CHEP strengthens technology team with new hires and promotions

CHE Proximity’s technology division, CHEP Tech has strengthened its offering with several new hires and promotions in the Sydney office.

The hires include ex-Isobar engineers, Tim Chapman and Kirill Frolov, the promotion of Jacinta Karras to head of tech programs and the expansion of Charlotte Bruton’s role from head of mixed reality to head of innovation strategy.

Karras, Chapman, Bruton and Frolov

Mark Gretton, chief technology officer at CHEP Tech, said: “Our technology services have experienced a significant surge in growth over the last 18 months, both through the impact of COVID driven digital acceleration and major new client wins.

“Having grown one of the biggest on-shore development teams in the industry in our Melbourne office, it’s exciting to be accelerating growth of our Sydney team too with great new leadership to provide higher order technology consulting support on-the-ground.”

Chapman was previously a tech director at Isobar and Ogilvy Sydney, with experience that includes leading the rebuild of City of Sydney’s digital experience, working on the AAMI Smart Plates app, Travelcorp’s e-commerce platform and a range of platform initiatives for Microsoft.

Frolov joins CHEP Tech from Isobar Sydney where he led Isobar’s Adobe Practice. Frolov’s recent experience includes working on the rebuild of Macquarie Bank’s user web channels, the Mitsubishi Australia web experience launch and consulting on Toyota Finance’s new digital platform.

Karras has been at CHEP since 2018, one of the Sydney office’s first employees, and has worked on a range of client projects including Danone, IAG and Uniting.

Bruton’s new role of head of innovation strategy will see her “diversifying her remit to broader forms of emerging technology solutions”, following the launch of CHEP’s mixed reality practice and digital practice for Samsung.

Bruton joined CHEP in 2019 from McCann to lead the launch of the virtual and augmented reality division, CHEP Mixed Reality.

CHEP has also announced two promotions in the Melbourne office, with Sharon Adams appointed to director of digital operations, and Josh Speight to head of tech consulting.

This follows a number of hires and promotions announced last month at CHEP, including those of Jess Coulson’s promotion to managing partner, Tash Johnston’s appointment to head of strategic production, Patrycja Lukjanow appointment as creative director and Grace Vizor as a group account director.


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