A2 appoints its first CMO to drive global brand strategy

Former Asia-Pacific marketing director of Campbell Arnott's will join the A/NZ premium milk producer in September as its inaugural CMO to help produce a stronger brand story

Premium milk producer, A2 Corporation, has appointed former Campbell Arnott’s marketing leader, Susan Massasso, as its first chief marketing officer.

Massasso will report directly to MD and CEO, Geoff Babidge, and will help drive the globalisation and growth plans at A2. In a statement, the company said a key priority is to further develop its intellectual property (IP) and take a consistent and elevated approach to building an engaging A2 brand story worldwide.

Babidge told CMO the new role will have overall responsibility for IP and work alongside the leadership team on a wider brief of responsibilities incorporating all marketing efforts. A2 Corporation currently has eight people involved in marketing and brand IP across its three business units, Australia, China and the UK, and these will be retained.

“There are a number of tasks being performed in our three business units, which Susan will take on and which will allow us to take a more strategic view of our brand,” Babidge said. “Susan was an outstanding candidate both in terms of her qualifications and skill set in marketing, brand development and business building.”

Massasso was most recently Asia-Pacific marketing director of Campbell Arnott’s and has held a range of senior leadership roles including marketing director at Arnott’s ANZ, as well as marketing director and general manager at Campbell’s ANZ. She also spent many years at Unilever holding marketing, logistics and insight roles.

Massasso commences her new role on 23 September.

A2 Corporation is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and generated annual sales of NX$62.5m in the 2012 financial year. The business underwent a strategic review in April last year and according to its October findings, plans to further develop its A2 branded dairy products portfolio, expand its infant products offerings in China, enter new international markets, and invest in additional processing capabilities in Australia and New Zealand.

It also flagged intentions to enter new product categories including yoghurt and UHT milk. The company claims its A2 milk is a $50m premium brand in Australia.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO Australia conversation on LinkedIn: CMO Australia, or join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia

Signup to CMO’s new email newsletter to receive your weekly dose of targeted content for the modern marketing chief.

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

How to keep your B2B marketing job for the next 5 years

B2B marketers are in the hot seat. As the customers’ buying journey shifts online, B2B marketers must exert influence and build trust with their prospects in a new way.

Collective Intelligence: The power of smarter, quicker team thinking

When we think about the bottom line in business, the immediate jump is fiscal performance. But if you're serious about future-proofing your business, then you need to be ready to think outside the box of traditional success measures.

Janine Garner

Founder and CEO, LBDGroup and author

Can the data-led creative please stand up?

The data land grab is full steam ahead. Media agencies, brands and tech players are all scrambling over one another to develop data and insights capabilities and to own the space.

Great article. Interactive videos will be the next big thing for engaging B2B & B2C audiences. IV videos with a questionnaire style f...

Revolution Video

3 lessons for marketers from the most creative digital ads for 2015

Read more

Chris, nice collection of tactics. I believe these are valid points of focus and action, and most marketers and many sales professionals ...

BCA

How to keep your B2B marketing job for the next 5 years - Marketing leadership - CMO Australia

Read more

The most successful start of any change is the recognition of its need. Australia is by no means the only country struggling with custome...

Denyse Drummond-Dunn

Report: Aussie CMOs strive for customer centricity but hindered by pace of change

Read more

Chris - good list for a staff marketer. But a CMO must become conversant and familiar with strategic corporate finance. This is now a c...

Ed Marsh

How to keep your B2B marketing job for the next 5 years - Marketing leadership - CMO Australia

Read more

Hmm ... another pondering example of VR technology's use for place-teleportation.http://www.virtualrealitytimes...

VirtualReality Times

Virtual reality provides platform to showcase Brisbane winter experiences

Read more

Sign in