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Oct 21 2014

SapientNitro’s Melbourne Office Expands Executive Team and Amplifies Creative Product with Associate Creative Director Michael Kennedy


21 OCTOBER 2014 – SapientNitro, part of Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE), has appointed Associate Creative Director Michael Kennedy as Creative lead on its Melbourne business, to expand the management team of Aaron Tobin, Director of Client Service and National Strategy Director, Phil Phelan, who last week addressed TEDx Melbourne on the topic ‘After Silicon: The next creative technologies.’



Kennedy’s appointment comes at an exciting time, as the agency experiences rapid growth on the back of recent new business wins including Lead Digital Agency for FMCG giant Mondelez and Marketing and Technology Lead for Carlton & United Breweries.



He has spent the past year in the SapientNitro Sydney office spearheading the agency’s transformation of their creative approach through the blending of technology, UX and advertising creative disciplines. His earlier career in Sydney saw him working on Microsoft and then IBM at Ogilvy & Mather, before moving north to Queensland where he worked at Publicis Mojo, Clemenger and GPY&R before landing at SapientNitro in 2010.



“I’ve spent the past few years re-digitising myself at this incredible company that survived the dot-com bust to emerge as a leading light in the integration of inter-disciplinary thinking,” Kennedy said.



“In many ways the big techs were way ahead of the market in the 90s, and a lot of the visionary thinking we were coming to terms with then has been re-imagined and deployed by much nimbler entities, like SapientNitro and the clients we create and build for. What’s exciting is the way traditional advertising has found a new lease of life in a new, always-on world where the complexity of brand-customer connection is everything and creativity has new purpose.”



Marcos Kurowski, SapientNitro Managing Director Australia said, “During his 4 years with us, Mike has been a driving force in bridging the worlds of technology and story. His insatiable intellectual curiosity, depth of experience in telling brand stories, and love of teaching make him a unique talent in the rapidly changing creative landscape. His move to Melbourne will allow Aaron and the team to further build upon their success over the past 12 months, with a particular focus on our creative product.”



A passionate coach and mentor, Michael is a copywriting lecturer for The Communications Council and has taught within the Master in Advertising degree at the Queensland University of Technology, in the Marketing School at Bond University and in the Design Faculty of Griffith University. These skills have been a key to his role as a ‘change agent’ at SapientNitro, bringing two decades of advertising and direct marketing experience to a company that has invested heavily in developing a completely new approach to breaking the boundaries between technology and creativity.



The SapientNitro model of StoryscapingSM - as told in the eponymous New York Times bestselling book – is a roadmap to that new approach for clients, put into action by unique SapientNitro ‘blended’ teams who create ideas and systems that span the physical, virtual and emotional worlds to create brand stories with no ‘off’ switch.






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EVELINA LYE, Marketing Lead, APAC

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About SapientNitro:

SapientNitro, part of Sapient® (NASDAQ: SAPE), is a new breed of agency redefining storytelling for an always-on world. We’re changing the way our clients engage today’s connected consumers by uniquely creating never-ending stories across brand communications, digital engagement, and omni-channel commerce. We call it Storyscaping, where art and imagination meet the power and scale of systems thinking.



SapientNitro’s unique combination of creative, brand and technology expertise results in one global team collaborating across disciplines, perspectives and continents to create game-changing success for our Global 1000 clients, such as Chrysler, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Lufthansa, Target and Vodafone, and in Australia include Ardent Leisure (Dreamworld), BT Financial Group, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), Comvita, Luxottica (OPSM), Mondelēz International (Cadbury Dairy Milk, Kraft Peanut Butter Spreads, Philadelphia, Dairylea, and Zoosh), ResMed, RACQ, Suncorp, Super Retail Group, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), and Unilever (ice cream division).


We serve our clients in 31 cities across The Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific and in Australia have offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @SapientNitro.



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