AANA appoints new chair in Nestle’s Martin Brown

The Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) has appointed Martin Brown, Nestle’s director of e-business, strategy and marketing, as chair of the board. He replaces Matt Tapper, MD of global markets at Lion, who announced his decision to step down from the board at some point this year in December 2018.

Brown joined the board last November, while the outgoing Tapper joined in 2010 and has acted as chair for four years.

Incoming chair Martin Brown with his predecessor, Matt Tapper

“I am delighted that the board has chosen Martin as chair. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with him for the last nine months and have developed a great respect for his strategic capabilities,” Tapper said.

“Having worked in senior marketing roles in Europe, North America, Asia and now Australia, Martin understands how advertising is evolving across the globe and I have every confidence the organisation will continue to be an effective champion of responsible, innovative and respected marketing under Martin’s leadership.”

Brown addd that he is honoured to take up the role.

“Matt and his colleagues have consistently advanced our collective interests by empowering CEO John Broome and his team to evolve the self-regulatory system, strengthen our governance structures and, more recently, steer our response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry,” he said.

“I am particularly impressed by the high level of engagement and collaboration that Matt and John have fostered with other leading marketing bodies and I look forward to building on these foundations.”

The board also appointed two independent directors in Sue Oddie, former senior TV executive, corporate lawyer and senior advertising executive, and Kym Pfitzner, who has had a three decade-strong career in global media and advertising.

Also joining the board are Aisling Finch, Google’s ANZ director of marketing, Martine Jager, chief digital and marketing officer at Westpac, and Tegan Flanagan, external relations and corporate communications director at Lion.


Aisling Finch

“I’d like to welcome all our new directors. We recently changed our constitution to require the appointment of two independent directors to ensure that we have the right mix of experience and expertise to deliver best practice governance, so I’m particularly pleased to welcome Sue and Kym,” said Brown.

“In light of Matt’s departure, Tegan joins the board as Lion’s representative. Tegan has been highly active on a number of our committees and brings with her a strong background in regulatory affairs that will be very useful as we continue to advance our self-regulatory agenda. In Aisling and Martine we have two of Australia’s foremost marketers and it is testament to the AANA’s strength and the important role that we play that we’ve been able to secure their involvement on our board.

“It is also noteworthy that we now have equal gender representation on our board and that reflects the increasing number of women taking up leadership roles in the marketing profession.”

The addition of Brown and the new directors follows the appointment of Grant Blackley, CEO and MD at Southern Cross Austereo, to the board in May.


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