Stu Turner departs Havas to join DDB as executive creative director

Stu Turner has departed Havas to join DDB Group Melbourne as its new executive creative director, following the departure of Darren Spiller in November last year.

Turner joins DDB from Havas, where he was executive creative director for one-and-a-half-years.

Truner said in a statement: “I loved my time at Havas and am saying goodbye to some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Turner said the opportunity to join DDB was too good to pass up

“It felt like too incredible an opportunity to pass up. They have a real fire in their bellies, some amazing talent, and most importantly they’re just good people. They continue to produce fantastic work and I’m looking forward to helping further grow the business and create ideas that Bill [Bernbach] himself would be proud of.”

Kate Sterling, DDB Melbourne Group MD, said in a statement: “We were really impressed with Stu’s clear and proven ability to get under the skin of businesses to drive exceptional, creative customer experiences.

“He’s also been instrumental in helping build and pivot agencies ready for growth – something we’re certainly focused on right now.”

Andrew Little, CEO of DDB Australia, said: “Our focus on diversity across the board continues to attract top-class international and home-grown talent, and means we continue to deliver stand-out work for our clients.”

DDB’s former chief creative officer, Spiller left the agency after almost five years, resurfacing two months later as Host’s first chief creative officer. Host’s former ECD Bob Mackintosh departed the company after 11 years at the end of 2016.




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