Comms Council: Sorry for the confusion: Zabel’s not our new CEO yet

The Communications Council has insisted that Maragret Zabel is still only its interim CEO, two days after she emailed the organisation’s membership saying that she accepted the job.

zabel_noteIn an email from Zabel, headed “Introducing our new CEO”, she told members: “It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to accept the role of leading The Communications Council.”

She the set out her list of priorities for the organisation which is the main industry body for Australia’s advertising agencies.

Zabel, who was previously marketing director at Lion Nathan, concluded the note saying: “I will endeavour to meet as many of you as possible over the coming months and look forward to working closely with you.”

But the Communications Council has now issued a statement from chairman Anthony Freedman saying: “We can confirm that Margaret remains CEO of The Communications Council in an interim capacity during which time she’ll focus on the issues outlined in our member update. She remains in that position while an exhaustive search for a replacement is being undertaken by Hourigan International. That however does not preclude her from being considered as a leading candidate in the process.” 

A spokeswoman for the Comms Council this morning told Mumbrella it apologised for the confusion.

The communications misstep is the latest in a turbulent seven days for the organisation. On Friday, it issued a terse announcement of the sudden departure of CEO Daniel Leesong with Zabel as interim CEO. It refuses to discuss the circumstances of his departure.

And on Monday it emerged that the Comms Council was campaigning against anonymous comments in the trade press.


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