Honner bolsters senior team, appoints new Managing Partner

Honner bolsters senior team, appoints new Managing Partner

(Pictured, left to right: Alison Kahler, Susie Bell and Rashmi Punjabi)

Corporate and financial communications firm, Honner, has made a number of senior leadership appointments, and formalised its Senior Leadership Team.

Equity partner, Susie Bell, has been named Managing Partner of the firm, with a focus on leading Honner's people and culture. She has been with Honner for 15 years and works closely with Founder and CEO, Philippa Honner to drive a range of management responsibilities, as well as leading Honner’s relationships with key clients.

Alison Kahler has been appointed Senior Consultant - Content. she will work across the firm’s financial services, corporate and technology clients offering content strategy development and delivery as well as strategic communications counsel. Alison brings more than 25 years’ experience as a financial journalist and communications adviser for major publications and institutions, joining Honner from HSBC, where she spent the past six years as a senior communications manager. Prior to working at HSBC, Alison spent more than a decade with The Australian Financial Review writing on personal finance, investment and superannuation.

Rashmi Punjabi has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Business Development. She will work closely with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team to drive new business efforts across traditional finance and new economy sectors, as well as leading on marketing initiatives for the agency.

Honner also formalised its Senior Leadership Team, in recognition of the collective contribution the agency’s senior consultants make in managing a growing consultancy. The new team includes equity partners Philippa Honner and Susie Bell, as well as:
  • Judith Bence, Chief Operating Officer
  • Craig Morris, Head of Marketing Solutions
  • Samantha Rockliff, Senior Consultant
  • Fiona Parker, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Natasha Moldrich, Account Director
  • Rashmi Punjabi, Head of Business Development
CEO, Philippa Honner said the appointments reflected the firm’s ambitions to continue broadening its offering across the Australian and APAC region: “Each year we behave more like a traditional consultant - working with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver highly tailored, strategically driven programmes that make a commercial impact.

“We’re investing in our team, digital tools and infrastructure to support the next phase of growth - as clients continue to value specialist agencies that bring deep market insights and creative ideas to the table, operating as a dynamic and flexible extension of their in-house team.”

Managing Partner, Susie Bell said continuous learning and global curiosity were strong contributors to the firm’s culture: “The Honner team is our greatest strength, and we are extremely proud of our diverse range of talent. We’re committed to delivering relevant and future focused training and team experiences that add value and create a real impact. Through our deep global networks our team can access career-defining agency exchanges and virtual ‘next generation’ forums with their peers from across the globe, covering global best practice and the latest industry trends from ESG to generative AI. Having a global, and more rounded, perspective ultimately makes us all better and more informed practitioners."

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