The Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) chief executive Scott McClellan has stepped down from his role after nearly four years in the top job.
AANA director of codes, policy and public affairs Alina Bain will take on the role in an interim capacity while a search is conducted for a replacement.
Bain will be assisted by board member Ian Alwill, former director of marketing and communications for Nestle.
McClellan said: “I'm proud of the industry leadership AANA has provided during my term as CEO, but now it's time for me to take on new challenges. We have aggressively defended our self-regulatory codes which have enabled the industry to fend off the push for tighter regulation over commercial freedom of expression.
“We also became a strong pro-advertiser voice among industry suppliers, driving greater accountability and effectiveness from the media and agencies. This effort has been rewarded by steady membership growth, as marketers have come to see AANA as their industry advocate.”
Acting AANA chair Inese Kingsmill said: “During his time as CEO, Scott has skilfully managed a wide range of industry, government and community stakeholders to defend and promote the interests of marketers. The Association is now strongly positioned for continued growth and we thank him for his service.”