Jonathan Conlon, the newly appointed COO of GroupM and Abi Moran, CEO of JWT Folk, have joined the board of IAPI following its AGM this week.
The AGM also saw Jimmy Murphy, President of IAPI for the past two years, pass the baton on to Shenda Loughnane, Group MD at Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland. Core’s Arthur Byrne, also stepped down from the board, having completed his term.
Speaking about his appointment to the board Jonathan Conlon says: “I would like to focus on a specific area of importance. The common thread across all IAPI agencies is the need, and our ability, to deliver growth for our clients. In order to speak about business growth with absolute authority, we need to make it a cornerstone of what IAPI stands for. While great work has been done in the past and current initiatives & awards exist, I believe the establishment of an IAPI Growth Council will give this the focus that it undoubtedly requires.”
Meanwhile Abi Moran adds: “I’ve worked in both big and small agencies throughout my career. Agencies that were networked and independent. I have experienced mergers as a member of staff twice and led an agency through a merger once. I’ve won – and unfortunately lost – big and small. And I’ve learnt from some of the very best in the industry, both more senior to me and more junior to me. I feel the time is right to give something back to an industry that I love.”