Ultimate Edge Communications finds its ‘senior executive assistant / office manager / professional governess’

Ultimate Edge Communications has hired Anna Graham as its executive assistant / office manager, following a controversial job advertisement which drew a lot of criticism from the industry.

Graham joins after 10 months at VMLY&R where she was executive assistant to the CEO.

In the new role, Graham will support the clients and creative teams at Ultimate Edge Communications across all projects and operations. She has previously worked at Clemenger BBDO and Leo Burnett.

Ultimate Edge Communications founder and CEO, Aleisha McCall, said over 200 people applied for the position.

“I’m delighted to have found the right person for this role,” she said.

“While sorting through the 216 applications and getting down to a shortlist of 10 incredible people, Anna embodied all the right personal qualities to be successful in this role and contribute industry-specific knowledge, skills and experience to the team.”

Graham said the role was the perfect opportunity for her career.

“I’m very excited to be working with Aleisha and the UEC team,” says Graham.

“She’ll be a fantastic mentor as I look forward to developing my career as UEC continues to scale its client portfolio via its innovative approaches. What impressed me right from the start was Aleisha’s positivity and enthusiasm. It’s refreshing and infectious, making working with her that much more enjoyable. As I’m soon to be a mother myself, I’m especially keen to draw from her experience to holistically manage my personal and professional lives as she challenges and nurtures me to be my best, as she has done herself.”

The original job advertisement for the EA role drew ire over its language, including points like ‘your personal constraints need to be minimal for this to work. Even though I have an open mind to a wide variety of personal considerations, I need you fully focused on achieving the goals and outcomes I set’.

In an interview with Mumbrella, McCall said that while it wasn’t a ‘normal job ad’, she didn’t ‘make any apologies or excuses’ for being picky in the quest to find the perfect candidate. She said the salary for the role would be $100,000 – $150,000 and that the right candidate would fit the position in the ad, no matter how niche.


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