303 MullenLowe Perth has appointed multi-award-winning former ECD at Host/Havas Melbourne Damian Royce to the newly-created position of Chief Creative Officer.
With a career spanning 25 years, Royce has held creative leadership positions at TBWA, Cummins&Partners, and Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, where he was a creative director and company leadership board director.
“This is an important hire, one that adds a brilliant new dimension to our amazing creative and design team,” said Managing Director René Migliore.
“Damian is an exceptional talent, one of Australia’s most respected CDs, a brand builder, proven team leader, a digital pioneer in creative circles and one of the nicest people you’ll meet. He also brings strong business nous to help solve a range of business problems with creative solutions.”
303 MullenLowe is additionally announcing a number of leadership changes as long-time ECD Richard Berney and Head of Planning John Linton depart the agency to start their own business together.
“We’ve been lucky enough to have Rich Berney with us for 18 years, and John for eight years. They have been fundamental to this business, giving their heart and soul,” Migliore added.
“They’ve built their respective areas within 303 MullenLowe and we’ve seen them grow and flourish, but it’s an exciting time for them to back themselves and build something of their own. It’s also the perfect time for the business and our evolution. They’ll remain good friends to the agency and we genuinely wish them every success.”
Royce’s work has been recognized at every major international award festival, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, London International Awards, Clio, New York Festivals, Webbys, Spikes Asia, Caples New York, AWARD, Effie Awards and more. Notably, his work has also received a Cannes Lions Grand Prix and the rare Green Pencil at One Show for innovative and ethical creativity.
He will relocate to Perth from his native Melbourne to take up the new role. Tasked with overseeing all creative output, he will also focus on generating new opportunities, building key skills and applying brilliant creativity to solving business issues.
Migliore said as part of the agency’s push to double down on creative and strategic smarts, 303 MullenLowe had also searched the globe for a new Chief Strategy Officer to work closely with Royce, with an exciting new announcement to be made soon.
“Joining a creative company with an all-new leadership team ready to help brands grow is a rare opportunity, and it’s exactly what I was looking for. Along with René, Attivo CEO Cam Murchison, a new Chief Strategy Officer, and an evolved agency team, we will leverage the many ways creativity can be used to move businesses forward. It’s an exciting time to join 303 MullenLowe, who have been building momentum in an ever-changing market. I’m looking forward to this collaboration and above all, helping brands get noticed.”
The agency has also made some other significant promotions as part of recent business planning:
• Taryn Payne as the new Head of Business Management;
• Johnathan Julius as the new Head of Production; and
• Smiljka Dimitrijevic as the new Head of Planning
“Taryn, Smiljka and JJ are all brilliant leaders within the agency and highly respected in their fields. Their passion and energy is infectious. They’ll own, design and build out the evolution of their respective areas of the business, significantly boosting depth of capability,” said Migliore.
The agency said that an important promotion within the media team has also been made with details “to be shared in due course.”