Ex-Fairfax CEO Brian McCarthy joins The Healthy Thinking Group as board chairman

L to R: Tony Northam, Brian McCarthy and Steve Robson, outside the HTG Sydney office

L to R: Tony Northam, Brian McCarthy and Steve Robson, outside the HTG Sydney office

Former CEO and managing director of Fairfax Media and Rural Press Brian McCarthy has joined specialist communications agency The Healthy Thinking Group as chairman of the board.

McCarthy resigned from Fairfax Media in December 2010 after two years in the top role, previously he had led Rural Press which merged with Fairfax in 2006.

The Healthy Thinking Group provides communications solutions across a range of disciplines including strategy, creative, events, PR, and digital through a number of agencies including health and rural specialist H&T.

On joining The Healthy Thinking Group (HTG) board, McCarthy said: “I was drawn to HTG by the opportunity to help develop this unique business during times of change.

“I felt my knowledge and experience, as well as passion for growing businesses was well suited to the task. I am truly excited about what I can contribute to the Healthy Thinking Group’s future potential and direction.”

On the new appointment HTG managing director Tony Northam said: “On behalf of the Healthy Thinking Group, we are thrilled that Brian is joining us at this exciting period in our existence.

“H&T (Hammond & Thackeray Advertising) celebrated its 30 year anniversary last year, and in the past 18 months we have gone through quite a transformation of the business.

“Today, the Healthy Thinking Group operates as distinct business units covering advertising and communication, education and strategy.  All of them under the one roof.

“Brian’s appointment is also marked by a significant change in management structure of the Group, allowing each business unit the flexibility to operate on their own terms, whilst drawing on the strength of our combined Group expertise.”

McCarthy’s appointment coincides with a number of other management changes including Steve Robson taking on the CEO role and Andrew Gill named as group commercial director.

Jenny Mercer was promoted to general manager of H&T Melbourne and Monika James to senior account director at H&T Asia.

Northam continues as managing director of HTG, Doug Robb as COO of HTG and Andrew Crombie as managing director of H&T Asia.



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