Top UK creative Simon Veksner joins DDB Sydney as CD, reuniting with ECD Dylan Harrison

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CB EXCLUSIVE: DDB Sydney has appointed Simon Veksner from BBH London as creative director, re-uniting him with former colleagues Dylan Harrison and Chris Brown. 

Veksner spent seven years at DDB London, during which time he co-created the Cannes Grand Prix winning VW 'Cops' ad with Harrison and has spent the last four years at BBH in London, where he was responsible for the creative direction of the Vodafone and Gordon's Gin accounts.

One of the most highly-awarded creatives in the UK, Veksner boasts a haul that includes a Cannes Grand Prix, two D&AD Yellow Pencils, six pencil nominations, over 40 D&AD in-book entries, plus several Cannes Gold Lions, One Shows and Clios for high profile brands such as the Guardian Newspaper, Volkswagen, Channel 4, Vodafone, Barnados and Levis.
Dylan Harrison, ECD of DDB Sydney, said that lightning doesn't strike twice. 

"I'm so excited to be reunited with one of the industry's true talents and the experience, energy and insight he'll bring to our great department," he said. "Simon understands the creative culture at the heart of DDB and gets it's all about the work. Most importantly, he's built his career by consistently doing outstanding creative work on big brands, solving real client business issues across all media. He's the real deal," Harrison added.

Veksner, who married an Australian, said he's thrilled to be moving to Sydney.

"In a way I feel like I'm coming home too, in returning to DDB. Just looking at the client list, the creative opportunities at DDB Sydney are among the best in the region. I can't wait to get started," he said.

Chris Brown, DDB Group Sydney's Managing Director, added: "We have an ambition to be the very best creatively and deliver effective and innovative campaigns for our clients. To do this we need the very best people and Simon's hire is a reflection of that. It's an exciting time at DDB."

Veksner joins an enviable creative line up at DDB Sydney that includes creative directors Mark Harricks, Matt Grogan, Steve Wakelam and Rupert Hancock.

22 Comments

Anonymous said:

Wow- that's a huge hire. I read scampblog (Simon's long running blog) every day religiously when I worked in London. Nice one.

Anonymous said:

The same Simon Veksner who authored the excellent, and highly quotable 'Scamp' Blog. Some highly recommended reading for creatives.

http://scampblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/previous-tips.html

Anonymous said:

yeah, but has he won any REAL awards?

Anonymous said:

Simon!

I have an atheist campaign I still need to do for you :o)

Well done mate you'll love it here.

Anonymous said:

Sooooo, I guess Angus won't be joining Dylan then? Just sayin...

Anonymous said:

Sooooo, I guess Angus won't be joining Dylan then? Just sayin...

Anonymous said:

I love Scamp! Welcome.

Anonymous said:

Scamp vs Lynchy: battle of the blogs?

Anonymous said:

Scamp vs Lynchy: battle of the blogs?

Old Man Advertising Drifter said:

Is anyone good enough to work there now?

Anonymous said:

5:59

Angus who? Just askin'?

Anonymous said:

lol 5:35... I hope you were trying to be funny.

Anonymous said:

He's no Duncan Marshall. Just sayin'.

Hunter S Thompson said:

This guy just seem so radical. So many Awards. I just can't understand why he's coming here. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh he married an Australian.

Bolty said:

We've come a long way since the days of directing our own Bud Ice ads at Kiss FM eh?!

Well done mate and nice work DDB

Anonymous said:

Hasn't DDB already got a perfectly good CD?

Anonymous said:

Since when was he a Creative Director at BBH???????
He's not responsible for Vodafone and Gordons.
Also, let's face it, those two accounts are pretty dire at the moment in the UK.

Mike said:

Dylan will be stoked.....no need for him to keep referencing ad ideas off the internet like he did for S&S in New Zealand...

Anonymous said:

He certainly looks very proud of himself.

Anonymous said:

I wonder if Dylan will write all of the ads at DDB too?

Anonymous said:

It's the 80s fire-escape shot. How very recherché.
CDs are senior group heads in major agencies. The ECD is the CD.

PS. Kate Moss says:
As a leaving gift to Scamp, I want to stick ice and snow up my mimsy and fanny fart out a D&AD Pencil.

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