WPP comms and marketing head Toby Hemming departs group

WPP has made head of communications and marketing Toby Hemming, redundant less than a month after it was announced that CEO Jens Monsees was leaving the business.

It is understood that both Monsees and Hemming have periods of non-compete following their departures from the group. WPP is yet to announce who will fill the country manager role that replaces the CEO role held by Monsees.

Toby Hemming

WPP AUNZ was delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange on 19 May, following a successful takeover by WPP plc for the remainder of the shares in the agency group.

Hemming joined the group in September 2020, to “look after marketing communications internally and externally for WPP”.

Hemming’s role at WPP included management of the corporate communication and marketing team, which included long-time employees Sandra Renowden and Rebecca Tilly, both of whom were made redundant in February this year. Both also had restraints of trade following their departure.  

Earlier this month, Hemming announced the appointment of two new communications team members, Nadia Fidler as PR manager and Laura Backhouse as internal communications manager.

Prior to WPP AUNZ, Hemming was founder and director of B2B focused PR agency Bold Media, which he closed in August 2020 after eight years.

His career also includes two years as News Digital Media head of corporate affairs. He was made redundant from that role as part of the company’s restructure in June 2012. Hemming also previously worked for UK pay TV operation BSkyB.

WPP was contacted for comment but did not respond at the time of publishing.


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