News Corp CMO Tony Phillips exits to start consultancy
News Corp CMO Tony Phillips is leaving the business to start his own consultancy after less than two years with the media company. Phillips is one of Australia's top marketers, previously leading the marketing functions at both Woolworths and Coles before joining News Corp in 2016. During his time at News Corp, Phillips launched News Corp's first national brand campaign and appointed indie creative agency, The Works, and MediaCom as its media agency. Read more.
Jonathan Chadwick to lead Carat APAC
Carat has named Jonathan Chadwick as CEO for the Asia Pacific region as Sean O’Brien moves to a wider group role. The move marks Chadwick's return to media agencies, formerly the CEO of GroupM’s Maxus before being promoted to chief strategy officer of GroupM in 2015. He held the role for just over a year before leaving the WPP-owned group to start his own consulting business. His appointment follows news that O’Brien has shifted from the role to head of the MKTG, the group's lifestyle and experiential marketing agency, and out-of-home offering Postercope. As well as overseeing MKTG and Postercope, O'Brien will become chairman of Denstu Aegis Network Media. He will also oversee media agencies Carat, Vizeum and Dentsu X. Read more.
Southern Cross Austereo's Rick Lenarcic to exit after 25 years
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) will fully integrate its metro and regional business units from 1 July in order to "optimise performance and future growth", a move that will result in more changes at the top. Under the new operating model, both regional and metropolitan arms will align under a national structure, which SCA says will support improvements to its internal processes, communications and corporate decision-making. In the new structure, head of tech Stephen Haddad will be promoted to chief technology officer, to “provide leadership and direction to SCA’s technology, audio, digital, engineering, project management and procurement teams”. The move also sees Haddad joining SCA’s senior leadership team, however. Head of regional media Rick Lenarcic will be departing the corporation after a short transitional period, following 25 years of service. Read more.
Ex-Suncorp's Mark Reinke joins PwC's CMO Advisory
One of Australia’s most senior marketing execs, Mark Reinke, will join PwC's CMO Advisory Practice Board from next month. AdNews reported in May that Reinke had flagged his mid-year departure from Suncorp after 14 years in the business. At the time, he said he was leaving “to pursue new opportunities”. Prior to Suncorp Reinke managed Telstra’s consumer mass marketing division. PwC CCO Russel Howcroft said Reinke’s appointment would “add tremendous firepower” to the CMO offering. Read more.
Naked appoints new senior strategy leads
Naked has announced the growth of its strategy team with two new senior hires. Lucielle Vardy has been appointed head of strategy, with Sebastian Revell joining as a senior strategist. The new appointments come off the back of several new business wins. Vardy joins MD Tim Kirby and ECD Jon Burden on Naked’s leadership team, and is tasked with leading Naked’s varied strategic offering. Vardy joins with experience in strategic leadership experience, most recently as chief strategy officer at Emotive Content, and before that executive planning director at GPY&R. Revell joins Naked from Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, and has also worked for Publicis, PHD, and Vizeum, and client-side at ITV in the UK.
Stephen Porges joins Australian Alliance for Data Leadership as CEO
The Australian Alliance for Data Leadership (AADL) has appointed senior executive, Stephen Porges, as CEO of the organisation. Porges role will see him help AADL enable Australian businesses and the economy through data leadership, advocacy and governance. Porges currently sits on a number of Boards and has public and private sector listed company management expertise. He also brings CEO skills gained at Aussie Home Loans, Newcastle Permanent Building Society and SAI Global, and from board, founder and executive director roles throughout many sectors and geographies.
Rachel Morgan joins R/GA Sydney
R/GA Sydney has appointed Rachel Morgan to the role of executive director, client services. Morgan’s last three years were spent with Colenso BBDO in New Zealand as managing partner. She helped double the size of the Fonterra business during this time. She spent the preceding seven years with Leo Burnett in London and Hong Kong, working with P&G to grow their Femcare and Haircare businesses across the globe.
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