Auckland - Saatchi & Saatchi has appointed senior creative Luke Chess as Creative Director, Auckland.
Chess, a highly awarded creative with expertise across a range of disciplines - from DM through to design copy, retail and brand - has been with Saatchi & Saatchi since January.
Executive Creative Director Mike O'Sullivan is delighted with the appointment. "Having worked with Luke for several months now, he's everything we had hoped and more. He's a great guy with great big ideas, and I know the Auckland team will continue to deliver outstanding work under his leadership," O'Sullivan says. "In a very short space of time he's established brilliant relationships with clients and staff and done some sterling work for clients such as Telecom, DB, Sealord and Griffins.
"And, while we don't need to go into too much detail about his previous career as an unsuccessful rock musician, his other previous lives in DM, design and retail roles give him really good depth and a valuable integrated perspective."
Chess is equally delighted. "The minute you step into the Saatchi & Saatchi creative department you can feel a real energy and buzz. On top of having the hottest executive creative director in Australasia, according to Campaign Brief, we've got a talented and committed bunch who help to continually produce results most agencies would kill to get just once. AWARD Agency of the Year, CAANZ Effie awards, Campaign Brief's no. 1 ranked Australasian agency ... the list goes on.
"It's great just to be part of a team like this - being given the chance to head it up is, honestly, an honour. Or to put it another way, I'm bloody rapt."
Chess, whose trophy cabinet includes awards from all the major creative shows including AWARD, D&AD, One Show, Clios and Cannes as well as the AFA (Australian) Effectiveness Awards, was previously Creative Director at BWM (Belgiovane Williams Mackay) Sydney. Clients included Telstra BigPond, Virgin Money, Diageo brands, GIO Insurance, Ateco Automotive and NIB Health Insurance.
Prior to BWM, he spent seven years at Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, where clients included Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Lion Nathan Breweries, Westpac Bank, Foxtel, Emirates and NRMA Insurance.