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The Mentors

We have a team of over 40 exceptional business leaders who volunteer their time to work with the Australia Leaders Programme delegates to develop and nurture their talent.

These leaders are CEOs, MDs, CMOs, SVPs, Entrepreneurs and Academics with experience across all industry sectors. Each has had a high profile career filled with outstanding achievements and provide great insight and guidance to our delegates.

Like us, they all have a love for talent development, are dedicated to the achievement of marketing excellence, and are keen to share their knowledge and experience at mentoring sessions, bootcamps, lectures or ‘lunch & learns’

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    Russel Howcroft joined Network Ten as Executive General Ma...

    Russel Howcroft, Executive General Manager, Network Ten

    Russel Howcroft

    Russel Howcroft joined Network Ten as Executive General Manager in January 2013.

    Based in Melbourne, Russel is responsible for Network Ten’s operations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Network Ten’s station managers in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth report to Russel.

    Prior to his appointment with Network Ten, Russel was Chairman and Chief Executive of Young & Rubicam Brands Australia and New Zealand, and also a member of the company’s Global Executive Committee.

    He is a director of the Melbourne Football Club and a board member of Freeview and AFI | AACTA.

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    Helen Kellie is the Chief Content Officer at SBS responsib...

    Helen Kellie, Chief Content Officer, SBS

    Helen Kellie

    Helen Kellie is the Chief Content Officer at SBS responsible for bringing together all of SBS’s content teams, under one umbrella to maximise the value, impact and experience for Australian audiences around our unique SBS content offering across all our platforms.

    Joining SBS in 2012, Helen commenced as Marketing Director, then Director of Marketing and Verticals, responsible for the brand and marketing for all channels and services at the SBS. She led the Marketing Division including audience strategy and insights, marketing communications comprising brand, publicity and social, and the in-house creative services teams. Helen also led the strategy and planning for the SBS’s verticals across platforms in Food, Football, Cycling, Film and Documentaries. 

    Prior to SBS, Helen was Chief Marketing Officer for BBC Worldwide where she built the BBC brand and its key content brands like Top Gear, Doctor Who and TV channels across the world, and also led the company’s CRM and social media strategies. Helen joined BBC Worldwide from its parent, the BBC, where she was Head of Brand Strategy from 2000, and Director of Marketing, Communications & Audiences for BBC Vision (Television) from 2006. Before joining the BBC, she worked for household products giant, Reckitt & Colman (now Reckitt Benckiser) in a variety of roles around the world.

    Helen has an extensive 20 year’s leadership experience in marketing, brands and audience engagement in the media and consumer goods sectors in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. 

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    Lynne Ireland is a multi-award winning brand and marketing...

    Lynne Ireland, CEO - Inspired Luxury

    Lynne Ireland

    Lynne Ireland is a multi-award winning brand and marketing strategist who has held senior management/directorship roles in corporate travel, wholesale, advertising, incentives & hospitality industries.

    Widely recognised for launching & creating the brand identity/growth of Small Luxury Hotels of the World Asia Pacific, Lynne was then head-hunted to the role of Managing Director globally for the Preferred Boutique hotel group prior to starting Inspired Luxury in 2011.

    Lynne's company currently markets clients such as Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's collection of retreats globally; Elite Havens private villas; International Luxury Travel Market events globally and the personal portfolio of the the Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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    Jac has been involved in the marketing of people, products...

    Jac Phillips, Head of Brand & Marketing - Bank of Melbourne

    Jac Phillips

    Jac has been involved in the marketing of people, products, businesses and services across Asia Pacific for over 25 years.

    During her four years based in Singapore, Jac worked in a senior regional marketing communications role for IBM as well as Client Services Director for a global advertising agency.

    Returning to Australia in 2005, Jac joined ANZ as National Marketing Manager for Financial Planning. Five years on, Jac became the Head of Marketing for ANZ’s Private Bank business promoting the Private Bank’s credentials to Australia’s highest net worth individuals and families.

    Jac joined Bank of Melbourne, a division of Westpac in May 2014 as Head of Brand and Marketing, leading a team of senior marketers across brand, marketing communications, digital, advertising, events and partnerships. After 3 great years at Bank of Melbourne, from March 2017 Jac becomes a Senior Director & Head of Marketing for VISA Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.

    Jac has a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Leadership, is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) and fellow member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).  Just one unit away from completing her MBA, Jac more recently graduated from Harvard Kennedy School after completing the Women and Power executive program.

    Jac is currently a proud Ambassador for the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. and has recently joined the new Deakin University Business School Marketing Advisory Board. She was awarded one of Asia’s Top 50 Women Leaders in Singapore in August last year and became a Telstra Business Women Victorian finalist in October 2016.

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    Andrew has over 30 years experience in leading Australasia...

    Andrew Reeves, Chief Executive - George Weston Foods Ltd

    Andrew Reeves

    Andrew has over 30 years experience in leading Australasian grocery and beverage companies. In February 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive of George Weston Foods Limited (GWF), one of Australia and New Zealand's largest food manufacturers, employing over 6,500 people across 60 sites. GWF is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods, a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group operating in 44 countries.

    Prior to joining GWF, Andrew held senior leadership roles in Lion Nathan as Managing Director of National Foods Limited, Managing Director of Lion Nathan Australia and Executive Director of Lion Nathan Limited since 2002. Andrew has also been the Managing Director of Coca Cola Amatil and The Smiths Snackfood Company. He is a board member of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and a past chairman.

    In these roles, Andrew has demonstrated his capability to apply strategic insight to grow and leverage an organisation's competitive strengths, to build great partnerships with consumers and customers and to create a constructive environment for people to thrive and achieve.

    Andrew is a graduate of the University of NSW and attended the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School. He is married to Jan and has two daughters Kate and Louise.

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    Known to be one of the brightest strategist minds in Austr...

    Katie Rigg-Smith, CEO - Mindshare Australasia

    Katie Rigg-Smith

    Known to be one of the brightest strategist minds in Australia, Katie was Mindshare’s National Chief Strategy Officer prior to being promoted to CEO at the start of 2013.

    Throughout her career Katie has been recognised both nationally and internationally for her work and contribution to the media industry.  Accolades include being named as the only media person within the Top Ten Women to Watch in 2013, Australia’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012 and finalist for Asia Pacific Planner of the Year back in 2007.

    Katie is incredibly passionate about great media thinking across paid, owned and earned and the role it can play for clients’ business. Not only is she a regular on this topic on the speaking circuit but Katie also spent 3 years lecturing at University on the topic of Media and Communications.

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    Ray Kloss is the Director of Marketing for Cisco. Previoul...

    Ray Kloss, Director of Marketing - Cisco

    Ray Kloss

    Ray Kloss is the Director of Marketing for Cisco. Previoulsy Head of Marketing for SAP Australia and New Zealand which he joined in June 2005 after many years’ experience on large software projects in roles including sales, marketing and delivery across North America and the Asia Pacific. Kloss is responsible for the company’s brand investments, pipeline development and customer engagement.

    With 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Ray has been influencing the purchasing preferences of thousands of B2B customers across channels, industries and geographies with SAP, PeopleSoft, HP and IBM. Ray has a leadership role in multiple global Marketing transformation projects, led by his focus on Design Thinking toward customer-centric solutions.

    Before coming to SAP, Kloss was responsible for Product and Industry Marketing for PeopleSoft APJ. Prior to this he held multiple roles at Hewlett Packard, including marketing manager for online services, business development for HP’s ANZ SAP practice and sales director of HP’s Asia Pacific E-services Division. In his earlier career Kloss worked with HR, Payroll and CRM at Lend Lease, ERP Channels at IBM and ERP implementation at General Motors.

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    Andy is DB's Managing Director and joins the company after...

    Andy Routley, Managing Director - DB (Heineken) New Zealand

    Andy Routley

    Andy is DB's Managing Director and joins the company after 25 years in the consumer goods and drinks sector in Europe, Australia, the USA and now New Zealand.  Andy held the role of global brand marketing director for Miller Beer at SAB Miller from 2005- 2009 and is passionate about the world of beer and building great brands, relationships and experiences.

    Andy is entrepreneurial in nature with a restless ambition to always try to raise the bar and find new and better ways to do things through innovation. He loves his job, his family and sport. Particularly rugby and  the English rugby team but fully realises he is now in All Blacks territory! He is married to Becky with three young boys – nine year old twins and a seven year old. They are a whole rugby union back row under development.

    Being a keen explorer of his new home, New Zealand, Andy's beer of choice is Monteith's Original.

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    Chum Darvall is the Chairman of TransGrid – the owner, ope...

    Chum Darvall, Chairman, TransGrid

    Chum Darvall

    Chum Darvall is the Chairman of TransGrid – the owner, operator and manager of the high voltage network connecting generators in NSW and ACT. Previously, he was non--‐executive Vice Chairman Of Deutsche Bank and before that, Chief Executive Officer of the bank in Australia and New Zealand from July 2002 to March 2011.

    Chum joined Deutsche Bank in September 1994 as Director Treasury managing the money market, swaps and foreign exchange units and group funding. In early 1998 he became Head of Global Markets responsible for all debt market--‐related activities. Chum was also part of the management group responsible for the merger and integration of the New Zealand operation of Bankers Trust with Deutsche Bank in 1999. Prior to his first appointment at Deutsche Bank, Chum worked in the financial markets divisions of Westpac (1985--‐1994) and BA Australia Ltd (1981--‐1985), a subsidiary of Bank of America. In addition to TransGrid, Chum’s other Chairmanship is that of Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd – a specialist loan fund manager providing expertise to wholesale fund managers seeking to invest in the Australian corporate loan market.

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    Claire commenced with Tabcorp in January 2015 in the role ...

    Claire Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer - Tabcorp

    Claire Murphy

    Claire commenced with Tabcorp in January 2015 in the role of General Manager Marketing - Keno & Gaming, and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in March 2016.

    Prior to joining Tabcorp, she held senior marketing roles with William Hill Australia, Crown Melbourne, Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, World Wrestling Entertainment in the UK, and Goodyear.

    Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

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    Jaimes Leggett is Group CEO of M&C Saatchi Australia & New...

    Jaimes Leggett, Group CEO at M&C Saatchi

    Jaimes Leggett

    Jaimes Leggett is Group CEO of M&C Saatchi Australia & New Zealand. 

    He joined from his position as managing director at Ogilvy & Mather UK.  During his period as MD at the agency, Ogilvy & Mather UK successfully pitched for Philips, SC Johnson, Kronenbourg, Expedia, Motorola, Grant Thornton, BP Solar, TK Maxx and Europcar.

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    Rowena is a marketing, communications & digital specialist...

    Rowena Millward, Managing Partner - MORGAN & Director of Client Partnerships - Seven West Media

    Rowena Millward

    Rowena is a marketing, communications & digital specialist; with deep business & operational experience across emerging and developed markets globally, and a passion for innovation.

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    Suzana has over 20 years of marketing and product experien...

    Suzana Ristevski, CMO & Head of Strategy & Growth - GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

    Suzana Ristevski

    Suzana has over 20 years of marketing and product experience across a range of service industries. Currently she heads up strategy and growth for GE, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Suzana leads GE's growth effort including marketing and sales force effectiveness across energy, water, oil & gas, mining and aviation segments.  

    Prior to this role, Suzana has held various product and marketing leadership roles in GE Capital (including her appointment as Chief Marketing Officer from 2010 - 2014), Optus Telecommunications, Medical Benefits Private Health Insurance Fund and 20th Century Fox in London.

    She has a Bachelor Degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Bus (Marketing) from Monash University, and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (AGSM).  She also holds a position on the Melbourne Renegades board (BBL cricket team), Monash University Advisory Board and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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    With a media career spanning over 20 years across Australi...

    Peter Horgan, CEO, OMD Australia

    Peter Horgan

    With a media career spanning over 20 years across Australia and the UK, Horgan was recruited to join OMD in 2003 as Executive Director of Trading, to lead the largest specialist trading department in Australia.

    In 2005 he was appointed Lead Negotiator for OPera, covering all Omnicom assets in Australia. In 2006, Horgan was promoted to Managing Partner, helping to guide OMD to its position as the most successful and awarded media agency in Australia, almost doubling billings to $1Bn, and in 2009 he was promoted to Managing Director of OMD Australia together with colleague Leigh Terry.

    Named in the top 50 Power Brokers of 2010 Horgan sits on the Executive Committee of the Media Federation of Australia, and is the industry’s media representative on the board of The Communications Council.

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    James is the Executive Creative Director of Jack Morton Au...

    James Daniels, Executive Creative Director.

    James Daniels

    James is the Executive Creative Director of Jack Morton Australia. Like most rock gods who started their music careers in a garage, so did James’s Advertising career at the Jupiter Drawing Room in South Africa.

    Understanding that it’s young talent that keeps the Advertising industry alive, James became a mentor and leader to those who dared to be great. For him there was nothing better than to witness their talent blossom, confidence grow and the work they produced being awarded at every award show.

    After 17 years of working in South Africa, Asia called, and James moved to Singapore as the Regional Executive Creative Director on the Unilever business at Ogilvy, allowing him to experience the vast and magnificent cultures across Asia.

    Having lived in 3 countries in the last 5 years, he is hugely adaptable to change, resilient, and quick to learn new cultures and geographic subtleties.

    He loves what he does and truly believes in a hands-on approach, whether it’s nurturing young talent, forging close client relationships or developing new business opportunities.

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    Judi Hausmann is the founder and CEO of The Hausmann Group...

    Judi Hausmann, Founder & CEO, The Hausmann Group

    Judi Hausmann

    Judi Hausmann is the founder and CEO of The Hausmann Group, an independent public relations and marketing communications group which she established in 1990.

    After working in top London consumer PR consultancies in the 1980’s, Judi was astonished to return to Australia and find that consumer PR was unheard of here. So she did what any self respecting 28 year old with loads of creative flair, a huge passion for brands and lots of energy and entrepreneurial nous would do – she started her own!

    Since that time, Hausmann has grown in size and reputation to become one of Asia-Pacific’s most respected and innovative marketing communications agencies with a staff of 50 and an enviable list of clients including Procter & Gamble, Sony, Specsavers, AMP and DHL.

    As well as Hausmann Communications, the group also includes Health Haus, a specialist healthcare PR agency which was founded in 2010 and The Hausmann School of Public Relations (HSPR) which is again breaking new ground as the only PR industry initiated Registered Training Organisation to provide nationally recognised qualifications.

    In her spare time Judi is a Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company and supports a wide range of charities and arts organisations. Last year, in conjunction with local NGO Mahboba’s Promise, she founded Judi’s Shelter in Afghanistan which is a refuge for widows and children in war-torn Kabul. She is also part owner of a small and very exclusive Haute Couture and furniture company based in Paris.

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    Jeremy has over 25 years of corporate communications and g...

    Jeremy Griffith, Director of External Affairs and Group Communications - Carlton & United Breweries

    Jeremy Griffith

    Jeremy has over 25 years of corporate communications and government relations experience.

    He is currently Director of External Affairs and Group Communications at Carlton & United Breweries, part of SABMiller plc. Previous roles include Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Relations with Visa based in Singapore, and Head of Corporate Relations at St.George Bank.

    In addition, he was the Industry & Science Advisor to the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism; Advisor to the NSW Minister for Land and Water; and Research Officer to the NSW Deputy Premier. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.

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    Jonathan Richards is a Creative Lead at Google's Creative ...

    Jonathan Richards, Creative Lead - Google's Creative Lab

    Jonathan Richards

    Jonathan Richards is a Creative Lead at Google's Creative Lab in Sydney, a small team working on projects at the intersection of the arts and technology.

    The Lab’s projects involve experimenting with new forms of artistic practice - often in collaboration with writers, film-makers, theatre companies, musicians, cultural organisations, and others.

    Previously he was at the Guardian newspaper, in London, where he ran the Interactive team - a group of designers, developers, film-makers and editors who produced editorial content and apps, including the Walkley-winning Firestorm.

    Prior to that he was an editor, writer, and developer at the Times.

    He lectures on new forms of storytelling around the world, and was one of the founders of Hacks / Hackers in London. He is an occasional teacher, an unapologetic Rubyist, and in his spare time plays trumpet - rather more scrappily than he used to.

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    Leigh heads up the Omnicom Media Group, one of the most re...

    Leigh Terry, CEO of Omnicom Media Group, Australia & New Zealand

    Leigh Terry

    Leigh heads up the Omnicom Media Group, one of the most respected media communications groups in Australia and New Zealand, serving clients including Telstra, Mazda, Google, Air NZ, ANZ Bank and PepsiCo.  

    He has worked for Omnicom for 17 years: initially as a media planner in the UK before migrating into digital during the dot com boom and bust (!), rising over the last decade to agency head and now Group CEO for the Australia and New Zealand sub-region, with overall responsibility for the multiple communications companies that make up Omnicom Media Group – OMD, PHD, m2m, Resolution, Foundation, Total Media (NZ).  With over US$2bn of client media investments, OMG is the No2 largest Media Agency Holding Company (RECMA: 2013; Released August 2014) in Australia and New Zealand.

    Leigh sits on the MFA (Media Federation of Australia) and ADMA (Association of Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising boards, as well as the Advisory Committee of the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations (part of the School of Business) at  Queensland University of Technology.

    Most importantly, he is Frankie’s dad and Kristin’s husband.

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    Barni is marketing director at Sportsbet, Australia’s bigg...

    Barni Evans, Marketing Director, Sportsbet

    Barni Evans

    Barni is marketing director at Sportsbet, Australia’s biggest corporate bookmaker, Sportsbet.

    Barni started his marketing career as a graduate trainee at News International and left five years later as marketing director of News’ online products. Subsequently he worked in Ecommerce, Sports and Telecoms sectors before joining Paddy Power to spearhead the company’s entry into the UK in 2001. 

    When Paddy Power acquired Sportsbet in 2009, Barni joined the Australian business in a non-exec capacity, subsequently making the move to Australian, joining Sportsbet full-time in 2011.

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    John Batistich is the Director of Marketing for Scentre Gr...

    John Batistich, Director of Marketing, Scentre Group

    John Batistich

    John Batistich is the Director of Marketing for Scentre Group, owners & operators of Westfield in Australia & New Zealand. He has over 22 years of experience in Research, Marketing and General Management with blue chip companies like Lion Nathan, Kimberly Clark, PepsiCo Foods and The Wrigley Company.

    He holds a Masters in Management degree from MGSM majoring in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Western Sydney majoring in Marketing and a Certificate in Digital Marketing from ADMA.

    He has lead marketing communications that have won a Cannes Lion award and an Australian Effective Awards. He has also been a member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society Client Advisory Board.

    John is also a member of the Board of Governors for The Heart Research Institute, a leading medical science institute dedicated to the early detection, prevention and reversal of heart disease.

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    Michael is currently the CEO of The Good Guys Australia, a...

    Michael Ford, CEO, The Good Guys

    Michael Ford

    Michael is currently the CEO of The Good Guys Australia, a well known consumer electronics retailer.

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    For more than 25 years Jane has built a career across blue...

    Jane Huxley, Managing Director, Pandora Internet Radio, Australia and New Zealand

    Jane Huxley

    For more than 25 years Jane has built a career across blue chip Technology, Media and Telecommunications organisations in Australia and internationally. She started as a product and systems engineer at Microsoft in early 1989, then spanning into development, partner, sales and consumer marketing roles over the next sixteen years. Time running mass market product group at Vodafone, then led to a role as CEO of Fairfax Digital (Metro Media) , overseeing the online news and entertainment businesses encompassing product, marketing, mobile, editorial, development and integration of acquisitions.

    In her current role at Pandora, she has been charged with growing the first international subsidiaries for Pandora – establishing a broad base of streaming radio listeners and implementing the commercial model and long term market approach. Pandora recently announced two million registered users in less than 18 months, more than fifty local auto and device integrations and a rapidly growing base of engaged and loyal users.

