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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Some of Saatchi & Saatchi’s most influential inter- national execs are set to meet in Auckland next week for the first of a series of regional summits.
The Asia Pacific Regional Meeting, scheduled for 4 and 5 February, is the first stop on the regional circuit for Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin Roberts and a group of his senior managers.
On the back of a highly successful 2007 for Saatchi worldwide, which saw the firm achieve significant and well-publicised gains with new and existing clients, these regional meetings will set the tone for 2008 growth, with a focus on the digital business, sustainability, and the global impact of Lovemarks.
Saatchi Auckland CEO Andrew Stone notes that it is auspicious for New Zealand to be hosting the first meeting. “It’s both an honour and an opportunity for us to learn from the leaders of our firm who maintain a global perspective. I am also delighted that they see an opportunity to learn from us, as the New Zealand agency has long been known in the Saatchi network to embody creativity, effectiveness and business success.”
Several of the attendees are household names in the creative world, including:
Bob Isherwood, Worldwide Creative Director (pictured)
Sandy Thompson, Worldwide Head of Planning
Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman, Worldwide
Tom Eslinger, Creative Director – Interactive, Worldwide
Joining them will be the CEOs of all the Asia Pacific offices, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Zealand.
“This meeting also provides a rare chance for the chief executives of all our offices in this part of the world to come together, share ideas, and exchange insights about trends in the region,” Andrew Stone says.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exciting. But does this matter to anyone other than the people at Saatchi?

7:11 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's this story doing on the blog? Saatchis are having a meeting. Who cares? I've got a meeting tomorrow at 9.30 and another one at 3.00, although it may be changed to 3.30. Next time I'll put a fuckin press release out about it.

7:43 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:46 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry everyone, this is just an internal e-mail that's been accidentally posted on the blog. just ignore it. Thanks, sorry.

8:35 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be a guy at the front stroking a white cat but you can't see his face. Someone's chair will explode. Another guy will be fed to the sharks. Somebody else will get a laser beam in the bollocks. It'll be one of those meetings.

8:48 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that Isherwood or a French mime in the pic?

10:12 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Isherwood has been training as a French mime. One of the great things about being a top creative is that you are free to indulge in your peculiar whims. I had a CD who frequently shared vids of his wife & him in action, which would have been fine except for the strap-on...

9:55 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm having a meeting at 4.30 in the small boardroom to go over some changes the Assistant Marketing Director made to the urgent 10x2 colour press ad that's appearing in next weeks Viva pullout.
Guys, we really need to pull one of the hat for this - we're up against it.

10:39 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The client’s really happy with the scripts and only has one last piece of feedback:

Can we please make it clearer that cover excludes drivers under 25 (this needs to be pretty much spelt out in the sentence beginning with ‘Anyone can apply…….’) and applies to both scripts.

We’ll need to get final scripts back to the client tomorrow morning.

your a star ;)

11:47 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you've deigned to tell us all about this wonderful event Rocky, I'll take it as an open invitation to attend. Will lunch be provided?

On the other hand, if that was not your intention...um, thanks for sharing. Bully for you mate.

11:50 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Toyota Blue Corolla, registration BDT 786, in the client car park has left its lights on.

2:55 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

PR like this is perfect for covering up cracks.

3:06 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to use the agency camera and the last person to use it had forgotten to recharge it!!!! This is seriously NOT ON - I needed to urgently shoot another towel for the catalogue and now it's going to be late to the printers!!!!!! And while i'm at it would you mind deleting the pictures you've just taken off the memory stick PLEASE!!!!!!


3:33 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if anyone from the Wellington office will be invited?

7:55 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are all those pesky suicide bombers when you need one?

8:34 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumour has it pretty much everyone who works at G2 wishes they were dead, try recruiting one of them.

10:32 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saatchi's has a Wellington office?

Who knew!?

10:33 PM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets all be at the airport and waive them a warm welcome to NZ, stars like them don't come past here every day...

8:49 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saatchis are silly.

10:38 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just left the Monday morning WIP.
Thanks to Chantell from accounts for sharing the pics she took of herself and her daughter at Takapuna beach over the summer break. What an inspiration to start the week with!!
But on a more serious note, can everyone please be aware that we have a pitch on this week for Top Marks Photo Warehouse. It's a big one, if we nab this then there'll be a lunch provided by Eve's Kitchen for Friday.
Cher cher guys. Bring it on!!!

10:09 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, there's some pizza and quiche left over after the asia pacific regional meeting if you want some. It's in the small boardroom, help yourselves. :)

9:29 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legends in their own minds.

9:29 AM NZDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was actually a very funny thread but i'd like to change the topic to one slightly more serious: sidewalk advertising pollution! i'm all for it if there's a big idea or its hilarious but spraypainting the logo in random locations or defacing pavements with A4-sized adhesives (take note you cock smokers at Trade & Exchange) gets me ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where's that number for the council?

11:15 PM NZDT


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