Loris Nold CEO Publicis Groupe APAC today announced that Chairman, Publicis Communication ANZ & CEO Publicis Worldwide ANZ Andrew Baxter will leave the agency at the end of March.
Baxter has been with the agency since 2014, joining Publicis Worldwide ANZ as the CEO before being promoted to Chairman Publicis Communications ANZ in February 2017.
Commenting on Baxter’s departure, Loris Nold said: “Over the past 4 years, Andrew has been a great partner in the transformation of Publicis Worldwide and in supporting the agenda of Publicis Communications in Australia, for the benefit of our key clients, working closely with Michael Rebelo, CEO of Publicis Communications in ANZ. Under Baxter, Publicis Worldwide in Australia has achieved some major milestones, growing significantly and having record years in 2016 and 2017.
Andrew is looking to new career opportunities and he will be working with Michael to transition his responsibilities in the coming month.
Australia is an incredibly important market for Publicis Groupe and I have full confidence in Michael’s leadership. I wish Andrew the very best in his future endeavours”
Andrew Baxter said: “I am grateful for the time I have spent leading Publicis Worldwide in Australia and the trust given to me by our clients and our talented team. Not only have we transformed our relationships with our key partners, but we have built a world class agency with first class resources and work. The results speak for themselves. After 25 years in the advertising business, I’ve decided to further my Board and Advisory career. I'll work closely with Loris and Michael to ensure that our clients and teams continue to get the very best."
Last year Baxter was recognised by the Australian Marketing Institute with its most senior award for contributions to the marketing industry. He also has prominent Board roles outside the industry, including as a Non-Executive Director of Australian Pork and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and as Chair of Deakin Business School, the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and The Song Room