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    Sharon Edmonston exits M&C Saatchi amidst creative restructure

    Sharon Edmonston, group creative director at M&C Saatchi Sydney, has left the agency amidst a restructuring of the creative department.

    Edmonston has been with the agency for nearly nine years, initially joining in 2015 as creative director before being promoted to GCD in February 2023. She has not disclosed her next career move.

    Her departure follows the exit of chief strategy officer Emily Taylor in February, who left after three and a half years. Chief creative officer Cam Blackley departed in October last year, subsequently replaced by Steve Coll.

    Globally, a restructuring effort is being led by M&C Saatchi board executive chair Zillah Byng-Thorne, who was appointed to the position last year.

    Recently, the business sold off stakes in Hong Kong and Sweden subsidiaries.

    Last year, the agency consolidated its Singapore and Malaysia offices. Following the restructures and staff layoffs in APAC and in the UK, M&C’s Australian arm confirmed redundancies of fewer than 10 staff members last December.

    In the Asia Pacific region, these changes followed the departure of M&C Saatchi’s Asia CEO, Richard Morewood. Justin Graham, M&C’s AUNZ chief executive, assumed the broader APAC role in the wake of Morewood’s departure.

    During her tenure, Edmonston served as the joint head of AWARD School’s 2024 NSW and national sessions alongside M&C Saatchi’s joint national executive creative director Scott Dettrick. She also held the position of co-chair of M&C’s Employee Led Women’s Network.

    Derrick joined M&C in March from his role as creative director at The Monkeys.

    In response to Edmonston’s departure, an M&C Saatchi spokesperson said to Mediaweek: “As M&C Saatchi embraces the optimum creative structure for our clients’ needs and evolving capabilities, the necessary yet difficult decision has been made to reshape select roles.

    “We are sad to part ways with colleagues that have played significant roles in delivering exceptional campaigns for our valued clients; for which we would like to say a heartfelt thank you. Small changes to our creative structure are required to channel our big ambition and purposefully continue M&C Saatchi Group on its trajectory of success.”

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    The post Sharon Edmonston exits M&C Saatchi amidst creative restructure appeared first on Mediaweek.

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