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The Marketing Academy Australia announces the 30 marketing executives selected for the 2022 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 it’s 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 8th year in Australia there are 210 alumni of the program who frequently describe the experience as ‘transformational’ and ‘life changing’.
The program includes one-to-one mentoring with an enviable line up of board level executives including; Kristi Woolrych, CMO KFC; Anubha Sahasrabuddhe CMO, Lion; Jeremy Nicholas, CMO, Telstra; Sweta Mehra, CMO, ANZ; Jenni Dill CMO, Arnott’s; Susan Coghill, CMO, Tourism Australia; Peter Horgan, CEO, Omnicom Media Group; Stuart Tucker, CMO, Hipages; Mark Coad, CEO, IPG Mediabrands; Brent Smart, CMO, IAG; Lisa Ronson, CMO, Coles 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: “It is deeply gratifying to see that the marketing, media and advertising industry remains committed to developing the skills and leadership capability of its talent through its ongoing support of The Marketing Academy in Australia. This years’ cohort, our 8th in Australia, represents the calibre and potential of the remarkable emerging leaders in this country yet again. Along with our Mentors, Executive Coaches, Partners’ and teaching faculty, we remain utterly dedicated to ensuring the pipeline of future Board level talent continues to thrive and that our incredible Scholars will be supported in their ambitions to positively impact our brands & agencies for years to come”

“It wasn’t until I finished the first Marketing Academy bootcamp, that I realised how lucky I was to have earnt my place on this program. Program doesn’t do it justice – it’s membership to a money can’t buy club, some would say cult and they’d be right. As an Alumni of the Covid year (2020), I have graduated with more than I could have ever imagined – an incredible cohort of friends who speak daily, access to the world’s best speakers and the support of the global Alumni network. My experience from The Marketing Academy played a crucial role in my recent promotion and I stand proud in a co-CEO role with a current Marketing Academy scholar, where together we apply the tools and learnings to our own leadership journey ” Laura Nice, Co-CEO OMD (2020 Scholar)

The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Program is funded in 2022 by long term partners Google, Commonwealth Bank, KFC, IAG, global partners Salesforce and the Academy welcomes new partners Deloitte Digital and Dentsu.

The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Class of 2022:
Patrick Barbaro, Head of Group Media, Coles
Renata Bertram, VP ANZ Marketing, Salesforce
Emily Cook, Head of Client Partnerships, Dentsu ANZ
Ben Coverdale, Founder, March One
Katie Dally, General Manager, Thinkerbell
Jessica Farahar, Marketing Manager, KFC
EJ Gamboa, Head of Performance Media, Vodafone Australia
Mateusz Glazewski, Group Digital Strategy Director (AU), MediaCom Worldwide
Ruth Haffenden, Managing Partner, The Works
Elly Hewitt, Managing Director, Alt Shift
Sophie Hirst, Brand & Reputation Marketing, Google
Anna Jackson, Creative Strategy Manager – Marketing, IAG
Tobias Johnstone, Executive Manager, Audience & Growth, REA Group
John Kerrison, Director – Media and Social Brand Digital & Comms, NSW Department of Customer Service
Marisa Laria, Marketing & Communications Manager, Revlon
Jade Lish, Portfolio Marketing Manager, Global Brands, Mars Food
Andrew May, Chief Growth Officer, V2 Food
Philippa Moig, Business Director, OMD Australia
Benjamin Montague, Head of Brand, Integrated Campaigns & Experiences APAC, IBM
Chris Murphy, General Manager, The Hallway
Philippa Noilea-Tani, Chief Investment Officer, Wavemaker
Krishma Sood, Marketing Manager Shapes, Arnotts
Ed Steiner, Managing Partner, Hall & Partners
Rebecca Tearle, Group Marketing Manager – Business Awards, Telstra
Emma Terry, CMO, Tourism Tasmania
Kate Thomas, Marketing Director, Aje
Dan Tintner, Partner, Deloitte Digital
Katreena Tyson, Executive Manager Brand Strategy, CommBank
Tanya Vragalis, Managing Director, TBWA
Debbie Wine, CMO ANZ, Zip

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