CEO APAC / J. Walter Thompson Company
John Gutteridge began his career with J. Walter Thompson in the UK and rose rapidly through the management ranks. In 2004, at the age of 30, he became Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson New Zealand. He went on to be Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson Melbourne, then CEO of Australia and New Zealand, and in mid-2016, was appointed APAC CEO.
Under his watch, J. Walter Thompson ANZ evolved into a diversified, integrated business, with digital and commercial at the core. The company acquired two digital agencies, Heyday and Webling, launched Colloquial, a new content business, and took management control of Evo, Australia’s first-ever shopper marketing agency, along with a raft of other new initiatives and offerings. The ANZ business has grown by more than 75% since he assumed leadership. Last year J. Walter Thompson was Australia’s second most globally-awarded agency, according to the Gunn Report, and ranked number one in the “All Guns Blazing” award, which rates the leading integrated campaigns.
Gutteridge works out of the network’s APAC office in Singapore in his role as regional CEO.