Darren Spiller to exit DDB for 'international opportunities'

Sarah Homewood
By Sarah Homewood | 10 November 2016
Darren Spiller

DDB Melbourne’s award-winning chief creative officer, Darren Spiller, is exiting the agency after spending more than five years at the shop.

While it isn't clear where he's headed, DDB says he's leaving to pursue “international creative opportunities”.

DDB Australia Group CEO, Andrew Little, says: “Darren has done an outstanding job for DDB Melbourne over the past four years and we wish him the very best for this next stage – he is a truly amazing creative talent achieving over 100 awards in this first three years for clients including Devondale, Radiant Returns and RSL to name but a few.

The agency is currently hunting for a replacement, with DDB adding that in the interim, Melbourne creative directors Glen Dickson and Jim Ritchie will be closely supported by the Sydney team led by Ben Welsh.

DDB Group Melbourne managing director Dave Brown says: “Darren has been my partner in crime and one of the most talented creative leaders I have worked with. We will remember his legacy for many reasons but the highlight will always be the highly entertaining and multi-award winning Devondale campaign that broke category rules and challenged perceptions.”

Spiller adds: “I have been talking to Andrew and Dave for the past six months about my personal ambition to work overseas again. I am looking at a number of opportunities including within the DDB network. The past four years have been amazing, working with an outstanding team of creative heroes as well as brave and ambitions clients. This was not an easy decision but the timing is right.”

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