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Sven Baker resigns from current WPP AUNZ position

WPP AUNZ has announced several changes to its New Zealand leadership team, including the resignation of current managing director, Sven Baker.

Baker will be taking on the transitional role of non-executive chairman while a new New Zealand management team has been appointed.

CEO of WPP, Jens Monsees says Bakers 20 years of history with the company will make him a hard act to follow.

“Over the almost two decades Sven has been with the company, he has played a pivotal role overseeing some of NZ’s most successful M&As, has driven growth, spearheaded great campaigns and has worked hard on collaboration with all the brands within NZ and across Australia,”

“Sven is deeply respected across the company for his considered perspective on the business. We thank him for his commitment and dedication and look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Reporting to Jens Monsees, CEO, WPP AUNZ, the new NZ management team comprises of Chris Riley (CEO, GroupM, NZ); Kelly-Ann Maxwell, (CEO Designworks); Luke Pierson (CEO, Wunderman Thompson); and Damian Ferigo, CFO New Zealand, WPP AUNZ.

Baker said: “It’s been an absolute privilege to have worked with our clients and the whole team across WPP AUNZ. It’s been an amazing ride, but I feel this is absolutely the right time to step back from the operational side of the business.”

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