CB Exclusive: Ogilvy New Zealand (Now Stanley St) joint ECDs Lisa Fedyszyn and Jonathan McMahon resign to pursue new opportunities
After over two years in their roles CB can reveal that Ogilvy New Zealand (Now Stanley St) joint executive creative directors Lisa Fedyszyn and Jonathan McMahon have decided to move on.
Returning from Droga5 NY in July 2017, Fedyszyn and McMahon quickly helped to raise Ogilvy’s agency profile with their hugely successful recruitment campaigns for New Zealand Police, along with their “Most dangerous stunt in the world” campaign on Auckland Transport, “Rugby fighter”for Rebel Sport, and “Garden of Goodness” for So Good, that have delivered gold Effies, a Best In Show Grand Axis, Beacons gold, Best Gold, Cannes Lions, D&AD pencils, and numerous other international awards.
McMahon told CB: “Lisa and I were challenged with helping to make Ogilvy NZ an exciting creative brand agency, and we are extremely proud of what we have achieved in our time here. The agency has some fantastic people and clients, but we have a strong desire to keep pushing for creative and effective work that makes a difference, so the timing was right to leave. We are enormously grateful to Regan [Grafton] for giving us this opportunity, and we wish him and everyone at Stanley St all the best.”
Says Regan Grafton, CCO, Stanley St: “After two years of spectacular work our super talented ECD team have decided to make a move.
“When I worked with Lisa and Jonno back at DDB, I always admired how passionate and committed they were to their craft. So when I heard that they were coming back from Droga5 New York I jumped at the chance to work with them again.
“During their time at Ogilvy/Stanley St Lisa and Jonno have made a huge impact on our work and agency profile. Their work has brought in Gold Effies every year, the Grand Axis, media gold, Cannes Lions and numerous other international awards.
“We would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication they have applied to their work whilst with us.”
As for their next move, they are said to be in talks with a number of people, and are focusing on finding the right partnership. But it is unknown to CB if this is in NZ or somewhere further afield.