James Hier, Chief Growth and Product Officer – GroupM agency Wavemaker

Currently Chief Growth and Product Officer of GroupM agency Wavemaker, previously the CEO of MEC Australia and New Zealand. James has over 20 years’ experience in advertising spanning digital, creative, strategy, consultancy and media agencies.

James hosts the award winning TV series, Marketing Dividends, on Sky News Business where he interviews Australia’s leading CMO’s & CEO’s on marketing’s contribution to the bottom line. Now in its third series, Marketing Dividends won the global World Federation of Advertisers exclusive Chairman’s Award for Excellence in promoting marketing.

James is a regular guest on industry panels, speaker platforms and Media Week on Sky News Business.

Prior to re-joining GroupM in Australia, James spent five years as a global Integrated Marketing Communications consultant to the Unilever Marketing Academy, Heineken and SABMiller working in over 20 countries. He has worked at TBWA, DDB, Leo Burnett and Starcom.

James received the ‘Great Mind Award 2015’ from the Journal of Advertising Research and was recognised on the Internationalist’s ‘The Agency Innovators List 2013’.