UM Australia CEO, Anathea Ruys has appointed Vanessa Stuart as head of new business and marketing, which is a newly created role.

Stuart joins UM from WPP, where she was client service director at Maverick. Her new role is effective immediately, and sees her join the national leadership team.

During her time at WPP she also held the role of group director at White Grey, with other previous roles including managing director of C4 Communications and managing partner at Shot Box films.

Ruys said Stuart is “absolutely the right person for the job”.

“Along with her broad experience as a client leader for agencies across the globe, she joins us with a proven track record of leading new business pitches for some the largest brands in the world, and kicking some serious growth goals for several agencies.”

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