Hailed art director Gustavo Vampre joins Deloitte Digital

22 October 2018 Consultancy.com.au

Deloitte Digital Australia has picked up one of the most hailed and celebrated art and creative directors in a recent move which has solidified it at the top of the digital space in Australia. Brazilian born Gustavo Vampre will take his place as the Creative Director of the firm’s digital wing.

Gustavo Vampre was rated as the world’s number one art director and number two creative director at this year’s Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report. He started out as a designer in his home town of São Paulo in Brazil and moved into art design a couple of years down the track. Eager to incorporate his passion for design in creative work, Vampre merged the two seamlessly to create a well-rounded and fruitful career.

Having stepped into multiple roles across a broad range of industries – including at Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi, Host/Havas Australia, as well as a freelancer for the some of the world’s leading brands – he has a vast depth of knowledge in the field and a certain sense of suave to top it off. “My background in design has enabled me to add a high level of finish to my work, and maintain a very stylish, clean house,” he says.

“I’m really excited by the opportunity to create meaningful work that can change behaviour,” said Gustavo Vampre. “The breadth of talent, resources and incredible clients at Deloitte opens so many new avenues for innovative thinking.”

World’s number one art director joins Deloitte Digital

Throughout his career he has worked with big-name, prestigious brands including Nike, Google, Moët Hennessy, Electrolux, Lexus, Qantas, Optus & Telstra. He has also won a few awards in his time, but for the sake of being concise Consultancy.com.au will only list those awarded in 2018. 

They include: Three Cannes Grand Prix which includes a Titanium Grand Prix, two D&AD Black Pencils, two Grand Clios, five Spikes Grand Prix and a Champion for Humanity award at the UN's Global Goals Week. 

Vampre will report to Deloitte Digital’s Chief Creative Officer Matt Lawson who himself was nominated as the world’s greatest copywriter by the Big Won report. He is also the 5th most awarded Executive Creative Director globally and has led Deloitte Digital as CCO for the past year. 

Lawson has been celebrated by the consulting and accounting firm and envied by his competitors in the digital creative space for his success in the past year. With Deloitte’s step into a market traditionally reserved for media agencies, the two Cannes Lions, the Grand Prix for Australian Digital Idea of the year at the AMYs and three Spikes (including the heralded Innovation Spike), there is no doubt the market has changed forever.

Lawson said; “Gustavo has a passionate belief in the transformative power of creativity, and his work is clear evidence that he has the brilliance to produce world-changing ideas. We are proud to be building another option for creatives like him to channel their talents.”

Related: Deloitte’s Cannes Lion winning Australia Great Barrier Reef campaign

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Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K Consulting Australia

15 April 2019 Consultancy.com.au

Ian Watt has joined L.E.K Consulting’s as a partner and leader of the firm’s Australian Energy & Environment practice. Watt is based in Sydney.

“We are delighted to welcome Ian Watt to L.E.K Consulting,” said Nick Holder, who leads the firm’s operations in the Asia Pacific region and is country leader of the Australia business. “His experience working with utilities to successfully address waves of market disruption and regulatory complexity bolsters our ability to drive value creation for clients.” 

Watt joins from Strategy&, where he worked since 2010, initially with Booz & Company before transitioning to Strategy& through PwC's $1 billion acquisition of Booz in 2014. He brings over a decade of experience advising clients in the energy, utilities, mining and industrials sectors across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. His experiences span the utility value chain, and comprise a mix of growth strategy (strategic planning, go-to-market models), operational transformation (cost, business model, and performance optimisation) and innovation (design of new products and services). 

During his career at Strategy&, Watt worked from the firm’s offices in London, Sydney, and most recently Calgary – he relocated to Canada in 2016 to help launch and build the Strategy& firm in the country. Prior to his consulting spell, he held several technical an economic consulting roles in the engineering industry, having started his career in Mott MacDonald’s consultancy team in the UK.

Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K ConsultingAt L.E.K Consulting, which has over 1,400 professionals globally, Watt will lead the Australian Energy & Environment practice. His appointment comes at a time when the energy & utilities sector is facing major change, with market disruption and regulatory complexity taking hold. According to L.E.K. Consulting, “Primary energy suppliers, OEMs and utilities, among others, turn to L.E.K. to benefit from its experience gathered over decades of tackling major strategic and operational issues in the sector.”

The presence of large energy conglomerates and mining giants means Australia's energy & resources consulting industry is the 2nd largest globally, trailing just the massive market of the United States. Government data shows that the resources sector comprise 15% to 20% of the national economy and up to 60% of Australia’s exports. BHP Billiton (the fourth largest company by revenue in Australia) and Rio Tinto (revenue of $40 billion) are major players in the space, meanwhile beyond mining & resources, companies such as energy retailers (e.g. Alinta Energy, BlueNRG, Click Energy, etc) and energy generators (e.g. AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia) are ramping up their spending on external consultants in a bid to successfully position themselves for future sustainable growth. 

Watt’s move brings the total of new partners at L.E.K. in Australia to three this year. Previously, Joe Sponholtz joined the Sydney office from rival consultancy Partners In Performance, while Melbourne-based Philip Wheeler was promoted internally to partner.

Last week, Bain & Company named a new leader for its Australia and New Zealand division: company veteran Peter Stumbles.