to follow a fresh path and I’m excited to be joining one of the best and most progressive advertising brands in the country. I have a huge amount of respect for what The Monkeys has achieved and I can’t wait to help lead and drive its creative product even further into the future.

“I’m incredibly grateful for my time at Leo Burnett.

“The culture and people is what makes the place truly unique and the support I’ve been shown over the years from Mark Tutssel and the Australian management team has helped me grow as a creative leader. I leave Leo’s knowing the future is bright and under the creative leadership of Grant McAloon, the agency will continue to thrive,” Lagana said in a statement.

Melinda Geertz, CEO at Leo Burnett Australia, said the agency is grateful for Lagana’s ideas, friendship and “dedication to design and craft”.

“Vinnie has been with Leo Burnett for six years, and in that time, he’s been prolific, helping us create some of our most award-winning, world class work.

“Vinnie is a person with decency, generosity and kindness in abundance, and we’ll miss him. All of us at Leo Burnett wish him the very best.”

Throughout his career Lagana has worked with brands including Coca-Cola, Diageo, Lion Nathan, Toyota, Canon, Sony, WWF and Samsung.

Justin Drape, co-founder and group chief creative officer at The Monkeys, added: “Vinnie’s a talented leader and a true gentleman. He makes the people around him better so he will be an integral part of our plans moving forward and Scott Nowell, Mark Green and I are all looking forward to working with him again, having done so many moons ago before starting The Monkeys.”

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