Host/Havas has appointed Henry Kember as its new group creative director. He brings 15 years of experience both locally and overseas, most recently at Droga5 New York, Crispin Porter + Bogusky LA, The Monkeys, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Over the course of his career, Kember has worked on some of the world’s most well-known brands including Covergirl, PayPal, IKEA, and Diageo, winning over 50 international awards.
As group creative director, Kember will be tasked with overseeing projects across the entire Host/Havas client portfolio which includes Air New Zealand, NBA, Reckitt, Stockland, Palau Legacy Project, Avis Budget Group, Tassal and United Nations Free & Equal.
“Henry is a creative I’ve admired for years. Not just for his incredible aesthetic and passion, but also for his ability to genuinely impact and leverage popular culture in his thinking,’ said Jon Austin, ECD at Host/Havas.
“In fact, when we were chatting, I’d leave every call feeling like he’d somehow managed to jam several SXSW talks into our Zoom chat. And not even premium Zoom, just the 45-minute one, which is even more impressive. We’re absolutely thrilled to have someone of Henry’s fearsome caliber and talent join us at such an exciting time in our journey.”
Kember added: “It’s a fascinating, challenging time to be in advertising. No one gets this more than Jon Austin, Olly Taylor and Laura Aldington, and no one’s better set up to thrive at this moment than Host/Havas. Plus they’re so nice I could never have pitched against them. Even the fact that Jon was front man for NZ’s version of Blink 182 couldn’t stop me signing on.”