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As part of its ongoing commitment to growth and development, Starcom Australia has announced the appointment of Martin Hadley to the role of Client Services Director, and the promotion of Chris Vance to Strategy Director Melbourne.

Hadley joins Starcom from PHD and has more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian and South East Asian media industry, including stints at Euro RSCG and MindShare working with brands such as MasterCard, HSBC, eBay, PayPal and Nestle.

In his new role, Hadley will head up the Metcash business nationally.

“There are few people in the industry with Martin’s skills and experience,” Starcom CEO Chris Nolan said. “We’re extremely pleased he has chosen to join Starcom.”

Meanwhile, Starcom Melbourne has strengthened its strategy offering with the appointment of experienced international media strategist Chris Vance as Strategy Director.

The role is a promotion for Vance who relocated to Sydney from Starcom’s Chicago office in 2012 to work as a senior strategist.

Reporting to National Strategy Director Patrick Whitnall, Vance’s new role will see him lead the Melbourne agency’s strategic offering.

Vance’s experience stretches over 10 years both in Australia and the US on brands such as Luxottica, Metcash, Radio Shack, and Best Buy.

National Strategy Director Patrick Whitnall said: “Chris has a great ability to understand the human connections that drive value between brands and people, he does a great job of telling brand stories though meaningful experiences for our clients’ brands, and we can’t wait to have him join our Melbourne office”.

“We are thrilled to be able to support Chris with this move, it’s great to have the depth of talent in our business to be able to promote from within,” Whitnall said.

Vance will be replaced in Sydney by Sophia Poulten who joins Starcom most recently from MediaCom Sydney.





About Starcom

Starcom is a world renowned media communications agency and is part of the Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG). SMG is the Human Experience Company. We believe experiences matter. They enhance lives and build brands. Ranked as the no.1 media network in the world (RECMA 2012 Global Billings Ranking report) with nearly 7,300 employees in 110 offices, SMG ( encompasses an integrated network of human experience strategists, investment specialists, content creators and digital experts. In Australia SMG have 5 offices and more than 200 employees creating experiences for partners such as Suncorp, Optus, Virgin Mobile Australia, MARS, SAMSUNG, Subaru and Metcash. In 2013 SMG was named Festival of Media Global Network of the Year. In 2012, Starcom Australia was named Festival of Media, Global Media Agency of the Year, and made the BRW Top 30 Most Innovative Companies List. You can follow us via @StarcomAus on Twitter.

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