Publicis Media ANZ today announced John Preston will step down from his role as Chairman at the end of 2019, who began the role last September.
Michael Rebelo, CEO of Publicis Groupe ANZ said Preston has significantly contributed not just to the Publicis business, but also more broadly to the Australian media and marketing industry over the years.
“The addition of John’s award-winning agency to the Publicis fold has helped further strengthen our unique offering at Spark Foundry; while his strategic counsel at a broader Publicis Media level has been invaluable as we focus on the continued strengthening of our brands. We wish John all the best in his philanthropic endeavours and adventures,” Rebelo said.
On his decision to part ways with Publicis, Preston said: “After over three decades in media, it’s time to try my hand at something new and very different. My career in media has been a fantastic journey working with a host of amazing and inspiring people along the way. The industry has been good to me and I am proud of what I have achieved. It’s hard to leave an industry I love so much so I’m sure I will remain involved in some consultancy or advisory capacity in the future.
“However, the sale of Match has given me the freedom to get back to my roots as a marine biologist. I am plotting a path to help combat climate change by getting involved in projects in marine conservation and adventure philanthropy, where I can combine my passion for travel with contributing to the welfare of the planet.
“Publicis has been a great business partner as well as being flexible to work with, allowing me to adapt into various roles for which I sincerely thank them.I wish the team in Australia and New Zealand, led by Michael Rebelo, all the best in its future business transformation.”
Gerry Boyle, CEO of Publicis Media APAC & EMEA added: “John is one of Australia’s most respected media professionals, with a wealth of knowledge, an entrepreneurial spirit and proven leadership skills. Since we met in 2015, we have enjoyed a strong working relationship and John has made an amazing contribution to our business, first through Match, and laterally as Chairman of Publicis Media. On behalf of Publicis, we thank John for his time with us and wish him all the very best in his rekindled passion in marine conservation. I have no doubt he will make a positive impact there.”