Houston promotes key personnel for vital leadership roles

Design and brand strategy consultancy, Houston, has announced two key promotions to further strengthen its leadership team.

The first of these fresh appointments relates to Gretel Maltabarow, who takes on the position of managing director.

Having joined the company as an account director eight years ago, before climbing through the ranks to her most recent role of group account director, Maltabarow’s new gig will see her build on the organisation’s central capabilities, bolster collaborative operations, secure additional business-related opportunities, and maintain relationships with the consultancy’s current portfolio of clients.

“Having watched the business grow and evolve over the past eight years, I’m excited by this next challenge,” Maltabarow said.

“I feel further empowered to make a positive impact with our amazing team and clients by elevating the agency’s offering, and bring together the cross-function expertise of our teams to power client growth.”

The customer experience and branding expert also praised her fellow promoted co-worker, Stacey Saunders.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity, and couldn’t be happier to share the promotional limelight with the very well-earned step up for Stacey Saunders to general manager.”

(L-R): Stacey Saunders, Stuart O’Brien, Gretel Maltabarow

Prior to her promotion, Saunders worked as Houston’s chief of staff. And now in her 10th year of employment with the branding consultancy, the general manager is expected to oversee the overall operational health of the organisation, including “driving innovation through system change, people and talent development”, developing “greater business performance and agency culture”, and more.

“Over the past decade at Houston, I have experienced all facets of our business and feel so excited to lead Houston into its next growth phase alongside the powerhouses that are Gretel and Stu[art O’Brien – Houston’s founder and chief executive officer],” Saunders said.

“I am also very excited that my new role will allow me to broaden my impact and provide mentorship across the agency focusing on development and growth for the team.”

When asked about the leadership promotions, O’Brien explained it was Maltabarow’s and Saunders’ expertise and commitment to Houston’s success that drove the decision to promote them.

“Gretel and Stacey are two fiercely intelligent, collaborative and creative team members,” expressed O’Brien.

“They have a proven track record in effortlessly making the seemingly impossible happen, in architecting some of the most integrated, innovative and effective work for our clients that keep us on the top of our game.

“But most importantly their respective promotions demonstrate their ongoing commitment to our team and shows future Houston leaders, that we’ll nurture talent and create new opportunities and pathways for our next generation of leaders to grow.

“I can’t wait to watch Gretel and Stacey use their wealth of knowledge to drive the business forward and create the next era of Houston.”

The promotions start effective immediately, with Saunders and Maltabarow reporting to O’Brien directly.


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