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David Shirley

Based in New Zealand

David Shirley, a Creative Director at Special Group New Zealand, brings a wealth of experience from his six-year tenure at FCB. During this time, David made a significant global impact with his groundbreaking 'Swim Reaper' campaign, which has garnered an impressive 17 awards since its inception in 2017. This remarkable achievement is just one among a long list of award-winning campaigns that David has spearheaded throughout his career.

Noteworthy examples of his creative prowess include the 'Department of Lost Nights' campaign, designed to promote responsible drinking, as well as the immersive VR experience titled "Escape my House," developed for Fire Emergency NZ. Additionally, David contributed to a WorkSafe campaign that encouraged employees to trust their instincts and 'follow their gut'.

David's exceptional work has gained recognition on a global scale, with accolades received from renowned industry shows such as D&AD, Cannes Lions, The One Show, The Clio Awards, Spikes Asia, AWARD, Axis, and the Effies. Notably, his achievements have even earned him the pride and admiration of his mother, who stands as a testament to his accomplishments.

With his talent for innovative and impactful campaigns, David Shirley continues to make his mark on the advertising industry, captivating audiences and earning accolades from esteemed award shows and appreciative audiences alike.

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