Che Proximity has announced David Klein will join the agency as executive creative director effective immediately.
During his 19 year career, Klein has worked in London and Australian agencies,
creating award-winning work for clients, including Nestlé Peters Drumstick, SEEK,
TAC, Toyota AFL, Nike, Solo and Amnesty International.
He was the inaugural ECD of BMF’s Melbourne operation and has, more
recently, worked at Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne on VB, Carlton Draught, Crown
Lager, Nab and Tena.
James McGrath, creative chairman of Clemenger BBDO, said of Klein’s appointment: ‘‘Dave is an
evangelist of commercial creativity. He cares deeply about the business problem
and is motivated to seek new and innovative ways to creatively solve problems
for our clients. He is a wonderful manager of people and as a partner to Chris, will
continue to drive CHE Proximity forward.’’
Klein said: ‘‘I’m really excited to be taking up the reins at CHE Proximity. I’m
proud of the work I’ve done at Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne, and while it’s hard to
leave the talented people there, I’m looking forward to this new adventure. To
have the opportunity to contribute to the culture and success of CHE Proximity
and make great things for all their clients, alongside Chris and everybody there, is
Klein replaces Leon Wilson who departs CHE Proximity to pursue new interests.
‘‘During the last 18 months Leon’s work at CHE Proximity has been awarded at
Spikes, Caples, Clios and Mobius. His contribution to the agency has both made
the work better and been a significant factor behind the agency’s rapid growth.
I’d like to personally thank Leon for his tireless efforts and wish him the very best
in his next step,’’ said Howatson.
‘Alert Shirt’ for Foxtel was recently named the fourth most awarded direct campaign
in the world by the Big Won report and the agency picked up the B&T Direct Agency
of the Year after winning B&T Victorian Agency of the year in 2013.
CHE Proximity has reported 12 months of significant growth on new and existing
clients, including Mazda, iSelect, Cricket World Cup, Australian Super and GE.
‘‘We’ve also demonstrated a willingness to disrupt the classic agency model, with
the establishment of our editorial unit, The Newsroom, Analytics team, and
‘‘A partnership with Google has also been announced this week, which will deliver
priority support and access to CHE Proximity clients,’’ added Howatson.