PHD promotes internally for new Melbourne head of investment

PHD Australia has appointed a Melbourne head of investment, effective immediately.

Ryan Ambrose steps into the role after nine years with the agency.

He joined PHD in 2015 as an account coordinator, slowly rising up the ranks to group investment director, Sydney. Ambrose returns to Melbourne after 18 months in the Sydney-based role.

Ambrose will be responsible for PHD’s investment product, and has been tasked with advancing the Melbourne office’s investment community and client offering, to drive innovative solutions and client growth.

Ryan Ambrose

“I’m thrilled to be back at PHD Melbourne supported by a national best-in-class investment offering and look forward to continuing to drive growth, exceptional value and innovation for our clients,” Ambrose said of his appointment.

He will work closely with PHD’s head of accountability, Maree Braham, to maximise investment outcomes for clients, with a focus on compliance, rigor and performance. Ambrose will report to chief investment officer, Joanna Barnes.

“The business has incredible talent, and I am so pleased to see ongoing career progression within PHD,” Barnes commented.

“Ryan is a progressive and decisive leader which is exactly what we need to accelerate our client’s growth ambitions in this new era. Ryan has been with PHD since 2016 and in that time has impressed across so many areas and I can’t wait for the full ‘Ambrose effect’ to take hold.”

The agency recently hired a new Sydney head of strategy in Brendan Hewitt, as well as a head of planning and effectiveness in Elyse Foley.

At the start of the year, PHD was appointed as McCain’s media agency of record, nabbing the account from cummins&partners. It also recently retained Volkswagen’s media account, globally.


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