Pauly Grant promoted to chief talent officer at Publicis Groupe APAC

Grant spent more than seven years as AUNZ’s chief people officer, and has been with Publicis for 11 years.

Publicis Groupe Asia Pacific has promoted Pauly Grant to chief talent officer after just over a year as AUNZ’s chief people officer and 11 years with Publicis.

As chief talent officer of Publicis Groupe APAC, Grant will continue overseeing the ANZ region’s human resources portfolio. She will also focus on driving the region’s talent and culture strategy.

Grant will report to Jane Lin-Baden, CEO of Publicis Groupe Asia Pacific, and work closely with each market’s chief talent officers and the Asia Pacific executive committee.

In 2023, she was named one of ‘The 100 Human Resources Leaders to Know – Global 100 for HR’ by Human Resources Director (HRD).

In support of Publicis Groupe ANZ’s continued focus on fostering an inclusive and enabling environment for all, Jessica Farrell and Anushka Methananda have also respectively been elevated to the roles of general manager People & Culture – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) & Operations and general manager People & Culture – Experience and Performance.

Grant said: “We are extremely fortunate to have such strong talent in our ANZ People team, and these promotions for Anushka and Jessica are well deserved. Anushka has recently taken on responsibility of Performance and Experience across Publicis Groupe ANZ, an important role to deliver high performance, opportunities, and the best workplace for our people. We are very lucky to have someone of her calibre in this role.

“Meanwhile, Jessica has done a phenomenal job in delivering change and improving our DE&I approach to ensure operational excellence. Both her and Anushka will bring strong leadership across the market, in partnership with the existing People Leadership team.”

Grant’s promotion coincides with three other senior promotions: those of Martin Davie, Jonathan Mackenzie, and Joanna Ong, which Lin-Baden said “underscore the breadth and depth of talent within the group.”

“With these latest appointments, we are strengthening our core leadership team as we move ahead with our strategy to create even greater impact for clients and further elevate our position in the region.”

Martin Davie will step up from managing director, international, Publicis Media Singapore, to head of performance, Publicis Groupe Asia Pacific.

Jonathan Mackenzie has been promoted from managing director of Publicis Media Precision Asia Pacific to head of data solutions, Publicis Groupe Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for the growth of data-driven products and solutions.

Joanna Ong has transitioned from her role as managing director of MSL Singapore to managing director, communications and PR, Publicis Groupe Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and Shanghai.

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