Ikon announces new national structure

WPP AUNZ’s Ikon has announced a new national structure supported by changes to its senior teams in Sydney and Brisbane, as the agency moves to take a broader, cross-city focus.

Ikon Brisbane Managing Partner Lesley Edwards will take up the newly created position of Chairperson, Ikon National, working closely with National COO David Gerrie to focus on the long term position of the business.

“From Ikon’s inception it has been a great success in the marketplace.  Its innovative thinking, first to market approaches have been driven by constant evolution to ensure it keeps ahead of the curve.  With this in mind, Lesley, David and the national leadership team will be charged to evolve Ikon so that its offering can continue to be ground breaking,” said WPP AUNZ CEO Mike Connaghan.

Pat Crowley, Sydney Managing Partner James Sawyer and Chief Operating Officer David Gerrie

Pat Crowley, Sydney Managing Partner James Sawyer and Chief Operating Officer David Gerrie

In Sydney, James Sawyer has been promoted to Managing Partner, Sydney. 

National head of performance Chris Ernst has been promoted into the role of Managing Partner, Ikon Brisbane.

Sharon Cookson remains Managing Partner of Melbourne and part of the leadership team.

Brisbane Managing Partner Chris Ernst, Brisbane Agency Director Shelley Cook, Ikon Chairperson Lesley Edwards, Brisbane Agency Director Adam Hickey

Brisbane Managing Partner Chris Ernst, Brisbane Agency Director Shelley Cook, Ikon Chairperson Lesley Edwards, Brisbane Agency Director Adam Hickey

Edwards said of the changes: “We have nurtured a strong leadership team and I am very confident they will continue to build upon the brand’s growth. I am also really looking forward to working with the national management team in taking Ikon to its next phase of growth and the ongoing evolution of its market offering.”

Connaghan continued: “It’s a great testament to Ikon that we have people across the business who can step up to new positions and are excited to take Ikon to the next stage of its evolution.  It’s a bold move that reflects the Ikon approach to building its market offering while developing staff and growth opportunities.”

As part of the changes , Managing Partner Pat Crowley has stepped aside from his management position to undertake a role focussed solely on the CBA account.

Ikon is part of WPP AUNZ, Australasia’s leading marketing solutions group.