Executive Team

John Croll

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Isentia

John Croll has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Isentia in 1999. He has led the company through private ownership, private equity with Quadrant Private Equity and finally an Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2014. John is a Life Fellow of the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communications (AMEC), a Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is also the Vice President of the Australian Paralympic Committee and has been a member of the Board for the past seven years. 

John Croll

Nimesh Shah

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Nimesh has more than 15 years’ experience as an executive in the media and internet sectors, utilising experience gained working across Australia, UK and many parts of Asia. Much of his experience has been gained in growing companies. Before working for Isentia, Nimesh was global CFO for pioneering social networking site Friendster. He was also Finance Director at Fairfax Digital for seven years, playing an instrumental role in navigating the company into the world of online publishing and transaction businesses.  Prior to that he worked at Dell Computers in the UK, at Arthur Andersen and Ernst and Young. He holds a Master of Business Administration (AGSM), BCom with Merit (UNSW) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Nimesh Shah

Sean Smith

Chief Executive, Media Intelligence

As Chief Executive - Media Intelligence, Sean is responsible for overseeing the delivery of media intelligence services to 5,000 clients across APAC. With 15 years’ experience in the media intelligence industry, Sean has extensive client knowledge across the corporate, government and public relations sectors. He has previously held roles as the Country Manager for New Zealand, Sales Director at Asia Media Monitors in South East Asia and State Manager in New South Wales. Prior to working in the media intelligence industry Sean worked for the Australian Sports Commission and Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee (SOCOG). Sean is the current Vice President and Board Member for FIBEP (global association for media intelligence) and has recently completed Executive Education in International Business Management with Stanford University.

Sean Smith

David Liu

Chief Executive, Asia

David has over 28 years of experience in the media sector having worked at agencies including McCann-Erickson, Bozell and Saatchi & Saatchi. He was Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of QJY Media Group, a HK public listed company, as well as a Director of CBSO China, the outdoor division of CBS Viacom Group. Prior to that he was the Asia Pacific CEO of Aegis Media Group, where he built the Aegis Media network from one office to 14 offices in the region and was appointed a member of the Aegis Global Executive Board in 2001. David was subsequently responsible for building and managing the Engine group network in Asia before coming to Isentia to lead its growth across Asia.

David Liu

Khali Sakkas

Chief Executive, Insights and Research

Khali directs our Insights service across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. With over 12 years’ experience in communications research, Khali has a deep understanding of our clients and the media intelligence industry. She is passionate about Insights, and has presented at a range of conferences, providing strategic advice on demonstrating success, reputation management and the impact of integration. Khali holds a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University, has previously worked as an academic researcher for Monash University and also as a researcher for Indonesia’s national newspaper, Kompas. She is a member of the AMEC Asia Pacific Chapter Leadership team.

Khali Sakkas

Craig Hodges

Executive Chairman, King Content

As founder and Executive Chairman of King Content, and with decades of experience, Craig has been working with “content” long before it was “king” and he certainly prefers it today. The last 20 years has seen him work across many segments of content, from magazines and publishing to internet radio and web development, through to where he’s at today, including as founder of Edge Custom Media in 2002. Craig takes great pride in working with a great team of people who do their jobs well.

 

Craig Hodges

Andrea Walsh

Chief Information Officer

With over 20 years in senior management roles, Andrea Walsh is an experienced technology and digital leader who has consistently delivered business outcomes. Andrea has worked in the UK and Asia Pacific region. Prior to starting with Isentia, Andrea held several positions at Aimia (Global Loyalty Marketing organisation) including VP of Technology and Digital for Asia Pacific. Skills include strategy development, delivery of leading edge digital/IT solutions, business intelligence and transformation.

Andrea Walsh

Helen Thomson

Executive Director, Human Resources

Helen Thomson is a senior Human Resources professional with over 20 years experience in business redesign and culture change. She specialises in creating pragmatic, commercially driven solutions and has worked across diverse industries including education, hospitality, publishing and media. She joined Isentia as Executive Director, Human Resources in 2012 and is based is the Sydney head office. Prior to joining Isentia, Helen was Vice President Human Resources Asia Pacific for Reader's Digest where she had the opportunity to spend time living and working in Asia. She holds a Business degree from the University of Southern Queensland majoring in Human Resources.

Helen Thomson

Richard Spencer

Chief Marketing Officer

Richard Spencer has been working in marketing and digital communications for 20 years, and as Chief Marketing Officer, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the marketing and communications functions of Isentia.  His specialist social media agency, Two Social, was acquired by Isentia in 2013, and continued its growth and success under his leadership. Richard is a regular media commentator, sharing his expertise on social media strategy and execution. Prior to founding Two Social, Richard was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Interactive with TMP Worldwide and lead numerous agencies. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Business and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM).

Richard Spencer

Matthew Stanton

Chief Executive Officer King Content

A commercial CEO with a strong general management, financial and transformation track record in Media, FMCG and Retail sectors in Australia, Asia and Europe. Led creation and execution of strategic roadmaps for structurally challenged businesses, building on leadership, change management and operational excellence skills. Driven value creation through M&A, rationalizing and integrating businesses. Transformed traditional business models to digital formats to grow profit and cashflows for listed, private equity and family owned businesses. Built relationships with external stakeholders and developed teams to create results.

Matthew Stanton