Simon Pugh joins Apparent as chief media officer

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Pugh joins the independent agency after helping establish the newly formed essenceMediacom agency in Australia as chief client officer.

Apparent has appointed Simon Pugh as its chief media officer to lead and grow the independent agency’s media offering in Australia and around the world.

He has previously held senior roles across Publicis Groupe, Omnicom, and Dentsu in Sydney, New York, and San Francisco.

Before joining Apparent, Pugh helped establish the newly formed EssenceMediacom agency in Australia as chief client officer. He has worked with startups through to international brands including Square, Microsoft, Diageo, and The Coca-Cola Company.

“I was drawn to Apparent because it’s an agency that’s focussed on solving complex client problems through the integration of media, creativity, data and technology,” Pugh said.

“Importantly, these are deep specialisms that currently all exist within the agency, not typical across today’s Australian agency landscape.

“In a world where clients are needing help to design and operationalise their future-focused marketing capabilities, I really believe our integrated, agile and tech focused model is a differentiator. From my very first conversations with Phil [Smith] and Suzy [Smiley] I was impressed by the culture of the agency and its singular focus on delivering business impact for clients.”

Pugh’s appointment to the role partly replaces that of John Halpin, who was head of strategy and media. Halpin left Apparent in June 2023 to be CEO of GroupM New Zealand.

Mediaweek understands that instead of replacing Pugh’s chief client officer role at EssenceMediacom, its client leadership and management was strengthened with the hires of Danica Luhrs in Brisbane and Rohan Nayee in Sydney.

Pugh is the latest senior appointment at Apparent. Jason Hill joined the agency in December in the newly created role of chief strategy officer.

Suzy Smiley, managing director at Apparent, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Simon to Apparent’s leadership team. His considerable experience working with major brands at some of the most recognised and awarded agencies, will help accelerate our media and marketing capabilities.

“We continue to attract top talent to Apparent that helps drive our clients’ businesses and expand our global footprint.”

See also: Jason Hill joins Apparent in the newly created role of chief strategy officer

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