CAANZ announces Simon Lendrum, managing director of JWT New Zealand as new president

Simon Lendrum 5850 Sml.jpgCAANZ CEO Paul Head has this morning announced that Simon Lendrum (left), managing director of JWT New Zealand has been elected to the position of CAANZ president vacated by the retiring Sandy Moore.

Says Head: "I'm delighted that Simon has been elected by the board to lead CAANZ. Since joining the board he has made a very strong contribution to the organisation. He takes over at a time when what constitutes advertising becomes harder to define, creativity takes ever more forms, and the need for ideas is stronger than ever.

"The CAANZ team and I are looking forward to working with him more closely on the challenges our members face."

After graduating from Cambridge University, Lendrum joined BMP DDB London as a graduate recruit working across a number of accounts such as Budweiser, Unilever and Vodafone.
Following a long run of awards success for the Guardian newspaper, Lendrum was appointed to the BMP board in 2003, taking responsibility for the agency's graduate recruitment and training programme.

In 2004 Lendrum and his family made the move to New Zealand, where he joined Singleton, Ogilvy and Mather to run the brand division. Working across all of their brand clients, Lendrum spent six years at Ogilvy before joining JWT in 2010.

In June 2010, Lendrum was appointed as Managing Director of JWT New Zealand. During his time with JWT, which is this year celebrating its 150th anniversary, the agency has doubled in size, and won significant new business. He joined the CAANZ board in 2012.

Says Lendrum: "CAANZ plays a vital role in ensuring a sustainable and optimistic future for all of us in the industry. Paul and his team are dogged in the defence of the right to advertise, and have been effective in ensuring that a business voice is heard by policy-makers. In addition, Paul has ensured the focus of our awards shows is on the contribution that great work makes to business success. The intern programmes and training opportunities developed in recent years have ensured there's a steady flow of brilliant young talent entering the industry, and they are rewarded appropriately. I'm delighted to be part of a committed board that provides governance support to the great work that the CAANZ team continue to perform on behalf of us all."

Lendrum attributes his resilience to his support of Newcastle United, who have yet to win a trophy in his lifetime.

He officially takes up his new position on April 16. 


Ian said:

Howay the lads!

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