After five years in the role, DDB Australia’s Chief Creative Officer Ben Welsh has announced he will step down at the end of September.
“After five amazing, action-packed, never-a-dull-moment years with DDB, I’m going to call it a day,” said Welsh. “I’ve achieved everything I set out to do, thanks largely to the brilliant people I’ve had the pleasure of working with here, and there are so many things I want to do beyond.
“I’ve always believed in hiring people more talented than me, and then empowering them to do what they do best. I’m incredibly proud of this creative department and this agency. If we were in a position to have a farewell drink, I’d give each and every one of them a hug.”
He joined DDB in 2016 from M&C Saatchi, where he spent almost 20 years as Executive Creative Director, and then Creative Chair across Asia. It was a return to DDB for Ben, whose first role in Australia after moving from the UK was as a Senior Copywriter at DDB Melbourne.
“Ben is a wonderful leader, creative, and colleague, and I’m grateful for everything he’s done for DDB across the past five years,” said DDB Australia and New Zealand CEO and President Andrew Little. “We wish him all the very best for the future. I’m looking forward to seeing the creative department continue to create big, clever, Unexpected Work for some of the most famous brands in the country.”
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