Arrivals & Departures: Microsoft unveils marketing team trifecta, Facebook promotes ex Google leader

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Microsoft NZ has made three senior appointments to its Auckland-based marketing team. Chris Dick steps into the role of head of marketing, Pip Simeon takes the commercial marketing lead role and Bob Glancy joins as communications lead.

“Chris, Pip and Bob are key appointments for New Zealand,” said Microsoft NZ director of marketing & operations Frazer Scott.

“Almost every New Zealander, in their private or work life, is going through an exciting digital journey. These appointments are intended to drive our sales and marketing plan, to really show New Zealanders why Microsoft is a great partner for anyone embarking on a digital transformation.”

Chris Dick – head of marketing
Chris Dick joins Microsoft from Telstra where he led product strategy for the broadband portfolio, and prior to that he led the customer marketing team at Foxtel. He will lead the marketing team in supporting New Zealand organisations through their digital transformation journeys. He will be responsible for strategic direction, marketing automation, lead gen and creative excellence, as well as supporting the extensive diversity and inclusion programs within Microsoft.

Pip Simeon – commercial marketing lead
Pip Simeon comes to Microsoft from Fairfax Media where she led the customer marketing team. She will provide both strategic and tactical audience marketing leadership, driving new demand, supporting new business acquisitions, and supporting growth.

Bob Glancy – communications lead
Bob Glancy began his career with global technology PR agency Text 100 and counts being part of the Xbox team that broke Sony’s market stranglehold as a highlight. His core responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, government relations, external communications management, event management and raising the profile of Microsoft and its executives. Glancy has worked both clientside, as marketing manager of Electronic Arts, and agency side, as GM of Mango. As communications lead, he will focus on sharing stories that impact on the lives of New Zealanders, positioning Microsoft as a premium partner of consumers and businesses commencing their digital journey.

Facebook taps ex Google leader

Facebook today announced it has appointed head of emerging Asia Pacific markets Will Easton to the role of managing director of its Australia & NZ business.

Easton was previously based in Singapore, for two years. He will start in his new role in September.

“Will is a highly respected leader within Facebook, having previously led our Australasian business and more recently, successfully scaling our operations in some of our biggest markets across South East Asia and India,” said Facebook APAC VP Dan Neary.

“Australia and New Zealand continue to be very important priorities for Facebook and I am very confident through Will’s leadership and the partnership and support of the local team, that we will continue to add significant incremental value to our users, community and partners.”

Will Easton said, “After a fantastic few years in Asia, I could not be more excited about returning to Sydney to work with our Australia & New Zealand businesses.”

Easton has been at Facebook for four years. He will relocate from Singapore to Sydney in September for this role. Prior to that, he was based in Sydney as MD of Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining Facebook, he was the MD of Mobile (Asia Pacific) for Google.

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