Havas hires former Droga5 creative Swinburne

Clockwise from top left: Ben Mooge, Matt Swinburne, Alex Tizard, Jonathan Rands
Clockwise from top left: Ben Mooge, Matt Swinburne, Alex Tizard, Jonathan Rands

Matt Swinburne, former creative director at Droga5 New York, has joined Havas London in the same role.

The ad agency has also hired Grey London creatives Jonathan Rands and Alex Tizard as senior creatives.

The trio will work across the shop’s full portfolio of clients, including Carling, Rekorderlig, Finish, Rolls-Royce, Air Wick and Clearasil.

At Droga5 Swinburne worked on the Pizza Hut account. Before this, he was at McCann New York between 2014 and 2016. He has also worked at Leo Burnett Sydney, DDB New Zealand, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Rands and Tizard have been at Grey for five years, where they worked on accounts including Lucozade, Tate, The Times/The Sunday Times, Greene King, Fairy and Marks & Spencer.

Swinburne, Rands and Tizard report to Ben Mooge, executive creative director. Mooge's creative partner of nine years, Andy Sandoz, left Havas as as joint ECD earlier this year. 

Mooge said: "A creative company is only as good as the people within in – and in Tiz, Rands and Matt, we’ve bagged ourselves three of the strongest, most interesting and ambitious creative talents in the business right now.

"These are key hires for us, and a represent a real statement of intent. To attract great people from such a high calibre of agency is testament to the progress we’re making at HKX – and to Havas’ exciting future. There’s a real buzz around the place.

"We’re on a mission to be the best creative agency in the country. If you’re talented, hungry and want to be part of that journey, give me a call."

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