Tom is Chairman of Q5 Australia.
Tom has had a varied and remarkable career. Starting at Qantas as a commercial trainee, he went on to take up a number of influential roles in the transport, marketing, and commercial services sectors, from founding partner of Whybin Dery Barns (now TWBA) to Chief Commercial Officer of Ansett Australia. In 1995, he was asked to launch the Asia Pacific arm of international advertising agency network M&C Saatchi. Over two decades, he built it into one of the market’s most successful operations, launching new offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Delhi, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. He became the network’s Global Chairman in 2008.
His impressive contributions to the Australian not-for-profit sector saw him awarded the Order of Australia in 2015. In the same year, he was one of only 30 Fellows globally selected for the highly prestigious Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He stood down as Chairman of M&C Saatchi in June 2019 and is looking forward to exploring the exciting opportunities in his role as Chairman of Q5 Australia.
Tom brings his wealth of experience and knowledge of the Australian and Asia Pacific market to support Q5 in its strategic direction and growth. He also serves as Chairman of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and AIME Mentoring, an association that supports underprivileged children in their journey from high school to university.