Atomic 212° has announced the addition of eight new staff to its Brisbane office, including a group account director and a planning and trading director.
The appointments follow the independent media agency’s recent win of the Entain Australia account – one of the largest pitches of 2022 – in November. Entain includes the market-leading brands Ladbrokes and Neds.
The new hires lift the number of the agency’s staff in Brisbane to 14. The Brisbane agency, which was set up less than a year ago, also works with foundation client Price Attack.
Rory Heffernan, Atomic 212° national managing director, said: “In just 10 months, Atomic 212° has become a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland market, with a great line-up of clients and an incredible team. Our rapid growth in Queensland is testament to the strength of our business model and the very talented people we work with.”
Kelly Burnham joins Atomic 212° as group account director, leading the Entain team. Burnham has 13 years of experience, including leading the Bega client portfolio at Starcom.
Other past clients include Suncorp, the Liberal Party of Australia, Michael Hill Jewellers, Super Retail Group and Metricon.
Burnham said: “I’m thrilled to embark on my new journey at Atomic 212°, working with Entain, which is one of the most exciting and dynamic clients in the market. It’s fantastic to collaborate with the talented team at Atomic 212° and I look forward to making a real difference in driving the growth and success of Entain.”
Ben O’Grady joins Atomic 212° as planning and trading director. He has 10 years of experience in marketing and media, including roles as corporate marketing officer at QUT and planner at Starcom.
O’Grady said: “I’’m very excited about the shift back to agency side after four years away. It is an absolute privilege to have joined this vibrant and welcoming independent agency in the Brisbane market and I’m excited to contribute to Atomic 212°s smarter, faster, accountable proposition on the Entain account.”
Stephanie Wynne has joined Atomic 212° as planning and trading manager after working at Media Merchants and Southern Cross Austereo, while Jazlyn McMillan has joined from Network 10 as planning and trading executive.
Atomic 212° Brisbane has also hired Bryn Bradford as senior partnerships manager and Ainsley Johnston as senior partnerships executive. Both have joined from the media agency Essence.
The Brisbane agency has also recruited two planning and trading assistants: Michael Giacco (ex-MyGov and the Department of Defence) and Hayden Edwards (ex-Department of Defence).
The new staff appointments in Brisbane follow a string of recent client wins by Atomic 212° nationally, including Craveable Brands, Salesforce, Zambrero, Sydney Water and Aware Super.
Top image: Rory Heffernan