Ogilvy Australia adds creative talent to Melbourne office

Ogilvy Australia has strengthened its creative offering with a string of new hires in Melbourne, after losing creative duo Bec Matlioski and Ben Ryding to Hardhat earlier this year.

The hires include creative duo Oli Brock and Eli Swart, who join from Leo Burnett after working together at a number of agencies including Clemenger BBDO, Cummins & Partners, VMLY&R and Isobar.

The duo has worked with clients including the ADF, CUB, Kraft Heinz, Jeep, Mars, Nab, Specsavers and 7-Eleven with Brock’s work for Monash University being awarded a Gold Lion at this year’s Cannes Lions.

David Ponce de León, ECD of Ogilvy Australia, Melbourne, said that he is tremendously excited to welcome “such a big bunch of talented creatives to Ogilvy”.

“Our creative department keeps growing and evolving, with the right talent, skill sets and drive. This remains paramount to us, our culture and of course, our clients. I’m certain this group can bring a global perspective and fresh thinking to all of our work, while managing to have heaps of fun in the process.”

Another creative duo, Isabel Gomes Brand and Omar Fawahl join the agency from BWM Dentsu, where they have been for the past three years, working with clients including Kmark, L’Oreal and Toyota. Their experience includes working at Cummins & Partners, M&C Saatchi and Wunderman NYC.

John Barrett and Liam Ratliff also join from M&C Saatchi as another creative duo, while Katelyn Testa joins as an art director to partner Ogilvy copywriter Ted Brearly.

Managing director of Ogilvy Australia, Melbourne, Gavin MacMillan said: “Ogilvy’s goal is to continue to assemble the most impressive and diverse creative talent pool and to make this our biggest point of difference.”

“These creative additions reflect our ambition and are the first of a range of new appointments across our office including strategy and account service. Watch this space.”

Ponce de León continued:“I would’ve have preferred a talent group shot in our reception, alas, we are amid another Melbourne lockdown. This might be a cruel reminder to update their LinkedIn profile pics, but at least is not another Microsoft Teams mosaic screenshot.”


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