Sunita Gloster is new AANA chief executive

23 May 2013
Sunita Gloster (new AANA CEO) and Inese Kingsmill (AANA chair)

The Australian Association of National Advertisers has appointed Omnilab Media boss Sunita Gloster as chief executive. Gloster's tenure will commence on 10 June, replacing acting CEO Alina Bain.

AANA chair Inese Kingsmill announced the appointment today at the AANA Connect conference and told delegates to prepare for a busy year ahead.

“This is an action year for the AANA, we are keen to freshen things up and provide clear and tangible member benefits. We are committed to inspiring and equipping marketers to build strong brands and businesses in an environment of rapid change. We want to promote and elevate innovative, responsible and respected marketing and the value it delivers in a business context.

Given this brief, we are delighted Sunita is stepping in to the CEO role as she brings a unique set of skills which
will help to grow the AANA into a new era.”

Gloster said it was "an enormous privilege" to join the association.

"The AANA holds a pivotal role as the industry advocate in promoting responsible self-regulation and commercial freedom of expression. I am committed to ensuring that the AANA sits at the heart of every issue by providing an evolving, collaborative and effective resource to all our members as they strive to deliver positive business results”, she said.

With 20 years in marketing communications roles across Australia and Europe, not to mention an appearance on the Gruen Transfer, Gloster comes with considerable industry association experience having been a Board Director on the European Association of Communications Agencies. She has also sat on the Council of International Agencies for Europe.

Kingsmill thanked acting CEO Alina Bain for playing an instrumental role in crafting the association's new strategic plan. Under Bain’s leadership the AANA also secured the World Federation of Advertiser’s Global Marketer Conference for 2014.

Bain will continue to lead AANA’s regulatory affairs work and will expand her role further as the AANA embarks on its new strategic plan.

Recruiters Hourigan International were hired to find the new chief, putting forward Gloster for the role.

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