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The Marketing Academy today announced the marketing executives selected for the 3rd year of their exclusive Scholarship Programme.

  • Over 300 nominations and competitive selection process  resulted in 30 Scholarship places awarded
  • This free but highly selective leadership programme for talented brand, media and agency leaders has entered its third year in Australia and is designed to develop the Scholars leadership skills and prepare them for their journey to board level business leader.
  • Professional services firm PwC Australia has joined as a headline sponsor for 2017 along with long term sponsors Commonwealth Bank, Google, NewsCorp Australia and Microsoft.

Following a rigorous 3 stage selection process that included more than 300 nominations, 96 ‘pitches’ and 64 face to face interviews,  The Marketing Academy Australia has unveiled the 30 emerging leaders from client side brands, media owners and agencies selected to attend its 2017 Scholarship Programme.

Speaking of the selection process Academy Founder and CEO Sherilyn Shackell said ‘I’m truly delighted by the first rate talent in Australia and grateful to all the business leaders who nominated their people for the programme. The final selection this year was extremely hard as the volume and calibre hit a three year high. I’m just sorry we only have 30 places because in all honesty we could easily have taken twice that number.’

For the 2017 Scholarship Programme The Marketing Academy has redefined the 4Ps of marketing creating 4 core learning modules. The Academy’s 4Ps are: Personal development – be an extraordinary human being; People development – be an inspirational leader; Professional development – be an exceptional marketer; and Purpose – be a change maker.

The coveted programme, sponsored in 2017 by Commonwealth Bank, Google, News Corp Australia, Microsoft and PwC, includes one-to-one mentoring sessions with Australia’s most experienced industry leaders. This year the line-up of 50 Mentors includes: Therese Kallie, Communications Director Nestle; Mark Reinke, Group Executive Marketing Suncorp; Stephanie Tully CMO Qantas Loyalty;  Leigh Terry, APAC CEO IPG; Jaimes Leggett, CEO M&C Saatchi; Mark Lollback, CEO GroupM; Russel Howcroft Chief Creative Officer PwC and Terry Savage, Chairman Cannes Lions.

In addition to mentoring sessions the Scholars are each assigned an Executive Coach, take part in 3 immersive residential ‘Boot Camps’ packed with inspirational speakers and attend 4 Scholarship Lectures, each hosted by recognized subject matter experts. The Academy’s 2017 Lecture Series is sponsored by MediaCom, Clemenger BBDO, Sydney Opera House and Macquarie University.

The Marketing Academy Australia 60 Alumni who attended the programme in the last two years include: Jane Merrick, General Manager IAG; Ian Edwards, Managing Director MEC; Mick McKeown, Brand Director Carlton United Breweries; Paul Connell, Homecare Director Unilever; Jo McAlister, Marketing Director NBCUniversal; Jay Sellick, Head of Strategy Sportsbet; Michael Kay, Group Director UM and Sergio Brodsky, Strategy Director Starcom. The Alumni describe the experience as ‘life changing’, ‘transformational’ and ‘priceless’.

Here’s the line up of The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Class of 2017:

Amanda Fuller, Managing Partner & APAC Regional Lead, DDB Group

Andrew Da Silva, Head of The Travel Team, Mediacom

Brent Whelan, Group Marketing Manager Spreads & Beverages, Fonterra

Cally Scivetti, Marketing & Strategy Director, Val Morgan

Chris Gross, Head of Marketing, Brand & Social, Fox Sports

Colin Glynn, Head of Insights, Lion Co

David Griffiths, Managing Director, Iris Worldwide

Ebonie Newman, Director of Sales APAC, Storyful

Gary Elphick, Founder & CEO, Disrupt Sports

Jacquelyn Cowardin, Group Business Director, DWA

James Stewart, Director Emerging Products, IAG

Jane King, Senior Marketing Director, APN Outdoor

Jayne Andrews, Marketing Director, Carnival Australia

Julia Donnan, Head of Hardware Marketing, Google

Kara May, Marketing Manager, Fisher & Paykel

Kate Gamble, General Manager, Resolution

Kathy Damatopoulos, Performance Media Manager, Suncorp Group

Lucie Wolstenholme, Head of Marketing Oceania, Nestle

Margy Vary, Head of Marketing, The Guardian Australia

Matt Parkes, Executive Manager Deposits, Transactions, Youth, Commonwealth Bank

Mimi Flemming , General Manager , Vice Media

Nathan Wilson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Niki Allen, Head of Marketing, BT Investment Management

Paul Den, Partner, Banter

Pia Chaudhuri, Creative Director, One Green Bean

Ruth Taylor, Senior Brand Manager, Yum! Restaurants International

Sarah Jauncey, Head of Brand Marketing & Communications, Cancer Council NSW

Sarah Peacock, National Digital Marketing Leader, PwC

Simon Davies, Managing Director, Bastion Brands

Tim Kenward, Group Brand Manager, McDonalds Australia

Full details on the Scholars, Alumni, Mentors, Coaches and Selection Panel can be found at


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