Clemenger Group New Zealand
Jim is an American/Australian with a very unusual background. While born, raised, and educated in the United States, Jim ventured off shore more than 20 years ago to forge his career globally.
Jim began his most recent appointment as Chairman of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne in early 2015. In this role, Jim oversees the Clemenger Group’s largest company and the birthplace of the group in 1946. In addition, he continues to operate as CEO of Clemenger Group New Zealand. Jim started this role in January 2009 and oversees more than a dozen companies.
Prior to his arrival in New Zealand, Jim spent nine years as CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney. During this period, he transformed the agency into a dominant market leader doubling in size and becoming the single biggest profit contributor to the Clemenger Group.
While in Sydney, Jim became actively involved in the performing arts sponsoring Opera Australia and the Sydney Theatre Company. He believes that corporate Australia has an obligation to support the arts and creativity. From 2007 to 2013, Jim sat on the board of the National Institute for Dramatic Art (NIDA) – a world-renowned theatre training school.
Prior to his arrival in Australia, Jim spent seven years with BBDO Europe running BBDO Warsaw Group, and subsequently BBDO Italy based in Milan.
Jim is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is a member of the International Advertising Association (IAA) and is a trustee for the Auckland Arts Festival having served on this board since 2010.
A MBA graduate of the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Jim has also worked in New York and Chicago for DMB&B.