Publicis Mojo snares Grant Rutherford for national executive creative director role

Photo Grant Rutherford 2.jpgCB Exclusive: Joe Pollard, CEO of Publicis Mojo Australia announced today the appointment
of Grant Rutherford (left) to the position of national executive creative director.

Rutherford's 20+ year career has seen him work across many creative Australian agencies including Y&R, George Patterson Y&R and Clemenger BBDO. More recently from 2008-2012, Grant was executive creative director of DDB Group Melbourne but left in July of 2012 to pursue other personal endeavors.
Rutherford's personal work has been acknowledged with over 150 international and national awards, including seven Cannes Lions, Gold's at One Show, New York Festivals, Clio, London Internationals, Mobius, AdFest, Spikes, AWARD and Silver nominations at the prestigious D&AD awards. His work as ECD has a similar record.

His work includes Carlton Draught's 'Made from Beer' campaign including 'Big Ad', which has been one of the most awarded campaigns in Australian advertising history. He has also been included in the top 10 art directors in the world in the Gunn Report.

Closer to home, Rutherford has been acknowledged with the prestigious 'Creative Leader of the Year' title at the Melbourne Advertising and Design Club for creative contribution to the industry. Grant's work has been included in the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Rutherford has served on a number of marketing peak bodies: The Communications Council, the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Club (AWARD) and the Melbourne Advertising and Design Club (MADC). In 2010 he co-founded the Snowdome Foundation in memory of his daughter who died of Leukaemia, on which he has been working exclusively over the past
year.

Says Pollard: "We are absolutely thrilled that Grant will be joining Publicis Mojo. He is an amazing creative talent, and all round great guy. I can't wait to partner with him and continue the forward momentum of Mojo. His leadership, outstanding creative skills and passion for communication will be a great asset for our clients' brands and businesses."

Says Rutherford: "The Snowdome Foundation is important to me and will always be, but it's time to get the feet out from under the kitchen table and back under a desk. Many desks might I add.

"Joe Pollard is awesome. As a brand, she is as compelling as Mojo and the chance to build on her considerable efforts on a national level is something I just couldn't refuse. Opportunities like this do not come every day".

Lea Walker, partner at Hourigan International led the search for this position and did an outstanding job.

Rutherford will start in mid August, 2013.

27 Comments

Steve D said:

Rubba great to see you back in the game!

Malcolm McClaren said:

Welcome back Grant!

Conan said:

I wondered where Leno would end up after The Tonight Show.

meh said:

A true talent and a helluva good bloke.

mike said:

Good on ya Rub!

Ed said:

Exciting times. Well done Rubba.

BoB said:

Good stuff Rubba.

Hope you move to the Sydney office.

It needs you.

Headhunterer said:

Fuck me. Now even headhunters are getting a plug in press releases.

J said:

From the former client who bought the Made from Beer campaign, welcome back Rubba.

Nick G said:

Great to have you back Grant.

Nicest man in the business and with bags of talent.

NG

reg said:

Are headhunters the new cool, can you enter them into awards or should they get a headhunter credit on future work? ECD. Headhunter of ECD. Art director. Headhunter of Art Director etc .

Rubba dub dub said:

Good luck Rubba.

nic said:

Congrats, Grant! Expect a call very soon.

DUI said:

@reg etc...

Honestly, who cares? Headhunter scored one of the greatest creatives in the business. Made him come back to advertising at a huge shop.

Nothing wrong with that, they do it overseas all the time.

Scamp said:

They couldn't have snared a nicer man! Great stuff Rubba.

Darren said:

@DUI...
You done a head count at Mojo recently?
There is nto much huge about it

reg said:

Is that you headhunter.

Peril said:

this business needs more Rubbers - congratulations - take the big broom and do the business. Great News for Mojo.

PR fluff said:

Iceberg meet Titanic , Titanic meet iceberg.
8 months tops.

Housewife said:

Here here peril. The business really does need more Rubbas. Lucky Mojo.

Dale said:

Welcome back Rubba.
Congrats mate.

Something Smells said:

Way too much man-love on this thread.

furbs said:

well done grunna.

great pic.

i'd trust that man.

furbs.

x

Matt Smith said:

ONYA dude! Go bigger!

ddboom said:

Nice one Rubba. Now can you help the rest of us get outta this place..please!

Rubba said:

Glad to be back in the game.
Thanks to those who've put their names to comments and thanks to those whom haven't too. Feel much loved and honestly excited.

Yeah nice work... said:

Onya Tuggsy! Hopefully you can turn that bum of an agency around.

WHo would have thunk it!? Tuggsy back in the game.

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