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    Exclusive: Nick Jacobs replaces Emily Taylor as M&C Saatchi CSO

    Nick Jacobs has been promoted to chief strategy officer of M&C Saatchi Group Australia and New Zealand, Mediaweek can reveal.

    Jacobs joined M&C as senior strategy director in 2019, and was promoted in 2021 to join Rachael Fraser as head of integrated strategy. He replaces former CSO Emily Taylor, who departed the agency in February after three and a half years.

    M&C Saatchi has confirmed the appointment to Mediaweek.

    Prior to joining M&C, Jacobs was planning director at TBWA\Australia for three and a half years. He also served as a strategic planning director at George Patterson Y&R, as well as a strategic planner at BMF and Smart agency. Before that, Jacobs spent just over four years in Geneva, Switzerland, at FPP, initially as a senior strategic planner and then as planning director.

    When she left the agency‘s CSO post in February, Taylor said: “It’s been a brilliant 3.5 years working with an epic bunch to build some of Australia’s best brands with our amazing clients. But it is time for a little break. So I’ve decided to say goodbye to M&C and hello to a bit of R&R.

    “A big thank you to Justin Graham, my fellow exec, my marvellous strat team and the rest of the M&C legends for making it so much fun. I will pop my head up after a breather and when I have news on my next adventure.”

    This week, M&C Saatchi Sydney restructured its creative department, which included the exit of group creative director, Sharon Edmondston after nine years at the agency.

    Chief creative officer Cam Blackley left in October last year, subsequently replaced by The Monkeys’ creative director, Steve Coll. Blackley and Taylor both resigned from their roles with no immediate plans.  

    M&C Saatchi is soon to lose one of its key clients, Tourism Australia, with the account up for pitch, and the incumbent failing to shortlist.

    Endeavour Group is also putting its key accounts – BWS and Dan Murphy’s – to pitch, with M&C currently holding the BWS account.

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    The post Exclusive: Nick Jacobs replaces Emily Taylor as M&C Saatchi CSO appeared first on Mediaweek.

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