Our People

With our single-minded focus on retail, our team is a different breed to those you might find in a ‘traditional’ agency. We have more than our fair share of talent – that’s a given – but it’s our attitude that really sets us apart. We’re an extraordinarily hard-working bunch that hold ourselves accountable at all times. We’re pragmatic, down-to-earth and flexible. But most importantly? We deliver. We always deliver.

Here is some background on the leaders across the agency.

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Paul Manning

Managing Director

With a hugely impressive track record, Paul is unquestionably one of New Zealand’s leading advertising figures. In 1999 aged just 22, Paul set up Metromedia Group and quickly grew it to become one of the biggest independent agencies in the market. Subsequently, in 2005 he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year, one of the country’s most prestigious business awards. In 2007 Ogilvy acquired Metromedia Group and Paul became one of the youngest directors of an Ogilvy & Mather business worldwide. Now he joins .99 bringing a wealth of expertise in a wide array of fields from retail through to brand development, strategic planning, shopper marketing, digital, media and production.
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Craig Whitehead

Chief Creative Officer

As founding member, lead creative and now Chief Creative Officer of .99 and justONE, Craig has been at the centre of the growth of .99 and has led the development of our impressive creative department and in-house production services. Craig has over 25 years’ experience in Retail advertising, covering everything from telecommunications to fast food outlets – as well as a wealth of experience working with retailers and operational solutions to run a competitive and nimble agency.
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Craig McCann

Chief Operating Officer

A highly accomplished manager with over 25 years’ experience in the Trans Tasman market, Craig oversees .99’s significant internal production capability including retouching/ pre-press, online tools/artwork automation, digital photography, TV and video content post production/motion graphics, audio and digital. Craig’s current focus is on .99’s future development and how we can deliver new systems technologies and workflow streams; as well as ongoing refinement of the production service offering for our clients.
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Scott Burke

Managing Partner – Finance

Scott has recently joined us after 5 years as CFO at Ogilvy New Zealand and a short stint at our parent company Clemenger Group. A UK qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years experience in the media industry, Scott oversees our Finance, IT and Admin function. The 15 years experience Scott has gained within the media industry has seen him audit the likes of Black Sabbath, as well as set up financial systems across the globe for Irish based sports broadcaster Setanta Sports.
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Greg Forsyth

Director - Tech, Data & Innovation

Over the past 15 years Greg has worked in business development for four Omnicom agencies, AIM Proximity, DDB, Colenso BBDO and most recently .99. He has built and led teams with a direct marketing, brand and pure digital focus – in both management and strategic roles, working to unlock value for agencies and clients alike. Working for many years as a designer, art director and web developer has given Greg a unique technical and creative perspective. This combined with a passion for customer experience, brand and insight driven-planning allows him to work cross-functionally with internal teams and client stakeholders.
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Rachel Aikin

Director of Client Services

Rachel has over 15 years experience in the New Zealand marketing and advertising industries. She started her career client side working in a variety of roles that helped provide a real understanding of the huge demands clients face. From there she made the switch to advertising and has amassed a vast amount of retail and brand experience working on clients in a broad range of categories including energy, telecommunications, banking, fuels and tourism. Rachel is hugely passionate about building brands, big ideas and insightful strategic thinking. (And she’s also pretty passionate about shopping too).