Explore. Discuss. Connect.
Take inspiration from experienced marketers learning about their career development.
A monthly get-together for Mentees and Mentors, the Focus Topic events are an opportunity for all participants in the 2022 Emerging Marketers program to do a deep dive into a particular element of career development by hearing stories and real-life experiences of senior marketers.
This session is interactive - Mentees & Mentors are welcome to address their questions to the host and guest speaker.
About our Real Life Marketers:
Industry Head - Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharma & Health, Food Service, Media and Entertainment
Virginie has 20 year leadership experience. Her areas of expertise are General management, Business strategy, Sales operations and Marketing. Before taking the role in Google she worked in FMCG.
Diverse team leadership. International exposure. Complex and agile businesses.
Chief Marketing Officer
Simon is the CMO at Menulog, responsible for rebranding, relaunching and driving the recent explosion of growth which has seen the business grow 4 times over the last 3 years and become the number 1 searched food delivery brand in Australia. Under Simon’s stewardship the business has launched a raft of new distinctive brand assets that have consumers singing, spelling and seeing the brand everywhere they go.
Simon has over 20 years experience leading marketing and commercial teams in highly dynamic growth environments. Prior to Menulog Simon was part of the management buy-in team for a private equity-backed health retailer, helping to rebrand and restructure the business to position it for resale to a major retailer. At Carnival Australia, Simon helped drive nine consecutive years of double digit growth for the cruise industry to overtake the US as the most highly penetrated market in the world. Simon has also held senior positions with Qantas Holidays, major global advertising agencies McCann and Singleton, Ogilvy & Mather.
Simon was named in CMO Magazine’s Top 50 marketers in Australia 2021, 2020 and 2015, B&Ts Top 20 CMO Power list, and top 4 finalist for CEO Magazine Marketer of the Year.
Simon has also served on a number of advisory boards - Monash University’s Masters Of Tourism, The Song Room NFP and currently serves as a non-executive director of The Australian Marketing Institute.
An unknown fact about Simon is that he has spent some time in the past as the hand talent for Pizza Hut commercials, mastering the art of cheese pulls with pizza slices.
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