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Steedman bows out of WPP AUNZ

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on

John Steedman (photo credit: WPP AUNZ)John Steedman has retired from the executive tier of WPP AUNZ.

He stated that after a 45-year run with the WPP global organisation, the time was ripe for him to move on.

“I have been through cycles of both positive tailwinds and tough downturns, and through each one, it is the fantastic clients and colleagues whom I have had the pleasure to work alongside, that has made this journey so rewarding and colourful,” he said.

Steedman joined WPP AUNZ as its director in April 2016, later adding roles such as executive director and executive chairman for media investment management. 

His industry contacts and experience later led to an appointment in 2018 as interim CEO following Mike Connaghan’s departure, then to COO as Jens Moonsees came aboard last year.

“With his deep experience, Steady has provided invaluable support and leadership as COO over the past year as we faced the very challenging external circumstances and successfully changed our workplaces to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have been very grateful for his contribution as we have embarked on our transformation strategy which is now well underway, and he leaves with my thanks and best wishes for the future,” added Moonsees.

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