Former Saatchi CEO Chris Kay joins UTS

By AdNews | 3 August 2023
Chris Kay.

Chris Kay, a former Saatchi & Saatchi CEO in London, has been appointed an industry professor at UTS Business School. 

He returned to Australia in July this year and will soon be launching, a coaching and content collective.

Kay started his career at the TBWA advertising agency working on campaigns for PlayStation Europe, followed by an eight-years at Fallon, marking the launch of several highly influential campaigns, including the iconic Sony Balls, Cadbury Gorilla, and It’s a Skoda Honest.

He went on to be head of marketing at Manchester City FC as it became a global brand and the richest football club in the world.

Immediately prior to working at Saatchi and Saatchi, Chris was global partner and Asia Pacific CEO at 72and Sunny, one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies, working with brands such as Google, adidas, Instagram, Starbucks, Miller Coors and Samsung.

He says there are two things that excite him about joining UTS.

'First, playing a small role in helping shape the continuing success of Australia's most modern, and top ‘young’ university Business School is something that feels incredibly energising and exciting, and I feel honoured to be given a chance to be part of the team.

"Second, I see a great opportunity to contribute to the next generation of talent, but maybe more selfishly, I see it as an incredible opportunity to learn from the students and thinkers that are shaping what the new normal of modern business will look like."

Carl Rhodes, dean of UTS Business School, says Kay is one of the most successful and influential advertising executives of his generation.

"Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the UTS Business School," he says.

"Chris’ work with the School will include providing thought leadership on the creative industries, advertising and brand management, sharing insights on contemporary business and strategic leadership, and leveraging his deep expertise to inform our degrees and other learning programs, and industry projects and partnerships." 

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