03. THE IMPOSTEROUS

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Damon is Chief Creative Officer and one of the founders of The Monkeys Aotearoa. Before that he was Regional Chief Creative Officer of DDB (New Zealand and Australia). He was formerly Chief Creative Officer of DDB New Zealand where he won over 20 Agency of the Year titles, including DDB New Zealand being named agency of the year in Australia. Before that he was Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia and TBWA Hunt Lascaris, which was voted South African agency of the decade in 2010.

Damon has collected awards at some of the most prestigious international advertising festival shows, receiving over 50 D&AD Pencils – including 6 yellow and the first and only Black D&AD Pencil ever won in Africa. He has also judged D&AD three times. He’s won 67 Cannes Lions, including the Grand Prix, 10 Gold, a Titanium and Innovation Lion, two Grand Clio, 11 One Show Gold Pencils, and the first ever ADC Black Cube ever awarded.

He has been recognised as one of the top 10 Executive Creative Directors in the world by both Creativity Magazine and the Big Won Report on multiple occasions. In 2011, Finance Week awarded him Achiever of Year in South Africa. He’s had a variety of short stories published as well as articles for various magazines and writes a blog called damonsbrain.com. It is stuff he thinks about instead of world domination.

OK, we’re stopping there. The ambition of The Imposterous is to make us all feel a little less insecurity and Damon’s bio just isn’t helping with that. We had a great chat and felt all the better for it. Please just enjoy the episode.

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