CHE Proximity makes three senior hires, one promotion

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 3 May 2021
L to R Tash Johnston, Jess Coulson and Grace Vizor

CHE Proximity today announced the appointment of three new senior hires: Tash Johnston as head of strategic production, Patrycja Lukjanow as creative director and Grace Vizor as group account director.

“CHE Proximity’s unwavering commitment to hiring, developing and promoting the best talent in Australia is demonstrated through each of these key hires and promotions," CHE Proximity CEO Justin Hind says.

"We all couldn’t be more excited as to what each of these individuals bring to our business, our clients and agency culture.”

CHEP’s new head of strategic production Tash Johnston comes from DDB Sydney, bringing a wealth of experience across a range of clients including Optus, IAG, Volkswagen, Westpac, Virgin and IKEA.

“I’m delighted to be joining the team at CHEP," Johnston says.

"The results they have achieved so far is amazing and I very much look forward to continuing the very high creative standards set by the team.”

With more than 10 years’ experience in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Grace Vizor will join the leadership team on the Samsung account as group account director.

Starting her career at Clemenger Sydney, she comes from Leo Burnett Sydney where she led the Suncorp Bank & Insurance businesses.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to return to Clemenger Group, where I cut my teeth in the industry," Vizor says.

"CHEP’s capabilities and entrepreneurial spirit are next to none, which enables them to truly partner with businesses to unlock the potential of brands across the entire experience. I’m looking forward to doing just that alongside Justin, Jonny and the talented team at CHEP.”

CHEP’s new creative director Pat Lukjanow brings experience working on both sides of the globe on clients including IKEA, Google, Volvo and Huawei.

In addition to these three new appointments, Jess Coulson has been promoted to managing partner.

Coulson has been with the agency for four years and has been an integral part of the leadership team on the Telstra account.

The new appointments come off the back of a number of major movements from senior stuff within the agency over the last six months since former CEO Chris Howatson and CCO Ant White departed to start their own venture.

Justin Hind was named as CEO and Ogilvy's Gavin McLeod joined as CCO.

Last week, ECD Cam Hoelter's departure was announced after being with the agency for only six months. He initially replaced Wesley Hawes who left at the end of last year to join Innocean.


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