Dan Bye appointed as Managing Director – Group Strategy

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Dentsu has today announced the appointment of Dan Bye as Managing Director – Group Strategy for New Zealand. His role will be responsible for growing the strategic offering for dentsu across New Zealand, including leading a multi-disciplinary team of strategists across channel and creative capability. 

Bye joins dentsu from Clemenger Group, where he was most recently Group Director of Strategy, leading integrated strategic services across 99, Raydar and BrandWorld, as well as heading up the Skinny account through Colenso BBDO.

With over 17 years’ experience in strategic marketing and communications, Bye began his career in London, working in client-side marketing roles with Pepsi and Orange before moving agency-side. He has spent the last ten years leading the development of highly effective and globally awarded campaigns for international creative agencies, such as M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett and OMD in Sydney. 

His work has seen him recognised as one of the top 10 planning directors globally in 2016 and 2017, as well as winning the inaugural WARC Prize for Innovation in 2016.

Robert Harvey, CEO of dentsu New Zealand, commented: “It’s fantastic to have Dan join the dentsu family. Not only is he a world-class strategic leader, but he is a great human and shares our passion for driving meaningful progress across the whole customer value chain, balancing growth with good. I’m really excited about the impact Dan will make for our business, and to our client’s businesses.”

Dan Bye commented: “It’s the perfect time for me to be joining dentsu, with opportunities on the horizon to grow the brand in new ways across New Zealand and help create a shift in how we can partner with clients’ to achieve long-term sustainable brand growth. I’m fortunate to be joining a committed and passionate team who are already helping clients make the leap from what’s now to next, with the added benefit of drawing on capabilities from across the denstu network. Most importantly, I feel a real values alignment with dentsu and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Bye commenced in the role at the end of February, replacing Claire Bradbourne who departs at the end of March. He reports into Robert Harvey, dentsu NZ Chief Executive Officer.

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For further information, contact:

Lucy Povlsen                                      

Head of Communications ANZ                                                     

+61 411 251 933 | lucy.povlsen@dentsu.com


Part of dentsu international, dentsu New Zealand helps clients to win, keep and grow their best customers and achieve meaningful progress for their businesses. With best-in-class services and solutions in media, CXM, and creative, dentsu international operates in over 145 markets worldwide with more than 46,000 dedicated specialists.