Saatchi & Saatchi hunting for new ECD as Damon Stapleton heads overseas

Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney’s executive creative director Damon Stapleton is set to leave the agency after two-and-a-half years in the role to pursue opportunities overseas, with the agency actively searching for his replacement.



Stapleton, who joined nearly appointed CEO Michael Rebelo in January 2012, has been instrumental to the revival of the agency and was behind key Saatchi campaigns such Cadbury’s Joyville campaign, and its recent work on St George Bank. He has also worked on the Big W campaign featuring Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet.

“We are already in advanced discussions with a number of candidates,” said Rebelo.

“In a few weeks we will be making an announcement (about a replacement).

“Damon has been a key part of the team that have taken Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney to where it is today. There is still lots more to play for creatively, but we’re grateful for the impact Damon has made on our business and our culture.

Stapleton joined Saatchi’s after six years as group ECD of TBWA Hunt Lascaris and global ECD of Standard Bank in South Africa.

“On behalf of the whole George Street team, we wish Damon and his family all the very best as they embark on a new adventure.”

In a statement he said: “Saatchi Sydney has been my crazy Aussie family. It’s a special agency. When you walk through the front door you feel like special things can happen. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and I know the agency is going to be enormously successful in the future.”

At Mumbrella360 last year, Stapleton explained what the Joyville campaign is all about.

Stapleton will depart the agency in mid-June.


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