VETERAN ADMAN JOHN NANKERVIS COMES IN AS CD OF SO&M SYDNEY
In a surprise move, Singleton Ogilvy & Mather Sydney has appointed veteran adman John Nankervis to the CD post which has been temporarily filled by STW Group ECD Neil Lawrence for the last six months.
CB understands the appointment of Nankervis was driven by SO&M Sydney managing director Andrew Varasdi, who, according to one source, was not getting on well with Lawrence. The source says Lawrence will continue in his STW Group role, but will have no future direct involvement with SO&M.
Before this full time appointment, Nankervis had been freelance at the agency, working on Telstra and other projects, including the recent defense of the Pizza Hut account.
One rival CD told CB that with the appointment of Nankervis, who was a founding partner of 80s hotshop Magnus Nankervis & Curl (now FCB), "there's hope for all the old creative stars of the 70s and 80s yet".