The Australian advertising industry will be saddened to hear of the passing of Melbourne adman Noel Browne, a great suit and one-time managing director of George Patterson Bates Melbourne.
Browne was a renowned suit, who ran the giant CUB account for a long time. As one friend put it today, “He was a great Melbourne Ad Man!”
Former Patts Melbourne director Charles Shiplee, now based in London, wrote on Facebook: “A gentleman and giant of the business. When advertising was fun and we did some fantastic work. Always kind and supportive to me.”
Adds former colleague Mike Morrison: “Noel understood the depth of client and agency relationships . He knew all his clients what they like their families their businesses and was an incredibly steady hand in the constantly turbulent times of agency life. He oversaw one of the most prized accounts in Melbourne, the mighty CUB. Where we said at Patts , “CUB is in the walls of this place”, with many thanks to Noel and men like Kevin Mier.”
After many years as a top account director at George Patts, Noel was appointed managing director in 1989 until 1997 when he moved across the Tasman to take the reins of Bates New Zealand.
Browne (right) at a function with colleague Fysh Rutherford