On 25 May 2016, STW Communications Group Limited changed its name to WPP AUNZ Limited. WPP AUNZ Limited is Australasia’s leading marketing communications services group.



23 Mar 2017, 5:06pm AEST

Board Members

Mike Connaghan

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mr Connaghan was appointed as a Director of STW in July 2008. After graduating from Charles Sturt University in 1987, Mr Connaghan commenced his advertising career winning an Australian Federation and Advertising Graduate Scholarship. After spending his first four years as a copywriter at Clemenger BBDO Sydney, Mr Connaghan travelled the world. He joined John Singleton Advertising in 1993 to guide the Telecom Australia account through the country’s telecommunication deregulation. In 2001, Mr Connaghan moved to STW, as Managing Director of Diversified Companies. He represented STW’s interests and oversaw acquisitions, expansion and growth of the Diversified Companies.
Mr Connaghan joined STW Group company JWT in January 2004 as Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, until his move back to STW and his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in January 2006. Mike is a Director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and Chairman of the Board for the charity ‘R U OK? Day’.

Board Members

Robert Mactier

Independent Non-executive Chairman
 Mr Mactier was appointed as a Director of WPP AUNZ in December 2006 and Chairman with effect from 1 July 2008. Mr Mactier is a consultant to the Investment Banking division of UBS AG in Australia, a role he has held since June 2007. He has extensive investment banking experience in Australia, having previously worked for Citigroup, E.L. & C. Baillieu and Ord Minnett Securities between 1990 and 2006. During this time, he was primarily focused on the media and entertainment and private equity sectors and initial public offerings generally. Prior to these roles, he worked with KPMG from 1986 to 1990 during which time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Mr Mactier was a non-executive director of Melco Crown Entertainment, which is publicly listed on NASDAQ, from Dec 2006 - Jan 2017 and is currently a non- executive director of ASX listed ALE Property Group (since Nov 2016).


Board Members

Kim Anderson

Non-executive Director
Ms Anderson was appointed as a Director of STW in November 2010.
Ms Anderson is a director of carsales.com limited (from 2010), and of Billabong International Limited (from December 2016), former Chief Executive of Reading Room Inc (now bookstr.com), a former Fellow of the Sydney University Senate, and a former Director of The Sax Institute. Ms Anderson has more than 25 years’ experience in various media executive positions within companies such as Southern Star Entertainment, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and ninemsn. Kim is Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Board Members

Graham Cubbin

Independent Non-executive Director
Mr Cubbin was appointed as a Director of STW in May 2008. Mr Cubbin was a senior executive with Consolidated Press Holdings (“CPH”) from 1990 until
September 2005, including holding the position of Chief Financial Officer for 13 years.
Prior to joining CPH, Mr Cubbin held senior finance positions with a number of major financial companies including Capita Finance Group and Ford Motor Company. Graham has over 20 years’ experience as a director and audit committee member of public companies in Australia and the US. He is a Director of Challenger Limited (from 2004), Bell Financial Group Limited (from 2007), White Energy Company Limited (from 2010) and McPherson’s Limited (from 2010). Mr Cubbin was appointed Chairman of McPherson’s Limited in July 2015. Graham is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Board Members

Geoff Wild

Geoff Wild has been Chairman and Country Manager of WPP Australia and New Zealand since 1998. Geoff was with Clemenger/ BBDO until 1990 as Deputy Chairman, a member of the BBDO Worldwide Board and Chairman of BBDO Asia/Pacific, when he retired from the advertising industry for a period of time following which he was appointed as Chairman of the New South Wales Tourism Commission and a Vice-President of the 2000 Olympics Bid Company.
Geoff has been Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia and Chairman of the Australian Advertising Industry Council, the former tripartite body linking advertisers, media and agencies. Geoff has held and currently holds a number of Board seats on listed and unlisted entities in Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Advertising Institute (by examination) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2000.

Board Members

Paul Heath

Paul joined Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) London as a graduate trainee in 1987. Since that time, he has held a variety of roles within the WPP group, principally in Asia and South America, including leadership roles on key global accounts. From January 2006, Paul led the advertising discipline in Asia Pacific, achieving record growth and winning Media Magazine’s Network of the Year for three consecutive years.
In January 2009, Paul was promoted to CEO of O&M Asia Pacific and in May 2012, Paul was appointed O&M Asia Pacific Chairman.

Board Members

Ranjana Singh

Ranjana Singh started her career in media at JWT India (Hindustan Thompson Associates). In March of 1993 she moved to JWT Indonesia, to stabilise and grow its media function. Subsequently, she moved to client servicing and became the General Manager in 1998.
Ranjana joined the newly launched Mindshare in 2000. As Managing Director and then CEO she built GroupM to be the leading media agency with a leading market share. Ranjana currently serves as the WPP Chairperson for Indonesia and Vietnam. She sits on the advisory board for APMF – Asia Pacific Media Forum and the McKinsey YLI Young Leaders Indonesia initiative.

Board Members

Paul Richardson

Mr Richardson was appointed as a Director of STW in 1999 and is currently a director of WPP plc. Mr Richardson joined WPP plc in 1992 as Director of Treasury and has been Group Finance Director since 1996 (responsible for the Group’s worldwide finance function).
He is a former Non-executive Director of CEVA Group plc and Chime Communications plc and previously served on the British Airways Global Travel Advisory Board.

Board Members

John Steedman

John Steedman has been in the advertising business for over 40 years having joined McCann Erickson in 1971. In 1973 he transferred to Adelaide as Media Manager. John joined JWT in 1976 and held a number of leadership roles across Australia and regionally over a 20 year period. In 1997, he was appointed the CEO of MindShare Asia Pacific and relocated to Hong Kong.
John went on to be instrumental in setting up 17 MindShare offices in 12 markets around the Asia Pacific region. In 2005 John was promoted to Chairman/CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific, the largest media investment management group in Asia Pacific and, after a short break, John re-joined WPP in 2008 as Chairman/CEO of GroupM Australia, a role he occupied until stepping down in January 2016.
In 2013 at the Media Federation of Australia Awards 2013 John was inducted into its Hall Of Fame.

Board Members

Jon Steel

A graduate of Nottingham University, Jon began his advertising career at London agency Boase Massimi Pollitt in 1984, and was appointed to the agency’s board at the age of 26.
In 1989 he moved to affiliate agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, as that agency’s first Head of Planning. In ten years he helped grow GS&P from $40 million in billings to almost $1 billion, becoming a Partner and Vice-Chairman along the way.
In 2002, having returned to the UK, Jon accepted the role of Group Planning Director for WPP. In this role he provides strategic and creative counsel to WPP agencies and clients alike. He also directs the WPP Fellowship, an elite graduate recruitment and training program, designed to create future generations of leaders for WPP companies. For the last 7 years he has been based in Australia,where he has combined his WPP responsibilities with those of Chief Strategy Officer and Vice-Chairman of George Patterson Y&R. However, he now fulfills a broader remit across the WPP Group in ANZ.