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Stewart Gurney, National Head of Strategy – PHD Australia

Stewart has over 14 years of media and advertising experience, across a wide range of different clients both locally and internationally. He is one of the youngest head of strategies across the PHD network which is a testament to his passion and commitment to strategic thinking.

As National Head of strategy at PHD Stewart works across a multitude of different categories and clients ranging from technology to FMCG. Key clients include: Google, PepsiCo, ANZ and Unilever. His focus on creating ‘purposeful innovation’ and ideas that have a demonstrable effect has helped to evolve grow many client business and win a variety of different local and international awards.

As well as having a strong focus on the work that is produced across PHD, Stewart has also been instrumental in the development of the agency process and structure. He has led the localization and deployment of the PHD’s global planning system ‘Source’ and the creation of a both Strategy and Research teams within the agency. His unique ability to combine strategic leadership with business acumen has helped make 2015 one of PHDs most successful years to date, typified by winning the Unilever business across Australia.

Before moving to Australia Stewart worked at Vizeum in the UK. Stewart was responsible for leading the strategic planning across the Coca-Cola business. Most notably building the global strategy for Coca-Cola across the London 2012 Games. Prior to that Stewart began his career at MediaCom where is learnt the basics of planning and strategy working across the GSK business