Honner announces new hires, while managing director departs

Corporate and financial communications firm Honner has announced a number of new hires, as part of the agency’s focus on growing its profile in the Asia Pacific region.

As part of the senior team changes, Honner has also announced long-time managing director and partner Paul Cheal has resigned from his role. 

Regarding the moves, Honner founder and CEO, Philippa Honner said the business was entering a new phase, and that there were opportunities emerging across the changing Asia Pacific landscape.

New COO, Judith Bence

Some of the key appointments include Judith Bence being appointed as chief operating officer, senior consultant, effective 1 June. Bence has previously held senior roles at global PR agencies including Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Engine Group, leading teams responsible for clients in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Bence will take over the majority of Cheal’s duties, working closely with general manager, partner Susie Bell and founder Philippa Honner.

Barry Rafe has joined as non-executive director. Rafe has 30 years of Australian financial services experience and will be working with Honner’s senior management team to provide guidance and management insight.

Samantha Rockliff has been appointed as an account director, starting in May. Rockliff has 20 years experience in marketing and communications with a focus on the financial sector. She joins after spending the past decade at AMP working across a range of media, public affairs, marketing and communications roles.

In a statement, Honner said the moves were “responding to increasing demand for regional mandates from global financial brands”.


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