Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mr Connaghan was appointed as a Director of STW Group 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 Group, as Managing Director of Diversified Companies. He represented STW Group’s interests and oversaw acquisitions, expansion and growth of the diversified companies.
Mr Connaghan joined WPP Group company JWT in January 2004 as Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, until his move back to the STW Group and his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in January 2006. In April 2016, Mr Connaghan oversaw the merger of the STW Group with the local operations of WPP, doubling the size of the business to form WPP AUNZ.
Mr Connaghan is a Director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and Chairman of the Board for the charity ‘R U OK? Day’.