• Australia
  • October 15, 2021

Leading Out-of-Home media company JCDecaux has promoted John Harris to the national leadership role of General Manager, Sales, as incumbent Oliver Newton departs the Australian business after 11 years.

Max Eburne, JCDecaux’s Chief Commercial Officer, said. “At JCDecaux we nurture our people throughout their career journeys to offer them opportunities, so I am delighted to promote John into the role of General Manager, Sales. John has an excellent reputation throughout the media industry as well as a wealth of experience, high levels of customer service and standards. I look forward to continuing working together as we head into one of the busiest and exciting periods of the JCDecaux business as we commence our partnership with Sydney Trains and as the out-of-home market comes back stronger than ever on the other side of the pandemic.”

Harris joined JCDecaux UK in 2006, ultimately becoming responsible for sales performance across the JCDecaux Premiere and Digital Large Format portfolios before leaving for Australia in late 2012.  John joined the Sydney office in early 2013 and has been leading the NSW sales team for the past five years.

John Harris said: “I’m incredibly excited to take this next step in this national leadership role and work closer with our highly talented teams to deliver results for our customers.  It has been a privilege to work with Olly, we have achieved many great things together. It has been inspiring to see the sales team develop under his leadership.  JCDecaux remains at the forefront of the out-of-home industry so I could not be prouder to take on this challenge.”

He will replace Oliver Newton who, after a successful 15 years at JCDecaux across Manchester, London, and Sydney, will depart for a new role as Advertising Sales Director at Amazon.

On Newton’s departure, Eburne said: “Olly has been a remarkable colleague and friend, and while it’s sad to see him go, he can be proud of the enormous contribution he’s made over the past 11 years. He’s achieved many things but most importantly earned the trust and respect of our clients, employees, and peers in our industry. Olly has inspired and mentored many people at JCDecaux and I’m sure he’ll go on to have a similarly positive effect on many others at Amazon.”

Newton joined JCDecaux Manchester in 2006, progressing through multiple roles that led him first to JCDecaux in London and to JCDecaux Australia.  He joined the Sydney sales team in 2010, rapidly establishing himself as a high-performing future leader.  Over the subsequent 11 years Olly has been promoted through multiple roles, taking on his current role of Chief Sales Officer, maintaining throughout a true passion for, and dedication to, the JCDecaux business. 

Oliver Newton said: “I’ve had an amazing career at JCDecaux it’s been a privilege to work with so many great people and see the evolution of JCDecaux as a business. I am leaving the team in strong hands with John Harris at the helm. This company has been so influential and nurturing during the many stages of my career. I’m sad to say goodbye but I’m excited for the next chapter at Amazon.”

Newton will depart JCDecaux in November 2021.  The process to find a replacement for John Harris’ current role as NSW Sales Director is currently underway.

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