Natalie Jenkins is joining Block as its first Chief Executive Officer, and will begin working closely with the studio’s team of marketing and communication specialists in 2020.
“We have big plans for Block in the year ahead, and Natalie is the perfect person to provide strategic leadership as we begin to implement these changes. With an experienced senior team in place, we’ve given Natalie the challenge of bringing everyone together to focus on our growth strategy moving forward,” explained Mark Braddock, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Block.
Jenkins (pictured) joins Block from Black Swan State Theatre Company, where she was Executive Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer. She ran her own consultancy, NJ Management, for eight years, and has been a guest lecturer in Arts Management at Edith Cowan University since 2007.
From strategic advisory to project management services, she has led not-for-profit arts organisations; worked with the corporate sector to meet their corporate social responsibility aims; and developed government policy framework as a member and Chair of numerous boards and advisory committees.
“I am very excited to be joining the talented Block family next year and am looking forward to working with such a terrific team,” said Jenkins. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build on the success that Tanya and Mark have created and work with them in taking the company into its next period of growth. 2020 is going to be a great year all around!”
Meanwhile, Block Co-Founder Tanya Sim is stepping down from her role as Managing Director but remains on Block’s board.
“With an incredible team in place and Natalie at the helm, I feel ready to step away from the day- to-day running of our studio to take on a more strategic focus,” said Sim. “We look forward to welcoming Natalie to Block next year.”
Earlier this month, Block announced that it was deepening its account service capabilities under the leadership of Jane Jones, who has joined the agency as Director of Client Services from iiNet, where she was National Marketing Manager.
Johanna Borger and Fernanda Fauzi have also joined Block as Account Manager and Account Executive respectively.