The AANA appoints Josh Faulks as its new CEO

The Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) has appointed Josh Faulks as its new CEO, taking over from interim CEO Julie Flynn in October, following a highly competitive international search process.

Faulks will be charged with revitalising the AANA, joining the organisation with extensive experience working in the highest levels of government and the corporate sector. Most recently, he held the role of national lead of the Reputation Advisory business at KPMG and has also spent more than a decade in senior roles for federal cabinet ministers, alongside senior executive positions at the ABC, ASX listed corporation, and an industry body.

Chair of the AANA Board, Martin Brown, said the Board was very excited about this new appointment.

“With strong economic headwinds and media fragmentation accelerating, now more than ever, Australian brands need a strong unified voice. Josh is a proven leader who is extremely well placed to revitalise the AANA to be that voice at a particularly challenging and important time for our industry.”

Commenting on the appointment, Faulks said he was excited to be taking on the role.

“The AANA is in great shape and I’m looking forward to building on its strong foundation to cement its role as a powerful advocate and the voice for advertisers in Australia. My immediate priorities will be to protect and strengthen the self-regulatory model, to help members build the capabilities of their teams so they can attract and retain talent, and to bring the industry back together post COVID.”

In welcoming Faulk to the AANA, the Board wished to acknowledge and thank Julie Flynn for her contribution as interim CEO.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Julie for her tireless and effective leadership as interim CEO,” Brown said.


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