MEC announces new national head of investment

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 2 June 2015

Claire Butterworth has been moved up the chain to replace Seb Rennie as MEC's national head of investment.

The current Sydney trading director had been serving as Seb Rennie's second-in-command before he was moved up the line to become GroupM's chief investment officer, following on from the departure of Danny Bass.

Bass revealed the move to IPG Mediabrands in the middle of last month, setting off an internal shuffle at GroupM.

GroupM also revealed the appointment of a chief financial officer late last week, while it is still on the lookout for a CEO.

The move represents a reward for Butterworth who has been with MEC for four years, working on revamping the Sydney office's investment capabilities, and co-developing training courses with a focus on data.

She has 13 years of experience more broadly, including roles at ZenithOptimedia, Starcom, Universal McCann, and OMD.

MEC Australia CEO Peter Vogel said given Butterworth had been working closely with Rennie, there would be a smooth transition.

“Having worked closely with Seb, Claire has the knowledge, skills and connections to take over as national head of investment and I couldn’t be more proud to be able to promote from within for what is a seamless transition for our staff and clients,” Vogel said.

Butterworth said the promotion would give her the opportunity to work across a broader range of clients, and that she was excited to be in a leading role in the agency at a time when the agency was “going from strength to strength in business wins and award-winning work.”

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