DAN chops ANZ ceo

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MELBOURNE, Yesterday: Dentsu Aegis Network ANZ ceo Henry Tajer has been ousted after less than a year in the role. He was immediately replaced by Melbourne-based Angela Tangas.

CFO Reg Davidson will also depart, replaced by Jerome Whelan.

These offshore DAN execs have little profile in NZ, which is run from an office in Auckland – despite the ‘ANZ’ moniker. The NZ people have yet to comment on the APAC moves.

Ashish Bhasin, the holding company’s Mumbai-based APAC ceo, said: It’s the “right decision.

“Australia and New Zealand are important markets and have a critical role in our global business strategy. In 2019 our business in Australia continued to be impacted by local market and business challenges and I would like to thank Henry and Reg for their support during a difficult period.

“These offshore DAN execs have little profile in NZ, which is run from an office in Auckland. NZ has yet to comment.”

“To help the market return to growth, the ANZ leadership team have created a blueprint to enable much-needed transformation, one which will leave the business with stronger foundations and a more competitive local business model.

“As a leadership team we are committed to all our regional markets as well as providing stability to our teams, business, clients and partners.”

Bhasin said: “Tangas and Whelan will be instrumental in leading the ANZ business through its next phase of growth and into a successful 2020.”

Tangas was named the network’s chief commercial officer in August, while Whelan has been APAC finance director of business transformation at the group since October 2015.

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