Isobar CEO Konrad Spilva to step down

Konrad Spilva, CEO of Isobar Australia and Dentsu Aegis Network’s local head of innovation, is to step down after 18 years with the business.

Spilva began his career as a founder of digital creative agency, Visual Jazz, which merged with Isobar in 2012. The merger saw him appointed managing director ANZ for the Dentsu Aegis Network-owned company.

Spilva (left) with current Isobar MD, Erik Hallander

In 2015, Spilva was appointed CEO of Isobar Australia and New Zealand, which saw him take on a broader role within DAN, leading the group’s innovation arm along with Isobar Good, the social impact side of the business.

Spilva had been in discussion with senior leadership about his departure for some time, DAN said in its announcement, after his decision to support his wife with their online flower and gifting business,, while continuing his other ventures Bridge Road Brewery and the Alkhemy data consultancy.

Of his departure from Isobar, Spilva said: “This has been an incredibly hard decision to make. I’ve had the privilege to work with so many amazing people during my time with Isobar and the Dentsu Aegis Network, and I’m exceptionally proud of what we’ve managed to create together.

“The Isobar Group is in great shape, has exceptional leaders and has never been better placed to grow further. While now’s the right time for me to focus on supporting some personal ventures, I’m really pleased I will stay connected to DAN and the Isobar team, and can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Spilva will will remain on the DAN ANZ board after he steps down as Isobar’s CEO on May 3. From the June 7, Konrad will begin an advisory role with both the Isobar Group ANZ and DAN.

Henry Tajer, DAN ANZ CEO, said: “I said when I started, DAN ANZ is an incredibly diverse, progressive and agile organisation, largely due to our brilliant people and laser focus on our clients.

“Konrad has made a huge contribution to building Isobar Group ANZ to what it is today, and driving innovation across the network. While I’m sorry not to have worked with him in his CEO capacity for long, we are thrilled he will remain with us at an advisory and board level.”


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