Arrivals & Departures: WPP ANZ signs new ceo for Data Investment Management Group 

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Sydney, September 05, 2017: WPP AUNZ has promoted industry veteran Rob McLachlan as ceo of its growing Data Investment Management Group, which includes a range of research, training & comms agencies in New Zealand and Australia. Previously, he was a finance executive with the group.

NZ agencies now within his remit include Kantar TNS and Kantar Colmar Brunton.

McLachlan, who is based in Sydney, will oversee 12 agencies on both sides of the Tasman, covering the research, training and change management sectors as ceo, “helping to drive continued success and new business growth, while developing further cross-agency collaboration”.

“NZ agencies now within his remit include Kantar TNS and Kantar Colmar Brunton.”

“Our Data Investment Management Group is an important driver of growth within WPP AUNZ and is ready to move into its next phase of business and capability development,” said WPP ANZ ceo Mike Connaghan, who’s also based in Sydney.

“Rob has a long and distinguished career in this sector and is perfectly placed to work closely with our agencies to ensure they expand and provide strong business solutions for our wide client base.”

Agencies within WPP ANZ’s Data Investment Management group include Phuel, Human, Buchanan, Beyond Analysis, Kantar Millward Brown, Kantar TNS (Australia and NZ), Kantar Vermeer, Kantar Colmar Brunton (Australia and NZ), AMR and ORU.

A well-known and proven operations and business manager within the sector, McLachlan has been with WPP ANZ (and previously STW Group) for more than 10 years, undertaking a range of senior finance and operations roles during this time.

Prior to joining the group, he worked as finance director at ACNielsen for 19 years, and at AGB McNair as CFO.

His new position is effective immediately.

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