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TBWA\Whybin Bids Farewell To Proteges


TBWA\Whybin Ecd Andy Blood Bids Farewell To Creative Proteges Karen Maurice O’leary And Verity Butt

Wednesday, 09 January, 2008: TBWA\Whybin announce today that their award winning Young Guns team will be leaving the agency at the end of January.

“Karen and Verity have accepted a position at DDB, and will work for Toby Talbot (Bastard). We wish them well. They have been a fantastic asset to our team here,” says Andy Blood, ECD at TBWA\Whybin.

The duo came to TBWA\ Whybin on placement in 2004 after graduating from Auckland’s AXIS Adschool. Their winning streak began the very next day when Verity won an apple mac at an apple ‘Director’s Day’. Three years later, they leave with a Cannes Grand Prix, 5 Cannes Lions (3 Gold, 2 Bronze), 1 Titanium shortlist, a D&AD Silver Pencil, 1 Grande Clio, AWARD Silver and Bronzes, a One Show Bronze Pencil and Gold, Silvers and Bronze at Young Guns.

They produced outstanding work across the board for ASB, Firestone, adidas, Sovereign and also for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand.

“Karen and Verity are cherished by colleagues and clients alike, for their charming manner, professionalism, maturity, work ethic and of course, their talent.”

“We wish them all the best at DDB, and look forward to seeing them produce the kind of exemplary work we’re used to.”

“Of course, as one chapter closes, another opens, and this gives us the opportunity to identify another pair of emerging talents and give them the chance to work with the best client list in town. Long may our track record of spotting and nurturing the best young talent in town continue,” says Andy Blood.


About TBWA\: TBWA Worldwide ( creates disruptive ideas for global clients, including Absolut, adidas, Apple, Beiersdorf, Henkel, Masterfoods, McDonald’s, Nissan, Samsonite and Sony PlayStation. TBWA is the most-awarded agency network in the world (The Gunn Report, 2005) and is one of the fastest growing top-ten global agency networks. TBWA has 258 offices in 75 countries, and approximately 9,700 employees worldwide. TBWA Worldwide is a part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (

Omnicom is a leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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