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Agent99 announces client wins

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Agent99 PR logoAgent99 has announced the agency will be taking on new clients and making some staff changes ahead of 2020.

Stationery firm Collins Debden has renewed with the agency for another year, and landed representation for prominent lawyer Stewart Levitt.

For Collins Debden, the Agent99 team will organise the company’s bicentennial anniversary and the launch of its 2020 diary line through social media and influencer activities. 

Levitt is working with the agency to promote his new book, Too Soon to Be Late, with a series of media launches and promotions in Darwin, Sydney, and Melbourne. A passion project dating back 20 years, Too Soon to be Late is Levitt’s anthology of poems covering an array of themes related to his work over the years.

Agent 99 has also welcomed a new staff member while promoting two others. 

Nicole Robertson is moving up to account director. She has been with the agency for almost six years, the past two as senior account manager. Account executive Amelia Watson is now an account manager handling B2B and B2C clients.

Emilie Lawson comes aboard as senior account executive. She had recently finished three years at Cube PR, rising from an internship to senior account executive. 

“This has been our best quarter to date, and we’re delighted to be headed into an exciting time of opportunity and growth, both with our clients and team. It’s a real testament to our focus on high-quality results that we’ve been achieving for our clients on a consistent basis,” said Agent99 founder-director Sharon Zeev Poole.

The agency recently won the Agency of the Year honours from NSW PRIA.

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