ninemsn announces two key appointments

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Head of Content Integration and Specialist Sales Director Roles Announced

Sydney, Australia, Tuesday 14th September 2010: ninemsn National Sales Director Nicholas Gray today announced that Ben Millar has been appointed to the role of Head of Content Integration and JJ Eastwood has been appointed as Specialist Sales Director.

Both Millar and Eastwood will join the commercial leadership team, reporting to Nicholas Gray.

Millar was previously with Universal McCann, most recently as National Digital Director and prior to that as Digital Strategy Director. As National Digital Director Millar was responsible for the agency’s digital product including innovation, education, technology, strategy and investment. His clients included the Federal Government, AMP, Unilever, L'Oreal, Coles, Target and Youi.

Millar was also a member of the MFA Digital Committee with responsibility for education and research.

"The digital market increasingly demands great ideas which both delight our audience and solve marketers' business problems," ninemsn National Sales Director Nicholas Gray said.

"Ben's digital, strategic and creative skills make him the ideal leader for the Content Integration team who create and implement great ideas for clients, develop specific digital sales solutions to drive categories such as FMCG and retail, and ensure that content is designed with advertisers, as well as our audience, in mind."

Ben Millar said: "These are exciting times for digital publishers. ninemsn is in a truly unique position with both great content and access to cutting edge technology which will allow it to innovate and continue to lead the market. I am thrilled to be joining such a great team of people and look forward to working with them to create innovative, effective and meaningful opportunities for advertisers."

Eastwood has been with Fairfax Digital since 2007, most recently as Sales Director of Business Development, and prior to that was Group Sales Manager.

He has worked in both agency sales and direct with clients. Prior to his time in digital, Eastwood worked in magazine sales and in marketing.

Gray said: "In the Specialist Sales Director role JJ will be responsible for leading our specialist sales managers in four key product focus areas for ninemsn: PBLM solutions under the recently launched 'POWERED' brand, video, mobile and targeting. JJ brings a diversified set of leadership skills in digital, offline and client-side experiences which set him up well for this diverse role."

JJ Eastwood said: "I'm delighted to be joining the industry leader with the responsibility of heading up the four key product focus areas. I am looking forward to working closely with Nicholas and the rest of the talented team at ninemsn."