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Thursday, August 23, 2007


After four years at DDB London, art director Gavin Saikimotu is heading home to the agency where it all started for him, DDB New Zealand, and will be partnering Mike Felix, one of DDB’s talented young writers.
“I have kept a eye on Gavin over the years,” says ECD Toby Talbot. “When I was at Colenso I tried to get him. I tried again at Saatchi’s. But what Gavin wanted to do was to stay within the DDB network. We’re thrilled to get him. He’s done really well in our London office, especially on the VW business. I know that (London ECD) Jeremy Craigen was sad to lose him. Gavin hasn’t changed a bit. Apart from the fact he now has a 13-month-old baby and he looks like a Mexican.”
Saikimotu was behind one of DDB New Zealand’s most successful ever print ads, ‘Superman’, for client VW. It won a D&AD Silver and a Silver Nomination in 2002. He’s picked up metal at all the major shows, Clio, Cannes, One Show, Young Guns. He picked up another D&AD Silver Nomination in 2004 for VW while at DDB London. Locally, he’s won two Grande Axis and the Axis Emerging Talent Award.
“Naturally, our CFO, thinks he’ll still be on placement” adds Talbot. “But you get that from him.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck man, you gonna shave that caterpillar off or not even?

9:32 AM NZST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's the latest trend in London and it will hit here in a year or so...

12:09 PM NZST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on yer lads. Onwards and upwards.

12:20 AM NZST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like one of his eyebrows has popped down for a drink.

11:19 AM NZST

Anonymous Heidi Klum said...

I'd do him.

12:40 PM NZST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey come on guys, give poor Gavin a break. At least the mo's not ginga.

2:13 PM NZST


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