Auckland - Internationally lauded, multiple award-winning advertising creative Dylan Harrison has been appointed Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand.
His appointment completes the new leadership team for Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand following last month’s announcement of New Zealand-born Nicola Bell’s selection as the new CEO.
Dylan joins the New Zealand team from a highly decorated 10-year sting with DDB London, where he picked up numerous awards for clients as diverse as Volkswagen, Marmite, Budweiser and The Guardian newspaper.
In addition to three nominations and a coveted Silver pencil at D&AD, he has won at every major awards show, including gold at Cannes, One Show, Clio, ANDY, Creative Circle, Campaign Press and Eurobest.
His print ad ‘Cops’ for Volkswagen won both the Grand Prix in Cannes and Eurobest, making it the most awarded print ad in history. He repeated the double Grand Prix honours again last year, scooping both the Eurobest and Epica top award for the TV ad ‘Singing Dog’, for Volkswagen.
Melbourne-born Dylan, who succeeds outgoing ECD Mike O’Sullivan, is raring to go.
“I can’t wait to get started. Opportunities like this are so rare, I didn’t hesitate. After 13 years in London, I couldn’t resist returning to the region. It’s not often you get the opportunity to work for an agency as creative as Saatchi & Saatchi, and in a market as dynamic as New Zealand’s.
“There’s never been a more exciting time to be in advertising – the liberation of media through technology, the global financial crisis, and creativity earning its rightful place in the boardroom solving fundamental business issues.”
Ian Rowden, Chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Asia Pacific, said Dylan’s appointment follows a worldwide search for a new ECD to partner with Nicola Bell.
“Dylan is a world class creative talent, whose awards were garnered for work that essentially solved big client problems. His restless obsession with the power of creativity to solve business issues, and a belief in driving consumer engagement and participation, will serve our clients well.
“Together, Nicky and Dylan make a dream team that will maintain our long standing tradition of game-changing creativity and lead the New Zealand business to new heights.”
Both start on February 22. Dylan and his family with relocate from London to Auckland in February.