The Marketing Academy Australia announces the 30 marketing executives selected for the 2024 Scholarship Program

Following a competitive 3 stage selection process The Marketing Academy Australia has selected the 30 marketing executives from client-side brands, media owners, agencies and start-ups to attend its world class Scholarship Program.

This free but highly selective development program for the best talent in the industry is designed to utilize the collective knowledge of C Suite executives to develop the Scholars skills and prepare them for their journey towards board level business leaders. Now entering its 10th year in Australia there are 280 alumni of the program who frequently describe the experience as ‘transformational’.

The program includes one-to-one mentoring with an enviable line up of board level executives including; Jo Boundy, CMO, CBA; Eric Thomson, Global Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard; Anubha Sahasrabuddhe CMO, Lion; Brent Smart, CMO, Telstra; Sweta Mehra, CMO, ANZ; Martin Brown, Director, eBusiness, Strategy & Marketing, Nestle Australia; Jenni Dill CMO, Arnott’s; Susan Coghill, CMO, Tourism Australia; Peter Horgan, CEO, Omnicom Media Group; Mark Richardson, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Marley Spoon; Mark Coad, CEO, IPG Mediabrands; Naysla Edwards, VP Brand, Charge Cards & Member experience, Amex; and Leisa Bacon, Director of Audiences at ABC.

In addition to mentoring, Scholars are each assigned an Executive Coach, attend 3 residential ‘Boot Camps’ packed with inspirational speakers, and attend lectures & masterclasses hosted by renowned experts from around the world. Each appointed Scholar will also receive 10 places for their teams and colleagues to enrol on the online development program ‘The Marketing Academy Virtual Campus’.
The Marketing Academy Founder & Global CEO, Sherilyn Shackell, said: ‘Each year, we continue to be impressed by the remarkable talent found in Australia, and this year is no exception. Despite potential challenges for brands and agencies ahead, The Marketing Academy remains steadfast in its dedication to nurturing these exceptional leaders in their personal growth, leadership journey, and professional achievements. I would like to thank our incredible community of pitch and panel interviewers, sponsors, mentors, executive coaches, and speakers for their continued support in making this transformative program possible.’

Ainslie Williams, CEO, Qualie (2023 Scholar Alumni) said: ‘The Marketing Academy Scholarship is so much more than a leadership program. It challenges you to your core, to make you a better person. With access to the industry’s elite, mentors, coaches, and all-round good humans, it’s impossible to come through the year unchanged. It provided the time and space to reflect on my business and affirm how I want to take things forward. It’s an immense privilege to experience TMA during your working life because you walk away with hundreds of talented people in your corner and renewed vigor to make a positive impact on those around you.’

The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Program is funded by long time sponsors Salesforce, Google, Commonwealth Bank, IAG and Optus.

Here’s the list of The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Class of 2024:
Alexandra Piercy, National Marketing Manager – Loyalty Coles Supermarkets
Alita McMenamin Head of Brand, Network and Sponsorship – Telstra
Amber Scotto Di Perta, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Client Services – Edelman Australia
Benjamin Harrison, Managing Director – M&C Saatchi
Bonnie Bradley, Chapter Area Lead – Marketing, Digital & eCommerce – The Warehouse Group
Dale Bennetto, Partner / Head of Production – Chronicle Studios
Dan Adams, Client Service Director – The Idea Shed
Dan Hamer, Head of Commercial & Growth – Hawthorn Football Club
Darryl Newby, Co-Founder/Director – Welcome to Travel
Elena Giraldo, Manager, Experiential Marketing & Content – IAG
James Clifton, Senior Director, APAC Marketing – Salesforce
James Crawley, Creative Director / Co-founder – Common Ventures
Jemma Downey, Group General Manager Consumer Growth – Asahi Beverages
Laura Pope, Head of Consumer Marketing, Apps and Platforms – Google Australia
Lindene Cleary, Chief Marketing Officer – Tourism Tasmania
Lisa Little-Cain, Head of Advertising – ALDI
Louise Laing, General Manager Marketing ANZ – Intrepid Travel
Lucie Jansen, National Chief Investment Officer, Leadership Team – Spark Foundry Australia
Maddie Jahnke, Head of Light Spirits, Digital & Insights (Pacific) – Pernod Ricard
Melissa Louey, Marketing Director – frank green
Michelle Rowling, Head of Sales and Marketing – Luna Park Sydney
Millie Mae Twort, Group Account Director (Creative Project Lead) – The Works
Nathan Kent, Marketing Director – DrinkWise
Rosie Thomas, Co-Founder & Executive Director – Project RockIt
Samantha McLeod, Marketing Director Food and Beverage – McDonalds Australia
Sandra Theis, Director, Customer Research & Insights – Optus
Shad Haehae, Global Head of Digital Acquisition & Marketing Analytics – OFX
Tahlia Phillips, General Manager – Concrete Playground
Tamisine Heath, Chapter Lead, Partnerships & Activations – Commonwealth Bank
Yasmin Armes, Executive Director Consumer – Herd MSL

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

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