Staff Reporters
Feb 3, 2020

Former CEO returns to McCann Australia, as owner

Ben Lilley returns after two years away to take over ownership the network's Australia operations.

Ben Lilley

Interpublic's McCann Worldgroup announced that Ben Lilley, former CEO of McCann Australia, is assuming ownership of the agency. That includes Smart, the agency that Lilley founded 20 years ago and which McCann acquired in 2011 McCann’s Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast operations and its PR business, The Red Republic.

Lilley joined McCann in 2011 when it bought Smart, and stepped down as CEO and chairman in 2018. His Linked...

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