Team Publicis Australia
Executive Strategy Director , Publicis Worldwide
Simon is an influential and accomplished Executive Strategic Director with over 18 years’ experience in the communications industry.
Consumer–obsessed, he uses insight and data to build powerful brands and strategies focussed on consumer change and business success. Simon uses creativity to solve business problems and endeavours to breathe life into ideas with passion and enthusiasm.
He has worked in some of the best advertising agencies around the world and Australia, including Publicis Paris, Saatchi & Saatchi and JWT. He has extensive experience in many categories including Government, FMCG, Automotive, Services, Financial Services and Retail.
Strategy Director , Publicis
David has worked both in agencies and as a client in the fields of media strategy for 8 years, digital/UX for 8 years, and brand and communications strategy for 8 years. Having worked with clients like News Ltd, Volvo, McDonalds, Suncorp, as well as clients in Higher Education, FMCG, and Government, David is a keen advocate for one-to-one marketing, content creation, building advocacy, and changing behaviours for the better.
Digital Director , Publicis
Alexandra has over 10 years’ experience in the digital industry, working in influential agencies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, including Deasign and Ogilvy, and world-famous digital consultants, Hyper Island. Her exceptional stakeholder management and relationship skills, in combination with her expansive digital knowledge, has helped her drive large-scale digital projects for government agencies and private sector clients. She’s passionate about guiding clients through digital transformation and placing digital at the core of their business. As the Digital Director at Publicis, Alexandra is focusing on building a fully integrated team of digital specialists, supporting the agency to deliver end-to-end solutions that meet rapidly-changing customer expectations.
Broadcast & Content Director , Publicis
Vicki’s experience in Television Production spans both agencies and production companies in Australia and the UK. Her agency experience has seen her working on clients such as Suncorp, XXXX, Mirage Resorts, Birdseye, Heineken and the BBC. She moved into the production company side of the business for 10 years with time at Best Picture Show (famed for the Steve Irwin documentary series) to work on their commercial side of the business. Followed by senior roles at major post production companies The Post Lounge and Cutting Edge. She returned to her Publicis Brisbane home in 2012 and has used her vast experience, production management skills, strong leadership and technical knowledge across all our clients. Through these roles, Vicki has touched nearly every type of business/brand including Tourism & Events Queensland, L’Oreal, Sanofi, Subway, Isuzu Ute Australia, Air Asia, TAFE, Kinder Surprise, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Frontline, Indy Grand Prix and Weis Ice Creams to name a few.
Finance and Commercial Manager , Marcel Sydney
Originally from the UK, Susie started off her career working for Mindshare Worldwide in London. She spent 2 years gaining valuable experience across a variety of Finance positions, whilst studying for the ACCA, qualifying in September 2011.
Later that year she was lured to Australia and with the move came a switch from Media to Advertising. Transferring within the WPP family, Susie landed a role at Australia’s largest communication group, Ogilvy & Mather.
After 4 successful years Susie made the move to Publicis Sydney as Finance Manager and most recently heading up Finance operations for Marcel Sydney and Front Foot.
Managing Director , Personalised Plates & Publicis Engine
Jemma is the Managing Director of Publicis Engine. Her remit spans the management of businesses in commercial partnership with Publicis including Personalised Plates Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads), KiwiPlates (New Zealand Transport Agency) and Qantas Corporate Sales.
Jemma is responsible for steering the businesses and overall performance. She is a dynamic executive passionate about growing businesses, nurturing talent and delivering outstanding commercial results. Jemma is a Non-Executive Director of the Queensland Eye Institute and South Bank Medical Group. She also sits on Advisory Committees that foster entrepreneurial learning & enterprise development.
Managing Director , Publicis
Simone is the leading brand strategist in Queensland and now the Managing Director of Publicis. Her breakthrough thinking is achieved by having extensive experience working for large corporates, government, small business and agencies. Simone’s category experience has breadth and depth across financial services, health, tourism, government agencies, education, not-for-profits and FMCG. Her strategic approach is to put consumers at the centre of all thinking, coupled with creativity to engage, connect and cause desired attitude and behaviour change to happen.
Managing Director – Shopper Marketing , Publicis Australia
John is a business graduate with 10 years’ specialist experience in the BTL and Shopper Marketing arena.
Prior to joining Publicis, John worked at Tribe where he climbed from graduate to CEO in 7 years. He inherited a wealth of knowledge in the liquor world, acquired by extensive relationships with CUB, Suntory, Jim Beam, TWE, Brown Forman and Moet Hennessy.
He has also driven many successful campaigns and activations across the FMCG and automotive categories, and has worked closely with leading retailers such as Woolworths and Westpac to better understand their path to purchase and create methods and strategies to communicate directly with consumers.
Executive Creative Director , Publicis
A creative director and copywriter, Ryan has worked in creative, digital and CRM agencies in both the United Kingdom and Australia, including Publicis, HAVAS Worldwide and Wunderman London, creating work for brands like Chivas Regal, Citroen, ANZ, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Evian, Reckitt Benckiser, Vodafone and Subway. His most recognised work is the global brand positioning for Chivas Regal ‘Live with Chivalry’, a campaign that is still unfolding across the world. Ryan has won local, national and international awards but is most proud of inside-out brand change and behaviour change work – and making the world a slightly better place.
Chief Financial Officer , Publicis Australia
Henri entered the world of communications as an internal auditor for Publicis in 2007 following a few years at PWC in Paris. After crunching numbers around the world and experiencing every type of agency environment there is, he soon rose to become Finance Director at Publicis Frankfurt.
An opportunity to migrate to Australia led Henri to start a family in Sydney and enjoy a successful run as CFO at Havas. Henri re-joined the Publicis family in 2015.