Movers & Shakers: PwC, Val Morgan, Big Red Group

1 March 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.

PwC partner steps down
PwC partner and national industry leader for technology, media and telecommunications Megan Brownlow is stepping down from her role after more than two years. Brownlow, who has been at PwC for more than 12 years, will transition into a full-time non-executive director on 1 April. She started her career at the firm in 2008 as editor before going on to become executive director in 2010.

Val Morgan boss Dan Hill departs
Val Morgan CEO Dan Hill has resigned from the business after seven years. Hill began his career at the screen advertising giant as national sales manager in 201, before becoming chief revenue officer in 2013. He had been CEO since February 2018.

Nova picks ex-Initiative for digital role
Former Initiative Sydney general manager Nick Wokes has been appointed as Nova Entertainment head of digital audio in Sydney. In his new role at the radio network, Wokes focuses on driving client solutions for the business’ digital and audio products. Wokes left Initiative in early February after the business axed the GM role to “adapt and evolve” its competitive position in the market.

Big Red replaces CEO
Former Cummins&Partners Sydney managing director Dan Ingall has taken over as CEO of Big Red Communications Group. He replaces Bridget Cleary at Big Red, who exited the company earlier this year. Ingall stepped down from his role at Cummins&Partners late last year after two years in the role.

Ita Buttrose named ABC chair
Media stalwart Ita Butrrose was confirmed as ABC chair after speculation over who would fill the seat. Buttrose started her career in media at Women's Weekly, where she eventually went on to be editor. She has also headed up Cleo magazine.

Dentsu taps Terry Savage
Former chairman of the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity Terry Savage has joined holding group Dentsu Aegis Network. Savage will take on a role as a consultant and will be working closely with Dentsu brand agencies, with the network stating it will tap into his "years of creative experience". He joins Dentsu at a time of structural change within the business, which recently announced it would look to reassess areas of the business in the APAC and other global regions to mitigate further financial loss.

JCDecaux reshuffles leadership team
Outdoor advertising giant JCDecaux revealed a fresh sales and marketing leadership team. The sales team is led by chief commercial officer Max Eburne, while CMO Essie Wake leads the marketing team. The team comprises of 11 new roles including six state directors and five group roles.

The full list of new sales directors is; John Harris for NSW, Daniel McConochie for Victoria, Chris Perera for Queensland, Phil Dada for WA, Russell Bilsborow for SA and David Pullinger for national direct and independent agencies.

The other sales and marketing leadership team includes; Cristina Smart as head of data innovation and audience insight, Ashley Taylor as head of creative solutions, Cassandra Cameron as head of trading and sales operations, Lucinda Milton as business director of JCDecaux Airports ANZ and Marie Norman as head of product and brand marketing. names ex-WPP chief digital officer as board member
Programmatic advertising platform has named former GroupM Rob Norman as a member of its board of directors. Norman was previously chief digital officer at the WPP business GroupM until 2017. He is also an independent director at ComScore and an advisor at Zeotap.

Posterscope promotes business director
Posterscope Melbourne has elevated its business director Emma Hegg to the role of group business director. Hegg reports to MD Bryan Magee and is responsible for leading client service teams and overseeing the out of home location agency forward in the Melbourne market. She has worked on campaigns for clients including Disney, Dan Murphy’s and Asahi Group.

Foxtel shakes up data team
Foxtel’s chief data and analytics officer Jane Eastgate has taken on the role of transforming the company’s data and analytics foundation.She was appointed to the role late last year and has developed her team to explore customer insights and data analytics in order to identify key areas where Foxtel can optimise subscriber benefits and maximise business outcomes. Eastgate ha a 20 year career in customer analytics, spanning retail, FMCG, loyalty and one-to-one communications.

M&C Saatchi’s Re names ECD
M&C Saatchi Group design agency Re has appointed Andy Thomas to the role of ECD. The agency says the move signals a shift in its direction as it looks to branch out into a broader experience design offering which includes digital products and services and connected retail spaces. Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in design and communications, having worked in leadership positions in London, New York, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. He was the founding creative director of Huge London and most recently was Huge’s executive experience director for the wider European market.

WPP’s government hub appoints new executive director
WPP’s Government and Public Sector Practice has appointed Michael Harris as executive director in Australia and New Zealand. Harris replaces Kathryn Cooper who returns to the US. The government hub was launched in 2015 and focuses on the agencies’ work for public sector clients. Harris was most recently client lead at Wavemaker and has more than 30 years of experience at both media and creative.

Longreach expands team
Independent media consultancy Longreach Media, which is led by Angela Nutton and John Driscoll, has made several senior appointments this week. Paul Hindle joins as partner of strategy, having worked across clients such as Coca-Cola and Nestle in London and New York. Jon Ricciardone steps into the role of partner of digital. Ricciardone previously worked at Initiative as head of digital.

NBL reveals GM of marketing
The NBL has named Officeworks’ national advertising and communications manager Simon Davenport as its new general manager of marketing. Davenport headed advertising and communications at Officeworks for the past six years and has previously worked at Boost Juice and Kmart. He starts his role on the 4 March with the task of growing the NBL brand through marketing and promotions.   

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