Hardhat announced the appointment of Ken Chan as Chief Strategy Officer.
Chan joins the independent creative agency after spending the last three years as head of strategy at VLMY&R Melbourne.
There he built and led the strategy team across brand planning and CX, producing groundbreaking work for clients including Monash University, Department of Transportation, and Defense Force Recruitment.
Prior to joining VLMY&R, Chan held senior agency, management consulting and client-side roles including Accenture and DT (now AKQA).
Co-founder of Hardhat Dan Monheit said of Chan’s appointment to the agency, “Chan’s journey over the past 18 years almost exactly matches that of the agency. Like us, he cut his teeth in the early days of digital, social and content, before evolving his skillset to add brand and communications planning to the mix.
“From the moment we met, we knew Ken was ‘our people’ and the right person to continue driving growth for our clients, our team and the agency as a whole,” he said. added.
Chan said of his appointment, “The opportunity to work with a strategically minded and creative and ambitious agency like Hardhat was a big draw. Plus, they’re all super nice, which is handy. Our industry is changing rapidly and I am impressed with Hardhat’s adaptability and agility in responding to market forces and customer needs to produce great work.
“I look forward to using my random collection of skills and experiences to continue to achieve goals with the team,” added the new chief strategy officer.
Hardhat was founded in 2005 by Monheit and justin kabbani. The independent creative agency, which now has a team of nearly 50 people, builds brands through a combination of creativity and behavioral insights.
Hardhat customers include DocuSign, Superhero, Bega Dairy and Drinks, Victoria University, Steggles, Lilydale and Simply Energy.
Top photo: Ken Chan