Newly created AKQA Media names Shalyce McLean national investment director

AKQA Media has appointed Shalyce McLean as national investment director, effective immediately.

The appointment follows the merger of media agency Ikon and AKQA, resulting in the latter’s media arm. McLean will be leading the investment team, collaborating with all platforms to develop contemporary media strategies for clients.

McLean steps into the national investment director role

McLean is replacing Pia Coyle, who has left for a role at an independent agency. Mumbrella has contacted Coyle for comment.

McLean has been with Ikon since 2012, working her way up from a communications trader to head of product investment over the course of her tenure. She has also been a key leader of the agency’s Brisbane office.

In her new role, McLean will report to AKQA Media CEO, Lesley Edwards.

“We’re thrilled to announce Shalyce’s promotion,” Edwards said.

“She has proven herself as a results driven leader throughout her tenure with Ikon with an unrivalled understanding of our client’s needs and the rapidly evolving marketplace.”

McLean said of her promotion: “I am excited to lead the AKQA Media investment team, and look forward to continuing to achieve outstanding and ambitious outcomes for all our clients.”

Ikon is not the only agency to recently merge into AKQA. Late last year, WPP announced Grey Group, or WhiteGrey in Australia, would be joining the agency under the AKQA Group name.


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