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Leo Burnett Melbourne Bolsters its Creative Leadership

Appoints Chris Jovanov, Jess Lilley, Jim Walsh and Daniel Pizzato to CD roles

Leo Burnett Melbourne Bolsters its Creative Leadership

Leo Burnett Melbourne has announced a new line-up in its creative department with the appointment of four new creative directors - deepening the agency's core offering as a creative solutions company. Chris Jovanov, Jess Lilley, Jim Walsh and Daniel Pizzato join with a deep and diverse range of digital, creative and design experience.

As digital creative director, Jovanov will continue to evolve Leo Burnett Melbourne's substantial digital offering - following the success of major projects like Reword that anchor technology in human behaviour. His background includes leadership roles at R/GA New York, AKQA Melbourne and Clemenger BBDO.


Says Jovanov: "It's great to be joining a genuinely nice, open and talented crew that understand how creativity and tech can positively engage with, and influence, our culture and behaviour."

Creative duo Jess Lilley and Jim Walsh will head up a range of brands, with a focus on driving Leo Burnett Melbourne's world class creative product. Most recently creative directors at J. Walter Thompson Melbourne, the move represents a coming home of sorts for Walsh, who enjoyed three years at Leo Burnett Sydney before heading to Colenso BBDO in 2013 and settling in Melbourne three years later. Lilley spent eight years in London working for independent agencies, including Naked, Profero and This is BD, before returning to Melbourne in 2013. She has since worked at Clemenger BBDO and JWT.

Says Walsh and Lilley: "We're happy to be joining an agency with such strong leadership and a genuine drive and enthusiasm to create brilliant work."

Adds Lilley: "I'm personally impressed that the creative department is 50% very talented women - still a rarity in agency world and a reflection on Leo's commitment to equality and diversity."

Pizzato has been promoted within Leo Burnett Melbourne. He is teamed with existing creative director, Michelle Walsh, to leverage his design, fashion and conceptual creative experience across major clients. Before Leo's, Pizzato spent five years at TBWA where he was one of the creatives behind ANZ's GAYTM campaign. Previously, Pizzato worked in luxury fashion in Europe with iconic brands such as Gucci, Alexander McQueen and London Fashion Week. Pizzato's focus at Leo Burnett is to help build the global LBD (Leo Burnett Design) offering.

Says Pizzato: "Design thinking and innovation need to drive everything we do. So it's exciting to be working with such a great team to expand our design footprint even further."

Says Jason Williams, CCO, Leo Burnett Australia: "We're excited about these four appointments. We've been building our offering as a creative solutions company in both Melbourne and Sydney for some time, and each of these four will bring fresh energy and firepower."

(Pictured L-R: Chris Jovanov, Daniel Pizzato, Jess Lilley, Jim Walsh)