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    Carl has over 20 years experience working in Marketing. He...

    Carl Ratcliff, CEO - One Green Bean, Australia

    Carl Ratcliff

    Carl has over 20 years experience working in Marketing. He has worked on both client and ad agency side in the UK – as TV marketer and brand strategist, respectively. His early career was spent generating award winning campaigns for Sony PlayStation; his latter, helping all manner of brands – from Channel 5 to Waitrose – realise their true appeal and worth.

    In Australia, more recently, he has run advertising agencies in both Melbourne (BWM) and Sydney (Naked). And has helped the likes of Kmart & SBS reorient their brands’ creative output, during times of pressing, commercial need.

    Today, he’s the CEO of One Green Bean: Australia’s pre-eminent and most awarded PR & communications agency. An agency that understands the world has changed. Irrefutably. An agency that realises today, the consumer is the most important medium of all.

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    Andrew is the CEO of Publicis Worldwide in Australia and a...

    Andrew Baxter, CEO - Publicis Worldwide

    Andrew Baxter

    Andrew is the CEO of Publicis Worldwide in Australia and also sits on the Publicis Worldwide global management board.
     
    Prior to this, he held the role of CEO of Ogilvy Australia for three years, where he supervised the launch and development of businesses specializing in advertising, direct marketing, digital, activation, digital media, brand strategy, photography and video, design and ethnic communications. During his tenure, major award-winning and now globally famous campaigns “Share a Coke” and AAMI’s “Rhonda and Ketut” were launched. This followed four years as CEO of the Ogilvy Group in Melbourne, where he oversaw the highly successful merger between BADJAR and Ogilvy, major account wins such as Officeworks and MYER, and the opening of a number of companies within the Melbourne office including One20, Neo@Ogilvy and Ogilvy Action. Prior to that Andrew had been the Executive Director of Singleton Ogilvy & Mather Sydney. Andrew started his advertising career at Young & Rubicam Melbourne in 1993, rose to Head of Account Management at Young & Rubicam Sydney in 1998, became Advertising Associates’ Managing Director in 2002, before joining Singleton Ogilvy & Mather in 2004.
     
    He has worked with many of Australia’s largest companies and brands, including MYER, Wesfarmers, Medibank, BMW, Australia Post, AAMI, Toyota, KFC, Nestle, Kimberly Clark, Qantas, Nintendo & Westpac, as well as the NSW, Victorian, Queensland and Federal Governments. Andrew is a Director of a number of companies within Publicis Worldwide Australia, Chairs the Melbourne Aces as well as The Song Room, and sits on the Boards of the Communications Council and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

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    Megan is an entertainment and media industry specialist at...

    Megan Brownlow, Executive Director, PWC

    Megan Brownlow

    Megan is an entertainment and media industry specialist at PwC where she performs strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients.

    She has over 20 years experience in media ranging from producing television and radio programs to designing cross-media strategies – both content and advertising – for online and traditional media properties.

    Megan is the editor of PwC’s annual market-leading publication: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook which provides forecasts and commentary on eleven media segments covering advertising and consumer spending. In the current edition Megan wrote the internet section and produced the feature on privacy, piracy and data.

    The Outlook receives extensive media coverage and is utilized by government agencies, industry participants and the business community for strategic planning and forecasting. Megan provides private briefings to clients and industry on the health and future of Australia’s media.

    Megan is a board member of the Media Federation of Australia, the pre-eminent industry body for media agencies, representing more than eighty percent of the media buying industry in Australia.

    In 2013, Megan was named by industry journal AdNews as one of the top 20 most influential women in media and advertising in Australia.

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    Andy Pontin is CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney, responsible f...

    Andy Pontin, CEO, Clemenger BBDO Sydney

    Andy Pontin

    Andy Pontin is CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney, responsible for the Clemenger BBDO, Proximity and Porter Novelli businesses. Born and educated in the UK, Andy has over 20 years integrated marketing experience in London, Melbourne and Sydney. In Australia he has been Managing Director of Rapp Collins, M&C Saatchi and now heads up Clemenger BBDO Sydney. He has worked across leading brands including NAB, Optus, Commonwealth Bank, Vodafone, Mitsubishi, Virgin Australia, Foxtel, Qantas and Telstra. 

    He is an active member of the Advertising community, and has been on the Board of Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising for 7 years, most recently as Chairman. He won the coveted Direct Marketer of the Year Award in 2003, and was inducted into the ADMA Hall of Fame in 2012.

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    Cheryl Hayman is a Strategic Marketing Consultant, a Mento...

    Cheryl Hayman, Founder and Principal of Hayman Strategy

    Cheryl Hayman

    Cheryl Hayman is a Strategic Marketing Consultant, a Mentor and a Professional Company Director.
    She is founder and principal of Hayman Strategy, a consultancy which provides a broad range of branded business and marketing solutions to organisations.

    Cheryl has 20 years experience as a marketing professional with a deep knowledge and a firm track record in building brands. Prior to establishing her business, Cheryl's lengthy corporate career encompassed big brands in major multi-national organisations. Much of her experience has been with consumer brands in retail environments.

    In corporate life, Cheryl was Marketing Director for the Baking Division of George Weston Foods (Australia/NZ) overseeing the strategy, management, development and innovation of renowned brands such as Tip Top and Burgen.
    Previously Cheryl spent six years with Yum Restaurants International as Marketing Director, across KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Australia and NZ.

    Cheryl also worked at Unilever in Australia for nine years, which included 3 years at Elida Gibbs in London.
    Cheryl is on the board of a number of companies, including ASX listed entities, not for profit and publicly unlisted organisations. Cheryl works across business-to-business, consumer-facing and membership-based industries in sectors spanning health, sport, education, agri-business and training.

    Cheryl is passionate about growing brands in an ever more competitive environment, and has become an advocate for the relevant strategic use of social media for building a sustainable and compelling brand stories. Cheryl regularly runs webinars and writes blogs for the Australian Businesswomen’s Network.

    Cheryl specialises in mentoring for marketing, communications and board executives. She also participates in several industry committees, including the AFA Advertising Effectiveness committee, and acts as a Mentor Supervisor for the Women on Boards Next Generation Female Leaders programme.

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    Extensive FMCG experience (20yrs!) working across food, be...

    Kiril Simonovski, Director, Marketing & Retail Sales - Fonterra

    Kiril Simonovski

    Extensive FMCG experience (20yrs!) working across food, beverage and durables, international exposure, sales and marketing focus across organisations such as Parmalat, Lion Dairy & Drinks, Kraft, Fosters/CUB, Heinz and Fonterra. Prior to joining Fonterra Australia in Nov 2013, I spent 3 years at Heinz as a member of the Australian Executive Leadership Team as General Manager of the Heinz Business Unit (full P&L responsibility) as well as heading up the Brands Marketing function for Australia where my primary focus was to help accelerate the commercial turnaround of the business. I am currently the Sales & Marketing Director for Fonterra’s Australian Retail business leading a team of 100+ people reporting directly to the Managing Director Oceania.

    Personal Values: Family, integrity, accountability, vision, adaptability, passion, decisive and continuous improvement.Leadership Approach: Authentic, constructive, accountable, open and approachable, value people, achievement focussed, strategic, over communicate, decisive and agile, collaborative.

    I am passionate about making a sustainable commercial difference through a constructive, outcome focussed approach to enable achievement with and through others always striving to do the right thing for the long term.

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    Stephanie’s 15 years of strategy, commercial and marketing...

    Stephanie Tully, Executive Manager - Group Brand and Marketing/CMO, Qantas

    Stephanie Tully

    Stephanie’s 15 years of strategy, commercial and marketing experience from the aviation, retail and professional services industries helps her to lead the highly talented Qantas Group Marketing team. The scope of the Group Marketing function includes Brand and Planning, Advertising, Sponsorships and Events, Community, and Loyalty and Data Marketing portfolios for Qantas Airlines and Qantas Loyalty.

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    Andy Lark is a globally awarded marketer and leader in soc...

    Andy Lark, CMO - Xero

    Andy Lark

    Andy Lark is a globally awarded marketer and leader in social and digital technologies.  Today Andy is the Chief Marketing Officer of Xero – named the world’s most innovative growth company by Forbes.

    For the past two decades, Andy Lark has worked alongside CEOs and their leadership teams to drive growth and change with the aim of attaining digital and brand greatness for their institutions. These include Air New Zealand, Brocade, Commonwealth Bank, Coles, Dell, Emirates Team New Zealand, IBM, Simplot, Southwest Airlines, Sun, The New Zealand Government, Visa, and Xero. He has built some of the world’s most successful ecommerce sites; online communities and applications for smartphones.

    He has held CMO roles with The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dell Computer, Sun Microsystems and Nortel Networks.  He chairs Group Lark – a global consultancy driving brand and digital transformations for the world’s leading countries and enterprises.

    He is a non - executive director of Mighty River Power, Simple HQ, SLI Systems, Fronde and Number 8 Ventures – New Zealand’s leading technology venture capital firm. He and invests in and advises numerous start - ups including Simple, Moven, Rare Birds and Flamingo. He is an advisor to both Marketshare and Marketo – US - based leaders in marketing automation technologies.

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    David is a marketing veteran with over 25 years’ experienc...

    David Scribner, CEO and Board Chair

    David Scribner

    David is a marketing veteran with over 25 years’ experience working on some of Australia's leading brands. After cutting his marketing teeth at Nestle, David became Telstra’s head of Mobile Marketing & Operations. David has also led marketing departments at AGL and Stockland He recently moved into the role of CEO of True Local and CEO Skip, after serving 4 years as CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia

    David has a degree in Commerce (Marketing) from UNSW and in his career has worked in Australia, Switzerland and the USA. He is a previous member of Virgin’s Global Brand Council and a previous board member of the AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers). He has just recently been appointed to the Chair of the Advertising Standards Bureau Board. He is happily married and is the proud father of two teenage boys.

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    Martin O’Halloran is Chairman of Omnicom’s DDB Australia a...

