Jaimes Leggett appointed Communications Council Chair.

M&C Saatchi Australia’s CEO Jaimes Leggett has been appointed Chair of the nation’s peak advertising body The Communications Council.

Jaimes will oversee a number of major initiatives during the coming months, including the release of The Communications Council’s Advertising Pays study, quantifying the economic value of the industry, and the roll out of the 2016 program of internationally recognised IPA courses and qualifications.

Jaimes called the appointment a “privilege”.

“This is an exciting time for The Communications Council with several major initiatives coming to fruition in early 2016. Our focus will be on promoting the value that agencies deliver to the economy through our Deloitte study in February, and on evolving our industry’s approach to training, moving towards a culture of continuous professional development

through the IPA to ensure we continue to compete at a global level.”

Welcoming Jaimes to the role, The Communications Council CEO Tony Hale said: “As we head into the New Year we are delighted to have the support of Jaimes Leggett, who brings a wealth of local and international experience as the CEO of one of Australia’s leading global agencies.

“Jaimes has also played an integral role in strengthening our relationship with the IPA to date, having experienced the value of the IPA continuous professional development program in the UK firsthand, and will be well positioned to aid the IPA program roll out in Australia from January.”