DDB Melbourne executive creative director Grant Rutherford has left the agency to dedicate more time to the cancer research charity, Snowdome, he co-founded.
Rutherford has led the Melbourne creative team for four years and had previously worked at George Patterson Y&R Melbourne and Clemenger BBDO.
Rutherford said: “DDB has been my life. It goes without saying it's hard to leave a fantastic team you've loved and nurtured for so long. But firstly, I'm going to dedicate more time to the Snowdome Foundation, a charity I co-founded to raise money for research into blood cancers. Snowdome is dedicated to the memory of my beautiful daughter Chloe who lost her battle with leukemia over two years ago.”
DDB Melbourne group managing director Andrew Little said: “I have the highest respect for Grant and his motivations for wanting to spend time building on his work with Snowdome Foundation. I'd like to thank him for his enormous contribution to the agency and wish him the very best.”
DDB Group ANZ chairman and chief executive Marty O'Halloran said: “Grant epitomises DDB's talent and nice ethos. He is held in the highest regard across our network and will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues. We hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.”
Rutherford's replacement is expected to be announced early next week.
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