Advertising Council Australia appoints new directors and deputy chairs

The Advertising Council Australia (ACA) has added new directors and also elected two deputy chairs for the first time in its history.

Host/Havas CEO Laura Aldington and Publicis Group ANZ CEO Michael Rebelo, who were current board members, were elected as joint deputy chairs, with the election taking place at the ACA’s board meeting and AGM on 13 May.

The ACA has also appointed three new directors, M&C Saatchi Group CEO, Justin Graham, BMF Advertising CEO Steve McArdle and TBWA Melbourne/Adelaide CEO Kimberlee Wells.

Meanwhile, TBWA CEO Paul Bradbury has stepped down from his role as a member of the board after five years.

ACA chair Mark Green (also CEO & co-founder of The Monkeys) said: “Along with my fellow Board members, I’m delighted to see Laura and Mike move into the new deputy chair role, and just as pleased to warmly welcome our three new directors, all of whom are enormously respected leaders in our industry.

“As the peak body for Australian advertising, ACA today is arguably the strongest and most dynamic it’s ever been, and these important changes at board level are a product of our confidence in a very prosperous future – both for our organisation and the ad industry as a whole.

“These changes will also boost ACA in our mission to make advertising the most valued professional services industry in Australia through the major contribution it is making to this country’s overall economic recovery and growth,” Green said.

Rebello, who will also chair the ACA’s Accreditation Steering Committee, said: ““As an industry we need to come together to make sure we are working towards lifting our professional standards, ensuring we are an attractive business for talent and that reputationally we are seen as one of the most trusted business advisors to our clients.

“Accreditation isn’t the silver bullet to achieving this, but it will provide a sustainable framework and foundation for all member agencies of the ACA.”

Aldington also chairs ACA’s RAP Committee, which oversaw the development of ACA’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, the industry’s first RAP.

She said: ““Our RAP launch in April was a proud and exciting moment for our industry.

“But while it was a great milestone, we have to remember it was really just the first step towards reconciliation, and we have a long road ahead of us to fulfil all the objectives set out in our RAP. I’m thrilled that I can be part of that journey.”

ACA CEO Tony Hale, took the opportunity to thank Bradbury for his service.

“I know I’m joined by everyone at ACA in thanking Paul for his incredible loyalty and tireless commitment during his tenure on the Board. He’s made a fantastic contribution to this organisation’s strength and we look forward to his ongoing support.”


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