M&C Saatchi New Zealand head of strategy Tony Burt and ECD Dave King appointed joint CEOs following departure of Darryn Melrose
"I have now been on the agency side of the industry for 10 years," Melrose says. "Reaching certain milestones does create a need for personal review and reflection on what goals have been achieved, and what needs to come next.
"So I have set down what I want to achieve in the forthcoming years, and sadly that means resigning as CEO of M&C Saatchi. This agency has been terrific with some of the best people I have worked with. I will genuinely miss the team and the fantastic clients who have made working here so rewarding."
Says King (top right): "I'm very sad to see Darryn go. He's become a great mate and I know he'll be brilliant back clientside. He's mentioned some interesting plans for the future so watch this space. I'm also incredibly excited by the opportunities we have as an agency. We've got a great team of staff and clients so there's plenty to look forward to."
Adds Burt (top left): "I've worked with Darryn for nearly four years now and it has been a lot of fun. I've no doubt he'll do well in his next venture. I'm now really looking forward to what lies ahead for us. We have a great team across our two offices and the agency has compiled strength in key disciplines over recent years. I'm excited to see us build on these as we continue to deliver great work for our clients."
While sharing the CEO responsibilities, Burt and King will also retain their Strategy and Creative roles respectively.