    Martin O’Halloran, Chairman – Australia & New Zealand - Chairman of Omnicom’s DDB Australia and New Zealand

    Martin O’Halloran

    Martin O’Halloran is Chairman of Omnicom’s DDB Australia and New Zealand.  A 29 year DDB veteran Marty is also Chairman of Interbrand Australia’s leading brand consultancy and is a board member of the Omnicom Media Group.

    Marty is a creative thinker and strategic marketer and under his leadership DDB has held multiple Agency of the Year awards across the Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland offices.  Over the past five years DDB has been the fastest growing international network in the Australia/New Zealand region.

    Marty has represented Australia internationally as a member of the Australia Rowing team and is married to Deborah and kept busy with three teenage children.

    Agencies in the DDB Group include DDB, Rapp Worldwide, DDB Remedy, Mango Communications, Interbrand, Dynamo Communications, OMD, PhD and Total Media.

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    Lewis is an experienced marketing/customer led senior exec...

    Lewis Pullen, Marketing Director - IAG Satellite

    Lewis Pullen

    Lewis is an experienced marketing/customer led senior executive, with expertise across digital, CRM, content, marketing, brand, sponsorship and sales in the airline, media services, telecommunications, sport and financial services industries.

    Before IAG, Lewis headed up marketing for the NRL and Qantas. He started his career with British Airways in loyalty and brand management, moving to head up marketing for Air New Zealand International. He has also worked start up sector.

    Originally from the UK, he has extensive international market understanding, having worked and lived in the Europe, US, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

    Lewis is passionate about iconic brand and customer/digital first companies, joining the IAG in June 2016 and working with the Executive team to set up a new disrupt challenger business division called ‘Satellite’.

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    Lucinda leads Google's marketing efforts to bring Google p...

    Lucinda Barlow, Head of Marketing Australia & New Zealand, Google

    Lucinda Barlow

    Lucinda leads Google's marketing efforts to bring Google products to help Australian and New Zealanders and help more businesses grow online. She brings 15 years experience working in Internet and mobile in Asia, the US and UK.

    Before joining Google, Lucinda was VP Marketing for Symbian where she led a global team promoting smartphone technology. She has worked in two Internet start-ups and at BHP as a mission critical systems engineer. Lucinda holds Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and an MBA from INSEAD.

    She is a board member of ADMA and Australian IAB Digital Marketer of the Year. Lucinda lives by the beach with her husband and three children.

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    Mark Reinke was appointed to the role of Chief Customer Ex...

    Mark Reinke, Chief Customer Experience Officer - Suncorp Group

    Mark Reinke

    Mark Reinke was appointed to the role of Chief Customer Experience Officer in March 2016.

    Mark has over 25 years’ experience in senior customer, digital, marketing, product, distribution and strategy roles across financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and packaging industries.

    Mark joined Suncorp in 2004, became General Manager Group Marketing in 2005, was appointed Executive General Manager in 2008 and Group Executive Marketing in December 2013. He led the integration of Suncorp and Promina customer and marketing functions, creating a single view of the customer across Suncorp Group, and has overseen significant improvements to better leverage the Group’s brand and customer assets.

    Prior to joining Suncorp, Mark held senior Marketing roles with Telstra focused on customer segments, and bundling across fixed, mobile, internet and Pay TV services. Mark also spent 14 years with the BHP Group, including responsibility for development of new markets in the US and Mexico a range of senior roles responsible for profit and loss accountability in key Australian markets.

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    Michael is the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, having ...

    Michael Rebelo, Chairman & CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Australia

    Michael Rebelo

    Michael is the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, having returned from the UK where he was the Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London, the first Australian to ever run the iconic London agency.

    Prior to London, Michael served as the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore at the age of 31, and was General Manager of the agency’s Wellington and Sydney offices.

    In 2004 Michael was one of the inaugural winners of the AFR BOSS Magazine’s Young Australian Executive of the Year and is now a mentor and judge of the BOSS Emerging Leaders program.

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    Kim Portrate is a highly effective, commercially minded, s...

    Kim Portrate, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) - Helloworld Limited (HLO)

    Kim Portrate

    Kim Portrate is a highly effective, commercially minded, strategic professional with 15+ years’ in B2B, B2B2C and government sectors, in Australia and overseas, with experience across a diverse range of industries including FMCG, telecommunications, financial services, professional services and travel.

    With over 25 years' experience in marketing and brand management, most recently as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Helloworld Limited (HLO), Kim leveraged her extensive strategic planning background, stakeholder management and consumer marketing experience to direct and manage HLO's marketing presence. In the 2 and a half years since its launch in December 2013 the helloworld brand experienced significant growth in awareness, sales and new customers.

    Immediately prior to joining HLO, Kim spent five years as General Manager, Consumer Marketing at Tourism Australia. In this role, Kim led the consumer marketing team in global strategy, program development and the implementation of all marketing activities across 25 diverse markets. In particular, Kim was responsible for a range of innovative programs and campaigns that leveraged relationships with key partners, while also leading the development and delivery of all digital assets.

    Prior to joining Tourism Australia, Kim worked for other media agencies in Australia and in the US. Kim was Director of Insight and Innovation at Carat Media Services Australia, with responsibility for the development, delivery, pricing and quality of communication products and services delivered to local, regional and global clients.

    Kim also held the position of Senior Vice President Group Planning Direct at BBDO Worldwide and Senior Vice President of Planning at D’Arcy Worldwide Inc.

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    Stuart has been with the Commonwealth Bank since December ...

    Stuart Tucker, Brand, Sponsorship, and Marketing Services - Commonwealth Bank

    Stuart Tucker

    Stuart has been with the Commonwealth Bank since December 2013. Currently he leads a team responsible for a number of Group marketing functions including: brand strategy; sponsorship; media buying; social media, operations and events. In this time he has overseen the introduction of internal marketing capability including programmatic and paid search to leverage commonwealth Bank’s data assets. His team is also accountable for executing the Commonwealth Bank’s cricket sponsorship – the largest partnership of its type across the organisation.

    Immediately prior to Commonwealth Bank, Stuart held a marketing and product leadership role with Aussie Home Loans for a number of years and was responsible for driving strong customer outcomes.  Before Aussie Home Loans, Stuart held senior marketing roles with Optus and KFC. With over 25 years marketing experience, Stuart considers himself lucky to have worked on some of Australia’s leading brands across a range of industries.

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    Josh Reid Jones is the founder of the JBNProject which aim...

    Josh Reid Jones, Founder - The JBNProject

    Josh Reid Jones

    Josh Reid Jones is the founder of the JBNProject which aims to move people to an equality of opportunity through three core streams: housing, employment and mental health. Having worked across the charitable and business sectors, Josh has recognised that the challenges faced by the charitable sector are systemic, and any solution that operates within the same system will be plagued by the same problems. Sustainability and financial security are as important to charities as they are to businesses, if not more so, irrespective of the "not for profit" tagline.

    Charities are predominantly funded by a mix of Government and philanthropic funding; both of which are fundamentally unreliable. When sentiment or priorities change, so does funding; and yet the one thing we know for certain is that deep seated disadvantage takes time to turn around - time that charities are often not given by the vagaries of funding.

    Whilst many have turned to social enterprise as a means of circumventing the reliance on external dollars, the reality is that social enterprise can only ever be a small part of the solution. Long term results and generational change need long term sustainable investment, collaboration and outcome driven action. The JBNProject has been designed to amplify good will by utilising the skills, infrastructure, even geographical location of existing businesses for maximum scale and impact.  By bringing together existing businesses with the most effective, transparent and efficient charitable organisations, the JBNProject drives complete outcomes across housing, employment and mental health, by creating a collaborative environment to deliver lasting change.

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    John is Kellogg’s Marketing Director for ANZ and brings ov...

    John Broome, CMO, Kellogg Australia

    John Broome

    John is Kellogg’s Marketing Director for ANZ and brings over 25 years of brand marketing experience in several packaged goods categories including food, confectionery, cleaning and personal care, having worked with a number of global FMCG companies including Reckitt Benckiser and Nestle. 

    John started his marketing career in the UK with Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser before emigrating to Australia in 1995. Shortly after the 2000 Olympics he moved to Reckitt’s Canadian business as VP Marketing and then in 2003 to the USA to become Global Category Director on RB’s cleaners category working on brands such as Lysol, Dettol and Easy Off Bam. Returning to Australia in late 2006 John switched industries to food and became Marketing Director on in Nestle’s confectionery & snacks business working on market leaders such as Kit Kat, Allens lollies and Uncle Toby’s. He joined Kelloggs in July 2012.

    John is a strong believer in the trifecta of strong brands, meaningful innovation and great people to drive business growth.

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    Clive Stiff was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Off...

    Clive Stiff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Unilever Australia and New Zealand

    Clive Stiff

    Clive Stiff was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Unilever Australia and New Zealand in April 2012. Starting his career in fast moving consumer goods in 1986 with Procter & Gamble in Geneva, he held various positions in Marketing, Sales and Strategic Planning in country, regional and global roles, with assignments in Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Belgium and France. Clive was first appointed Managing Director in 1999, to lead the development and commercialisation of a newly acquired technology. He went on to run the household care category for Western Europe and the Global dish-care category. Before leaving Procter & Gamble in 2008, Clive was Chief Executive of the French business, based in Paris.

     Prior to joining Unilever Clive was the Managing Director of Goodman Fielder’s Baking Division, in Sydney, a A$1bn business with 32 manufacturing plants, 3250 employees and 750 dedicated driver contractors. Goodman Fielder was the largest locally listed food company in Australia and New Zealand.

     Clive is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Non Executive Director of T2, Foodbank NSW, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and The Australasian Trading Partner Forum. He sits on the Advisory Boards of the University of New South Wales Business School and of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science of the University of South Australia. His prior board roles include ILEC (French consumer goods industry federation), Eco-Emballages and the Fondation du Littoral.

     Clive has an MSc in Management from the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Lausanne.

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    Lee hails from the UK & began her career in advertising at...

