The Marketing Academy 2021 scholars revealed

Seventh annual program to build up the skills of Australian marketing leaders announces this year's 30 scholars

The 2021 Marketing Academy cohort
The 2021 Marketing Academy cohort

The Marketing Academy has confirmed its intake of 30 up-and-coming executive marketing leaders for the 2021 edition of its Australian program, a list that covers sectors from retail, financial services and FMCG through to agencies, publishers and technology providers.

The annual scholarship program is now in its seventh year in Australia and sees 30 marketing and business executives access a series of lectures and masterclasses, bootcamps, one-to-one mentoring and executive coaching each year to improve their business and board game. This year’s scholars also get a further 10 passes for their teams to access The Marketing Academy’s recently launched virtual camps.

To date, the Academy has built up an alumni of 180 marketers since its local launch.

The program this year is being sponsored by longstanding sponsors, Google, Commonwealth Bank KFC and IAG as well as new global sponsor, Salesforce.

This year’s list of mentors includes high-profile marketing leaders such as ABC director of audiences, Leisa Bacon, ANZ CMO, Sweta Mehra, Audi chief customer and marketing officer, Nikki Warburton, Coles CMO, Lisa Ronson, Lion CMO, Anubha Sahasrabuddhe, Optus CMO, Melissa Hopkins, Telstra CMO, Jeremy Nicholas, and IPG Mediabrands CEO, Mark Coad.

“It’s so exciting to be appointing the seventh cohort of the scholarship in Australia. The support we’re continually given by our incredible mentors, coaches, partners and speakers is remarkable and demonstrates the desire and need to place talent development at the heart of brands and agencies,” The Marketing Academy founder and global CEO, Sherilyn Shackell, commented.

“With over 750 alumni of our programs around the world we’re witnessing, every day, the phenomenal impact that comes as a result of investing in our talent, impact for them, their employers and industry itself.”

The Marketing Academy Australia 2021 scholars:

Adam Long, strategy consultant, The Ethical CEO

Amy Read, executive manager, Customer Marketing, REA Group

Anna Rallos, marketing innovation lead, IAG

Brittany Kury, senior brand and marketing manager, BPay Group

Brook Miller, client services director, Apparent

Claire Fenner, national MD and partner, Atomic212

Duncan McGrath, head of SMB ads marketing, Google

Elyse Foley, business director, PHD

Fern Canning Brook, managing director, Integrated Solutions, Edelman Australia

Hayley Walton, head of marketing, Samsung

Heath Evans, marketing and communications manager - Melbourne Accelerator Program, Melbourne University

James Bartold, commercial and strategy manager, North Melbourne Football Club

Johnny Hammond, managing partner APAC, Pilot44

Josh Slighting, head of data and digital audience, Network Ten

Jude Batrac, national trade marketing manager, News Corp Australia

Kate Wright, marketing manager, Arnotts

Kim Bush-Ellis, marketing manager brand and communications lead, Woolworths Australia

Leandro Perez, VP of Asia-Pacific marketing, Salesforce

Lewis Shields, head of content marketing and social media, Herd Msl

Lisa de Vere White, director of digital acquisition, American Express

Lucy Allen, head of marketing APAC, OFX

Marcus Desmond, strategic marketing director (Haematology), Janssen Asia Pacific

Rob Elder, director of brand marketing, Nike

Salim Sebkhi, head of partner and commercial marketing, Cisco

Sian Whitnall, chief digital officer, OMD Australia

Toby Harrison, chief strategy officer, Ogilvy Australia

Tom Healey, business development director, Octagon

Vuki Vujasinovic, CEO, Sling & Stone

Warren Mo, digital marketing manager, KFC

Yvonne Richardson, senior sponsorship manager, Commonwealth Bank


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