Host announced an evolution of its unique agency structure with Executive Creative Director roles joining the management line up of the agency. Bob Mackintosh will become the first Executive Creative Director in Sydney and Noah Regan joins in the same Executive Creative Director role in Singapore.
This is first time that Host has included ECD positions within the company, after establishing itself as an agency ‘without a creative department’ almost thirteen years ago.
Mackintosh and Regan will both preside over a small team of top talent within their respective agencies.
Founder and Group CEO, Anthony Freedman said, “We have always believed in the power of collaboration to produce interesting creative results and that’s why thirteen years ago, we developed a new way of working. We wanted to have a ‘creative department’ with more people and more diverse talents, including many people who simply wouldn’t accept a full time job in an ad agency.”
Freedman continued, “That same belief remains today, but with an agency of more than 100 people in Sydney and a growing international presence, we felt it was time to evolve our model. With Bob and Noah we now have the best of both worlds. Smart creative people at the heart of our business whilst still retaining a modern department that extends outside our building, with a long list of great creative collaborators”.
Sydney ECD, Bob Mackintosh said, “Noah and I along with our teams will develop work internally, but as has always been the case, our 'department' will include independent creative groups, teams and individuals, within Australia and around the world.”
Freedman said, “Bob has been a part of our team for many years but over the last 12 to 18 months his role, along with that of digital within campaigns has evolved substantially. To define his role as a digital specialist is failing to acknowledge the breadth of what he and his team now deliver to many of Host’s clients. He also personally represents our company belief in being multi-skilled but digital at the core.”
Mackintosh has recently presided over a number of notable campaigns including ‘Festival of Play’ for Lego, ‘Share a Coke and a Song’ for Coca-Cola and ‘Kiwi Sceptics’ for Air New Zealand which was awarded the Grand Prix for Branded Content and Entertainment at Spikes Asia.
Singapore ECD, Noah Regan said “The original Host model was ahead of its time. An agency with no creative department that actually championed creativity. It encouraged collaboration, it promoted diverse thinking from outside the one department or agency. I'm excited to be part of the next exciting installment. A global micro network sharing ideas and talent across three continents.”
In a career spanning almost 20 years, Regan has created many highly awarded campaigns. As Creative Director and Partner at The Monkeys he was a key part of many of their most successful campaigns including 'The Ship Song Project' which was B&T Campaign of the Year and winner of the Grand Prix at the Australasian Branded Entertainment Awards. Prior to The Monkeys he created several high profile campaigns at DDB London for Volkswagen, Harvey Nichols and Marmite.
Host recently announced a plan to establish a series of international offices alongside Singapore which opened in January 2013. Future locations included both Shanghai and San Francisco.