Ogilvy Australia announces seven new hires to join Melbourne office



Ogilvy Australia continues to grow and strengthen its Melbourne office with seven new faces joining the agency’s creative ranks.

Award winning editor Oli Brock joined alongside the partner artistic director Eli swart. Their collective experience includes work at Clemenger BBDO, Cummins & Partners, VMLY & R and more recently, Leo Burnett, where the couple reunited after working together at Isobar seven years ago.

Their brand experience includes Australian Defense Force, CUB, Kraft Heinz, Jeep, Mars, NAB, Specsavers and 7-Eleven. Oli’s work on Monash University’s “Future Without Change†campaign during his time at VMLY & R was recently awarded a Golden Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Creative duo Brand Isabel Gomes and Omar Fawahl join from BWM Dentsu, where they have spent the last three years working together for brands such as Kmart, L’Oreal and Toyota.

They both had short stints in film production before following their passion for advertising, working at agencies such as Cummins & Partners, M&C Saatchi, and Wunderman NYC.

John barrett and Liam Ratliff join M&C Saatchi. Both RMIT graduates, Liam and John excelled at the AWARD School in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and gained valuable work experience at Tennis Australia and BBE Creative. John was one of fifty Pencil winners worldwide to be invited to D&AD New Blood Academy in London in 2018.

Finally, artistic director Katelyn Testa joins the team to partner with Ogilvy’s copywriter Ted Brearley. Katelyn’s journey began with Leo Burnett in Melbourne seven years ago and was followed by stints at VMLY & R, Publicis and Ikon. She has produced award-winning works for Breaka Flavored Milk, the Queensland Government, SPC Ardmona and the Tatts Group.

David Ponce de Léon, ECD of Ogilvy Australia, Melbourne, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome so many talented creatives to Ogilvy. Our creative department continues to grow and evolve, with the right talents, skills and motivation. This remains essential for us, our culture and of course, our customers. I’m sure this group can bring a holistic perspective and fresh thinking to all of our work, while still having a lot of fun in the process.

“Ogilvy’s goal is to continue to bring together the most impressive and diverse pool of creative talent and make it our biggest point of difference,†says Gavin MacMillan, Managing Director, Ogilvy Australia, Melbourne. “These creative additions reflect our ambition and are the first in a series of new appointments to our office, including strategy and account service. Watch this place. “

“I would have preferred a bunch of talent shot at our reception, alas we are in the middle of another Melbourne lockdown. It might be a cruel reminder to update their LinkedIn profile photos, but at least it’s not another screenshot of the Microsoft Teams mosaic, â€adds Ponce de León.



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