Clemenger BBDO Melbourne brings in more international creatives

By Paige Murphy | 15 October 2019

Senior creative duo Jacob Gjelstrup Björdal and Jim Nilsson have joined Clemenger BBDO Melbourne. 

Björdal and Nilsson join from McCann London, where they created global campaigns for Xbox including Survival Billboard, The Fanchise Model, and Visit Xbox.

Ranked among the top-ten creatives in the world in both 2016 and 2018, Jacob and Jim have picked up more than 200 awards, including McCann London’s first Cannes Grand Prix and nine gold lions in categories ranging from outdoor to effectiveness.

Their work has been exhibited in art galleries and featured in advertising text books.

Most recently, the team were featured in the 2019 Clio Creators list of creatives making the most interesting work in the world.

Clemenger BBDO CCO Stephen de Wolf says the duo understand culture and how to help brands engage audiences in "new and unexpected ways".

“They’ve not just created world-class work, they also want to inspire the next generation of creatives by lecturing at ad schools and running internship programs," de Wolf says.

"I’m looking forward to working with Jacob and Jim as they bring their creative leadership, global knowledge and unique thinking to Australia.”

This is the second international creative hire from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne in recent times, appointing the creative duo behind Trash Isles, Dal Evans de Almeida and Michael Hughes to its creative department last month as well.

The creative appointments follow the departure of Clemenger BBDO CEO Nick Garrett with Pete Bosilkovski taking over the reigns in Sydney and Gayle While stepping up from deputy CEO to CEO of the Melbourne agency.

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