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Who we are

Lew Bentley Founder Marketing Specialist

Lew Bentley

Founder & Salty Old Dog

Lew has an extensive background in strategic planning, research and business development consulting. He has previously worked in senior strategic roles at Clemenger BBDO, M&C Saatchi and The Campaign Palace; and he is a former Research Director of CM Research (now TNS).

This experience has given Lew a deep appreciation of how to understand and influence people with behavioural economics and communication.

He has worked with many different private sector and public sector clients in many different categories in New Zealand, Australia and other markets. Lew is also a recognised marketing author and presenter, and he is a regular Judge in the Advertising Effectiveness and Marketing Awards.

Outside work Lew plays a scratchy guitar and makes a mean hot sauce.

For more detail check out Lew’s LinkedIn profile.

Vishal Ponnappa Strategic Planner Marketing Specialist

Vishal Ponnappa

Strategic Planner & Smart Young Blood

Vishal brings a powerful mix of research and digital planning skills. He has a Master’s degree in Marketing from AUT, and has worked as Research Manager at Fresh Focus, and Marketing Consultant at Black Sand Tours. 

Prior to that Vishal worked for Dentsu Webchutney and Ogilvy & Mather in Bangalore.  

He has a great level of skill designing social media content programmes as well as managing social and research communities. He also works across both qualitative and quantitative research projects.

As a marketing specialist, Vishal’s skill set includes digital campaign design, social media, content creation, and analytics.

When he’s not working Vishal is out in the surf lineup and he makes fabulous craft beer.

Have a look at Vishal’s LinkedIn for more information.