POPAI elects new board of directors

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POPAI ANZ has inducted seven new directors to its board of 10 following an elections process that allows the Association’s members to vote for their industry representatives.

board of directors logoJoining the POPAI board for a two year term are Livia McRobert, Trade Marketing Manager, Hewlett Packard (HP); Peter Hardy, Head of Category Development, Henkel; Stuart Garland, Customer Marketing Manager, Dulux; Emma Keech, Consultant, Real World Marketing; Hannah Smith, Category Manager, Inghams; Mark Weiss, CEO, Megara Australia; and Vaughan Kerr, Director; 31st:Second.

Three members of the previous board were successful in their re-election, including Gary Parsons, General Manager, Exposure Creative; Richard Dumas, Shopper Marketing Manager, Pernod-Ricard; and Bryn Marriott, Head of Activations, Clemenger BBDO.

Three office bearers have been selected by the new board to fill the positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Company Secretary, with Gary Parsons succeeding long serving POPAI board director, Janet Bailey of Qantas Loyalty as Chairman.

Emma Keech will fill the Vice Chair position, taking over from GfK’s Norrelle Goldring, with Hannah Smith succeeding Active Display Group’s Zita Watkin as Company Secretary.

Janet, Norrelle, and Zita now move to POPAI’s prestigious Alumni following the completion of their service on the POPAI board.

Carla Bridge, General Manager of POPAI ANZ, congratulated the new board, which she said will be a huge asset to the POPAI business over the next two years, and thanked the outgoing directors.

“I couldn’t be happier to have this new group of retail marketing experts joining the POPAI board,” said Ms Bridge. “Each director brings unique skills to the Association, and I’m confident we have the right mix of industry expertise and knowledge to continue the growth and evolution of POPAI in Australia.

“I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Janet, Norrelle and Zita, for their long term support of POPAI, with more than 10 years in POPAI board roles between them, and also to outgoing board members, Danny Lattouf of IdeaWorks; Brad Whatmough, The Good Guys; and Simon Skidmore, One Partners,” Ms Bridge said.

Newly appointed Chairman, Gary Parsons, said he was honoured to be at the helm of Australia’s only retail marketing industry representative body for the next two years.

“I look forward to continuing my service to POPAI, and to helping guide its direction. The incoming board are an incredibly capable and enthusiastic group, and I look forward to working with them to grow both POPAI and the success of retail marketing in Australia. POPAI is very well placed for the future,” Mr Parsons said.

To view the profiles of POPAI’s new Board of Directors click here.