Verizon Media's 'Digital Prophet' David 'Shingy' Shing departs

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 12 August 2019

Verizon Media's self-described 'digital prophet' David 'Shingy' Shing has exited the business after more than 10 years.

Shing, an Australian-born executive, had been with business in various high ranking marketing roles since 2007, going through the many changes in ownership.

In a post from LinkedIn titled "Today marks new adventures", Shing stated it was time to explore new paths.

He details his early roles with the business as a consultant running media and marketing for then AOL Europe, before ending his stint with the business as an "intrapreneur" within Verizon Media.

"We inhabit a pivotal time at which much is at stake in how we practice media and marketing. I've had the rare privilege of speaking into the soul of our industry (as a futurist) for the past decade, and I believe it's a critical time to preserve the tenants of human dignity, creativity and compassion as we engage the thrilling opportunities at hand," Shing says in his post.

"In my next chapter, I'm excited to expand upon this by working autonomously with brands to help them achieve optimal presence in the marketplace."

Shing also sited fatherhood as another reason behind the change, adding that it has highlighted his "passion for helping things grow and seeing them thrive".

The "digital prophet" made a name for himself over the years for his time on the speaking circuit, outlandish approach to style and marketing trends and his contributions to various international trade press titles.

Last year, Shing spoke to AdNews, defending CMOs from industry criticism and blasting the future of VR in marketing.


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