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Friday, November 16, 2007


DDB has announced the appointment of Simon Wedde as Managing Partner.
He moves from his own agency Zephyr WPD to take up the DDB role on Monday. (November 19).
DDB Chief Executive Sandy Moore predicts Simon will be a ‘tremendous asset’ and complement the agency’s senior management team: "He’s highly experienced with a great background in planning, strategy and business management.
"Unusually for a suit, he started life as a management consultant, and his experience since - as a strategic planning director, account director and then running his own agency - means he has a thorough and wide-ranging understanding of business."
DDB Executive Creative Director Toby Talbot, who worked with Wedde for four years at Colenso, added: "Simon has a great work attitude – he’s passionate and intuitive about business. But he’s more than just a great suit – he thinks holistically about client issues."
Wedde said he was delighted to be joining DDB at a key time of agency growth: "In a very quiet and modest way Marty and Sandy have stitched together an enviable mix of agencies, talent, culture and clients. They also seem to have got the integrated model right. So, coupled with the chance to work on NZ Lotteries and Sky TV, there probably isn’t a better suiting job in Australasia. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of it?", he said.
His previous role as a Group Account Director at Colenso saw him handling Frucor, Visa International, SkyCity and Masterfoods business. Prior to Colenso, he was Strategic Planning Director at South Australian agency KWP!.
Wedde, replaces former Managing Partner Deborah Simpson who recently moved to a planning role at TBWA\Whybin.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So i guess it is just Zephyr PD now.

9:05 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have we missed something, did Simon say The Big "O" and Sandy stitched together a mix of agencies,
well that's news to everybody here at DDB......

Credit where Credits due I say.

6:12 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a LA Cop show?

10:03 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want the name of his hairdresser.

4:23 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah you're right Danno....Hawaii 5"0" excellent
bring back Jack Lord....cool.

6:51 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, talk about blowing smoke up their own pencil holders. Here's a good spin for next time. Someone new started. End of story.

10:46 PM NZDT


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