The Leading Edge appoints regional CEOs following global growth

Gillian O'Sullivan joins The Leading Edge as APAC CEO from Ipsos, where she was ANZ MD, whilst Chris Paxton is promoted to EMEA CEO.

The Leading Edge appoints regional CEOs following global growth

The Leading Edge has appointed Gillian O’Sullivan to APAC CEO and the promoted Chris Paxton to EMEA CEO from EMEA MD.

The newly created CEO roles are part of The Leading Edge’s push to further strengthen its global leadership team to support its significant increase in global work over the last three years. Both CEOs will have regional responsibilities and will be supported by the recently appointed Managing Partners to deliver their 2021 vision and to ensure the delivery of global excellence.

Gillian joins from Ipsos, where she has been the ANZ Managing Director for the last eight years. 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.

The appointment of Chris and Gillian as CEOs reflects The Leading Edge’s global growth, having worked on projects in over 35 countries in the last two years – 75% of which were multi-market.

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 insight and strategy. There is so much potential for growth as witnessed by recent client wins.”

The EMEA business, based in London, has seen fast growth over the last 18 months, having tripled its headcount.

Chris said: “There is a growing need to service client requirements across multiple markets, not just domestically. Over the last two years the majority of our clients held a global remit. We’re perfectly placed to partner with global clients thanks to our expertise and our global reach.”

The Leading Edge also has plans to expand its presence in the USA in the next 12 months to further strengthen its global footprint.

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