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Nick Garrett promoted to CEO at Colenso

Nick Garrett is the new chief executive of Colenso BBDO and Proximity.

Campbell GIbson
Tue, 18 Nov 2014

New Zealand's largest communications group has announced a new chief executive for its College Hill ad agency.

Colenso BBDO managing director Nick Garrett has been promoted to the newly created role of chief executive of Colenso BBDO and Proximity. The appointment is effective immediately.

The promotion follows the announcement last month that Clemenger Group chief executive Jim Moser will take on the additional responsibility as chairman of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne; a dual role where he will continue to head up the New Zealand operation, with the additional Australian-based responsibility.

As a result, Mr Garrett will take on some of Moser’s responsibilities with regard to Colenso BBDO and Proximity in Auckland.

“Nick Garrett is one of the most accomplished leaders in the advertising industry and renowned for his relentless pursuit in finding creative solutions that drive clients’ business,” says Mr Moser.

“Under Nick’s leadership, in close partnership with Nick Worthington, Colenso BBDO’s track record has evolved dramatically.  Over the past five years Colenso has doubled in size; been ranked the number one creative agency in the world and is the only agency to be ranked in the top five for three consecutive years by The Big Won Report. It is also Asia’s number one strategic agency, as voted by the Effies.”

Mr Garrett, 40, was raised in the UK and Australia and joined Colenso BBDO as managing director in March 2010 from BMF in Sydney.  Since his time in Auckland, his team has been responsible for work on a number of New Zealand brands and businesses including BNZ, Frucor, Fonterra Brands, Burger King, Samsung and DB Breweries among others.

It was also announced last month that Scott Coldham, Head of Account Management at Colenso BBDO, was appointed to the newly created role of general manager at the agency.

Clemenger Group owns several ad agencies including Colenso BBDO, Clemenger BBDO, .99, JustONE and Touchcast.

Campbell GIbson
Tue, 18 Nov 2014
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Nick Garrett promoted to CEO at Colenso