CumminsRoss snares star Clemenger BBDO team Jim Ingram and Ben Couzens for ECD roles

CB Exclusive – CB can reveal that CumminsRoss, Melbourne has snared star Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne creative director team Jim Ingram and Ben Couzens for joint ECD roles – effective January.

Says CumminsRoss CEO Sean Cummins: “Jim and Cuz are great talent and we believe it is the perfect time for this agency to embrace a new creative stewardship. Jason Ross was instrumental in luring the star team to the agency, and we have an exciting vision for the company.”

CumminsRoss has an enviable client list and has had explosive growth in just under three years. With planned expansion to New York in May 2014.

“We have a simple strategy when it comes to talent. Hire the best. Jim and Cuz will be partners and hold an equity stake in the agency. So their creative journey takes on an added dimension,” says Cummins.

CumminsRoss has recently hired Naked founder Adam Ferrier, ex Omnicom M&A chief Craig Hart, and ex Possible European MD Scott Heron.

Says Ingram: “We’ve been watching CumminsRoss with a careful eye and what these guys have managed to achieve in just three years is nothing short of impressive. To be given an opportunity to take the creative reigns and help shape the next chapter is an exciting prospect. We can’t wait to get stuck into it, there are exciting times ahead.”

The pair joined Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne from GPY&R Melbourne in June 2011.

Couzens (top left) and Ingram (top right) have been responsible for a number of major award-winning campaigns, including Schweppes ‘Burst’ (recognised by the Gunn Report as the second most awarded commercial in the world that year), VB ‘Symphony’, the Cadbury ‘It’s no Picnic’ work and Defence Force Recruiting campaigns.

By Campaign Brief.