Rupert Price joins DDB as chief strategy officer

DDB - Rupert Price - chief strategy officer

He joins the agency’s Sydney office after spending the last 12 years as DDB Group Aotearoa’s chief strategy officer.

DDB Sydney has appointed Rupert Price as chief strategy officer.

He joins the agency’s Sydney office from DDB Group Aotearoa where he spent the last 12 years as its chief strategy officer. Price brings with him 25 years of industry experience in agencies across London and New Zealand.

During his time at DDB Group Aotearoa, Price was instrumental to the agency’s success as it won a series of accolades ranging from Cannes Gold Lions to a D&AD Black Pencil.

At the 2024 Cannes Festival, DDB Group Aotearoa won seven awards for clients Samsung, Volkswagen, McDonald’s and Correct the Internet. He has steered the agency to four NZ Effies Agency of the Year titles, as well as winning many effectiveness awards at both regional and global shows.

During his career, Price has also worked with Interbrand as director of strategy, head of planning at Ogilvy NZ and Ogilvy London and was board planning director at Saatchi & Saatchi London.

As the new chief strategy officer at DDB Sydney, he will lead the planning department in its sharp focus on effectiveness delivered through the power of emotionally charged creativity across clients such as Westpac, Volkswagen Group and McDonald’s.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Rupert joining the team,” DDB Group Sydney CEO, Sheryl Marjoram said. “We’ve long been admirers of his impact and momentum across the Tasman and it’s always a special moment to be able to recruit much loved and respected DDB’ers within the network. His passion, commitment and results speak for themselves and I can’t wait for everyone to see what’s next for DDB Sydney.”

DDB Group New Zealand CEO, Priya Patel, added: “We’re incredibly proud of the strategic powerhouse Rupert has built here and want to thank him for over a decade of incredible work. The team and I will miss him but we love the fact that he is only a short flight away.”

Price said of his new role: “It was a tough decision to leave the agency I’ve called home for the last 12 years but the opportunity to work with the Sydney team to continue their trajectory was too good to pass up.”

Price will commence his transition immediately to DDB Sydney dividing his time equally between Sydney and New Zealand until the end of August before taking on the Sydney role permanently from September 1st.

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