JWT lures Leo Burnett New York ECD to Melbourne

Rachael Micallef
By Rachael Micallef | 3 December 2015

J Walter Thompson Melbourne has lured acclaimed creative Kieran Antill back to Aussie shores, from a role at Leo Burnett New York.

Antill joins the agency as executive creative director and will join the management team overseeing the agency's 115-strong office. He returns from a role as executive creative director and managing partner of Leo Burnett New York, where he has worked since 2010.

Previously, Antill was head of art at Leo Burnett Sydney where he was ranked the top art director worldwide at Cannes. During that time he and creative partner Michael Canning were the most awarded creative team in Australia.

JWT CEO for ANZ John Gutteridge said Antill's unique mix of skills – as an artist, filmmaker, photographer, creative and business leader – is an asset to the agency.

“Our vision is built around offering clients a diverse set of capabilities, managed via a single, cohesive project team, delivering ideas that make a real difference,” Gutteridge said.

“We’re in no doubt that Kieran is the ideal creative leader to help us realise this vision in Melbourne.

Antill starts his new role with the agency on 7 December. 

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