The Marketing Academy has named the 30 future marketing leaders who have made it into the third year of the Australian programme.
Marketers from Lion, Fox Sports Nestlé and MediaCom got through a grueling three-stage process to be accepted on to the programme.
There were 300 applications from marketers, media and agency execs who first have to be nominated for the programme, then complete an application, followed by a face to face interview and 'pitch' to earn a place.
The scholarship programme is industry backed and provides a nine-month personal and career development scheme for 30 Australian marketers to help upskill talent and prepare marketers for C-suite and business leadership positions.
It's been described as “life changing”, “transformational” and “priceless” by previous alumni.
It is funded by industry sponsors which this year include PwC, Commonwealth Bank, Google, NewsCorp and Microsoft.
It has been running in the UK for the last eight years and in Australia since 2015. It also launched in the US last year.
Founder and CEO Sherilyn Shackell says: “I’m truly delighted by the first rate talent in Australia and grateful to all the business leaders who nominated their people for the programme.
The final selection this year was extremely hard as the volume and calibre hit a three year high. I’m just sorry we only have 30 places because in all honesty we could easily have taken twice that number.”
Taking its cue from the 'four Ps of traditional marketing, The Academy has revised its curriculum to focus on four core segments: Personal development, People development, Professional development and Purpose.
The 30 marketers attend a week-long bootcamp, a series of presentations from international speakers, executive coaching and one-to-one mentoring sessions with marketing leaders including Therese Kallie, communications director Nestlé; Mark Reinke, group executive marketing Suncorp; Stephanie Tully CMO Qantas Loyalty; Leigh Terry, APAC CEO IPG; Jaimes Leggett, CEO M&C Saatchi; Mark Lollback, CEO GroupM; Russel Howcroft chief creative officer PwC and Terry Savage, chairman Cannes Lions.
Alumni from the past two years include Meat & Livestock Australia’s Andrew Howie, Jane Merrick, general manager IAG; Mick McKeown, brand director Carlton United Breweries; Paul Connell, Homecare director Unilever; Michael Kay, group director UM and Sergio Brodsky, strategy director Starcom.
This year's Marketing Academy scholars are:
Here’s the line up of The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Class of 2017:
1. Amanda Fuller, Managing Partner & APAC Regional Lead, DDB Group
2. Andrew Da Silva, Head of The Travel Team, MediaCom
3. Brent Whelan, Group Marketing Manager Spreads & Beverages, Fonterra
4. Cally Scivetti, Marketing & Strategy Director, Val Morgan
5. Chris Gross, Head of Marketing, Brand & Social, Fox Sports
6. Colin Glynn, Head of Insights, Lion Co
7. David Griffiths, Managing Director, Iris Worldwide
8. Ebonie Newman, Director of Sales APAC, Storyful
9. Gary Elphick, Founder & CEO, Disrupt Sports
10. Jacquelyn Cowardin, Group Business Director, DWA
11. James Stewart, Director Emerging Products, IAG
12. Jane King, Senior Marketing Director, APN Outdoor
13. Jayne Andrews, Marketing Director, Carnival Australia
14. Julia Donnan, Head of Hardware Marketing, Google
15. Kara May, Marketing Manager, Fisher & Paykel
16. Kate Gamble, General Manager, Resolution
17. Kathy Damatopoulos, Performance Media Manager, Suncorp Group
18. Lucie Wolstenholme, Head of Marketing Oceania, Nestle
19. Margy Vary, Head of Marketing, The Guardian Australia
20. Matt Parkes, Executive Manager Deposits, Transactions, Youth, Commonwealth Bank
21. Mimi Flemming , General Manager , Vice Media
22. Nathan Wilson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
23. Niki Allen, Head of Marketing, BT Investment Management
24. Paul Den, Partner, Banter
25. Pia Chaudhuri, Creative Director, One Green Bean
26. Ruth Taylor, Senior Brand Manager , Yum! Restaurants International
27. Sarah Jauncey, Head of Brand Marketing & Communications, Cancer Council NSW
28. Sarah Peacock, National Digital Marketing Leader, PwC
29. Simon Davies, Managing Director, Bastion Brands
30. Tim Kenward, Group Brand Manager, McDonald's Australia
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