    Lee Leggett CEO - Initiative Australia

    Lee Leggett

    Lee hails from the UK & began her career in advertising at Digitas (then Modem Media) before rising up the ranks at Tribal DDB and then at Grand Union where she was Managing Director. In 2006 she joined Dare as the agency’s first Managing Director & in 2010 was appointed CEO. During her tenure the agency was awarded Digital Agency of the Decade by Campaign magazine, recognised by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies and was awarded Effectiveness Agency of the Year by the UK’s peak body, the Institute for Practitioners in Advertising. Lee has vast agency management experience and has led top class client portfolios including Sainsburys, Sony, Coca-Cola, Vodafone and Diageo. Lee joined Initiative in early 2014 and is responsible for Initiative nationally which includes offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

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    Mark Ritson is the PPA Columnist of The Year for business ...

    Mark Ritson, Marketing Professor and Columnist for Marketing Week

    Mark Ritson

    Mark Ritson is the PPA Columnist of The Year for business media in 2013. He has a PhD in marketing and has been a faculty member at some of the world's leading business schools.

    Ritson has taught brand management at London Business School, MIT Sloan, the University of Minnesota and Melbourne Business School - where he is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing. He is an acclaimed MBA instructor having won the teaching prize at all three of his last schools: LBS (2002), MBS (2008, 2009), and as a visiting professor at MIT (2009).

    Ritson has worked extensively as a consultant for some of the largest brands in the world. His former clients include McKinsey, Adidas, PepsiCo, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, De Beers, Ericsson, Sephora, and WD40. For eight years, he has also served as advisor and in-house professor for LVMH - the world's largest luxury group - working with senior executives from brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Dior and Hennessy. In a national survey in the UK, Mark Ritson was voted one of the country's most admired marketers.

    As a writer, Ritson has now won PPA Columnist of the Year for business magazines, both in 2009 and 2013.

    His more scholarly publications include academic research published in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Consumer Research. His research on pricing was cited by Professor George Akerlof during his acceptance speech for Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001. Ritson was also the first British based PhD student to win the Ferber Award, one of the most prestigious academic prizes in Marketing, for his PhD dissertation on the social uses of advertising in 1999.

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    Kim Clarke is a marketing and technology executive with al...

    Kim Clarke, Chief Customer Officer - EnergyAustralia

    Kim Clarke

    Kim Clarke is a marketing and technology executive with almost 25 years’ experience in the information communications technology industry, including more than 15 years as a senior executive.

    Starting her career as an electrical engineer, Kim went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Women’s Studies and then an MBA. She became an executive in her early 30s, working across complex multinationals to small and agile start-up businesses.

    In 2012 Kim was brought to Vodafone Hutchinson Australia as Chief Marketing Officer to lead an “inside out” transformation of the brand and the company’s relationship with customers. In 2014 Vodafone recorded its best customer satisfaction score in four years and won the ACOMM Award for innovation by large business.

    In June 2015 Kim joined EnergyAustralia as Chief Customer Officer, responsible for the company’s sales and marketing functions. She is a member of the executive team, reporting directly to Managing Director Catherine Tanna.

    Kim is attracted to roles that involve growing or transforming businesses. She regards herself as “a builder” and prides herself on drawing together innovative and high-performing teams which get the job done, for customers and the business.

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    John has more than 20 years of global marketing experien...

    John Moore, Director Marketing, Bupa Australia and New Zealand

    John Moore

    John has more than 20 years of global marketing experience across markets including Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Throughout his career, John has held a range of senior marketing leadership positions with Australia Post, Vodafone, Canadian-based finance institutions CIBC and Scotiabank, AAMI and National Australia Bank.

    John holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania.

     

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    Kamal Sarma is one of the world’s leading experts on resil...

    Kamal Sarma, Rezilium Director and Chair Conversations ThinkTank at R U OK?

    Kamal Sarma

    Kamal Sarma is one of the world’s leading experts on resilience and human connection, with a particular focus on creating resilient leaders, so they can go on to create resilient organizations. Kamal is the CEO of Rezilium, a strategic leadership development firm, specializing in the wealth management industry.

    Kamal Sarma has had a unique background, training as a monk for six years in India, as well as pursuing a corporate career. Kamal has held senior executive positions in organizations, including McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly and AMP Capital Investors. Kamal has also been the co-founder of two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors.

    Kamal, in his role as director of Rezilium, has conducted leadership programs for a number of top-tier organizations, such as Google, Facebook, T Rowe Price, Bank of New York Mellon, Reserve Bank of Australia, PwC, Ernst and Young, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank and ING Global.

    Kamal is the author of the international bestseller, Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity – How to Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the Peace of a Monk. He speaks globally on resilience and leadership. Kamal’s book, The Leadership Leap: (UN) Learning How to Lead, was featured on Google Talks.

    In addition to his corporate work, Kamal is a co-founder of the Institute for Mental Resilience, an organization that, amongst other activities, supports rescuing young children from sex slavery in India, Nepal and Cambodia. He was recognized for his peace work between the Chinese and Tibetans in 2008.

    He is currently the Chairman of RUOK’s Think Tank and is about to release his new book, The Art of WinWin Conversations.

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    David Thodey became Chief Executive Officer and Executive ...

    David Thodey, Former CEO, Telstra

    David Thodey

    David Thodey became Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director in May 2009.

    David joined Telstra in April 2001 as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and in December 2002 was appointed as Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government. In this role, David was responsible for the company's corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally. Before joining Telstra, Mr Thodey was Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand and previously held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales with IBM across Asia Pacific. Mr Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University in New Zealand and attended the Kellogg Post-Graduate School General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.

    In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body made up of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. He is also co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the Australian B20 leadership group – the business advisory forum of the G20.

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    James Ajaka is Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Bakery ...

    James Ajaka, CEO - Pinnacle Bakery & Integrated Ingredients

    James Ajaka

    James Ajaka is Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Bakery and Integrated Ingredients – Australia’s best sweet bakery and manufacturing business.

    Pinnacle currently employs over 600 people, producing and distributing over 2000 products both in Australia and abroad. Pinnacle are the largest manufacturer of mud cake in Australia. Pinnacle also produce the caramels that go into a range of iconic Australian biscuits and ice creams. James is excited about working with a talented team of people and bringing some great consumer-focused innovations including better for you options to the category.   

    James has a Bachelor of Business with a double major in marketing and international business from the Australian Catholic University and also completed an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2009.

    James was most recently Chief nudie. In the 12 years he was with the company nudie went from blending fruit in a kitchen for family and friends to being the number 1 chilled juice brand in Australia across the grocery segment. In the six years that James was Chief nudie, nudie’s market share went from circa 2.5% to 30%.

    James is passionate about great leadership and believes in good people, clever thinking, empowerment and putting in the hard yards.

    James is married to Cathy and is the proud father of Eliza, Brooke & Rose.

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    Anthony founded Host in 2000, creating an agency designed ...

    Anthony Freedman, Group CEO, Host and One Green Bean

    Anthony Freedman

    Anthony founded Host in 2000, creating an agency designed for the new world, not adapted from the old. Ripping up restrictive and outdated agency structures, Host reinvented the agency model and the way that campaigns were developed.

    By 2008 Host was the largest independent agency in Australia and remained so until July 2011 when a partnership with Havas Worldwide was announced.

    Today Host has offices in Sydney and Singapore and clients including global brands like Coca-Cola, Lego and Sony Playstation and progressive local companies such as Bankwest and Air New Zealand.

    In 2007 he co-founded PR and social agency One Green Bean, which quickly became the most celebrated agency of its type in Australia, with clients including Commonwealth Bank, Toyota, Woolworths, Westfield, Virgin Mobile, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Mondelez and McCain Foods. One Green Bean was awarded PR agency of the year by both B&T and AdNews in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    Anthony was the inaugural Chairman of peak industry body, The Communications Council from 2010 to 2013, leading a board of twelve industry leaders from agencies across Australia.

    In 2010 his business various business endeavours were recognized in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

    Anthony began his career in advertising in London in 1990 before moving to Sydney in 1995, where he joined youth and fashion specialist, Spin Communications.

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    A Marine Biologist who landed in media over two decades ag...

    John Preston, Founder & CEO - Match Media

    John Preston

    A Marine Biologist who landed in media over two decades ago, has as emerged as one of Australia’s top media experts. More recently John was awarded Agency Head of the Year by Campaign Asia for Australia/New Zealand.

    Prior to Match, John had the unique opportunity of being a founding partner and subsequently Managing Director of Whybin TBWA Sydney. Most of his career has been as the media guy in creative environments such as BBH London, The Campaign Palace Melbourne and Mojo Sydney; where he was the National Media Director and responsible for launching Optimedia.

    John established Match in 2003. He is incredibly proud of the achievements the business has made as an independent. John is equally excited about the contribution Match can make to the Blue 449 network and the emergence of a brand new global media network.

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    John Steedman has been in the advertising business for ove...

    John Steedman, Chairman - WPP AUNZ Media Services

    John Steedman

    John Steedman has been in the advertising business for over 40 years having joined McCann Erickson in 1971 as a dispatch boy and later he joined the media department. In 1973 he transferred to Adelaide as Media Manager. McCann's in Adelaide was a small operation of 23 people but it was good business grounding for John as he also had account service responsibilities on the Coca-Cola business.

    In 1976, John joined JWT as Media Group Head on the Kellogg’s business and was promoted to Media Manager.  In 1981 he took 6 months sabbatical and toured the USA and Europe. Mid 1981, he re-joined JWT as Media Director of their Melbourne operation.  In 1989, he was appointed National Media Director and relocated to Sydney.

    In 1994, he was appointed JWT's Regional Media Director. In late 1997, he was appointed the CEO of MindShare Asia Pacific and relocated to Hong Kong. John went on to be instrumental in setting-up 17 MindShare offices in 12 markets around the Asia Pacific region.

    In 2005 John was promoted to Chairman/CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific, the largest media investment management group in Asia Pacific. After a 6 month sabbatical in 2008, John took the role of Chairman /CEO of GroupM Australia, based in Sydney and has led the resurgence of the group business over the last 8 years. On January 1st 2016 he stood down from that role.

