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By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on
Melissa Millard and Shaun Scanlan are now onboard with AU/NZ agency PPR, as announced at B&T today.  
 
The company stated that Millard will report to the PPR office in Sydney as the new people and culture director, bringing with her 20 years of management experience gained mostly in Europe.
 
Former Grill’d content manager Shaun Scanlan is going to PPR’s Melbourne office as the company’s new national social media manager.
 
“We have 47 years’ history in Australia and New Zealand providing a truly ANZ footprint to global and local brands who want to connect with their communities, wherever they may be... Bringing Melissa into this crucial role reaffirms our commitment to investing in our people and our ‘one team’ model, ensuring our clients have the best and most highly-engaged teams working on their business. Similarly, Shaun’s experience in content and social media planning bolsters our existing breadth of digital capability for our clients,” Brangwin said PPR chief executive Katrina Brangwin.
 

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