It’s become crystal clear that if you’re going to be successful in the ever-shifting marketing landscape, you need to be able to change direction, and fast. Fluidity and agility are key, and that’s why having technology, media and creative playing on the same team is going to be crucial for the successful marketer or agency.
Vodafone Australia will scrap its CMO position and merge marketing and sales into one team following the departure of CMO, Loo Fun Chee.
The telco has appointed its director of sales, Ben McIntosh, to the newly created role of consumer business unit director, effective 30 January. In a statement, Vodafone CEO, Inaki Berroeta, said the decision will see sales and marketing activities united under one leader and one team, which he claimed would create a more streamlined structure and seamless end-to-end processes.
McIntosh has been with Vodafone since 2014, and previously spent 17 years at Harvey Norman as general manager of technology and entertainment retail.
“This change will set us up for future growth, and build on the momentum we are achieving in the market," Berroeta said. “The consumer business unit will drive our ambition to deliver the very best product, service and experience for our customers.”
Berroeta also thanked Chee for her contribution as CMO over the past two years and wished her well as she relocates back to Malaysia for family reasons.
Chee assumed the role in November 2014 following the departure of Kim Clarke. Prior to joining Vodafone, Chee was with Globe Telecom. Her resume also included stints in channel and retail marketing with Maxis Communications, as well as client services positions at JWT in Malaysia covering brands such as Citibank, Unilever and Nestle.
During Chee’s time with the telco, milestones included the launch of the MyMix product, as well as improvements in the brand’s Net Promoter Score, a key indicator of customer advocacy. The telco has spent millions working on its network infrastructure after experiencing years of customer dissatisfaction and negativity.
Just this week, Vodafone announced a five-year deal with Ericsson and Cisco to future-proof its core mobile and IP network.
McIntosh said he was excited by the challenges of the new role.
“Not only is Vodafone’s network world class, but we also have the service and product to give our customers a truly great experience – and with what we have planned, it’s only going to get better,” he said.