Kantar announces new leadership role

Kantar has announced the appointment of Jon Foged to the new position of Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Insights Division.

Melbourne-based Foged has a 17-year tenure with Kantar and is renowned for his strategic, commercial and people-focused leadership across APAC. Having been CEO of the Insights Division in Australia since 2018, he was previously Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer for APAC region and CEO for Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. 

Foged has also held Managing Director roles in Singapore and Malaysia.

Wayne Levings, APAC President for Kantar’s Insights Division, says: “Jon and his leadership teams have a clear history of building strong performing businesses across APAC. He has a core mantra focused on our people, our culture and our clients and we are looking forward to his leadership to continue the growth of our businesses in Australia and New Zealand.”

Jason Shoebridge, CEO of Kantar New Zealand, will leave the business in April after more than a decade. 

“I leave Kantar in good heart. I believe the people at Kantar are among some of the best in the business and are incredibly adept at providing our valued clients with quality insights to drive growth and success.”  

Levings adds: “Jason has ensured that Kantar New Zealand has been a leader in the strength of its relationships, profitability, and together with his team, has won several industry accolades and is steadfastly admired by clients and colleagues alike.”

Foged says: “I am really excited about working with our New Zealand team and extending the outstanding legacy of Jason.

“I would like to personally thank Jason for his leadership and the role model behaviours he has demonstrated over his many years at Kantar. He has always been a strong and vocal supporter of the New Zealand business and as an outcome, Kantar has the market leadership position and reputation.”

Foged takes on his new responsibilities with immediate effect.

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