M&C Saatchi CEO Leggett remains as Communications Council chair

Seven months after jumping in as interim chair of the Communications Council following the resignation of Sudeep Gohil, M&C Saatchi CEO Jaimes Leggett has taken on the role officially.

Jaimes Leggett stays on as chair of the Commuications Council

Jaimes Leggett stays on as chair of the Communications Council

Leggett stepped up to the post after Gohil exited the industry when Droga5 shut its doors, taking on the responisbility of delivering a number of programs which had been launched under Gohil’s leadership.

The board confirmed him as the permanent replacement in May, and announced the decision this week.

During  his short tenure as acting chair, Leggett has overseen the delivery of an enhanced training calendar for agencies including a number of internationally recognised IPA courses.

He also locked in the AWARD partnership with Semi Permanent, which saw AWARD and its awards playing a centrol role in the creative festival which runs in Sydney as part of Vivid.

Leggett said there was much that remained to be done and that he would be focused on continuous professional development over the next six months.

“We have made some important steps, with several successful partnerships that have allowed us to raise the profile of our industry among broader creative audiences, and the development of a more structured and comprehensive training program,” Leggett said.

“We will continue to focus our efforts on building a culture of continuous professional development through the delivery of world class training, championing commercial creativity and effectiveness through our annual Effies Awards, and raising the reputation of our industry as we share the findings of our Advertising Pays study next week.”

Communications Council CEO, Tony Hale, said the confirmation of Leggett as chair gave the council continuity in leadership at an important time for the industry.

“He has helped navigate several key and progressive developments within The Communications Council to build a more  sustainable and valuable model for members moving forward,” Hale said.

The AGM also saw David Lo, CEO of The Zoo, and Andrew Baxter, CEO of Publicis, both stepping down from the board.

Lo had been on the board for a decade, while Baxter finishes after a three-year stint.


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