Isobar's Thomas Tearle becomes CEO of VMLY&R in Australia

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 16 February 2021
Thomas Tearle

Thomas Tearle, the managing director of Isobar, has been appointed CEO of VMLY&R in Australia and New Zealand. 

He replaces Jon Bird who becomes executive chairman. Tearle joins VMLY&R as the brand and customer experience business grows, focusing on developing digital, CX and commerce capabilities.

Tearle will also become a key member of the WPP AUNZ brand leadership team reporting to CEO Jens Monsees and globally through VMLY&R to Beth Wade, global chief marketing officer. 

“After seven incredible years at Isobar building the businesses in Sydney and Canberra, this is the perfect opportunity for me to help take the VMLY&R business to its next stage, as customer expectations of seamless digital, brand and commerce experiences have really accelerated over the last twelve months," says Tearle. 

“The combination of developing exceptional capability and delivering ground-breaking work from VMLY&R over the last few years has put the business in pole position to help clients capitalise upon these opportunities, and I’m so very excited to shape the next chapter in that journey." 

Tearle joins VMLY&R in May after seven years with digital agency Isobar, most recently as managing director, where he was responsible for the mergers of both Soap Creative and WiTH Collective into the business. 

He has also held senior roles with agencies in the UK and Australia including Wunderman (now Wunderman Thompson), where he led the Coca-Cola partnership. 

Jens Monsees: “Tom’s world-class experience in delivering truly effective connected digital experiences is a real boost to WPP AUNZ’s already impressive leadership capacity.

“I look forward to working closely with Tom to define the next stage of VMLY&R’s journey within the WPP AUNZ portfolio of brands.

“Combining cutting-edge technology with our world-class creative capabilities is what sets WPP AUNZ apart, and Tom’s appointment is indicative of the strength of our vision. It’s also great to have him back in the WPP AUNZ fold."

Jon Bird: “I am thrilled to welcome Thomas to the VMLY&R executive team. VMLY&R is all about Creating Connected Brands for our clients, and Tom’s expertise in building innovative digital platforms and experiences will help continue to deliver on that promise.

“It’s gratifying to be able to hand over the day-to-day leadership to such a high-calibre individual, to best answer what clients are looking for today,” he added.

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