This story was first published on Campaign Asia.

PHD Australia has recently announced the promotions of key staff within its Melbourne office. Renee Toone has been promoted to business director,  Schalk Van Der Sandt to head of digital and Kathryn Weatherlake to business planning director.

Renee is responsible for servicing clients such as Priceline, Simonds Homes and MYOB. She has been in the Omnicom Media Group for over 12 years specialising in entertainment, FMCG and technology brands. The last 2 of those years has been with PHD Australia, where she has been instrumental in the growth of PHD’s Melbourne office. She will now lead a team that has tripled in size in the last 12 months.

Commenting on the appointment, Renee said, “I am extremely excited to be responsible for this intelligent, high energy team. These guys are ready to tackle any situation and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. I am enjoying working closely with Daniel and the wider PHD team to continue to provide the best quality service to our clients.”

Kathryn will be working on the Australian division of ANZ Bank and is one of the foundation members of the Melbourne team. She has achieved recognition for her capabilities, being short-listed twice for industry Young Achiever of the Year Awards, and winning one of them in 2104.

Schalk’s promotion to head of digital will see him take further responsibility for driving digital innovation for PHD.

Commenting on his promotion, Schalk said, “I am excited about building on the great work that we’ve done in Melbourne thus far. Delivering consistent, market-leading solutions will require us to stay curious, and to interrogate every opportunity. I look forward to leading the leap into the future with the fantastic team that we have here.”

These promotions follow the recent announcement of Daniel Isaac to general manager of the Melbourne office.

On the topic of all the recent appointments and promotions in the Melbourne team, Mark Coad, CEO PHD said, “We have some truly amazing talent here at PHD and I’m really pleased we can create great opportunities for their growth within the business. It’s a huge part of who we are and who we want to be.”

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