The Monkeys co-founder and group chief creative officer of Accenture Song, Scott Nowell, has departed the agency he co-founded in 2006.
Nowell, along with co-founders Mark Green and Justin Drape, were responsible for building the business into one of the most highly respected creative shops in the country.
During his time with the agency it has created award-winning work for clients such as Telstra, Qantas, NRMA Insurance, Sydney Opera House, Uluru Statement from the Heart, and MLA’s Australian Lamb. It has grown to approximately 165 people with offices based in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.
The agency was acquired by Accenture Interactive, now known as Accenture Song, in 2017. Co-founder Drape departed in 2021 to launch Exceptional Alien.
Nowell leaves behind a strong creative line-up headed by chief creative officer Tara Ford, Melbourne chief creative officer Ant Keogh and Auckland chief creative officer Damon Stapleton.
Nowell said, “It’s been quite a ride, starting with Mark, Justin and I staring at each other in an empty room to now being part of the most exciting global creative agency model going around.
“Our ambitions almost always outstripped our resources, which never made things easy, so I am eternally grateful to anyone who turned up, believed in what we were doing and gave it their all. Building a place where we get to work with folk we admire both as talents and as people has been the greatest gift this business has given me.
“I’m very comfortable stepping away at this moment. We are doing the best work we’ve ever done, we are part of a formidable global team, and we have Tara Ford, Ant Keogh and Damon Stapleton running creative in ANZ. We could not be in better shape.”
Under Nowell’s creative leadership, The Monkeys has been recognised at every major creative award around the globe.