    In a recent AdNews, Steedman was named the second most powerful person in media and at the 2013 MFA (Media Federation of Australia) Awards Steady was inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

    In April 2016 John returned to the WPP group as Board Director of WPP AUNZ and took on the new executive role of Chairman, WPP AUNZ Media Services.

    John, known as Steady by everyone, has two children Dylan and Jess.

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    Damian is currently Group Director Marketing of News, prev...

    Damian Eales, Managing Director Metro & Regional Publishing, News Corp Australia

    Damian Eales

    Damian is currently Group Director Marketing of News, previously joining in 2013 as Strategic Partnership Director, and has developed Sports Central to integrate News's mastheads with sports programming provider Fox Sports.

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    Ashton Bishop is Australia’s Predatory Marketer—an expert ...

    Ashton Bishop, CEO - Step Change

    Ashton Bishop

    Ashton Bishop is Australia’s Predatory Marketer—an expert in pinpointing how brands can grow by outsmarting their competitors.

    However, his path was a somewhat unusual one. After graduating with a commerce/law degree he turned his hand to street performing, TV presenting, stand-up comedy, film directing and even literally ran away with the circus.

    Fortunately Ashton eventually found his niche in marketing, where he has spent the last 14 years working internationally on some of the world’s biggest brands. He’s a business owner, serial entrepreneur, challenging, sometimes even controversial, but always focused on what gets results.

    He’s run million dollar campaigns for billion dollar brands, created Australia's first mobile app, won film awards, guest lectured at leading universities and has won Speaker of the Year for Australia’s number one CEO network on multiple occasions.

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    Amongst a number of appointments during his 35 years as a ...

    Major General Arthur Denaro

    Major General Arthur Denaro

    Amongst a number of appointments during his 35 years as a soldier, Major General Denaro commanded his Regiment in the first Gulf War, was Chief of Staff of some 44,000 multinational troops during the Balkans conflict, and then became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 3 years.  For his last 6 years he was also the Middle East adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence.

    Born in 1948 and raised in County Donegal, he was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1968 into the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars; he also spent time with UK Special Forces.

    Other appointments included commanding an armoured brigade in the transition period following the end of the Cold War, being Chief of Staff British Forces Cyprus, and running the Artillery, Air and Special Forces assets within the Ace Rapid Reaction Corps in Germany.  His final job was General Officer Commanding the West of the UK until his retirement in February 2003.

    He has recently finished 5 year honorary appointments as Colonel The Queen’s Royal Hussars, The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and The Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

    Denaro became an OBE as a result of the Gulf War in 1991 and a CBE after his time in the Former Yugoslavia.

    Since retiring from the army in 2003, he has been an adviser to the Crown Prince of Bahrain, a council member of the Princes’ Trust and an Extra Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales.  He is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Herefordshire.

    Major General Denaro is married to Maggi and they have 5 children; their eldest daughter retired from the army in 2005 having done one tour in Iraq, and their youngest son served in Iraq in 2009 with the Queens Royal Hussars.  The other two daughters are married to officers currently serving in Afghanistan.

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    Thérèse joined Nestlé Australia to head up Marketing and C...

    Thérèse Kallie, Communication & Marketing Excellence Director - Nestlé Australia

    Therese Kallie

    Thérèse joined Nestlé Australia to head up Marketing and Consumer Communication.  In a world where Engagement and Receptivity are key to building sustainable Brand relationships with consumers -  Thérèse brings a passion for Consumer and is proud to have led development of some outstanding Creative Ideas which continue to build Brand equity over time.

    Thérèse joined Nestle South Africa in 2005 from the Advertising Industry where she spent 10years with some of the worlds leading Creative Brand Building Agencies culminating in the position of VP Global Planning Director at Leo Burnett Chicago.

    Prior to entering the Advertising industry in 1994, Thérèse who has a Post Graduate diploma in Marketing had spent 10 years in classical Marketing where she learned the necessary rigor of commercial delivery, product development and the hard core retail aspects of the FMCG & Healthcare industry.

    Thérèse is a mother of 3 – a grandmother of 2 and a pet lover. Her family keeps her up to date and interested in understanding trends in music, fashion and technology. Her love of foreign travel allows her to indulge her curious nature – interacting and experiencing people, environments and food from different cultures.  

    Imagination, Curiosity and the ability to take action are some of the attributes Therese believes will separate the good from the great Marketers of the future.

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    For more than 20 years Bram has developed communication st...

    Bram Williams, Partner, Archibald/Williams

    Bram Williams

    For more than 20 years Bram has developed communication strategy for all kinds of brands in all kinds of media. He began in radio with national broadcaster Triple J, switching to advertising in 1993. After Planning Director stints at McCann-Erickson and Euro RSCG (creating campaigns for Bacardi, Levi’s, Coca-Cola, General Motors and Volvo) he was Head of Strategy at Saatchi & Saatchi Australia (Toyota, Tooheys and Sony).

    In 2009 Bram was founding Strategic Partner of archibald ingall stretton (ais) in New York. After creating campaigns for The Economist, AXA Equitable and PUIG at ais, he returned to Australia and with Stuart Archibald founded Archibald/Williams in 2012. 

    Today A/W has amongst its clients News Corp, Citibank and Nando’s.
    Bram has lectured in planning for the AFA; authors a monthly AdNews column and has been a returning panellist on ABC TV’s The Gruen Transfer.

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    Andrea Martens is currently Chief Brand Officer at leading...

    Andrea Martens, Chief Brand Officer - Jurlique

    Andrea Martens

    Andrea Martens is currently Chief Brand Officer at leading prestige skincare brand Jurlique. As part of the global leadership team she is responsible for all brand touch points throughout the organisation whilst leading global innovation, marketing and digital teams.

    Prior to her role at Jurlique, Andrea was Vice President Marketing / Managing Director Home and Personal Care at Unilever Australasia. In that role she had overall marketing and operational responsibility for Unilever’s Home & Personal Care business unit, which includes world leading brands Dove, Rexona and Omo. She has also held marketing roles at Glaxo SmithKline and FH Faulding

    Throughout her career, Andrea has successfully led both turnaround and acceleration strategies on multiple brands. She has been responsible for a $600 million revenue business, leading high profile brands and portfolios and delivering excellent results through an effective mix of strategy, innovation and creative thinking.

    Andrea has a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia. She is a mum of two young children and is passionate about coaching and mentoring other working mothers as they return to work and continue to build their careers.

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    Brent Smart is the first ever Chief Marketing Officer of I...

    Brent Smart, CMO - IAG

    Brent Smart

    Brent Smart is the first ever Chief Marketing Officer of IAG, Australia’s largest insurance company with leading brands including NRMA, CGU and SGIO. Brent leads group-wide marketing efforts, responsible for brand strategy, marketing operations and marketing innovation.

    Previously Brent spent 20 years in the advertising business. He was CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York working on iconic American brands like Cheerios, Tide and Walmart. He spent 7 years with BBDO, running their San Francisco office and the creatively revered Colenso BBDO in New Zealand. Brent has led a body of highly awarded creative work, recognized with over 25 Cannes Lions and over 40 Effies.

    Brent has returned home to Australia from New York City with his wife and three young boys who have American accents and can’t kick a Sherrin. 

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    John Chatterton is the Chief Marketing Officer at Macquari...

    John Chatterton, Chief Marketing Officer - Macquarie University

    John Chatterton

    John Chatterton is the Chief Marketing Officer at Macquarie University, one of Australia's leading global universities dedicated to developing pioneering approaches to delivering transformative learning and research with a world-changing impact.

    It's an interesting change in direction for a marketer who spent the first 20 years of his career with blue chip food companies in the UK and Australia, (Cadbury's, Nestle, FritoLay, Arnott's, Heinz, to name a few). A brave choice by an organisation in the higher education sector that is famous for it's conservative choices. But transformation requires new people, with new ideas to shake things up and develop a better way.

    A change-agent, John has transformed product categories, brands and now a University with his simple structured approach and collaborative style, simplifying the complex to create order out of chaos to reveal new growth opportunities.

    When he's relaxing he likes to be on his bike, snowboarding or relaxing with a beer.

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    Vittoria Shortt is the Group Executive, Marketing and Stra...

    Vittoria Shortt, CMO, Commonwealth Bank

    Vittoria Shortt

    Vittoria Shortt is the Group Executive, Marketing and Strategy for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, cross-business strategic initiatives and Marketing.  In addition, Vittoria is a Director of ASB Bank Limited in New Zealand.

    Prior to her appointment as Group Executive in March 2015, Vittoria was the Commonwealth Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer, a position she held since May 2013.

    Vittoria joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2002 and has held a number of roles in the retail banking businesses of both CBA and Bankwest, including customer-facing, operations and strategy leadership roles.

    Prior to CBA, Vittoria worked in Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions with Deloitte and Carter Holt Harvey in New Zealand.

    Vittoria holds a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Accounting and Finance from Waikato University in New Zealand. She is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, New Zealand.
    Vittoria is married with two young children.

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    Troy Douglas is one half of ‘The Aussie Boys,’ the unique ...

    Troy Douglas, Co-Founder & CEO - Global - Nexba Beverages

    Troy Douglas

    Troy Douglas is one half of ‘The Aussie Boys,’ the unique dynamic duo who founded Nexba to transform lives by being the Naturally Brave brand delivering Naturally Sugar Free product innovation.Troy oversees the global expansion strategy, infusing his passion for innovation and hard work ethos to see Nexba take their Naturally Sugar Free movement beyond Australia.Troy was recently listed as one of the 2017 Forbes Asia 30 under 30 influencers and alongside Drew Bilbe, the Aussie Boys are Telstra Alumni with Nexba having been awarded the Micro Australian Business of 2015. Troy and Drew have also moved up the ranks, being named #9 on the Smart Company 30 under 30 entrepreneurs list.

