Isentia CEO Ed Harrison makes appointments to executive team

“The demand for media intelligence continues to grow in size and complexity.”

Isentia Group has announced three senior appointments to its executive leadership team to accelerate product enhancement, operational efficiencies and support ongoing transformation.

Following an extensive executive search, Paul Russell (pictured) has been appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Kelly Young (pictured) Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Peter McClelland Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Ed Harrison, Isentia Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said the new leadership will bring fresh perspectives to the business as it continues to innovate.

“The demand for media intelligence continues to grow in size and complexity. We want to move faster and meet the evolving needs of our clients through innovation and, to do that, we need a strong leadership team that can bring all the pieces together. We’re delighted to have secured such high-quality talent, bringing a broad range of skills, business acumen and industry experience that will be critical to our future success,” Harrison said.

“Isentia has a longstanding reputation as a technology leader and, with a new leadership team in place, we have the opportunity to cement our position as the leading media intelligence company in Asia-Pacific. Paul, Peter and Kelly are proven and well-respected leaders who bring fresh perspectives and new capabilities that will positively impact our products, our clients and our people.”

Paul Russell was most recently CTO at Yahoo7, where he transformed the technology function of the business, building innovative products while reducing costs. He has held numerous CIO and technology leadership roles at companies including Salmat, Network Ten and Fairfax Digital. He joined Isentia on November 7, 2018.

Commenting on his appointment, Russell said: “This is an exciting time to join Isentia. I’m looking forward to working with Ed and the rest of the team to accelerate the digital transformation of our services and have the opportunity to progress how we do business in the future.”

Kelly Young joins from Bauer Media where she held the role of People and Culture Director. She has deep experience on the frontline of business transformation and in building performance cultures. Having held numerous senior HR roles in various divisions at Fairfax Media, Young has also led numerous organisational development programs. She will join Isentia on January 7, 2019.

On her appointment, Young said: “I am thrilled to be joining Ed and the Isentia team and delighted to be working alongside some great people.”

Peter McClelland has many years’ experience in finance, operations and strategy across a range of industry sectors, including market-leading media and retail companies. He was most recently CFO at Velocity Frequent Flyers and previously held roles as CFO and COO at out-of-home advertising company oOh! Media and CFO at Luxottica Group. He will join Isentia on February 18, 2019.

McClelland said: “I am excited to be joining the Asia Pacific region’s leading media intelligence company. I look forward to working with Ed and his team, and bringing my financial, operational and strategic expertise to effect change, and build growth in the business.”

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