New judges revealed: Kirsty Muddle, Pauly Grant, and Peter Vogel join Next of the Best line-up

Next of the Best entries are due by 2 April.

Mediaweek has continued to recruit some of the industry’s most influential leaders to judge the 2024 Next of the Best Awards.

Among the cast of new, cross-industry judges is: Hannah Sturrock, head of engagement at Advertising Council Australia; Jasmin Bedir, CEO at Innocean; Chris Freel, group sales director, Australia at oOh! Media; Peter Vogel, CEO at Wavemaker; Nicole Bence, chief commercial officer at Nova; Kirsty Muddle, CEO at Dentsu Creative; Corey Layton, head of digital audio at ARN and iHeart Radio; Alex Derwin, chief creative officer at BMF; Lara Brownlow, head of channel sales and partnerships, APAC at LinkedIn; Pauly Grant, chief people officer at Publicis APAC; Chris Walton, managing director at Nunn Media; and Jason Tonelli, CEO at Zenith.

The final batch of judges will be announced next week.

Mediaweek Next of the Best entries are due on 2 April.

The Next of the Best Awards celebrate current and future leaders based on the impact and contribution they are currently making to their company, sector, or the wider industry.

This year’s awards have removed the age-based criteria and will now will recognise individuals across the industry who demonstrate influence and leadership skills in driving the industry forward – whether through innovative thinking, new approaches to content, driving culture, pushing boundaries or providing inspiration to others.

The awards categories span all areas of the media, advertising and marketing industry, including ad tech, audio, creative agency, data & research, marketing, media agency, new business, sales, social media, TV, PR and publishing.

There are also awards recognising the individuals driving culture within organisations, in addition to the change-makers and overall leadership award.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 13 June 2024 at the Ivy Ballroom.

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