Meet the team that lead our network and the heads for each of our brands. 

Stef Calcraft
Stef Calcraft

Stef Calcraft

Executive Chairman, Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland

Stef Calcraft was appointed Dentsu Aegis UK & I Executive Chairman in January 2018.

Stef brings an unparalleled breadth of industry experience and an entrepreneurial mindset, spanning all aspects of consumer business from brand, creative, media, social, public relations and content. Stef Co-Founded Mother and the Mother Group of Companies-Naked, Poke and Wednesday Agency Group.

Universally recognised as one of the most influential and iconic companies in the history of the advertising industry, Mother was Campaign Magazine’s Agency of the Decade in 2009 and the No.1 non-US Agency in Advertising Age’s Agency of the Decade. Stef began his career in marketing at Unilever.

Mark Creighton
Mark Creighton

Mark Creighton

Chief Operating Officer

Mark is responsible for fostering greater collaboration across all of the Network’s businesses in service of the company’s  global vision to ‘Innovate the Way Brands are Built’.

He started his career at All Response Media in 1999, before joining the digital specialist agency i-level where he became Managing Director in 2006. Mark joined Mindshare in September 2010 and he successfully applied a digital lens to the agency. He is currently the chief operating officer at Dentsu Aegis Network UK and Ireland.

Matthew Hook
Matthew Hook

Matthew Hook

Chief Strategy Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network

What’s great about working at Dentsu Aegis Network?
It's great to work in an organisation where collaboration isn't just a nice to have, it's an absolutely fundamental part of how the organisation is wired. Over my years in the group the most successful people haven't just been talented – they have been curious, open to diverse perspectives and embracing of change.

When you are in a team, what role do you tend to play?
I'm the person who always keeps a sense of where we are going and why – the person who describes the vision and helps encourage everyone to get there!

Describe Dentsu Aegis Network in three words.
Change is good.

What do you look for in the people you hire?
When I am looking to hire people I always try to keep in mind that ability and experience can only get you so far – the very best hires are people with fantastic character and an enthusiastic and focused attitude.

What makes a good leader?
A good leader never loses track of where everyone is heading together – along the way they are able to listen, course correct and adapt to circumstances, but never get truly blown offcourse.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I live in an amazing little town in the heart of the South Downs and have an eclectic range of interests, from playing keyboards in a band, to walking in the hills, to looking after a very eccentric elderly chicken.

 

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Matthew Platts
Matthew Platts

Matthew Platts

CEO of Mediabrands, Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland

Matthew is responsible for the integration of Dentsu Aegis’s media capabilities to deliver a seamless experience for our clients and ensure they benefit from greater collaboration across the agencies.

He joined Aegis Media in 1993 as a TV buyer, and has worked on the commercial side of the business on both the client and media side for more than 20 years. This includes the launch of Amplifi, the group's media investment division, fours years ago which now has more than 450 people trading more than £2bn in the U.K.

Matthew is a member of the DAN UK&I exec and is responsible for the media brands at DAN ensuring our capabilities are seamlessly delivered to our clients.

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Liz Jones
Liz Jones

Liz Jones

CEO B2B and Executive Sponsor for Brand & Reputation, Dentsu Aegis Network

With more than 20 years' experience in media, Liz joined Dentsu Aegis Network in 2008 as Managing Director of PSI, the International arm of Posterscope. Eight successful years later, Liz moved into her current role as CEO of B2B for Dentsu Aegis, working across all of the Group's agencies to redefine the B2B proposition and drive understanding of how the digital economy is changing interactions between businesses. 

Also as Executive Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion at Dentsu Aegis, Liz helps mobilise and embed the D&I agenda across the Group, to make a difference that is better for everyone; clients and employees alike. 

Liz was previously VP European Sales Director at CNBC Europe. Her earlier career includes positions at Eurosport, PHD International and AMV BBDO. 

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Liam McDonnell
Liam McDonnell

Liam McDonnell

CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland

Describe your job.
I’m the CEO for Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland.

What’s great about working at Dentsu Aegis Network?
The people, the ongoing challenges and being part of an evolving, dynamic and market leading business.

When you are in a team, what role do you tend to play?
I observe, I facilitate, I play devil’s advocate and try to provide perspective

Describe Dentsu Aegis Network in three words.
Dynamic. Innovative. Collegiate.

What do you look for in the people you hire?
Pragmatism, good listening skills, not self-obsessed and want to learn.

What makes a good leader?
Someone who’s is a good listener, perceptive, committed, caring and puts their team first.

