HAIRY BANANA TAKES ON SAATCHI ROLE
Well-known Sydney creative team Matt Smith and Derek Green, better known as the Hairy Banana, have been appointed by Saatchi & Saatchi as regional joint creative directors of Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, working on P&G. They will be based in Geneva reporting to Australia's Sarah Barclay, Global CD on ArielTide/Dash. As a team, they will have responsibility for the overall creative work, including supervising and training of local creative teams. Besides that, they will also function as a swat team, as well as working on regional announcements and initiatives. Smith and Green have partnered together for more than 15 years, both as a freelance creative team and at agencies including their latest posting Leo Burnett Sydney, plus Whybin TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi and Young & Rubicam. Their last effort at Burnett was the highly praised Canon "Rodeo" spot.