Simon Ryan quits agency world for online automotive business

Ryan takes to carsales over 25 years of experience in media and communications.

Carsales.com Limited (carsales) has lured former Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) ANZ boss Simon Ryan to the role of managing director – commercial.

We reported earlier today that DAN staff learnt their boss was departing yesterday.

DAN is close to the biggest media and advertising company in the country, representing around 30% of all digital advertising spend in Australia.

Ryan takes to carsales over 25 years of experience in media and communications.

Ryan’s recruitment follows Anthony Saines decision to resign from his position as managing director – commercial effective December 31, 2018. Saines will continue to consult to carsales.

carsales CEO Cameron McIntyre said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Simon to carsales. He is an excellent cultural fit and his capability, experience and knowledge of the media industry and our market make him an incredibly valuable addition to the team.

“As we continue to evolve and realise our business potential it’s critical we are attracting and retaining the best talent available and Simon is a clear representation of that,” McIntyre said.

Simon Ryan said: “I’ve had a strong professional and personal relationship with carsales for many years. This opportunity represents a combination of living my passion for cars in a business I see has substantial opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to playing a big part in carsales’ future. My experience over many years in media and communications positions me well to support the business in the delivery of its strategy and growth potential.”

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