Colenso BBDO strengthens its leadership with the addition of industry-veteran Matt Swinburne who joins the agency as group creative director. Swinburne has worked at some of leading agencies, managing some of the world’s biggest brands. He spent the first few years of his career plying the trade in Auckland at Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, and then in Sydney at Leo Burnett where, as a young creative, he won gold in Cannes in the Young Lions competition. Read the full story here.

Valerie Madon, formerly chief creative officer for Asia at VMLY&R joins Meta as the director of Creative Shop, Southeast Asia and emerging markets. Madon brings over two decades of experience in a range of creative, digital and leadership roles to the table and has worked with major brands like Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Singapore Airlines, HSBC, Burger King, VISA, Singapore Tourism Board, Changi Airport, Central Provident Fund, Shell and GSK many others.

Sydney-based indie agency, Apparent, appoints Matt Olanda as client services director. Olanda brings over 17 years of experience in London and Sydney agencies—as client service lead across CX and digital—and comes on board the Apparent team, which now stands at more than 130 full-time employees. Previously, he was at 303 MullenLowe for over two years where he was the client services director.

Marketing transformation solutions agency GrowthOps appoints Shakira Pathmarajah as the talent acquisition head to manage recruitment across the agency’s Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, as well as the India offices.



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