WPP AUNZ has announced John Gutteridge is returning to Australia to take on the newly created role of chief executive officer for Wunderman Thompson Australia/NZ.
Wunderman Thompson was formed last year when Wunderman and J. Walter Thompson united.
Gutteridge joins from his role as chief executive officer of JWT in Asia Pacific.
About Gutteridge’s appointment, WPP AUNZ executive director John Steedman says: “Leading JWT in APAC John successfully established himself as one of the most forward-thinking leaders in today’s marketplace — blending his award-winning creativity with his deep expertise in data and technology marketing will create an industry powerhouse. His appointment is great news for Wunderman Thompson staff, its clients and WPP AUNZ.”
In his new role, Gutteridge will report into the CEO of WPP AUNZ (once appointed) and will also be a member of the WPP AUNZ Executive Committee responsible for driving innovation across the entire WPP group.
To take up the role, Gutteridge will return to Australia in the first quarter of 2019.