Following a stellar year of growth, VMLY&R Melbourne has bolstered its creative department with the appointment of award-winning creative Shane Geffen to the role of associate creative director, plus appointment of talented team Kate Noonan as art director and Michelle See-Tho as copywriter. The agency has also promoted Kieran Moroney to the role of associate creative director.
The new hires and promotion come off the back of strong growth, which saw the agency take back the coveted Defence Force Australia account and retain Monash University.
Jake Barrow, ECD, VMLY&R Melbourne said: “We truly have world-class talent in Kieran and Shane, with their unique and proven approach to problem-solving they make a formidable team. Combined with the addition of young guns Kate and Michelle, our creative offering couldn’t be stronger.”
Kieran Moroney said: “I knew of Shane’s work before I met him, which is probably the best introduction we could’ve had. And despite his personal grooming, I think we’ll make a lot of great work together.”
Newly appointed associate CD Shane Geffen added: “I’m excited and humbled to join VMLY&R alongside Jake, Kieran and the team. And despite Kieran’s occasional off the cuff comments, I think we’ll make a lot of great work together.”
Prior to joining VMLY&R, Shane held roles at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and DDB Sydney working across Volkswagen, McDonald’s, CUB, Visit Victoria, and Myer. At Clems his Myer Naughty or Nice Bauble campaign picked up two Grand Prix awards at Spikes while at DDB his Sydney Opera House #comeonin campaign won nine Cannes Lions including Gold in Mobile.
Associate creative director, Kieran Moroney, has risen through the ranks since joining VMLY&R as senior art director in 2014. During this time he has spearheaded some of the agency’s most awarded work including Monash University’s Sip Safe campaign that won Gold at Cannes and a Grand Prix at Spikes. This year he won back to back Cannes Lions with the Half Biscuit campaign that reunited Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day.
New hires also include talented AWARD school grads art director Kate Noonan and copywriter Michelle See-Tho (No. two runner-up in VIC) who’ll be working across all the agency’s clients.
VMLY&R is part of WPP AUNZ, Australasia’s leading creative transformation company.