Y&R Global CEO David Sable today announced a new structure for the Y&R Group in Australia and New Zealand, which goes into effect with Russel Howcroft’s announced departure from the group.
“The strength of our network is seen in our client relationships, our Cannes wins, agency of the year and recent EFFIE honours. And just last night the agency won seven Gold awards at Spikes Asia.
“We are delighted that Russel will remain non-executive Chairman of Y&R Group. And it goes without saying, of course, that we are excited about his next chapter and wish him the very best,” said Sable
“In the past few years, we have focused on making each of our local offices leaders in their markets, and the group’s unity of purpose has resulted in great, effective work that is recognized globally. We have strong people in place everywhere, and plan a seamless transition.
“Jason Buckley, who joined Y&R Brands ANZ as chief financial officer late last year, will now take on the additional role of Chief Operations Officer of the Sydney offices of George Patterson Y&R, VML and Ideaworks.
“The creative leadership of Ben Coulson, Julian Watt and Piet Human; the strategic genius of Jon Steel and the senior executive team of Steve Doherty, Jon Bird and Phil McDonald have made Y&R the one of the leading marcoms networks in Australia. The recent additions of James Hurman and Josh Moore in New Zealand have further bolstered our management resources. Our aggressive digital expansion included the launch of VML Australia this year and our digital leaders, Aden Hepburn, Rob Hudson and Matt Farrugia are enormously talented.” said Sable.
Russel Howcroft said: “Since returning to George Patterson Y&R in late 2006 I have had the time of my advertising life, and we have accomplished so much that makes me proud.”
Howcroft also paid tribute to Sable and his colleagues on the Y&R Global Exco.
“David's determination to create a genuine global boutique, with the best agencies in every market, focused on becoming its clients’ most valued partner, is well on the way to being realised."
Howcroft will take up his new posting at Network Ten early next year.