Ogilvy ANZ has announced the addition of Ant Simmons to their Melbourne team as group creative director.
Simmons comes from Heartland, an independent agency where he held the role of founder. Prior to this, Simmons served as the creative director at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, where he spearheaded integrated campaigns across both traditional and non-traditional formats.
Ogilvy Melbourne ECD Hilary Badge noted, “Ant brings a world-class platform thinking coupled with global ambition. His exceptional ideas and craft skills further strengthen our robust team.
“His prowess as a creative leader fosters growth not just for our clients but for our team members. As a mentor, he’s committed to nurturing the career development of our existing talents and new Ogilvy joiners.”
Reflecting on his decision to join Ogilvy, Simmons commented, “I had the pleasure of working alongside Hilary for many years at Clemenger Melbourne, and it’s great to have a strong working relationship already established. Hil has provided an excellent environment to deliver exceptional work for Australia’s and the world’s most notable clients.”
Apart from his agency background, Simmons’ has previously been selected for the US Embassy’s Entrepreneurialism & Innovation program. As the sole Australian representative for the IVLP International Leadership Program, he engaged with entrepreneurial leaders in the US, gaining insights into start-up ecosystems across cities like San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, and Washington DC.
This appointment of Ant Simmons as group creative director stands in addition to the strategic moves made by Ogilvy ANZ this year. Earlier announcements include Clark Edwards joining as joint Sydney ECD with Bridget Jung, the promotion of Miriam Wells to chief creative officer at Ogilvy PR, and the appointment of Nina East to the newly created role of group creative director of Ogilvy Health. Hilary Badger was appointed as Melbourne ECD in January.
Simmons assumes the role of group creative director with immediate effect.
Top Image: Ant Simmons & Hilary Badger
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