Saatchi & Saatchi Promotes New Zealand Talent

AUCKLAND - Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand has announced several major promotions for both its Auckland office and the Saatchi & Saatchi Asia Pacific network.

Dean Taylor, currently Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland, has been promoted to CEO of the Saatchi & Saatchi offices in Singapore and Malaysia. He replaces John Foley, who is moving to Sydney to become CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia.

Sonya Berrigan becomes the new MD of the Auckland office.  She will also continue in her role heading up key accounts including Westpac and TVNZ.

Dean joined Saatchi & Saatchi in Auckland in 2004 to lead the Telecom account. He has previously worked at Campaign Palace in Australia, and BBH in Singapore, and originally trained in London.

Sonya joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2003 as a Group Account Director to head up the NZ arm of the Trans-Tasman Westpac account, charged with driving the NZ business whilst ensuring Trans-Tasman efficiencies and alignment, reporting to both the CEO in Auckland and the GM in Sydney.  Prior to that she was Group Account Director at Whybin TBWA where she was responsible for repositioning ASB Bank to the bank that's 'one step ahead' and was a key driver of the highly successful Goldstein campaign.

Also in Auckland, Murray Streets has been appointed General Manager overseeing the NZ Telecom account, as well as retaining the role of Director of Strategy.  Murray also joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2004, emigrating from the UK where he had worked as a strategist for Publicis UK.

Andrew Stone, Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand CEO, commented that Saatchi & Saatchi has a strong commitment to recognising and rewarding talent, ensuring it builds its capabilities and succession through the network to continue to drive big ideas for the future.

"Sonya, Dean and Murray are all fundamental believers and contributors to creating the big ideas that matter - and I'm delighted these promotions reflect an agency and network that's always stepping up the pace," he said.

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