Buckley exits, Y&R promotes internally for new CEO

Nicola Riches
By Nicola Riches | 27 January 2016

Y&R Group Australia and New Zealand has promoted Brisbane group managing director Phil McDonald to the role of group CEO for the entire region.

McDonald’s appointment follows Jason Buckley’s decision to leave the business after four years.

Y&R global CEO David Sable says: "Since Phil joined us nearly 10 years ago he’s been instrumental in leading and influencing many of our key new business and creative successes in the region.

"I have great confidence in Phil, with his extensive knowledge of our business and our people, to lead Y&R Group’s management team across the ANZ region. He’ll continue to be an important strategic partner for many of our major long-standing clients."

McDonald adds: "I look forward to working with all the leaders of Y&R, GPY&R, VML, IdeaWorks and Blaze in the ANZ region. I am especially looking forward to my partnership with our regional CCO Ben Coulson, who has been the heart and soul of our creative renaissance."

In 2015, Y&R Group ANZ’s work was recognised with 13 Cannes Lions and four Effies, while the firm added a number of new clients including McDonald’s and Microsoft.

Email Nicola at nicolariches@yaffa.com.au.

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