Chris Howatson takes helm of Clemenger Brisbane in leadership revamp

Clemenger Brisbane today announced a restructure of its leadership team, involving a series of promotions and changes, with CHE Proximity CEO Chris Howatson adding the agency to his remit.

Following the departure of managing director, Rob Hudson, the restructure also sees Marianne O’Brien and Cristian Staal promoted to managing partner – creative and Christine Gannon promoted to managing partner – client service. Former Sydney Swans CEO Andrew Ireland will also join the leadership team as part-time chairperson.

Chris Howatson

Howatson, who will take on the leadership of both agencies with the aim of bringing CHE Proximity’s capabilities to Clemenger’s new and exisiting Brisbane clients.

Ireland’s primary responsibilities will be to support the newly formed leadership team and raise the agency’s profile in Brisbane.

The new leadership team: Cristian Staal, Marianne O’Brien and Christine Gannon

“Our business is changing at pace. We need to accelerate our technical, data and digital capabilities, and show what we’re capable of to the market. With Andrew and Chris in place to drive that agenda, I’m confident that they’ll meet the challenge of building the best agency offer in Brisbane,” said Clemenger Group executive chairperson, Robert Morgan.

“I’d also like to thank Rob for his hard work and dedication during his time at the agency, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”


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