John Gutteridge began his career with J. Walter Thompson in the UK and rose rapidly through the management ranks. In 2004, at the age of 30, he became Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson New Zealand. He went on to be Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson Melbourne, then CEO of Australia and New Zealand, and in mid-2016, was appointed APAC CEO.
Under his watch, J. Walter Thompson ANZ evolved into a diversified, integrated business, with digital and commercial at the core. John is now bringing that drive and entrepreneurialism to the rest of the APAC region.
The J. Walter Thompson Company set up the industry’s first strategic planning department, and has pioneered effective creative strategy for clients for over 150 years. John aims to build on that legacy in Asia, powering our network to deliver effective creative work to help clients grow their brands and meet their business goals.