Special bolsters Melbourne team with addition of 2 creative directors

Special Australia has added two new creative directors, Chris Ellis and Chris Andrews, to its growing Melbourne team.

Mumbrella understands both Ellis and Andrews have freelanced for Special Australia for some time, with the announcement marking their official fulltime appointment to the agency’s Melbourne office.

L-R: Chris Andrews and Chris Ellis

Between them, the pair have over 30 years of combined experiences having worked across almost every agency acronym, including DDB, BMF, CHEP, JWT, TBWA, as well as Cummins & Partners and The Monkeys.

Ellis and Andrews have respectively driven a slew of account wins, Agency of the Year titles and award-winning work for Jeep, Specsavers, Carsales, Chemmart, the RSL, Radiant, RACV, Westpac, Woodstock Bourbon, Movember and many more.

Tom Martin, CCO and partner, said: “The Chrises are a pair that once you get in the door, you don’t let them leave. They’re both not only remarkably talented but they radiate a glass-half-full-never-give-up-spirit that’s incredibly infectious. They’re already having a hugely positive impact on all the work they’ve touched”.

Chris said: “Chris and I think the same way, and since we started at Special Group all we’ve thought about is staying. The Special family has welcomed us with open arms and briefs. We share the same values and views that continue to define what makes work uniquely ‘Special’. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to help build the Melbourne office. Pretty sure other Chris agrees.”

Bec Stambanis, CSO and partner, said: “Chris and Chris are exactly the kind of hearts and minds we want here in Melbourne. They’re simply great for the work and great for the culture. With Ryan (Fitzgerald) starting soon as ECD, and with the welcome addition of the Chrises, our creative firepower is only growing more formidable”.

Chris Ellis and Chris Andrews have already officially started their roles as creative directors at Special Australia.


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