Movers & Shakers: Australia Post, DAN, Reprise

By AdNews | 30 August 2019

It's hard to keep up with all the latest moves across media, marketing and advertising, so we've made a list. Check out the biggest moves in adland this week.

Australia Post nabs Coles marketer
Australia Post has named former Coles marketer Amber Collins as its new CMO, following the departure of Karl Winther who left after four months in the role. Collins is now responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategies, as well as creating an “iconic brand” to make Australians “loyal beyond reason”, which will be measured by increased foot traffic. Collins had previously been Cole’s general manager for brands and media. She has also worked at Target and at agencies Interbrand and Saatchi & Saatchi.

More DAN exits
Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) executives Nick Swifte and Indy Khabra have left the holding group as it undergoes its latest round of redundancies. Swifte had been leading DAN government solutions division, launched last year to services its government clients at all levels, AdNews understands the future of the division is under review. Khabra, who had been with DAN since 2014, lead programmatic buying and media solutions business Amnet as managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

Reprise boss steps down
Reprise managing director Lachlan Brahe has exited from the business. He had been with the IPG Mediabrands-owned digital agency since 2018 when he was appointed general manager for Reprise, along with Jules Kilmartin. He has previously worked at Comscore as AUNZ vice president for four years.

Nova CMO resigns
Nova Entertainment CMO Tony Thomas has stepped down from his role after nine years with the radio business. During his time as CMO, Thomas oversaw the rebranding of DMG Radio to Nova Entertainment. Before his time at the business he worked at Coles, PepsiCo and Nine MSN.

Pureprofile CEO departs
Nic Jones has left his role as Pureprofile CEO after more than a year in the role. Jones stepped into the role in December 2017, after serving as Vevo CRO for a year. He has also worked at News Corp’s News Digital Media and Yahoo! Pureprofile chairman Andrew Edwards has taken on executives functions from Jones. In other news at the business, its CFO Melinda Sheppard has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Zenith’s new head of insights
Zenith has appointed Kim Xavier as national head of insights, after her return to Australia from the US. Xavier was previously at Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of retail chains BI-LO and Harveys Supermarket, as senior director of shopper insights. She has also worked at Coles Express, Coles Liquor and Cadbury.

Toyota exec joins AdTorque Edge
George Cornwell has joined marketing agency AdTorque Edge as a shareholder and executive director. Cornwell joins from automotive lender, Toyota Financial Services (TFS), where he was general manager. At TFS he was responsible for portfolios including marketing, strategy, loyalty and new product development. Cornwell has also worked at Nissan New Zealand. In his new role at AdTorque Edge he’ll work with its existing dealer and OEM customers across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, identifying emerging trends and growth areas.

Broadsheet promotion
Broadsheet Media has promoted Matt Phillips to senior sales manager in Melbourne and hired Clair Booth as its senior sales manager in Sydney. Phillips was previously Melbourne’s sales manager after joining Broadsheet from its external sales agency Rockwell Media in 2015. Booth joins the publication from The Story Lab and brings seven years of agency experience with her.

JCDecaux opens new role
JCDecaux has appointed Tess Phillips to the newly created role of director of government and public relations for Australia and New Zealand. In her new role, Phillips will be responsible for leading the out of home business’s regulatory affairs and corporate public relations, including engagement with industry bodies. Phillips had previously been at the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) for more than three years and has also worked with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Havas Sport & Entertainment expands
Havas Sports & Entertainment has appointed Niamh Conroy to the newly created role of head of partnerships and content as the business plans for further expansion. Conroy has spent the past five years at Havas, starting with Havas Media before taking on a senior role at Havas Sports & Entertainment following its launch in Australia in 2017. Conroy’s new remit will see her pursuing further opportunities to connect brands with sports and entertainment properties. She will also continue to work for clients including Gillette, IAG and LG.


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