The second office in Asia Pacific for R/GA has officially opened in Sydney, Australia. This makes a total of 12 offices around the world for this top digital agency. Heading the new agency office as Executive Creative Director is Gavin McLeod. A 17-year industry veteran and a multi-award winner, he moves from Whybin TBWA / Integer. Alongside him is Creative Director, Joshua Rowe, who joins from M&C Saatchi. Prior to that, Rowe was with Emery Frost and NetX, Australia’s largest interactive agency. He, too, has picked up many creative gongs.

Ameer Youssef is the acting Managing Director. A long-term R/GA executive, he will move on once the office is established and a replacement found. The team have announced a plan to grow the headcount to nine in the first quarter of 2013. The creative duo will initially be working on Qantas and Rip-Curl.