Nestlé Oceania director to chair advertising association

Nestlé Oceania’s director of eBusiness, Strategy and Marketing, Martin Brown, has been elected as chair of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA).

Brown joined the AANA Board last November and will take over from Matt Tapper, Lion’s managing director of global markets, who announced in December that he would be stepping down from the Board in 2019 after four years.

“I am delighted that the Board has chosen Martin as Chair. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with him for the last nine months and have developed a great respect for his strategic capabilities,” Tapper said.

Brown has worked in senior marketing roles in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, and “understands how advertising is evolving across the globe”.

“I have every confidence the organisation will continue to be an effective champion of responsible, innovative and respected marketing under Martin’s leadership,” he added.

Brown said he was honoured to continue the work that Tapper has done to advance collective interests “to evolve the self regulatory system, strengthen our governance structures and, more recently, steer our response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry”.

The AANA Board also added two new independent directors: former senior television executive, corporate lawyer and senior advertising executive Sue Oddie and Kym Pfitzner.

Aisling Finch, Google’s director of marketing, for Australia and New
Zealand; Martine Jager, chief digital and marketing officer at Westpac; and Tegan Flanagan, external relations and corporate communications director at Lion, also joined the Board.

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