JWT Sydney lures former 303Lowe Sydney ECD/ partner Simon Langley for executive CD role

Langley_Simon_1.jpgJWT Sydney has announced the appointment of one of Australia's most recognised and awarded creatives Simon Langley, as executive creative director. Langley's appointment is effective immediately, following the departure of former ECD Mark Harricks.

Prior to a stint last year with a marketing start-up in the product and innovation space, Langley was most recently executive creative director/partner at 303Lowe, steering the agency through one of its most successful award runs ever and spearheading some of Australia's most recognised and award-winning campaigns.

Langley will lead an established creative team with the immediate responsibility for overseeing all creative output across JWT's Sydney office.

Says John Gutteridge, CEO JWT Australasia: "Langley's creative achievements combined with his passion for innovation are a natural fit with the future vision we have for the business. He's also a guy that genuinely cares about people and recognises the positive influence a good culture can create.
"Simon joins JWT at an exciting time of high energy and growth. I love that Simon has a reputation for being relentless in his pursuit of great work. He also has a modern mind, which I think is critical when it comes to solving problems for brands today."

Langley's creative work has garnered extensive international award recognition with multiple nods at all the major international shows including numerous D&AD yellow pencils, multiple Cannes gold, silver & bronze lions, One Show gold & several silver pencils, and most recently two Grand Prix at Spikes Asia for both creativity and effectiveness.

In the 2009 Won Report, he was the 6th most awarded CD in the world before moving to 303 Group in 2010. Langley replaces Mark Harricks who is leaving the agency to pursue other opportunities after three years.

Says Langley: "It's great to be joining JWT at a time of real momentum and change. The newly appointed management team is young, energetic and has a vision that I share and can't wait to help bring to life. My role will be to build on this momentum and cement JWT as a standout creative agency in the region.

"I've always believed in doing your best work on your biggest brands, and with one of the best client lists in the country, there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that. I can't wait to get started."

Langley's career has included three years at AMV/BBDO London and more than six years at BMF Sydney, where as CD, he helped steer the agency to B&T Agency of the Decade and multiple Agency of the Year titles during a period of exponential agency growth.

24 Comments

Nice one Langers said:

Look forward to seeing you kick some goals mate.

Stu said:

Nice one Langers! Kill it mate!

producer said:

BOOM!

Langers!!! said:

Top bloke. Top creative.
Great hire JWT

bondi on the hudson said:

great guy. great creative. great leader. great appointment.

Nick G said:

Simon is a good bastard so great hire JWT.

Congrats Langer's you will be great and deserve the gig, looking forward to seeing some new work from you.

N

Fat Back said:

nice work Langutang, lucky JWT

Bang! said:

Great hire J W T ! Well done Langers!

Jnr/Snr said:

Great stuff Langers!

Career Kryptonite said:

1. Ha, an agency still employing ECD's as a relevant role in the modern communication world.

2. Looks like you have had an amazing career, nice to see you want to take a break from that at JWT.

Hell yeah said:

Langers is all class and knows how to get great work out. Clear the shelves, there's metal coming.
D

DDog said:

Good on you Langua!

Senior President. Schitty Committee said:

We'll miss you Langers.
We know you will take your creative truth-with-a-twist mind (Mexican schnit) to JWT and make a killing there. Pencil us in for last Thursday of every month lunch.

Le 'Awk said:

Big congrats Langdog. Make sure you put some time aside in your schedule for schnit.

Brett said:

Great news Langas! Congrats

The reaper said:

Congrats Langas - although you'll no doubt need to exhume some of the corpses in the graveyard that is JWT. Still if anyone can do it you can...

Jake + DK said:

We wanna like it...and we do.

Well done Langers.

No doubt you'll be keeping the juries awake at night in the not too distant future.

JasonBurrows said:

Congratulations mate!!! Was wondering where you were.

Leezy said:


Good job, SiFi - all the best, mate.

Shane said:

Nice one mate. All the best.

A Fan said:

Everson first, and now Langers! What a great combo they will make. I have had the pleasure of working with both boys and together they will make a huge difference to JWT. Both smart, hungry but bloody nice. JWT is really starting to step up with these two great hires. Hope they let these boys make a difference to a big sleeping giant! They have the potential to do great things!

GL said:

Good luck, it's a very tough gig. But from what I hear you'll be up for it.

Big G said:

Nice one Langers, Great hire

Bails said:

Triffic Langers. Nice one my Son.

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