SCA chief marketing officer Nikki Clarkson exits the business

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Clarkson has been with the business for 16 years, having taken the CMO role in 2019.

After 16 years with the business and five years in the chief marketing officer role, Nikki Clarkson is exiting SCA.

Clarkson’s departure was confirmed by CEO John Kelly, who said she had “made an extraordinary contribution to SCA over her highly successful career journey.”

“She is a fiercely passionate leader, a highly respected member of the SLT and an exceptional strategic and creative marketer who has played a pivotal role in building our brands to be highly recognisable and loved in Australian households,” Kelly added.

Clarkson said of her time with the broadcaster, “It has been a privilege to lead the marketing of mighty brands such as Triple M and The Fox and to see the team transform in the way it has to build LiSTNR from scratch, to the success it is today, is inspiring.”

There has been no confirmation about whether or not Clarkson’s exit was part of a round of redundancies.

Before taking on the role of SCA’s chief marketing officer role for in 2020, Clarkson was the company’s head of marketing and communications from 2008. Prior to that held senior executive positions in creative advertising agencies, including Clemenger Harvie Edge.

In 2022, Clarkson was recognised as one of Australia’s top 50 marketers on the 2022 CMO50 list.

The announcement comes as the wider industry grapples with redundancies and exits from senior members of staff. On Friday, Nine CEO Mike Sneesby announced to staff that the company will be cutting “around 200 jobs” in its publishing business to “offset the loss of revenue from the Meta deal and challenges in the advertising market.”

In a note sent out to staff, Sneesby said Nine was not immune to the “economic headwinds which are impacting many businesses globally.”

See also: Nine to cut 200 jobs after Meta pulls the pin on Media Code deals

Earlier this week, Seven confirmed the departure of three of its senior executives and a new operating model. Under the new model, SWM will have three divisions: Television, Digital, and Western Australia.

Chief revenue officer, Kurt Burnette – who Nichols reported into – has exited the business as well as chief marketing officer, Melissa Hopkins, and head of sport and managing director of Seven Melbourne, Lewis Martin.

See also: Seven West Media: New divisions and leadership roles in wake of redundancies

In his Press Club Address this month, News Corp’s executive chairman Michael Miller said that the company’s ongoing restructure is to ensure the business “rightsize[s] through the advertising downturn to be in a position for growth.”

See also: Michael Miller addresses News Corp redundancies: ‘Looking to rightsize through the advertising downturn’

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