DDB AUNZ promotes Damon Stapleton to regional chief creative officer

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 11 July 2019
Damon Stapleton

DDB AUNZ has promoted Damon Stapleton to the role of regional chief creative officer across Australia and New Zealand.

Stapleton previously held the role of chief creative officer at DDB New Zealand. He will remain based in New Zealand and spend the vast majority of his time in Auckland.

In Australia Ben Welsh, Tara Ford and Anthony Moss will continue to lead the creative agenda as they do today, while Stapleton will focus on helping drive DDB’s strategy to be the region’s most effective creative network.

DDB AUNZ chairman and CEO Marty O’Halloran says Stapleton will work with the creative leadership teams on both sides of the Tasman to recruit the region’s best talent to the network, in addition to "fostering opportunities" for the agency talent.

“Damon’s role leading the NZ creative department won’t change and he will continue to work with Gary leading the NZ client relationships,” O’Halloran says.

“This new role is really about leveraging Damon’s ability and reputation as a globally respected creative thinker and using that to take our regional creative proposition to new heights.”

DDB stated Stapleton's creative leadership and ability has earned him "substantial recognition" both regionally and around the world, and he already plays an influential role within DDB Worldwide’s creative leadership team.

He will also represent Australia and New Zealand on DDB’s Global Creative Council. Stapleton says he’s excited about the scope of his new role, and what’s to come for the network regionally.

“It’s a really exciting time to be at DDB. It’s clear that what we’re offering creatively is resonating with clients and driving results for their businesses. I’m looking forward to working on improving that offering even further," he says.

In the last five years, DDB New Zealand has won 10 Agency of the Year titles across various shows. In his career, Stapleton has won over 500 international awards including 60 Cannes Lions (including a Titanium, Innovation and Grand Prix) with 35 being won in the last five years at DDB NZ.

He has also won almost 50 D&AD Pencils including five Yellow Pencils and the highly coveted Black Pencil.

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