M&C Saatchi Melbourne appoints Jill Manester as Head of Strategy.

M&C Saatchi Melbourne has appointed Jill Manester to the role of Head of Strategy.

Manester worked for M&C Saatchi earlier in her career in both Sydney and London before taking on roles with The Campaign Palace, SapientNitro and most recently TBWA. She has led the strategy behind award winning work for clients including Lexus, Johnson & Johnson, RBS Group, France Telecom, Harrods and Pernod Ricard.

In her most recent role at TBWA, Manester was instrumental in partnering with the new ANZ executive team to develop the brand’s customer strategy and customer value proposition.

Manester brings a level of strategy that is valued at the very top of client organisations. She has the calibre of thinking that delivers high performance creativity across the board; from marketing strategy to product proposition development and campaign work.

In this role, Manester will be reunited with Emma Hill, M&C Saatchi Melbourne’s recently appointed ECD.

Says Justin Graham, chief strategy officer: “Meeting Jill, I was immediately struck by her curiosity and sheer excitement for advertising. I can’t wait to see her get stuck in leading our strategy offering in Melbourne as well as contributing to the broader strategic leadership team.”

Says Andy Cairns, managing director, M&C Saatchi Melbourne: “Jill is the kind of strategist our industry is crying out for right now; data savvy, commercially astute, massively collaborative and, most important of all, a lover of great work. Her pedigree and category experience are as rare as hen’s teeth.”

Says Manester: “M&C Saatchi is one of those rare agencies where creativity and commercial nous happily co-exist – along with a good dose of chutzpah and style. That makes it hard to shake.

“And now, Emma’s there! Together we’ve produced some cracking strategic creative, but this time we’re doing it with Andy, an awesome, smart suit who also happens to make me laugh. A lot. It’s a good time to be going home.”

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