WPP AUNZ’s CEO of PR, Kieran Moore, to leave business

WPP AUNZ’s CEO of PR, government relations, experiential and design is leaving the business “in mid-July”, the holding group has announced.

Moore said the time was right to seek new challenges and opportunities outside the group where she had spent more than one-third of her life.

Moore has been with WPP AUNZ since 2003

In addition to running WPP AUNZ’s PR and government relations companies – including BCW, Cannings Purple, Hill + Knowlton and Howorth – in recent years Moore has performed a group communications and marketing role.

She joined the company back in 2003, when it was then known as STW, and then rose to become managing director of Howorth. From there, she became CEO of Ogilvy PR (now Opr).

WPP AUNZ, which bills itself as a creative transformation company, has been going through a period of transformation itself under new CEO Jens Monsees, however both Moore and the holding group said the decision to depart was Moore’s.

“I have spent more than one-third of my life in this Group. The time is now right to seek new challenges and opportunities and I am excited about the journey that lies ahead. It’s a leap I am really looking forward to,” she said in a statement sent out by the holding group at 4:29pm.

WPP AUNZ’s chief operating officer John Steedman, who also acted as interim CEO before Monsees was appointed, praised the outgoing leader.

“Kieran is well known and highly respected both internally and externally and is a friend to many. I have personally known and worked with Kieran for a long period of time and will truly miss her. We thank Kieran for the extraordinary effort, energy and commitment over the years with the company and wish her every success in the future,” he said.

A statement from WPP AUNZ added: “Moore is well known as a trusted client advisor, industry leader and a vocal advocate for workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, in addition to being a recognised expert in corporate thought leadership and crisis and issues management.”


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