Jason Buckley, Y&R Group Chief Operations Officer today announced the appointment of Andrew Dowling as Managing Director of Y&R Group Sydney, comprising George Patterson Y&R, digital experiential agency VML and retail marketing specialist agency IdeaWorks.
Dowling will return to Australia in his new role after having spent the past two years as CEO of Y&R Group Indonesia, where he led Y&R Advertising and launched VML Qais Jakarta with great success.
“Andrew has been part of the George Patterson and Y&R cultures for 11 years, working across our network in Asia for more than five. He has been a top performer for us in Asia, and we are absolutely delighted to bring him home as our leader in Sydney.
“Our people and our clients know him; he understands our culture and most importantly, our clients’ businesses. Andrew worked previously at both Patts and IdeaWorks, and also knows the VML brand intimately. We have a leader who is a dedicated professional committed to building our group of agencies, with our clients and our people.” said Buckley.
Commented Dowling, “I’m excited to be returning to the agency where I started my career. Y&R Group in Sydney has developed a great blend of talent and strategic resources to help our clients with the many business challenges they face. Combining Y&R's strategic and creative skills with the retail expertise of IdeaWorks and the digital firepower of VML – will enable us to deliver great things for our clients.”
“The Y&R Executive Team and I have been discussing the vision and our plans to take the agencies to a leadership position in the Sydney market. Together with Jon, Aden and Julian my creative partner, we are really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”
Andrew will return to Sydney with his family in the New Year, and will commence his new role on January 14.