We can now announce our new Melbourne-based CEO with the appointment of Paul McMillan. We have also hired our new head of strategy for Melbourne Michael Derepas.
Involved in some of Australia’s most effective and creatively awarded campaigns, McMillan joins us after leaving his role as managing director at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne where he was responsible for managing a staff of over 350 and a client roster including some of the country’s most respected clients.
Making his mark in the industry running the Carlton and United Breweries account, McMillan’s time at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has been filled with impressive work and industry accolades, including most recently Cannes Agency of the Year and D&AD Agency of The Year.
Recognised as the number three ‘Planning Director in the World’ by the 2017 Big Won Report, Derepas joins The Monkeys as head of strategy with a remit to break new creative ground for our growing list of Melbourne-based clients.
He departs Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, where during his 11-year stint, he helped to reinvigorate and reposition some of Australia’s best-loved brands, including Mars, Fonterra, Mercedes-Benz, Bonds and TAC.
During his tenure, the agency secured much recognition for globally loved campaigns for CUB brands Carlton Draught, Victoria Bitter, Pure Blonde and Corona, and most recently the coveted Yellow and Graphite pencils for Bonds ‘Balls’ and a Wood pencil for Snickers ‘Hungerithm’.