Sue Squillace to depart Dentsu

After being reported that Dentsu is on the hunt for a new Carat CEO earlier this year, the group has now revealed that Dentsu Media CEO, Sue Squillace will be leaving after almost three years at the business.

Angela Tangas, CEO of Dentsu ANZ, said: “After three years with Dentsu, Sue Squillace has made the decision to leave the network. Sue joined us at a critical point and has played a key role in the turnaround of our business. The outcomes have been year-on-year growth, industry-leading client solutions aided by our fantastic partner relationships, and the formation of a strong, integrated team. I want to thank Sue for her valuable contribution to Dentsu and wish her all the best for her next move.”

Sue Squillace to depart as CEO of Dentsu Media

Sue Squillace added: “I’ve had a brilliant few years at Dentsu and am incredibly proud of the work we’ve done to help our clients grow their business in new and meaningful ways. This has been made possible by having a smart and dedicated team, who it has been a privilege to work alongside. I look forward to continuing to see the business thrive on its next phase of growth.”

Squillace will leave in the middle of this month, with the search for a new CEO currently underway. In the interim, iProspect CEO, Ollie Rapson will continue to be the business, with Carat managed by its local leadership team.

The move exacerbates suggestions that further integration on the media side of the business could be ahead.

Joining Dentsu in October 2019 from Spark Foundry, Squillace was appointed as Paul Brooks’ successor at Carat. Last year she was then elevated to the group role, with the search for a new agency boss still underway.

With a number of senior appointments at Dentsu across the past nine month, it appears to be a time of significant flux for the business, with local CEO Angela Tangas also set to depart to the UK. This means the Carat, Dentsu Media, and Dentsu ANZ CEO roles are all currently open.

Last month, the global business revealed a coming together of all of its creative and PR brands to form Dentsu Creative, with Kirsty Muddle leading the new consolidated business locally. With both the group and key agency role open on the media side of the business, Dentsu was asked about the possibility of a similar coming together. There has been no official response at the time of publishing.



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