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OMD hires James Lucas as trading director in Queensland

Ikon’s trading director James Lucas has jumped ship from the WPP-owned agency to join Omnicom Media Group’s OMD in the same role.

Lucas joined Ikon Communications in 2013 as a communications trader before becoming programmatic trader in 2016, trading manager in 2017 and trading director in April of this year.

Lucas starts with OMD Brisbane on 7 January 

He commences his new role with OMD in January and will be joining the leadership team.

At OMD Brisbane, Lucas will be responsible for leading the investment team and maximising negotiation output.

OMD said the appointment highlighted the media agency’s commitment to transparency, as well as the growing momentum of OMD Brisbane.

Rob Swinton, managing director of OMD Queensland, said Lucas is recognised as a leading investment and negotiation talent in Queensland.

“We’re incredibly pleased that he will be joining us. His proven ability further strengthens OMD’s capability and trading offering in the Queensland market. James has a strong team ethos which is the right cultural fit for OMD. He will be a great asset to our leadership team.”

Lucas said he was excited to be joining the OMD team.

“They have a great local client base and a strong reputation as innovators in investment nationally,” he said. “OMD has a clear understanding of the direction trading expertise needs to be moving to ensure they are delivering the best outcomes for clients. There is a great sense of purpose in progressing the business in Queensland and a real air of positivity about the place.”

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