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Thrive delivers succession plan for Melbourne office – New GM and National Business Development Dire

We are delighted to update you on some important company news that sees one of Thrive’s original founders, Louise Parris, handing over the General Manager (Melbourne) role to take on a new national executive post to further strengthen our business growth. Long-standing Thriver, Kelly Stambanis, will step across from her current position of National Strategy Director to take over the reigns as General Manager (Melbourne).

The delivery of Thrive’s succession plan in Melbourne, complements a number of additional senior promotions. It comes off the back of client wins and extended agreements across both Sydney and Melbourne offices including SMB game changer Square, Coles Liquor, 3M, VicHealth, CSIRO and Worksafe Victoria along with global video game publisher, Ubisoft.

Louise Parris has been at the helm of Thrive Melbourne since returning to the business in 2013. Since that time she has overseen the recruitment and development of our talent, led some significant new business wins and has solidified Thrive’s position in the market. Louise will now work across markets as National Business Development Director.

Kelly Stambanis joined Thrive as the company’s first PR consultant almost fifteen years ago. Over the last two decades in agency PR, she has led some of the Australia’s highest profile PR campaigns and has played a key role in Thrive’s success helping to set the scene to propel the Melbourne operations.

Louise and Kelly are both on the Thrive Executive Team. I continue to be based in the Sydney office, driving our national operations.

This news is an opportune time for us to thank friends of Thrive and many colleagues that we have worked with for more than a decade. We will continue to be a company that plays behind-the-scenes – one that is motivated by the relationships we hold, the commercial gains of our clients and a company built on values of tenacity, passion and innovation.

If it’s been awhile since we last connected, please reach out to us to find out what’s new on offer at Thrive.

Leilani Abels, Managing Director



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