Paul McMillan to be CEO of The Monkeys’ new Melbourne office

Paul McMillan, currently MD of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne,  has been named the CEO of ad agency The Monkeys’ Melbourne operation.

Joining McMillan at The Monkeys Melbourne is Clemenger BBDO Melbourne’s planning director, Michael Derepas.

McMillan: “Great opportunity”

McMillan started at Clemenger in 2006 as a client services director before becoming a managing partner in 2011 and a managing director in 2014. Derepas has been the planning director at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne for over 11 years, joining the agency in 2005.

The Monkeys Melbourne won its first account, Holden SUV Equinox, early in August, revealing its second client Crownbet the next day.

In May, global professional services company Accenture bought the agency in a deal which was later revealed to be worth $63m.

McMillan said in a statement: “Joining The Monkeys to head up the Melbourne office is a great opportunity. They have built a world class creative reputation and now in conjunction with Accenture Interactive they can really shape where the industry is going.”

Derepas: Creativity and data

Derepas said: “Being part of a team that gets to open a new office for The Monkeys in Melbourne was too good an opportunity to ignore.

“For a planner the opportunity to combine the creativity of The Monkeys with the tech, digital and data capability of Accenture Interactive is really exciting.”

Nick Garrett, CEO at Clemenger Melbourne, said: “The Monkeys is an agency that we have the utmost respect for and they’ve made two great appointments in Paul and Mike. They’re both wonderful people who deserved the opportunity to run their own show. While we’re now competitors, both Paul and Mike will remain friends of the agency. I can’t thank them enough for their time and efforts at Clemenger BBDO and wish them all the best in the future.”

The Monkeys Melbourne is currently advertising for a new content manager and content executive to join the Melbourne team.

Mark Green, CEO of The Monkeys, said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul and Mike to the team. They have worked on some of Australia’s most famous campaigns across multiple brands and agencies. They will help us build a great business in the Melbourne market as we begin to service new clients such as Holden.”


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