Stuart Mitchell leaves Aegis

Stuart Mitchell of Aegis Media Pacific

Stuart Mitchell: leaving

Aegis Media deputy chairman Stuart Mitchell is leaving the company. Mitchell is the son of Harold Mitchell, who founded Mitchell & Partners which became Australia’s biggest media buying operation before being bought by Aegis Media. Aegis has since been bought by Dentsu, making the Mitchell family one of the wealthiest in Australia.

There has been consistent speculation in the market for the last few years that Stuart Mitchell might leave. However, his departure now makes succession plans more straightforward with executive Luke Littlefield, currently CEO of Aegis Media in Australia and New Zealand an obvious name.

In the announcemnet Stuart Mitchell said: “This decision was not an easy one. However it is time for a change and the next evolution in my life. It has been an amazing personal journey over the last 21 years; to help and lead our family media business to develop into the largest and most diverse communications group in Australia. I have learnt much, made many personal and professional friendships, locally and globally, for which I will be forever thankful.”

He added: “

With the quality of our local leaders and staff, I could not be leaving the business in better shape.”

Harold Mitchell, who is the company’s executive chairman,said, “I’m grateful for the incredible single handed contribution by Stuart at my side for more than two decades. It was one of advertising’s great team efforts. As for the future, it is business as usual”.

CEO Littlefield

CEO Littlefield

Littlefield said “Over the past 21 years Stuart has made an enormous and often unheralded contribution to the businesses of Mitchell & Partners, the Mitchell Communication Group and more recently Aegis Media. His legacy will be long lasting in terms of the staff, the evolution of the group through the acquisitions and organic business growth he has led, and relationships with clients and the media.


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