RINGER TO TAKE JWT BANGKOK ECD ROLE
FCB Melbourne joint creative director Mark Ringer has resigned from the agency to take up the role of executive creative director, JWT Bangkok, Unilever Asia Pacific, the position left vacant after the departure of Australian James Woollett a few months back. Ringer will be one of five ECDs within the agency and has been appointed specifically to head up its Unilever account.
Since joining FCB from M&C Saatchi Singapore four years back, Ringer has been responsible for award winning work on Honda, Kraft and Stihl. He was also the MADC president this year. Ringer knows Asia well: prior to M&C Saatchi, Singapore, where he was associate CD, he worked at Batey Ads and DDB Singapore with his long time partner Scott Lambert. (They met in the retail division of Y&R Adelaide). Lambert will now take on the sole CD role, but no doubt will be looking for a new writer partner.
Says Ringer: "The decision to leave FCB Melbourne was a difficult one and in particular breaking with long-time partner Scott Lambert and managing director Christine Barnes. FCB Melbourne has a brilliant working environment that is fostering better and better work. The best work we’ve done for Honda is now going into production. And yes, I can confirm that Melbourne is a great place to live.
"Scott and I have been long time admirers of (worldwide CD) Craig Davis, not just what he achieves, but the way he goes about achieving it. And with the new way of working and appointments like Tay Hin Guan, it’s an exciting time to be joining JWT. JWT Bangkok itself is currently one of the most awarded agencies in the region and Bangkok itself is loaded with talented people.
"Unilever and JWT’s relationship goes back over 100 years, so it is a highly visible and valuable client to the network. I’ll be looking to give them some fabulous work that will be remembered fondly, well into the future."