    Experience

    Troy’s experience as a Marketing Executive and Paralegal has put him in good sted to start Nexba. While completing his Bachelor of Communications & Bachelor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney, Troy realised his passion for strategic brand management and goals beyond the classroom. Through a close mentoring relationship with business leader and Taurus Marketing CEO Sharon Williams, and Allen and Overy partner David Wilkie, Troy was inspired to start his own company and shake up the high-sugar beverages market in Australia.

    Vision

    Troy is personally driven is to be innovative and find opportunities to turn creativity into strategic business results. Like Drew, he hopes to continue to grow Nexba into an iconic Australian brand and one that encourages consumers to make healthy, natural decisions that supports living bravely.

    Social Impact

    Besides being passionate about the Naturally Sugar Free movement becoming a vehicle to reduce the incidence rates of Obesity and Diabetes, the Aussie Boys are strong advocates in driving social impact.

    Troy participated in the inaugural ‘Ride To Conquer Cancer’ Brisbane in 2011, and later signed on as an Honorary Committee Member and team captain of Havago Vision Crusaders, which raised over $21,000 towards the record-breaking $5.6 million raised for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Cancer Foundation.

    Troy rides for ‘The Douglas Clan’- both his father and sister are cancer survivors and his grandmother and late uncle were affected by the disease.

    With a mentor Klaus Bartosch, the Vision Crusaders have now raised over $1.2m towards important cancer research.

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    Fiona is the Chief Marketing & Digital Officer at Simplot ...

    Fiona Allen, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer - Simplot Australia

    Fiona Allen

    Fiona is the Chief Marketing & Digital Officer at Simplot Australia. A food manufacturer for iconic brands such as John West, Edgell, Leggos, and Birds Eye.

    Fiona has over 20 years’ experience working in Marketing, Product, Sales and Digital teams. She has worked across financial services, professional services, healthcare & food manufacturing. She has worked on brands such as GE Capital, Medibank & Simplot.

    Fiona is passionate about digital innovation and transformation. She believes we are in a “technological gold rush” but many organisations are failing to notice. The companies who don’t reinvent and reimagine themselves will soon become irrelevant.

    She is passionate about helping companies transform. She believes change needs to start with a shift in mindset. Companies can no longer rely on traditional, big corporate thinking. They need to embrace an entrepreneurial & experimental way of working.

    Start-up methodologies such as Human Centred Design, Lean Canvas, and Agile are fundamental. She believes these are key to changing traditional ways of working and thinking.

    Fiona is active in the start-up community. She has launched a start-up program within Simplot to increase innovation. She mentors starts up in the Melbourne University Start Up program. And she has also worked on start-ups in the healthcare & food industries.

    Fiona is a Certified Practising Marketer and has a Masters of Business Administration and a Diploma of Marketing from Swinburne University.

    She is a business mentor for the Melbourne Accelerator Start Up Program and The Marketing Academy.

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    Made in Scotland a long time ago, David has spent his en...

    David Morgan

    David Morgan

    Made in Scotland a long time ago, David has spent his entire career seeking professional roles that allow him to live in far more preferable climates, in cities which have included; Istanbul, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Princeton, New York, Singapore, and Sydney again.

    David is a seasoned marketing guy with senior leadership roles in local country, regionally, and globally, mainly for large multi-national companies leading in the categories they operate.

    His roles have included marketing leadership across Asia Pacific for Procter & Gamble, and Citibank, global marketing leadership for Samsung, and Standard Chartered Bank, and in Australia he was the Happy Banking CMO for Bankwest helping to take the business from 15th to 5th largest bank in Australia, and #1 in customer satisfaction for the large institutions.   David’s last corporate role was Executive Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, for Nestlé Oceania, the largest grocery supplier in these markets, and the world's leading Nutrition Health and Wellness company.   David has owned MORGAN, an international marketing consulting group covering; Training, Consulting, Metrics, Creating, and Expertise, for over 15 years.

    MORGAN supports high quality, high performing marketing organisations who want to put the consumer at the heart of their business, and is proud to have supported companies including; Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Pfizer, Levi's, Samsung, Campbell's, Arnotts, Mars, Canon, MacQuarie University, Seven West Media, Tabcorp, Westpac, Sanitarium, Tourism Australia, amongst many others.

    MORGAN is dedicated to “improving the capability of next generation marketers”, and this company is now David’s primary professional focus.

    David has also served on management Boards for: - Australian Association of National Advertisers - Simplot - Fonterra - Pacific Equity Partners

    and has presented in academic institutions, for global industry conferences, by corporate invitation, and is a regular invitee to judge on local and global industry awards. 

    In his spare time, David is wholly at the demand of his two daughters; a 9 year old American one and a 6 year old Australian one, and he regularly pops over to Hollywood to audition for the role of James Bond - but hasn't been successful yet.

     

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    Ian McClelland is Managing Director of Guardian Australia ...

    Ian McClelland, Managing Director, Guardian Australia - Guardian News & Media

    Ian McClelland

    Ian McClelland is Managing Director of Guardian Australia and is responsible for all commercial and operational aspects of the Guardian’s Australian business. Ian’s previous position was advising Fremantle Media Australia’s regional CEOs with their digital strategy and business development.

    He was previously Senior Vice-President of New Media for RTL Group, Europe’s largest entertainment network, and worked for eight years at Turner Broadcasting, a company whose assets include CNN, TCM and Cartoon Network. Ian started his career as a founder of one of the first web agencies in the UK, Wax New Media.

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    Matt is the Managing Director, Lion Global Markets for Lio...

    Matt Tapper, Managing Director, Lion Global Markets - Lion Beer Spirits & Wine Australia

    Matt Tapper

    Matt is the Managing Director, Lion Global Markets for Lion’s Beer, Spirits & Wine business in Australia. Lion is the leading Brewer in Australia with great brands such as XXXX, Hahn, James Boag’s, Little Creatures, Corona, Tooheys, Heineken & James Squire.

    Matt commenced his career in New Zealand with Mars before a stint in the UK with Dairy Crest. He returned to New Zealand, joined LION and has had a number of Sales & Marketing roles. Matt relocated to Sydney with LION 12 years ago.

    He recently completed a Global Executive MBA, studying in Sydney, Bangalore, Silicon Valley & London. He is the current vice Chairman of the AANA.

    Matt lives in Sydney with his wife Jane and 3 kids.

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    Vanessa is a professional communicator with over 20 years'...

    Vanessa Liell, Group CEO, The Herd Agency and Managing Partner, N2N Communications

    Vanessa Liell

    Vanessa is a professional communicator with over 20 years' experience in strategic communications, brand and reputation, integrated campaigns, digital & social media and issues & risk management.

    Currently, she leads one of Australia's largest and most awarded independent public relations and integrated communications agency groups with more than 50 staff and is the winner of B&T's 2016 Women in Media PR Leadership Award.

    In her career, Vanessa has delivered award-winning communication campaigns to increase companies’ market share, build reputation, improve employee retention, influence public opinion on critical national issues and effectively manage issues or crises. Vanessa acts as senior counsel across N2N’s clients on organisations including the Airbnb, Facebook, Tabcorp, American Express, DFAT and the Australian Sports Commission.

    Under her leadership, N2N Communications, as part of The Herd Agency has achieved consistent growth and industry success to be recognised as one of Australia’s leading independent agencies. This includes: Cannes PR Silver Lion, Holmes Report’s Australian Agency of the Year; PRIA’s Consultancy of the Year; Global Top 250 & 8th Fastest Growing Agencies.

    Vanessa is a hands-on practitioner, actively involved with client campaigns and acts as senior counsel to CEOs and executives. Her team has achieved more than 30 awards for outstanding work in Australia and Asia Pacific marketing, advertising and public relations industry awards.

    Vanessa is passionate about the future of the communications industry and contributes actively to industry thought leadership panels (Mumbrella360, PRIA National Conference) and as a judge on industry awards (PRIA, CommsCon, B&T) and a mentor to young women for The Walkley Foundation's Women in Media initiative.

    Qualifications include Masters of Management (MGSM) and BA Communications (CSU-Mitchell). Current MBA student.

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    Matthew is CEO of the Enero Group, a marketing services co...

    Matthew Melhuish, CEO, Enero Group

    Matthew Melhuish

    Matthew is CEO of the Enero Group, a marketing services company listed on the ASX. Enero has around 650 staff across 11 businesses in 15 cities worldwide, with key hubs in Sydney, London and New York. Enero capabilities span a broad spectrum of marketing services.

    Enero Group brands include Naked Communications, BMF, Frank PR, The Leading Edge, Precinct, Jigsaw Research and Hotwire PR among others. Matthew is a Founding Partner of BMF and is also Group CEO of Naked Communications.

    Matthew has 30 years experience in the advertising and marketing industry across a range of roles in Australia and the UK. Matthew has been Australian Chairman of the Effie’s Advertising Effectiveness Awards for 10 years and has spent more than 10 years as a National Board member of industry peak body, The Communications Council (previously the Advertising Federation of Australia - AFA). Matthew also served as National Chairman of the AFA.

    Matthew is a Board member of Australia’s leading performing arts festival the Sydney Festival and was an Australian Board member of international aid organisation Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF) for 10 years.

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    René’s focus is on inspirational leadership, culture and b...

    René Carayol

    René Carayol

    René’s focus is on inspirational leadership, culture and business transformation, bound together by a compelling philosophy founded on his own board level experience.

    Extraordinary times demand extraordinary leadership and make no mistake about it; we still find ourselves in unprecedented and turbulent waters.

    In recent times a good product or service coupled with a good management team was sufficient to ensure success. But in today's aggressive and unforgiving markets they are no longer enough on their own. Business growth has become pivotal in the battle to stay afloat and keep up with the pace.

    Progressive, contemporary businesses are learning the hard way that it is leadership and culture that separate the winners from the losers. The race is no longer about being the best; everybody is trying to do that. The winners are those that strive to be unique, special and different.   René Carayol is one of the world's leading business gurus specialising in leadership, culture and transformation, drawing from his own unique experiences on the boards of some of the biggest international organisations; from Marks & Spencer and Pepsi to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.

