Former Marketforce writer Brendon Guthrie returns to advertising as ECD at Ogilvy Melbourne

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Brendon Guthrie.jpgAfter taking a sabbatical to write, ex-Grey, DDB and JWT Melbourne creative Brendon Guthrie (left) has returned to advertising as ECD of Ogilvy Melbourne.

The former Marketforce Perth copywriter will report to another former Marketforce creative - Ogilvy Australia's chief creative officer Steve Back - and Guthrie will be responsible for overseeing all creative output from Ogilvy's Melbourne offices.

Along with knowing his creative capabilities from having worked with him in the past, Back cited Guthrie's temperament as a reason he sought him out to take on the leadership role.

Says Back: "When I returned to Australia, I focused on bolstering Ogilvy Melbourne's experienced creative department with some of the city's best young copywriters, art directors and designers.

"Brendon's infinite patience, talent as a strategic thinker and commitment to crafting ideas make him the right person to help the refreshed department realise its potential. Besides, he has a bunch of photographs taken when we worked together in the mid-1990s that I'd rather not be made public."
Along with renewing his creative partnership with Back, Guthrie singled out Ogilvy Melbourne general manager Michael McEwan and director of strategy Gavin MacMillan as reasons for his decision.

Says Guthrie: "Michael, Gav and I have been teamed successfully in the past and that strong working relationship will be valuable as we head into a period of significant growth and change for Ogilvy Melbourne. We have long-term client relationships in AAMI, Bank of Melbourne, BMW and Myer, new ones in Yarra Valley Water and Essastone and a clear strategy to grow and deepen them all.

"However, one area I'd like us to explore further is social marketing. It's a personal passion of mine and a chance for the lateral thinkers I've been tasked with leading to put something back into the community."

Since moving to Melbourne from Marketforce Perth a decade ago, Guthrie has created campaigns for the TAC, Worksafe Victoria, John West, Leggo's, AXA and a host of others. To date, his work has been recognised at AWARD, The One Show, D&AD, Cannes, Clio, the LIAAs and the Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE awards for screenwriting.

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Great News said:

Love the beard...it really suits him! :)

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