The Leading Edge sharpens Asia Pacific leadership team for global expansion

The Leading Edge (TLE), Australia’s leading insight-led strategy consultancy, today announced the appointment of Gillian O’Sullivan as APAC CEO.  Gillian has been Managing Director, Ipsos Marketing ANZ for the last eight years.

The newly created APAC CEO role is part of The Leading Edge’s expansion into the Asian market as part of a global focus to provide for clients, and their various offices, across the world. Similarly, Chris Paxton, based in the UK and responsible for The Leading Edge’s offering in Europe, has been appointed EMEA CEO. Chris previously was The Leading Edge Global Head of Strategy in Sydney.

Gillian has worked with many global clients in a diverse range of industries including FMCG, healthcare, financial services, automotive, utilities, telecommunications, tourism and retail, and has a great deal of experience leading and developing teams, strategic planning and product management.

Lee Naylor, Managing Partner The Leading Edge APAC, says, “I’ve worked with Gillian previously and I’m excited about her coming to join us. She brings some fantastic skills to the business. This is great opportunity for us to continue to expand our Asia Pacific horizons with our clients.”

Gillian, who will be based in The Leading Edge’s Sydney office, said: “I’m excited to be joining a business that is focused on a global model of delivering insight-led strategic advice. When The Leading Edge was first created, they were pioneers in research. Now they are leaders in combined research and strategy. There is so much potential for growth as witnessed by recent client wins.”

The Leading Edge, part of the Enero Group, has worked on projects across more than 30 countries in the last two years, including 240 projects in the Asia Pacific. The business also has plans to expand its presence in the USA in the next 12 months to broaden and strengthen its global footprint.

Enero CEO Matt Melhuish said: “I am delighted to welcome Gillian to Enero. She is a class act – smart, experienced and loves solving problems, with a wealth of knowledge in this area. Gillian is a dynamic bundle of energy and a great developer of people, all of which will make her a great cultural fit for our Group and a great APAC CEO for The Leading Edge.”

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