Mediabrands Australia expands its executive leadership team with new appointments

Mediabrands Australia is expanding its executive leadership team, which now oversees about 800 people. Kim Lion has been appointed chief culture and communications officer and Alexia Bryant is appointed chief talent officer.

The Mediabrands executive leadership team (ELT) now consists of CEO Mark Coad, John Clements (CFO), Melissa Fein (CEO Initiative), Anathea Ruys (CEO UM), Kim Lion, Alexia Bryant, Jackie Edwards (MD Orion), Maria Grivas (CEO Reprise), Clay Gill (CEO Matterkind) and Nick Durrant (MD Magna).

Mediabrand’s chief talent officer, Alexia Bryant (left) and chief culture and communications officer, Kim Lion (right) 

Coad, who joined the holding company in late 2019, said: “Bryant started leading HR in early 2020. She has worked alongside Lion who has expertly led culture and communication across the group. Their two roles have expanded massively in recent times and there are now two very clear people ‘pillars’ working in close partnership across Mediabrands and within our individual businesses. Lion leads learning and development, diversity, equity and inclusion and communications across our businesses. Bryant leads policy, recruitment, HR operations and governance.

“Our programs to find, support and manage our talent are deeply integral to our progress and the future development of the group. With such high importance it is right that Bryant and Lion represent our people programs at our most senior management forum.

“Over the past 18 months or so our people teams have faced extraordinary challenges and they’ve delivered incredibly well. Our people teams have brought clear direction to our COVID-related working from home and office management policies, flexible working arrangements, recruitment needs, employment contract compliance, performance development, assistance with senior appointments and employment policies – to name a few,” Coad concluded.


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