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Is it time for marketers to give Christmas a miss?
The Think Again series is all about questioning the status quo and pushing your thinking. So, this September, when brands usually start planning their Christmas campaigns, we ask “Is it time for marketers to give the holidays a miss?”Consider this:
Join us for a thought-provoking and entertaining debate where our panellists will discuss these and many more points as they go into bat for their side of the argument!
Don’t miss this opportunity to join your senior marketing peers for a beautiful sit-down lunch & drinks at The Northern Club. Our last Think Again event sold out fast, so get your ticket now!
Keep an eye on this page for more panellists announcement.
TOVA Host, Today FM / Europe Correspondent / Journalist
Award-winning reporter Tova O’Brien is a New Zealand political journalist and hosts the Tova Breakfast show on New Zealand news and talk radio station Today FM.
She did time in the parliamentary press gallery before joining MediaWorks in 2007, where she filed reports across the company’s TV news shows. She moved to London in 2016 as European correspondent for Newshub (Mediaworks' rebranded news division), covering Brexit, elections and the Grenfell Tower disaster. In May 2018 she returned to Wellington as Newshub's Political Editor and in 2022 she moved into breakfast radio on MediaWorks new channel Today FM where she has been a huge hit with the listeners. MA is thrilled to have Tova as the MC for Think Again.
She’s a seasoned Executive Creative Director and founder of top New Zealand agency Contagion, which she sold last year. She’s led advertising businesses in New Zealand and overseas. And perhaps most remarkably, in one of the whitest and most male-dominated industries in New Zealand, she’s a Maori woman.
A globally awarded creative, Bridget has deep experience helping companies thrive both at home and around the world because of her unique perspective on business and brands.
But Bridget’s wider mission is to make a real change to New Zealand business. “Business is such a powerful tool for creating prosperity. And it can be so empowering. You don’t need to have been to university or succeeded academically at school. It’s all about grit, hard work and talent, and all of us can draw on that. After all, the global economy is increasingly unsettled. A vibrant and diverse business community is the best defence for an economy and culture.”
When Bridget’s not solving marketing and business problems, she’s talking about them. She was a regular guest panellist on the hit ABC show The Gruen Transfer, demystifying advertising. She’s also a regular panellist on the AM Show and public speaker. But her best role is raising five children.
Founder of UK agency TRBI, a pioneering international research and planning agency, where she championed the implementation of insights to guide creative and innovative strategies for clients. As Partner for TRA, Colleen continues to incorporate advancements in knowledge into insights practice and activation.
With extensive experience spanning global markets and some of the world’s most respected brands, Colleen ensures that TRA is abreast of the latest thinking about marketing, human behaviour and insights methodologies.
Chief Executive Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi NZ
After 10+ years of working for Saatchi & Saatchi around the world, Mark has recently returned home to Aotearoa to lead Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand. Mark has since reinvented the company with his focus around Cultural Creativity and belief that Nothing Is Impossible.
Along his journey he has led Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne to Asia Pacific Agency of the year, enabled various Cannes Grand Prix and D&AD winning ideas to flourish, and always partnered deeply and optimistically with clients to achieve their greatest ambitions.
He is a passionate New Zealander, a member of the Global Women’s Champions for Change network, and an avid fly fisherman.
Chief Merchandise and Marketing Officer, Paper Plus Group
Jane is the Chief Merchandise and Marketing Officer at Paper Plus. Born in the UK, her first role was as Head of Buying at Debenham’s, before moving to New Zealand and working for retailers such as The Warehouse Group, Postie Plus, and Pumpkin Patch.