John Lewis customer director Inglis named Marketing Society chair

John Lewis' top marketer Craig Inglis will lead The Marketing Society as chair for 2018 following its annual general meeting last night.

Inglis: becomes Marketing Society chairman in January
Inglis: becomes Marketing Society chairman in January

Inglis, the retailer’s customer director, takes over from current chair Stephen Maher, the founder and chief executive of MBA, who has held the role for four years. 

The Marketing Society has also named a new board line-up to support the company’s purpose of creating a vibrant, leading edge society for its 2,600 members across the world. 

New members of the board include Michele Oliver, vice-president marketing at Mars, and Paul Graham, the chief marketing officer of Versace.

There are also two additions from an agency and a media owner respectively: Havas Helia chief executive Tash Whitmey and ITV’s executive vice-president/global marketing director Adrian Last. 

Maher was appointed chair in 2013, following Oystercatchers founding partner Suki Thompson.

Inglis said: "These are exciting times at The Marketing Society as Gemma and her team forge ahead their global expansion and the brave agenda.

"Stephen will be a very tough act to follow, but I’m looking forward to working with the new board. I know together we can achieve great things – I can’t wait to get started."

The Marketing Society board (new members in italics):

Craig Inglis, customer director at John Lewis (chairman from January 2018)

Julian Boulding, owner at thenetworkone (treasurer)

Stephanie Brimacombe, group chief marketing officer at VCCP

Paul Graham, chief marketing officer at Versace

Dominic Grounsell, managing director at Nielson Financial Services

Adrian Last, executive vice-president/global marketing director at ITV

Michele Oliver, vice-president marketing at Mars

Nishma Robb, head of marketing at Google

Nigel Vaz, chief executive of Publicis.Sapient EMEA and APAC and global president at DigitasLBi

Tash Whitmey, chief executive at Havas Helia