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The Monkeys Melbourne appoints Ant Keogh as chief creative officer

The Monkeys Melbourne has announced the former Clemenger chief creative officer Ant Keogh will join the agency as chief creative officer.

Keogh left Clemenger BBDO Melbourne in July to pursue some personal creative projects.

Keogh joins The Monkeys Melbourne after a decade at Clemenger

In a statement, Keogh said: “I take pride in creating real work that real people see, and if that work wins awards, well that’s a bonus.

“It’s why I’ve always admired The Monkeys’ ability to get people out there in the real world talking about their work. Couple this with the firepower of Accenture Interactive and you have a pretty formidable cross-platform team, which I’m very happy to be joining.”

Keogh joins The Monkeys Melbourne CEO Paul McMillan and head of strategy officer Michael Derepas, both former Clemenger Melbourne staffers as well.

“Ant is a phenomenal creative talent who will help us transform brands and businesses in Melbourne and beyond.

“We offer our clients more than campaigns and Ant’ vision will help create and direct work that lives in the sweet spot between advertising, entertainment and technology,” Justin Drape, CCO and the co-founder of The Monkeys said.

The Monkeys was purchased by global professional services company Accenture in May, which was later revealed as $63m deal.

Keogh has worked with a number of campaigns including Big Ad, Carlton Draught Flashbeer, Four’N Twenty Magic Salad Plate, Cottons Tampons, BCFing Expert, Art of Mind Control and most recently Meet Graham, The Boys and Hungerithm.

Working on the CUB account for more than ten years, the creative will offer The Monkeys a huge foot in the door with the highly regarded beer account.

Since announcing its Melbourne office The Monkeys Melbourne have secured three clients including Holden SUV, Crownbet and Australia Post.

Mark Green, CEO and co-founder of The Monkeys, said: “We are so pleased to have Ant join our Victorian leadership team, alongside newly announced Melbourne CEO Paul McMillan and head of strategy Michael Derepas.

“I’m certain that our growing list of Melbourne clients will welcome the opportunity to have Ant’s vision, track record and creative pedigree available and on hand to help steer them forward. Exciting times ahead.”

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