    Born the son of a diplomat in Gambia and educated in London, his corporate success has seen him travel the world and inspire businesses to make far reaching changes across the globe. In short he is a business guru with unmatched credentials.

    He is the best-selling author of the leadership and culture bible, ‘Corporate Voodoo’ and has had the privilege of working closely with some of the world's best leaders; from former US President Bill Clinton to the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and from former US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Sir Richard Branson.

    He is a regular broadsheet columnist and a critically acclaimed television and radio presenter with the BBC and Sky News.

    He has provided leadership support to the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, The United Nations and The World Bank, and is now an accomplished visiting professor at Cass Business School. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE for outstanding service to the business community.

    René‘s career has seen him achieve international recognition for his work with C-suites across the globe; transforming the career and profile of some of the world’s most exciting and emerging business talents, and taking a plethora of iconic corporations on a journey that has transformed their businesses. René’s unrivalled business acumen allows him to chair and address conferences and business summits across the world.

    He asks awkward and uncomfortable questions; how do you change old-fashioned, risk-adverse processes that are ill suited to emerging global markets? How do you secure and nurture the talents of a new generation of leaders? How do you overcome cynicism and complacency, and replace them with resolve?

    René has built his reputation on getting to know the culture of businesses better than they do themselves; providing answers and solutions no matter how big or small the problems.

    His messages are practical, presenting real life experiences with electrifying effect. He both shakes up and inspires his audiences showing them not only what lies within their grasp, but how to keep one step ahead of the chasing pack.

     

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    Technology executive with 20 years of experience, includin...

    Tony Ward, ANZ Managing Director - SurveyMonkey

    Tony Ward

    Technology executive with 20 years of experience, including MD, COO and CMO of mid to large size organizations in diverse areas such as marketing, sales leadership, product marketing, business operations, strategy and start-ups.

    Currently the Managing Director of SurveyMonkey, which is the world's leading provider of web-based survey solutions. We enable individuals and organisations both large and small to make better decisions, faster in a cost effective manner.

    Prior to SurveyMonkey, he ran the 3rd largest business in the world for LinkedIn as the Director of Talent Solutions in ANZ. He was a founder of a cloud start up, COO and CMO for Microsoft Australia with full P&L responsibility of a $1 Billion+ business. Primarily focused on building great teams and helping to grow businesses.

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    Ben Wicks serves as a General Manager of Marketing for Cho...

    Ben Wicks, General Manager Marketing - Snacking - Mondelēz International

    Ben Wicks

    Ben Wicks serves as a General Manager of Marketing for Chocolate-Cadbury Dairy Milk at Kraft Foods Australia Pty Ltd.

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    I started The Living Leader twenty years ago after a prett...

    Penny Ferguson, Founder - The Living Leader

    Penny Ferguson

    I started The Living Leader twenty years ago after a pretty traumatic time in my life, my marriage ending and my second son dying aged 26.  Over the preceding ten years I had been involved with Leadership and Management Training and become obsessed with how many people went on really good programmes and yet forgot 80% of all the learning within six weeks, and when asking the remaining 20% what behaviours they had changed they frequently struggled to answer.

    I passionately believed that there had to be a different way and, after a one year ‘journey’ exploring possibilities and challenging my own thinking, launched my very first Personal Leadership Programme.  Amazingly it worked beyond my wildest expectations and, at the time of writing this tens of thousands of people have experienced this programme.  In the early days I delivered many, many programmes and then trained others to do the same.  Until I began to train another person I had no idea how challenging it could be to deliver this apparently simple programme – definitely not as simple as it looked!  Delivering the programme was a blessing as it continually reminded me how I wanted to be as a leader, a parent, a friend, a colleague …… a human being. Above all recognising that in each and every moment I have a choice and I am entirely responsible for creating my life – no excuses!

    Since that day my company has grown considerably and we now work globally across a broad spectrum of industries and I am proud and happy that many of my clients have become close and valued friends.  The team has expanded and includes some amazing suppliers who give tremendous support.  I am now delighted to have handed over the entire running of the business to my younger daughter – Emma Littmoden – and a close colleague – Karen Hunter.  I remain closely involved, writing, working with a few select clients, heading up the big events and public speaking.

    Life is now even better as I have the time to see more of my children and grandchildren.  I live in a small village outside Newbury – home for me, my collection of dogs and occasional visiting son.  I am becoming more involved in dog training as with six dogs, two of whom I rescued from a horrid life in Turkey, it is probably a necessity!  I am learning as much as they are from a fabulous dog trainer – Peter Branch – and enjoy it enormously.   Writing about my experiences with my motley selection of dogs gives me great pleasure, especially when I see so much of what I am learning relates to leadership – my very great passion.  I am also finding the time to do other things that have gone by the board in the last few years – spending fun time with friends, entertaining, trips to the cinema and theatre, sitting curled up with a good book in front of a log fire.

    Penny has written two books: Transform Your Life and The Living Leader, published by Infinite Ideas and has contributed to “Madam CEO How to Think & Act Like a Chief Executive” , “Leaders in Pearls -How to Be a Change Architect”, “Tapping into your Inner CE) – Self Leadership” and Creating a Blueprint for Inner Change”. Published by  Professional Woman Publishing.

    To find out more about Penny please visit www.pennyferguson.com

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    Nicholas Gray is the CEO of The Austrlian.  He is a former...

    Nicholas Gray, CEO - The Australian

    Nicholas Gray

    Nicholas Gray is the CEO of The Austrlian.  He is a former investment banker and general manager and publisher of Business Spectator.

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    Sunita joined the AANA as its new CEO in June 2013. She ha...

    Sunita Gloster, CEO of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA)

    Sunita Gloster

    Sunita joined the AANA as its new CEO in June 2013. She has an extensive background in the media, marketing and advertising industry in Australia and Europe, most recently as CEO Creative Services at Omnilab Media. Her other roles have included Chief Operating Officer at M&C Saatchi Europe and Worldwide Business Development Director at Lowe.

    Sunita has considerable industry association experience having served on the Board of the European Association of communications Agencies, the Council of International Agencies for Europe and the Board of the International Advertising Association (IAA). Under Sunita’s leadership the AANA has embarked on a new strategic plan, rebrand and positioning via a three pillar approach aimed at inspiring and promoting responsible, innovative and respected marketing.

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    Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one o...

    Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre

    Dr Simon Longstaff

    Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss True Leaders for the 21st century with Carol Schwartz, one of Australia’s leading business identities, noting "…I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon has a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge.

    Prior to becoming the inaugural Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre in 1991, he worked in the Northern Territory in the Safety Department of BHP subsidiary, GEMCO, lectured at Cambridge University and consulted to the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. His book Hard Cases, Tough Choices was published in 1997. Simon was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics and is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is Chairman of Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility Panel, the International Advisory Board of the Genographic Project and Deputy Chairman of the Global Reporting Initiative Board.

    He also serves on a number of Boards and Committees including the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee, BHP Billiton Forum on Corporate Responsibility, AusAID Business Steering Committee, Business Reporting Leaders Forum, Primary Ethics Board and the Nestle Oceania Creating Shared Value Advisory Board.

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    Currently Chief Executive and Senior Vice President of Pep...

    Robbert Rietbroek, CEO - PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand

    Robbert Rietbroek

    Currently Chief Executive and Senior Vice President of PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand. Worked and lived in the United States, South America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. Enjoyed first 16 years of career with Procter & Gamble in roles of increasing complexity and responsibility, including business turnarounds, prior to joining the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 2012 as Company Officer, initially as Corporate Vice President and Global Sector Leader, Baby & Child Care. Then served as Chief Executive and Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands, based in Sydney, prior to moving to PepsiCo. Extensive board experience within leadership roles. Director in the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce of Australia (AMCHAM), and Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC). Chairman of the AFGC Health, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs group. U.S. and E.U. citizen.

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    Phil Lynch is VP Commercial Growth & Innovation for the Jo...

    Philip Lynch, Vice President Innovation & Growth - Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific

    Philip Lynch

    Phil Lynch is VP Commercial Growth & Innovation for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Asia Pac region, a role he assumed in Jan 2016. The role leads Integration of the company’s Acquisition portfolio and in addition geographical expansion of an Australian developed internal ideas and collaboration program, “Idea’s Big and Small”.

    Phil has a 29 year career with Johnson & Johnson that spans Consumer Marketing, Sales and General Management roles in the UAE, Korea, Thailand and Singapore.  Phil returned to Australia as the ANZ Managing Director in 2009. Prior roles included Asia Pacific responsibility for the Johnson’s brand portfolio while Singapore based and also for the regional Sales function.  Phil holds a Bachelor in Business Marketing from Monash University.

    Phil has been a Board member of the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) and Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) bodies and is an Australian Institute Companies Director member.

    Phil lives in Sydney with his wife Lorna and three daughters, is an advocate of fitness and well-being, including a 5 year participant in the Tour de Cure cycling event for Cancer cure and prevention.

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    John Eales is an Australian former rugby union player and ...

    John Eales

    John Eales

    John Eales is an Australian former rugby union player and the most successful captain in the history of Australian rugby. He became one of only twenty dual Rugby World Cup winners.

    Eales was a founder of the Mettle Group (a culture and leadership consultancy, which is now part of Chandler Macleod), and his personal company the JohnEales5 (now part of International Quarterback, a sports marketing and events company). He is also a director of Flight Centre and GRM International, and a columnist for The Australian newspaper. He is also engaged as a consultant for Westpac.

    John is also an Ambassador of Bonville Golf Resort and a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a director on the board of the Australian Rugby Union.John has fulfilled the role as an Athlete Liaison Office for the Australian Olympic Committee in the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics.

    John Eales is also an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

    MediaEales acted as a "rugby ambassador" at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, which involved a number of media duties.

    Eales has written 2 books, 'Learning From Legends', a Sport and a Business version. LFL Sports has a foreword by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and talks about different legends of Australian Sport including Peter Brock and Grant Hackett. LFL Business talks about different legends within the business world and the lessons that can be learned from them.

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