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David Nobay

Creative Chairman at Marcel, Sydney

David Nobay


David, or 'Nobby' as he's more widely known down under, began his career at the tender age of 19, as a junior copywriter in London at O&M Direct. Just a year later, he was promoted to Creative Group Head; the youngest in their worldwide network.

After stints in Hong Kong and San Francisco, he launched his own agency, Wells Nobay McDowall in Melbourne at just 27, and led it to become one of the most awarded integrated agencies of the 90’s in Australia.

He moved to New York in 2000 to join an all-new new Bozell team as Deputy ECD, alongside Tony Granger. Within two years, the agency was ranked 3rd most awarded agency worldwide at Cannes. He was also ranked in Archive Magazine’s Top Ten most published copywriters of the last millennium.

In 2003, he returned to Australia as Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney. Under Nobby’s creative stewardship, the office was ranked Agency of the Year for an unprecedented three years in a row, as well as both AWARD Network and Agency of the Year, Creative Magazine Hotshop of the Year, and Gong’s TV Agency of the year twice in a row. Saatchis Sydney, was also acclaimed as "Australian Agency of the Decade" by Campaign Brief Magazine in 2010.

During that time, Nobby was ranked as the most awarded Creative Director in Australasia. He also sat on the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board.

In 2007, Nobby was invited by David Droga to launch Droga5, Sydney. The office opened its doors officially in 2008, and was named "Agency of the Year" by B&T Magazine in 2009.

In 2010, Creative Magazine voted Droga5 Sydney Hotshop Agency of the Year, and in the same year, AdAge magazine included Nobay in its prestigious “Creativity 50” most influential creative leaders in the world, alongside James Cameron, David Droga and Apple’s Head of Design, John Ives.

Outside interests include Yo-yo dieting and playwriting. His first play "Moving Parts" was produced by Revolver in Sydney, and directed by Steve Rogers.

In January 2016 Nobby became the founding creative chairman of Marcel Australia, based in Sydney.

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