David Dahan Managing Director at M&C Saatchi, Melbourne, Australia
Over 15 years of experience across geographies and responsibilities led David to become Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Melbourne, a fully integrated agency part of the M&C Saatchi Group Australia - 450 people, 10 companies, and an impressive clients list, and the M&C Saatchi Worldwide network - a confederation of entrepreneurs with 26 offices around the world. M&C Saatchi Melbourne believes that transformation is what all brands need in today's ever changing world. And in order to support brands in transforming themselves and / or their categories, we had to transform ourselves first. Under David's leadership, M&C Saatchi is today operating more like a start-up with experience than a traditional agency. It means different processes, people, skill-sets and most importantly culture - more opened, inclusive and accountable. David also believes in the power of the heart and therefore is involved in various not-for-profit and philanthropic activities.
Gareth Nicholls General Manager at Universal McCann, Melbourne, Australia
Gareth joined Mediabrands in March 2016 as the General Manager at UM Melbourne. Previously he was leading two of Australia's prestigious accounts; Carlton United Breweries and Mars having moved to Australia in 2013. Prior to moving to MediaCom Australia he ran his own hypnotherapy and mental performance business (2010-2013); forming a partnership with London's leading Hypnotherapy practice. Previous media experience consists of 13 years in top flight media agencies in the UK working with major blue chip clients such as; PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Kellogg's, Kia Motors.
Hannah Spilva Cofounder and Director LVLY, Melbourne, Australia
Hannah has only recently made the transition from Industry to business owner (LVLY). Previously she was Strategy Director at Isobar leading strategic thinking on key accounts including David Jones, The Smith Family and Tourism Northern Territory. Prior to Isobar Hannah worked as a Senior Account Director at McCann Worldgroup having orginally commenced her Advertising/Marketing career at Madhouse Associates in Manchester (UK.) As co-founder of LVLY her role has dramtically changed, one that is multi-faceted and extremely hands on. She has to contribute to all levels of the business from brand development, setting the strategic direction, establishing commercial partnerships and management of the P&L to writing all copy, collecting fresh flowers from the market and overseeing the social and marketing campaigns.
Nicole Sherwin Account Director at George Patterson Y&R, Melbourne, Australia
As an Account Director, Nicole has managed across numerous successful campaigns in broadcast, digital and direct. Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)/Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Nicole entered the advertising world where she was quickly recognised for her ability to bridge digital and physical worlds. For her work on the Bunnings Warehouse account, she was named ‘Agency Person of the Year’ at The Brand Agency. Since, Nicole has continued to diversify her experience leading accounts such as Heinz, CrownBet and Australia Post. George Patterson Y&R is an Australasian advertising agency with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. WPP acquired the worldwide Young & Rubicam brand in 2000.
Sarah Guyer Business Executive at Maxus, Melbourne, Australia
Swinburne graduate Sarah is a Business Executive at Maxus, having secured a spot on the prestigious GroupM MGrad program in 2015, her final year of Advertising studies. Sarah was also a member of the Swinburne Virtual Student Agency (KGM2) that reached the National finals of the 2015 IAA 'Big Idea' competition. Maxus is a global media planning and buying agency (under the GroupM, WPP umbrella) which was named the fastest-growing media agency network for three years (Recma). Maxus was also named Campaign's Global Media Agency of the Year at the end of 2011 and began 2012 as Ad Week's US Agency of the Year and one of Ad Age's Top 10 Agencies to Watch. Services include communications strategy, media planning and buying, digital marketing, social media strategy, direct response, SEM, SEO, PPC and marketing ROI evaluation
Cale Valkenburg Account Coordinator at PHD Media, Melbourne, Australia
Swinburne graduate Cale works for PHD Media as an Account Coordinator. He is responsible for the administrative support of the buying process on the ANZ account. Being heavily involved in big account such as ANZ has allowed Cale to develop his skills as a buyer, and gain valuable experience in the Advertising/ Media industry. PHD was launched as the first planning-led media agency in the UK in 1990 and today has over 4,000 people in over 80 offices worldwide. The PHD network is part of the Omnicom Media Group.