Where have you worked before and what did you do?
Carat/All Ireland Media – Managing director, Irish International BBDO – media director, Saatchi & Saatchi – media director

Tell us something surprising about yourself?
I lost a kidney doing a toboggan run.

What’s your hidden talent?
People often tell me things that they should only be sharing with close family or friends.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Football, skiing, wine, art and most of all, spending as much time as possible, or they want, with my family

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Paula Cunnington
Paula Cunnington

Paula Cunnington

HR Director

I have been with Dentsu Aegis Network for 4 years now.  Prior to this, I have experience of working in Financial Services, Consulting and the Utility industry.  I am a HR generalist at heart but I have spent time leading the Employees Relations Function for a leading Bank for a couple of years; this time enabled me to appreciate the different challenges faced across a business from both an employee and manager perspective.  
I have the pleasure of leading a group of talented HR professionals across Dentsu Aegis who strive who support the business in delivering its ambitions for 2020. I am passionate about attracting and developing diverse talent across our business.  The industry that we work in is incredibly exciting and the need to attract diversity of talent is ever more important as we strive to grow our business over the next few years. 
 
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Jo Sutherland
Jo Sutherland

Jo Sutherland

Chief Executive, Carat UK

Jo ensures that leading media agency Carat puts innovation at the heart of its clients' business agendas and tap into the diverse capabilities across Dentsu Aegis Network.

Previously, she worked as managing director for the UK arm of the agency's mobile specialists, Fetch, where she honed her understanding of the blend of brand and performance to for truly effective marketing. 

Overall, Jo boasts two decades' experience working in media beginning her career at McCann Erickson before moving to BBJ, Carat and Vizeum, where she rose to level of Chief Operating Officer. During this time she has worked with some of the industry's most respected brands including Disney, Diageo, Coca-Cola, MINI, BMW, Fox, Government and easyJet.

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Katherine Munford
Katherine Munford

Katherine Munford

Managing Director, Data2Decisions

Katherine leads a team of more than 65 people delivering marketing effectiveness consultancy to some of the world’s biggest brands.

She joined Data2Decisions as Associate Director in 2006 and has played an instrumental role in the company’s rapid growth, including helping to internationalise the brand to 12 offices globally.

With more than 15 years’ industry experience, Katherine’s technical expertise spans statistical analysis and consumer research and she has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Warwick.

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Karl Weaver
Karl Weaver

Karl Weaver

Chief Executive, Isobar UK

Karl Weaver has over 20 years of global experience in marketing effectiveness, having successfully built revenue streams for several businesses in this area.

Most recently he was CEO of Data2Decisions, a business that grew to 150+ people with a presence in 12 markets. Karl facilitated the sale of Data2Decisions to Dentsu Aegis Network to accelerate the scaling of the business as part of a wider group. 

Karl is a member of Dentsu Aegis Global CSR Steering Group, a co-author of numerous award-winning papers including an IPA Effectiveness Grand Prix, has been an IPA judge, an Advisor for the Cannes Effectiveness Lions, a WARC judge and spoken at conferences including Cannes Lions and Media 360.

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James Connelly
James Connelly

James Connelly

Executive Chairman, Fetch

Describe your job. What’s great about working at Dentsu Aegis Network?
I’m responsible for the delivery and development of the Fetch brand globally. I love the focus on innovation and digital growth within the Dentsu Aegis Network. Fetch is all about helping digital businesses grow and to have the same vision and strategy within our own network is rewarding.

When you are in a team, what role do you tend to play?
I’m the one who follows up with actions, mostly so I don’t forget myself!

Describe Dentsu Aegis Network in 3 words.
Collaborative. Ambitious. Aligned.

What do you look for in the people that you hire?
Ambition, Inquisitiveness and Inspiration. These are the values of our business and it’s very hard for me to employ someone if they don’t share our values in one way or another.

What makes a good leader?
One who uses their two ears and one mouth, in that proportion.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.
Way before launching Fetch, I started a car audio business. It lasted three months.

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Dominic Sparkes
Dominic Sparkes

Dominic Sparkes

CEO, icuc.social

Describe your job?
As CEO of ICUC EMEAmy role is to ensure the team have what they need to provide enterprise-level social media management for the world's largest brands 24/7\. It’s a task that is as exciting now as when I started 13 years ago. 

What’s great about working at Dentsu Aegis Network?
There is a palpable sense of collaboration and wanting to get stuff done. Results are paramount but never at the expense of quality. 

