Levi Slavin, former CCO of Colenso BBDO, has been appointed Howatson+Company’s new chief creative officer following the sudden departure of Ant White in August. Slavin will join the Sydney-based agency in January.
Chris Howatson (pictured below) commented: “Levi is a wonderful human being first, brilliant creative second. He is renowned for his empathy, his commitment to developing his teams and building deep relationships with his clients. I’ve known Levi for many years – both of us having long tenures at Clemenger Group – and the opportunity to partner with him in building H+Co is a career highlight.”
Levi Slavin said: “I am beyond thrilled to finally have the opportunity to work with Chris. He is an absolute force of nature. Chris’ vision for the agency is extraordinary. It’s the only model I’ve come across that will keep up with culture, the needs of brands, and return some humanity to our industry. I can’t wait to return home to Australia and get started.”
Slavin’s creative reputation has been built over a 21 year career working in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has won over 100 international awards across dozens of brands; including 15 Grand Prix, 35 Cannes Lions, 20 D&AD Pencils, and New Zealand’s first Black Pencil at D&AD.
Slavin’s work has featured at TED, ranked #1 on both the iTunes music and podcast charts, and become part of popular culture through song, product innovation, branded series, and film.
When Trump was elected, Slavin moved from New York to New Zealand to run ColensoBBDO. In his first year, the agency was named the #1 Best and Bravest by Contagious, #6 most awarded in The Big Won Report, #10 in The Gunn Report, and Agency of the Year by Axis and Campaign Brief. ColensoBBDO was named Cannes Agency of the Decade for the region, and CB’s Agency of the Decade for the second time.
Before Colenso, Levi was at BBDO New York. His work on The Message — an episode episode original branded podcast — won two Gold Lions for GE. The following year, the sequel Life.af/ter won a Yellow Pencil at D&AD. Before BBDO, Levi was Global Creative Director at Anomaly NY working on Google and Diageo.