Ikon Communications promotes Lesley Edwards to national CEO

WPP’s Ikon Communications has promoted its managing partner and chairperson, Lesley Edwards, to the role of national CEO.

Edwards joined Ikon Communications in 2011 as a managing partner of its Brisbane operation and became a chairperson in 2017. She will continue to be based in Brisbane.

Edwards is now the national CEO of Ikon Communications

The new appointment rounds out an agency wide leadership restructure which saw Jason Smith named as agency director of the Sydney office, managing partner Pat Crowley take a role focused solely on the agency’s foundation client, Commonwealth Bank and James Sawyer become a managing partner of the Sydney operation.

Earlier in the year, Ikon Communications’ managing partner Sharon Cookson, resigned from the agency to return to OMD after five and a half years.

Mike Connaghan, CEO of WPP AUNZ, said in a statement: “Lesley has proven herself a strong and driven leader throughout her tenure with Ikon. As Founder and Managing Partner the Brisbane office is at the top of the market. Lesley has already had a positive impact on the national business as Chairperson.

“I could not think of anyone better to take Ikon to the next stage of its evolution, and we are extremely lucky to have a person of Lesley’s calibre willing to take on the challenge.”

Edwards added: “David and I have spent the past six months looking hard at our business and thinking about our optimal leadership structure. I’m confident we’ve now got the team in place
to support Ikon’s staff and clients for the agency’s next growth phase. I am really looking forward to this new role. I am sure that together the new team we have in place will deepen
our relationships with existing clients, generate a wealth of opportunities with current and new clients and accelerate the agency’s success.”


Get the latest media and marketing industry news (and views) direct to your inbox.

Sign up to the free Mumbrella newsletter now.



Sign up to our free daily update to get the latest in media and marketing.