Movings/Shakings: 21 August

A couple of changes

Garth Hill has moved into the role of manager of GrownUps, leading the online lifestyle magazine, social club and brain training hub for active people aged 50 and over. Hill has led the sales team at GrownUps for the last decade. 

Founder Richard Poole, who started GrownUps in 2006, has moved away from the daily business. He is currently on a family sabbatical, returning in October to part-time project work with GrownUps, as well as his marketing and business consultancy Co-Pilot.

A new appointment

Technology educator The Mind Lab has announced the appointment of David Farquhar as general manager. 

Farquhar joins The Mind Lab after more than 20 years in leadership roles, specialising in education, marketing, communications and relationship management. 

He says he was drawn to the role because of The Mind Lab’s reputation, industry credibility and innovative approach to bringing technological expertise into education.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue the great advancements made in this space, ensuring no child is left behind by the fast pace of digital.”

His previous roles include education leads at Rangitoto College and Avondale College, and New Zealand manager for Comalco New Zealand. More recently, Farquhar was education specialist at HP New Zealand. 

Trans-Tasman responsibilities

Engagement marketing software provider Marketo has announced the appointment of Kevin Wordon as strategic engagement consultant in Australia and New Zealand. 

Managing director Will Griffith says Wordon’s extensive experience in digital transformation made him perfect for the role.

“In his role as strategic engagement consultant, Kevin will help Marketo customers navigate the complexities of digital strategy and transformation to deliver the best possible result.”

Wordon joins Marketo from Retail Food Group where he was chief digital officer, a global role which spanned eight consumer brands and commercial businesses. Previously he was the global head of digital for Flight Centre Travel Group, where he oversaw the digital transformation for the company’s eight corporate brands. He has also held roles at City Beach, Eagle Boys Pizza, Westfield and Macquarie Leisure. 

Wordon says he is ready for the new challenge of Marketo.

“I cannot wait to start working with local CMOs to help them transform the way they engage with customers and prove their organisational impact. Enterprise digital and marketing transformation is such an exciting place to be right now, and I can’t think of a more dynamic place than Marketo to explore this.”

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