McCann Sydney has appointed Darren Spiller as chief creative officer and Hazelle Klønhammer as managing director (both pictured above). McCann Sydney executive creative director, Jerker Fagerstrom, has made the decision to return home to Sweden.
Spiller’s last gig was chief creative officer of Host/Havas. Before that, he was chief creative officer of DDB Melbourne and chief creative officer of Fallon USA. He has won all the international awards associated with three top creative positions and was featured in Adweek’s Top 100 Creatives for 2018.
Spiller commented, “There’s nothing more exciting than people like Nic, Fran and Hazelle asking you to come on board and help build and re-invent something. I knew I was going to be in good company with innovative impatient thinkers. All here, all like-minded to make relevant effective work.”
Klønhammer joins from Australian ideas agency, Ugly, which she co-founded in January 2017. Klønhammer’s career began in earnest at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, where she was group account director for twelve years. She was a founding partner and chief executive officer of Anomaly Amsterdam and prior to that, managing director of Grey Amsterdam.
She has grown and re-positioned some of the world’s most notable global brands, including Nike, Converse, Diageo, Microsoft, Heineken, Carlsberg, Electronic Arts, Google and Vodafone.
Klønhammer commented, “McCann Sydney is at an interesting crossroads, evolving their agency model to be more progressive and with a huge focus on creativity – not just from the creative ‘department’ but across every aspect of the business. I am delighted to be on this journey with them.”
Nicole Taylor, chief executive officer of McCann Australia, stated, “Daz and Hazelle are world class practitioners who feel like family. We are aligned on our goals and values and have great respect and appreciation for each other. It’s a privilege to have them join us.
“While we are incredibly sad to see Jerker go, we respect his decision to do what is right for his family. We hope to keep Jerker within the IPG network, and are currently looking for suitable roles overseas.”