Chris has spent 30 years in the adverting business – 25 years of those at BBDO. His formative years were spent at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in the U.K. – running large national clients and European assignments.
He spent three years as the CEO of Proximity London, where he was one of the architects of building the Proximity network globally.
In 2006, he moved to Singapore to take responsibility for the development and positioning of BBDO & Proximity in Asia, later adding the Middle East and Africa. BBDO Asia has emerged in the last five years as a powerful leader – for creativity, effectiveness and growth. BBDO was APAC Network of the Year Cannes 2014, APAC Network of the Year Effie Global Index 2014, Network of the Year Spikes Asia Festival 2014 and Asian Marketing Effectiveness & Strategy Festival Network of the Year 2012, 2013, and 2014. Chris was Campaign’s Asia Pacific head of the year twice in the last five years.
In May 2015, Chris moved to New York to take up the role of CEO in the Americas with responsibilities for 21 agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. He remains Chairman of Proximity Worldwide and Chairman of I&S BBDO in Japan.
Mike joined Proximity as CEO in December 2008. He spent the previous 12 years at OgilvyOne, first as Client Services Director and then as Managing Director and CEO.
For the past five years, Mike has won and successfully managed relationships with Lloyds, Royal Mail, BBC, P&G, Volkswagen and Shell.
Mike began his career client side, working for telecommunications giant GTE. He learnt the rudiments of direct marketing at his first agency DMB&B Direct. The next part of Mike’s career was spent at BBH where he was introduced to the fundamentals of brand and integrated marketing from some of the best in the business. From BBH he joined Ogilvy where he added digital and international experience to the mix working across BT, British Gas, British Airways and Unilever. Throughout his career, Mike has been involved with award winning work, the biggest UK brands, long term client agency relationships and complex direct and digital assignments. He is a well known industry figure and a passionate spokesperson for the direct and digital sector. He is also a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.
Richard has spent 25 years in marketing, advertising, and digital leadership roles around the globe, including New Zealand, The United States, Canada and throughout Asia.
He has been part of the Proximity Worldwide Network for 13 years, joining Proximity New Zealand in 2004 where he was appointed as National Planning Director, responsible for the agencies strategic planning group on key clients including Vodafone, Toyota, Westpac and Air New Zealand.
In 2006 Richard was appointed as Regional Managing Director for Proximity in Asia and moved to Singapore to take up the role.
In 2012 he expanded his remit to include Middle East and Africa, and in this expanded region he oversees 23 Proximity offices and is responsible for leading and developing the Network’s business, growth, capability, talent and reputation. He also works closely with iconic global brands such as P&G, Pepsi, VISA, ExxonMobil, and Fonterra.
Richard’s roles throughout his career and related work has always had him at the forefront of the digital marketing revolution and his experience in markets around the world has moulded him into a true global marketer.
Nick has worked in digital and CRM since 1994, in three of biggest global agency networks: Ogilvy, Wunderman and, for the past 9 years, Proximity.
Throughout his career, Nick has led business across the globe for some of the world’s most valuable and recognized brands, including P&G, Allianz, Kraft, Shell, Mercedes-Benz and Ford.
At Proximity Nick heads up the agency’s international accounts, providing strategic leadership and organizing the network to deliver best in class local, regional and global work for our multinational clients.
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Nick has an honors degree in economics and marketing from the University of Cape Town.