Exclusive: Josh Moore resigns partner gig at US, Sydney for national ECD role at Y&R New Zealand

Josh Moore Y&R NZ.jpgCB Exclusive: Campaign Brief can reveal that Josh Moore, creative partner at US, Sydney has quit to return to New Zealand, taking the national ECD role at Y&R New Zealand, based in Auckland - effective September 15.

Moore partly fills the vacuum left by the departure of former Y&R Auckland CD Vaughn Davis in September last year.

NZ born Moore has been in Australia for four years. In June 2007, Moore, then CD at Lowe NZ, was appointed creative director of the newly formed Razor Junior in Sydney. The agency was renamed US in 2009 and is now recognised as one of the hottest shops in the country.

Before Lowe, Moore, one of the most awarded creatives in the region, did senior creative stints in New Zealand at Saatchi & Saatchi,  Publicis Mojo and Generator.

His work has been recognised at all major shows including Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, NYC, Effies, Caples, Young Guns and AXIS. 
His work includes Hallensteins Glassons, Nestle, Bank Direct, BMW, Sony, Toyota, Vodafone, Suncorp, Genesis Energy, Stella Artois, Subaru, EA Games, Fairfax Media, SBS and Nike.

Y&R Brands CEO Russel Howcroft said signing Moore was a great coup for the NZ agency: "Josh is a proven performer in building business and brands. His creative track record is pretty impressive too. Coulson has had an eye on him for some time and rates him highly.  New Zealand has a well-earned reputation for punching above its weight in the creative stakes and Moore will be a great addition to our NZ team."

"I'm thrilled we've lured Josh back to NZ to join our team. He'll be working alongside me, Jason Wells (Ideas Director), Janisa Parag (Planner) and Nigel Hammersely (Digital Director) and Barry Williamson (Media Director)", said Y&R New Zealand CEO Jon Ramage.

"He's ambitious for the agency and chomping at the bit to get stuck into ideas. We're all looking forward to him arriving."

"I'm stoked to be heading back to NZ and working with the team at Y&R, they have some great talent, fantastic clients and great creative opportunities." said Moore.  "And of course I'll be just in time for the Rugby World Cup!"

14 Comments

Anonymous said:

Congrats. Y&R are so lucky to have you, no doubt amazing creative campaigns will be produced now you're there. You'll be very much missed.

Anonymous said:

One of the most talented and nicest creatives in the industry! Josh, you're going to be sadly missed here in Sydney.

Anonymous said:

Top bloke. All the best.

J

Anonymous said:

Perfect opportunity to take an anonymous swipe, but as hard as i try - there is absolutely nothing to flaw. By far the most intelligent and charismatic CD i have had the pleasure of working with. You will be missed J-dizzle.

Anonymous said:

Good luck josh. Y&R will begin to shine again in NZ. Cheers Mel

Anonymous said:

Our boy returns! time to celebrate!

Adam Wells said:

Hate it when you put the code in wrong and you have to write it all again from scratch.

...Was just saying....why you are all being anonymous about saying Josh will be missed is beyond me. You'll be missed mate. Good, smart fella. Miss yer Missus too. Good luck you two.

Anonymous said:


Y&R starting to flex some creative muscle outside it's agency of the year Melbourne office.

Brisbane and Sydney shops winning international gold, now Josh to NZ.

Someone is quietly building a network to watch out for. Good to see.

Michele said:

Welcome Josh! We're excited to have you :)

Anonymous said:

Congratulations, Josh. Good to see good people win. Will miss you guys. Cheers.

Alice said:

Josh has long been recognized as the most exciting talent Aotearoa has produced. We are delighted he returns to spread this talent to us all in the land of the long white cloud.

The juniours said:

To the guy that gave us our first job,

Thanks for being awesome.

Anonymous said:

Such a god damn nice guy. It's a shame you're leaving Sydney.

NZ is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Anonymous said:

Jason Wells Idea director??????

What does he actually do?

Isn't that the job of the CD?

Weird.

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