The directors of WPP AUNZ has appointed Jens Monsees as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director effective October 1, 2019.
Mr Monsees will join WPP AUNZ from the BMW Group, where he was most recently Corporate Vice President leading Global Digital Strategy, Corporate Planning and Product Strategy. During his time at BMW, Mr Monsees has been instrumental in the business and cultural transformation of the global BMW Group from a traditional Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) into a customer-focused and data-driven mobility tech company.
Prior to BMW, Mr Monsees held a range of senior executive positions in digital marketing and branding, including: Global CEO, Digital Marketing at Arvato AG (part of the Bertelsmann Group); Branding Director for Automotive, Consumer Goods, Food Retail and Health Care at Google Germany; and various other marketing and branding roles at Mondelez and Schwarzkopf & Henkel.
Mr Monsees will take over from John Steedman, who stepped in as interim CEO in October 2018. Mr Steedman will continue to lead WPP AUNZ with the executive leadership team until Mr Monsees takes up his position. Mr Steedman, with his extensive knowledge and long history with WPP AUNZ, will also work closely with Mr Monsees to ensure a smooth handover. He and the executive team will be key partners of the new CEO. Upon Mr Monsees commencement, Mr Steedman will continue in his role as Executive Director and Chairman, Media Investment Management, WPP AUNZ.