Medialab announces Stewart Easterbrook as Chairman

Medialab Board

We’re delighted to announce a significantly expanded team following an incredibly successful year, as reported in The Drum and Campaign. All of the hires bolster an already impressive senior team, spearheaded by Stewart Easterbrook as chairman.

Following an exceptional 2017, which saw Medialab post figures putting us 135% ahead of other agencies of our size* when comparing average turnover growth, we are on course to deliver a second industry-busting year.

The success has allowed us to make a number of key senior hires, most notably that of Stewart Easterbrook as Chairman. Easterbrook is most widely known for his previous position as CEO at Starcom MediaVest Group UK, and his current role as Chairman at MiQ (formerly MediaiQ).

As part of ambitious growth and development plans, we are also enhancing our service offering in new and innovative ways with the appointments of Steve Venes (ex John Ayling) as Broadcast Director and Tony Oakley as Head of Digital (ex MC&C), and 10 other key senior executive hires.

The appointments come at the same time as an expanded portfolio of clients, including The Royal British Legion, N Brown Group and The Spectator. This continued new client success, coupled with a 100% client retention rate for 2017-18, means that Medialab is predicted to grow by over 110% again this year. This success was confirmed with the recent win of four DMA gold awards for our work with the National Trust and Scope.

Easterbrook said of his appointment: “The incredible growth and client retention that Medialab has experienced highlights the appetite clients have for our unique approach to media planning and buying. I am delighted to be joining the already impressive board as chairman, as they perfectly represent the changing nature of the agency model within the industry, a topic I’m very passionate about. We live in a time where transparency is key. Medialab are committed to providing this for their clients.

Marcus Orme, CEO, Medialab added: “Our curiosity and ambition to continually optimise and innovate our proposition ensures we provide the best results for our clients. This plethora of senior hires demonstrates our commitment to continually provide the best in market offering, and the most cost-effective solutions for our clients. This is all down to the incredible team we have.”

*size = number of employees

*figures based on those reported in The Drum’s Independent Agencies Census 2017

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