When you are in a team, what role do you tend to play?
I love the expression ‘always employ people more intelligent than you’ and with that in mind if I can get those super-talented people to work together to produce great work, I’m happy. 

Describe Dentsu Aegis Network in three words.
Smart, approachable, driven. 

What do you look for in the people you hire?
We are a people-powered business so life-skills, attention to detail and patience are critical. 

What makes a good leader?
The ability to listen and make others heard. 

Where have you worked before and what did you do?
My first job out of University was New Media Manager for EMI Records and I had the honour of being the first person plugged into the internet and get a colour monitor. It makes me feel very old. 

Tell us something surprising about yourself?
It’s not surprising but sales is so intrinsic in this industry that I once pitched for an hour to what I thought was a hot lead. He had actually visited to measure up the new door. 

What’s your hidden talent?
I play drums. My wife likes me to keep that hidden. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Windsurfing when the weather is nice, a nice red with good friends, being a nerd in my home studio.

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Andrew Hirsch
Andrew Hirsch

Andrew Hirsch

CEO, John Brown Media

Describe your job.
I’m the CEO of John Brown Media. Although London-based, I’m responsible for our global offices and the creative output of that work. We have offices in Boston, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cape Town and Johannesburg. I currently travel at least two weeks every month, visiting our offices or meeting new people within Dentsu Aegis Network and looking at potential opportunities. My main job is to maintain the John Brown culture in every global market, looking after the people who work for us and ensuring our clients are consistently getting world-class content.

What’s great about working at Dentsu Aegis Network?
John Brown Media was recently acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network. In this time everybody I have met has been extremely welcoming and willing to help in any way they can, such as housing our new John Brown Media staff in the Boston office of iProspect. One of the things I love about Dentsu Aegis Network is the speed with which everybody works, something that I find very energising.

When you are in a team, what role do you tend to play?
Running an agency means that I’m a bit of a chameleon so it depends on the circumstances and the audience. Internally at John Brown Media as the CEO, my role is to lead, give direction and mentor the four amazing women who run our global offices – Libby Kay in the UK, Lani Carstens in South Africa, Claire England in Dubai and Lucy Dryburgh in Hong Kong. As part of the Dentsu Aegis Network Management team in the UK I listen and learn, and contribute as much as possible. Describe Dentsu Aegis Network in three words. World of opportunity.

What do you look for in the people you hire?
In no particular order, but equally important: energy, intelligence and warmth. I’m always looking to hire the very best people available, much smarter than me (not very difficult if you know me). A sense of humour is important.

What makes a good leader?
The best leaders set an example for others to follow. You have to work harder than everybody else, be a great communicator both internally and externally and understand what motivates each person who works for you - and then motivate them. Set the highest possible standards in everything you do, both as a business and as an individual. Be approachable to all your staff and be prepared to answer any question openly and honestly.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Despite travelling two weeks a month for work, I love travelling with my wife and two teenage sons. We have had amazing trips to Japan, Burma, China and Indonesia. When I’m not travelling I’m very happy at home watching a movie and I’m a big Tottenham fan – so not much joy there. I used to love eating but considering most of the people I have met at Dentsu Aegis are thinner than me, I have been on a no-carb diet for the last two months. Fortunately it’s working, so far.

What’s your hidden talent?
Neil Diamond and Elton John Karaoke specialist.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I manage Harpenden U12 cricket team.

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Stephen Whyte
Stephen Whyte

Stephen Whyte

CEO, Posterscope, PSI & MKTG

Describe your job. What’s great about working at Dentsu Aegis Network?
I lead the Group’s Out-of-Home media specialists (Posterscope, PSI, Open Outdoor & Liveposter) and its experiential marketing, sports & entertainment business, MKTG. What makes working here great is the energy, talent and ambition of its people. Internal politics really don’t get in the way which leads to a dynamic and highly innovative culture.

When you are in a team, what role do you tend to play?
I tend to keep meetings focused and ensure that a clear, actionable outcome is reached.

Describe Dentsu Aegis Network in three words.
Ambitious. Dynamic. Inventive.

What do you look for in the people that you hire?
A real passion for what they do, the desire to embrace change, the ability to drive change and an open, collaborative working style.

What makes a good leader?
Someone who understands their business deeply and is optimistic, decisive, empathetic and, above all, inspirational.

What do you like doing outside of work?
I like to retreat to the relative quiet of my Cambridgeshire home and spend time with my family. I love to read, cycle (thankfully, I live in a flat county) and catch up with friends. Simple stuff really!

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