Australia’s Got Marketing Talent! The Marketing Academy announces the 30 marketing executives selected for the 2nd year of their Australia Leaders Programme

  • 30 places have been awarded from a pool of almost 300 nominations after a rigorous 3-stage selection process.
  • This free but highly selective leadership programme for talented brand and agency leaders is entering its second year in Australia and is designed to develop each delegate’s leadership skills and prepare them for their journey to board level business leader.
  • All of last years sponsors renewed their support for the programme and include; Commonwealth Bank, Google, NewsCorp Australia and Foxtel.

At a party hosted by Commonwealth Bank, The Marketing Academy unveiled the line up of leaders from marketing, advertising and media selected to take part in the 2016 Programme.

Commenting on this years intake the Marketing Academy Founder & CEO Sherilyn Shackell said ‘the calibre of applicants has been fantastic. We have a rich mix of the best in client side brands, media owners and creative & media agencies from both Sydney and Melbourne with at least 12 years between the least and most experienced. We believe this diversity in age, background, experience and skill-set enriches the programme for each and every delegate’.

During the programme, which ends in October, delegates experience a packed curriculum which includes ‘bootcamps’, mentoring, lunches with CEO’s, executive coaching and a series of Lectures.

The Academy has attracted 30 executive coaches and over 40 Mentors from Australia’s business community including; Maile Carnegie, Google MD; Andy Lark, Xero CMO; Marty O’Halloran, DDB Group Chairman, Andrew Baxter, Publicis CEO; Megan Brownlow, PWC Executive Director; Philip Lynch, Johnson & Johnson MD, Clive Stiff, Unilever CEO; Matt Tapper, Lion MD Global Markets.

A key element of the curriculum is a series of Lectures hosted by subject matter experts from around the world and are attended by the cohort, the Academys partners, Mentors, coaches and invited guests. Last year, on the day of their ‘graduation’, the 2015 cohort hosted their own lecture sharing their learnings. The lecture was attended by over 800 people from within the industry. These invitation only events are sponsored this year by Seven West Media Group, Kmart, Clemenger, Macquarie University and IAG.
Adam Ross of Mindshare and an alumni of last year’s programme said ‘when I applied for The Marketing Academy I didn’t really know too much about it, so whilst I really wanted to get onto the program I wasn’t desperate. Knowing what I know now though, I really should have been! It is not just something that will propel me forward in my career, but it has been a genuine life-changing experience. It gives you more than you ever thought possible’.

Here’s the line up of The Marketing Academy Australia Leaders Programme 2016:

1. Andrew Howie, Group Marketing Manager, Meat Brands
2. Brooke Chilcott, Head of Account Management, Naked Communications Sydney
3. Burcak Sezer, Marketing Manager, Kimberly-Clark Australia
4. Claire Salvetti, Managing Director, One Green Bean
5. Claire Tenzer, Group Business Director, WhybinTBWA
6. Gabriella Conlon, Head of Consumer Marketing, Google
7. Gemma Hunter, Executive Creative Director, MediaCom
8. Holly Jonas, Advertising Campaign & Channel Manager, IAG
9. Jay Sellick, Head of Strategy, Sports Bet
10. Jeci David, Portfolio Marketing Manager, Kellogg Australia
11. Jeff  Miller, Executive Manager Marketing Credit Cards, Commonwealth Bank
12. Kate O’Ryan-Roeder, Chief Client Officer, Mindshare
13. Katie Finney, Melbourne Sales Manager, Seven West Media Group
14. Lauren Cain, Marketing Manager Bingle, Suncorp Group
15. Liz Kaelin, Founder & CEO, You Chews
16. Louise Davis, Head of Retention and Loyalty, News Corp Australia
17. Michael Kay, Group Director, UMWW Australia
18. Nora-Kate O’Connell, Marketing Manager, KFC
19. Peter Cerny, Executive Creative Director, ChannelT
20. Polly Blenkinship, Head of Acquisition & Customer Marketing Strategy, Foxtel
21. Rachel Pullicino , Marketing Director, Edgewell
22. Renee Garner, Head of Marketing Planning & Segments, EnergyAustralia
23. Sergio Brodsky, Strategy Director, Starcom MediaVest Group
24. Simon Davenport, National Advertising Manager, Officeworks
25. Stewart Gurney , Head of Strategy, PHD Media
26. Terri  Martin-Newbould, Client Services Director, Presentation Studio
27. Tina Walsberger, Head of Marketing and Customer Services, Sydney Festival
28. Todd Pironis, Marketing Manager Orthopaedics, Stryker
29. Tracy Hall, Head of Brand & Communications, eBay Inc
30. Zoey Saunders, Head of Customer Category, Carlton & United Breweries


The Scholarship – a 9 month, free, part time program for 30 of the UK’s fastest rising stars in Marketing, Advertising, Media and Communications.

The Fellowship – Equips CMOs and Marketing Directors with the tools, knowledge and insight to make the move onto Boards and into General Management / MD / CEO roles.

12 month full paid Marketing Apprenticeship for young adults who because of challenging backgrounds, lack qualifications or poor life choices are normally overlooked for this kind of work experience