Independent creative company, Special Group Australia, has hired Paige Prettyman (right) into the newly created role of general manager – Melbourne.
Prettyman joins Rebecca Stambanis (left), founding partner – Melbourne, to help expand Special Group’s presence in Melbourne. Stambanis has been working with Special Group Australia since returning from her 11-year stint in the USA.
Both Prettyman and Stambanis will work with the broader team to grow Special Group’s Melbourne offering, which includes locally based clients Bonds and CUB.
Special Group Australia will continue to operate as one office, leveraging talent from both Sydney and Melbourne.
Prior to working with Special Group, Stambanis led strategy for some of the world’s most respected agencies and brands. Throughout her career she has been the global group strategy director at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland Oregon, global chief strategy officer at TBWA/Media Arts Lab in LA and the group strategy director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco.
She has worked with leading global brands including Nike, Apple, Uber Eats, Nintendo and more.
Before starting with Special Group Prettyman was a group business director at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne. Previous to her five years at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, she also held positions at Y&R and Marketforce.
Says Prettyman: “I am thrilled to be joining such an incredible and talented team at Special Group. While there are many things to be excited about, I really look forward to working with Bec to help expand the rapidly growing Melbourne offering.”
Says Stambanis: “Working with the team at Special Group has felt like coming home. I am over the moon to be working with Lindsey again and feel incredibly fortunate to have been part of the brilliant team at Special Group Australia.”
Speaking of Prettyman’s appointment, Stambanis added: “In addition to being a remarkably nice human, Paige builds incredibly strong partnerships not just with her clients but within the agency as well. Paige is already an asset to the team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds with her in tow.”
Says Lindsey Evans, CEO, Special Group: “In just six years Special Group has built a strong business attracting world class talent from across the globe and Bec and Paige are no exception; their rare skills and knowledge are second to none. Bec and Paige make a phenomenal team and it gives me every pleasure to be on this adventure with them.”