Carat appoints Sydney and Melbourne managing directors

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 15 October 2020

Lauren Small and Christ Ernst have been named managing directors of Carat's Sydney and Melbourne offices resepctively.

Carat ANZ CEO Sue Squillace says both Small and Ernst share her passion for "collaborative people-based leadership".

“We are building a team that is exciting for the future of Carat. Both Lauren and Chris are proven leaders with first class credentials and highly respected in their fields," says Squillace.

"They each have the ability to instil confidence and passion in their teams and focus on strengthening all client and partner relationships."

Prior to Carat Small spent the last nine years with the Publicis Groupe.

She started with Starcom Mediavest in 2011 as client business manager and quickly rose up the ranks to become client services director.

From Mediavest she moved to Spark Foundry, where she worked under Squillace, as general manager for just under three years.

“I’m truly excited to be joining Carat in a period of momentum, I look forward to drawing on my collaboration experience to create enduring and meaningful internal and external relationships with our people and partners," says Small.

"My plan is to start with building on the culture that already exists, and making Carat Sydney a fulfilling and exciting place to come to work every day."

Ernst was appointed last year to lead Dentsu Queensland.

During his first 12 months with the company he united the Dentsu offering in the state, including the re-integration of Amplifi into Carat and the connection of Carat, iProspect and Haystac in the market.

Prior this time at Dentsu, he worked as commercial director at Media Merchants and as managing director of Ikon Brisbane.

“It’s great to have been given the opportunity to lead the Carat Melbourne team and to be working more closely with Sue across the Carat business nationally," says Ernst.

"We’ve got an incredible team in Melbourne, and we’re fortunate to partner with some of Australia’s top brands including Medibank, L’Oreal, Kraft Heinz and more. I can’t wait to get stuck into it."

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