DDB Group brand consultancy Interbrand Australia has announced the appointment of Paola Norambuena as chief strategy officer.
Norambuena, who was formerly Interbrand’s global chief communications officer based in New York, has been lured home to Sydney to further grow the capabilities of the consultancy’s Australian arm.
With more than 18 years’ experience across global integrated brand, marketing and creative strategies, Norambuena has curated every level of the brand experience for businesses including Microsoft, GE, Xerox, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, P&G, and Mars.
She was also once the marketing manager of Seafolly Australia for over three-and-a-half years.
Interbrand Australia CEO Nathan Birch said: “Paola brings unique global insight to the power of brand experience, having been instrumental in driving brand and business growth for numerous brands internationally over the years.”
“It’s great to be bringing in such great talent from all around the globe after achieving significant growth this year, including having created a number of exciting new brands, grown businesses, and developed innovative brand experiences locally and globally.
“In a time where traditional strategic levers for unlocking growth are becoming less effective, brand experience is, in some cases, the only opportunity for brands to be distinct in an increasingly competitive market.
“As the world’s most respected brand consultancy, we are uniquely positioned against both agencies and consultancies to deliver this.”
Commenting on her appointment, Norambuena said: “The best part of any brand work is its direct and positive impact on the business itself – certainly, financial growth and expansion, but just as important is its impact on the business’ people and their relationship with the company.
“That’s the power of great branding – it’s an asset that builds a business long term.
“Interbrand has been my home for 12 years in New York, and it’s wonderful to now be joining such a talented Interbrand team in Australia that is primed for further growth across some iconic Australian brands.”
Norambuena’s appointment comes almost four months after Interbrand appointed Davy Rennie and Ben Miles as managing director and executive creative director respectively.