Magnite unveils senior leadership team for Australia

Sell-side advertising platform Magnite has unveiled its full Australian leadership team, confirming that James Young will continue in his role as managing director for Australia.

Gavin Buxton has been appointed managing director of Magnite in Asia. Meanwhile, Juliette Stead will continue to serve as senior vice president, head of Japan and Asia Pacific.

Magnite also revealed that Nikola Small, who is returning from maternity leave, has been appointed to the role of seller lead in Australia.

This will see her head up Magnite’s publisher accounts team and work with the company’s publisher and broadcaster clients, which includes Seven West Media and Optus Sport locally.

Magnite Australia MD James Young

Young said: “It’s been an exceptional year leading Magnite’s Australian team and we’ve gone from strength to strength with our Australian revenues increasing greater than 60% and ad spend up more than 70% year-on-year.

“Nikola’s return will further ensure we can continue servicing our clients to the fullest degree and reaching new milestones.”

The personnel changes follow Magnite’s recent acquisition of independent CTV and video ad platform SpotX from RTL Group for US$1.14 billion.

Magnite has been working closely with the team at Seven in the lead-up to, and during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, allowing buyers to make detailed and segmented programmatic purchases of inventory.

In June, Young told Mumbrella that Magnite’s involvement has helped make these games the most addressable in history. “We’ve worked on lifestyle with Seven a few times, but this is a really big event,” he said.

“The exciting bit about making inventory available programmatically for the Olympics is it does give buyers the opportunity to put the right ad at the right moment in front of the right person.

“And Seven making their inventory available across all buying sets… it just opens up the door for everyone to be able to tap-in, at the right point.”


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