SYDNEY, Today: Five Kiwi rising stars have scored places in Australia’s Verizon Media Academy talent development programme.
The five were chosen by Verizon judges from a pool of 200 nominations submitted from leaders in brands, advertising and media agencies acroinss Australia and New Zealand.
The NZ quintet is: Annie Bramwell ( MBM), Kevin van Wyk (Rocket Network), Kirsty Jury (Vodafone), Kate Hopkinson (MediaCom), and Lydia Sutton (Starcom).
They will be flown to Sydney to join other offshore judges on March 25 & 26 (Wednesday & Thursday) for the two-day educational programme featuring expert advice to help delegates ‘Build Brand You’ and assist their professional development.
Attendees will hear from a range of world-class speakers in sessions curated to teach creative brainstorming techniques, nurture personal wellbeing and offer handy tips to navigate their careers.
The top 40 (the other 35 are all Aussies) were selected based on their “exemplary passion, ability to go above-and-beyond, active involvement in the industry, and displays of leadership”.
PHD NZ partnership director Nick Scott, who successfully nominated PHD/Rocket associate digital director Kevin van Wyk for the programme, said: “One of the biggest challenges we face as a smaller market is retaining our talent from being poached overseas.
“One of the big challenges we face as a smaller market is retaining our talent from being poached overseas.”
“To remedy this, senior leaders need to actively invest, support and take on any opportunity that helps the professional and personal development of our talent.
“I’m incredibly proud of Kevin for being selected into the Class of 2020 and thrilled to support him through the academy. I can’t wait to see what he will gain from the experience.
Verizon Media ANZ MD Paul Sigaloff, who’s based in Sydney, said: “It was a difficult decision to narrow down just 40 delegates, but these talented individuals have proven they are truly future leaders.
“Verizon Media takes our responsibility to foster the development of our industry’s talent very seriously which is why we’re so heavily invested in maintaining such a high standard for the academy.
“We have an incredible programme lined up this year and can’t wait to see the Class of 2020 in action.”
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