Enero announces Nigel Marsh as new boss for The Leading Edge

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Enero has announced Nigel Marsh in the part time role as chairman of its strategy and research agency The Leading Edge following CEO Andy Bateman’s departure to Telstra which was announced earlier today.

Marsh, who has published a number of books, is a former CEO of Y&R Brands before he departed to take a career break from the industry.

In his book Fit, Fifty & Fired he said of working in agencies: “By the time you’re forty it can get to the stage where every day you come to the office, a little bit of your soul dies.”

According to B&T today: “Marsh told B&T that his wife had threatened him if he didn’t return to full time work his next book would be called Sad, Single and Sixty.”

Mumbrella understands that Marsh’s role will be for two-and-a-half days a week.

The announcement:

The Leading Edge (TLE) today announced the appointment of well-known industry figure Nigel Marsh, as Chairman.

With a career spanning over 25 years in branding, marketing and business Nigel’s previous roles include, CEO of Leo Burnett and Regional Group CEO of Y&R Brands Australia and NZ. In his career Nigel has worked across a diverse range of clients from high profile brands such as McDonalds, Canon, Pepsi, P&G, Virgin, Mars, Fiat and Colgate, to national governments and local enterprises. Nigel is also an author of three books – Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid and Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up and earlier this year launched the Sydney Skinny Charity Swim.

Nigel Marsh commented: “Since the publication of my third book and the launch of Sydney Skinny I have been getting increasingly involved back in the corporate world with a number of consulting and coaching roles. It is fabulous therefore to get this opportunity to work with Matthew and the fantastic team at The Leading Edge. This represents a wonderful opportunity to get back to my branding and marketing roots, to connect with old and new colleagues and to help businesses navigate their way through complexity in order to create value.”

Nigel will join a new leadership team at TLE which will be led by Lee Naylor (MD, Australia), Chrissy Blackburn (Global Head of Strategy) and Chris Paxton (MD, UK), following the resignation of TLE’s Global CEO, Andy Bateman, to take up a role with Telstra.

Matthew Melhuish, CEO of Enero Group, which owns TLE, commented: “Andy’s energy, enthusiasm and larger-than-life personality will be missed by clients and staff alike and we thank him for his hard work and dedication to TLE over the past three years. I have no doubt that Andy will continue to do great things and we wish him all the best for his next role.

“Andy leaves the business in excellent hands – Lee Naylor, Chrissy Blackburn and Chris Paxton are a proven leadership team and are all outstanding practitioners with extensive Australian and international experience. It’s a real coup for TLE to have attracted someone of Nigel’s talent as Chairman and we look forward to him joining the team.”

Mumbrella’s interview with Marsh last year:


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