Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Mike Connaghan

Mr Connaghan was appointed as a Director of STW Group in July 2008. After graduating from Charles Sturt University in 1987, Mr Connaghan commenced his advertising career winning an Australian Federation and Advertising Graduate Scholarship. After spending his first four years as a copywriter at Clemenger BBDO Sydney, Mr Connaghan travelled the world. He joined John Singleton Advertising in 1993 to guide the Telecom Australia account through the country’s telecommunication deregulation. In 2001, Mr Connaghan moved to STW Group, as Managing Director of Diversified Companies. He represented STW Group’s interests and oversaw acquisitions, expansion and growth of the diversified companies.
Mr Connaghan joined WPP Group company JWT in January 2004 as Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, until his move back to the STW Group and his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in January 2006. In April 2016, Mr Connaghan oversaw the merger of the STW Group with the local operations of WPP, doubling the size of the business to form WPP AUNZ.
Mr Connaghan is a Director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and Chairman of the Board for the charity ‘R U OK? Day’.

Independent Non-executive Chairman

Robert Mactier

Mr Mactier was appointed as a Director of STW Group in December 2006 and Chairman with effect from 1 July 2008.
Mr Mactier is a consultant to the investment banking division of UBS AG in Australia, a role he has held since June 2007. He has extensive investment banking experience in Australia, having previously worked for Citigroup, E.L. & C. Baillieu and Ord Minnett Securities between 1990 and 2006. During this time, he was primarily focused on the media and entertainment and private equity sectors and initial public offerings generally. Prior to these roles, he worked with KPMG from 1986 to 1990 during which time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Mr Mactier is currently a Non-executive Director of ASX listed ALE Property Group (since November 2016) and was a Non-executive Director of Melco Crown Entertainment, which is publicly listed on NASDAQ, from December 2006 - January 2017.
Mr Mactier is a member of the WPP AUNZ Audit and Risk Committee.

Executive Chairman Media Investment Management and Executive Director

John Steedman

Mr Steedman was appointed as a Director of WPP AUNZ in April 2016. Mr Steedman has been in the advertising business for over 40 years, having joined McCann Erickson in 1971. In 1973, he transferred to Adelaide as Media Manager. Mr Steedman joined JWT in 1976 and held a number of leadership roles across Australia and regionally over a 20 year period. In 1997, he was appointed the CEO of Mindshare Asia Pacific and relocated to Hong Kong.
Mr Steedman went on to be instrumental in setting up 17 Mindshare offices in 12 markets around the Asia Pacific region. In 2005 Mr Steedman was promoted to Chairman/CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific, the largest media investment management group in Asia Pacific. After a short break, Mr Steedman rejoined WPP plc in 2008 as Chairman/CEO of GroupM Australia, a role he occupied until stepping down in January 2016. After a sabbatical, Mr Steedman took on his current role of Executive Chairman Media Investment Management for WPP AUNZ.
At the Media Federation of Australia Awards 2013 Mr Steedman was inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Non-executive Director

Kim Anderson

Ms Anderson was appointed as a Director of STW Group in November 2010.
Ms Anderson is a Director of carsales.com Limited (from 2010), and of Billabong International Limited (from December 2016), former Chief Executive of Reading Room Inc (now bookstr.com), a former Fellow of the Sydney University Senate and a former Director of The Sax Institute. Ms Anderson has more than 25 years experience in various media executive positions within companies such as Southern Star Entertainment, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and Ninemsn.
Ms Anderson is Chair of the WPP AUNZ Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Independent Non-executive Director

Graham Cubbin

Mr Cubbin was appointed as a Director of STW Group in May 2008. Mr Cubbin was a Senior Executive with Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) from 1990 until September 2005, including holding the position of Chief Financial Officer for 13 years.
Prior to joining CPH, Mr Cubbin held senior finance positions with a number of major financial companies including Capita Finance Group and Ford Motor Company. Mr Cubbin has over 20 years experience as a director and audit committee member of public companies in Australia and the US. He is a Director of Challenger Limited (from 2004), Bell Financial Group Limited (from 2007), White Energy Company Limited (from 2010) and McPherson’s Limited (from 2010). Mr Cubbin was appointed Chairman of McPherson’s Limited in July 2015.
Mr Cubbin is Chairman of the WPP AUNZ Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.


Non-executive Director

Geoff Wild AM 

Mr Wild was appointed as a Director of WPP AUNZ in April 2016. Mr Wild has been Chairman and Country Manager of WPP plc in Australia and New Zealand since 1998. Mr Wild was with Clemenger BBDO until 1990 as Deputy Chairman, a member of the BBDO Worldwide Board and Chairman of BBDO Asia Pacific, when he retired from the advertising industry for a period, following which he was appointed as Chairman of the New South Wales Tourism Commission and a Vice- President of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Bid Company. 
Mr Wild has been a Director of Arab Bank Australia Limited since 1995 and Chairman since 2011. He is also a Director of oOh!media Limited (since July 2007) and Ibisworld Pty Ltd. Mr Wild has been Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia and Chairman of the Australian Advertising Industry Council. Mr Wild is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Advertising Institute (by examination) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Mr Wild was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2000.
Mr Wild is a member of the WPP AUNZ Audit and Risk Committee.

Non-executive Director 

Ranjana Singh

Ms Singh was appointed as a Director of WPP AUNZ in April 2016. Ms Singh is a Botany Honours graduate from Delhi University, with a postgraduate diploma in Advertising and PR from  the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Delhi
Ms Singh started her career in media at JWT India (Hindustan Thompson Associates). In March 1993 she moved to JWT Indonesia, to stabilise and grow its media function. Subsequently, she moved to client servicing and became the General Manager in 1998.
Ms Singh joined the newly launched Mindshare in 2000. As Managing Director and then CEO, she built GroupM to be the leading media agency with a leading market share. Ms Singh currently serves as the WPP plc Chairperson for Indonesia and Vietnam. She sits on the advisory board for the Asia Pacific Media Forum
and the McKinsey YLI Young Leaders Indonesia initiative.

Non-executive Director 

Paul Richardson

Mr Richardson was appointed as a Director of STW Group in 1999 and is currently a Director of WPP plc.
Mr Richardson joined WPP plc in 1992 as Director of Treasury and has been Group Finance Director since 1996 (responsible for the group’s worldwide finance function).
He is a former Non-executive Director of CEVA Group plc and Chime Communications plc and previously served on the British Airways Global Travel Advisory Board.
Mr Richardson is a member of the WPP AUNZ Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Non-executive Director 

Jon Steel

Mr Steel was appointed as a Director of WPP AUNZ in April 2016. A graduate of Nottingham University, Mr Steel began his advertising career at London agency Boase Massimi Pollitt in 1984, and was appointed to the agency’s board at the age of 26.
In 1989, Mr Steel moved to affiliate agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, as the agency’s first Head of Planning. He later became a Partner and Vice-Chairman.
In 2002, having returned to the UK, Mr Steel accepted the role of Group Planning Director for WPP plc. In this global role, he provides strategic and creative counsel to WPP plc agencies and clients alike. He also directs the WPP plc Fellowship, an elite graduate recruitment and training programme, designed to create future generations of leaders for WPP plc companies.
Since 2009, he has been based in Western Australia, from where he combines his global WPP plc responsibilities with a roving role across WPP AUNZ’s agencies.