Former DDB managing partner Amanda Wheeler joins Leo Burnett as new chief client partner

Former DDB managing partner Amanda Wheeler joins Leo Burnett as new chief client partner

Leo Burnett Australia has announced the arrival of Amanda Wheeler who joins the agency as chief client partner on Suncorp and Craveable Brands, effective immediately.


Wheeler brings to the role over 20 years’ experience working in the advertising industry. Her expert knowledge across a broad range of skills comes from her background practicing as a journalist, strategist, communications manager, public relations manager, senior planner, team leader, general manager and managing partner.

Wheeler was managing partner at DDB Group Australia, where she managed a portfolio of blue chip clients, including Volkswagen, Skoda, Freedom and Unilever.

Prior to this role, Wheeler was general manager of Innocean Australia and responsible for helping to establish the agency in its early days. Here, she developed and expanded on Innocean’s capabilities and services in Australia, leading the agency’s partnership with foundation clients Hyundai and Kia.

Says Wheeler: “I’ve been lucky enough to have had roles right across the industry from through-the-line advertising and strategic planning through to public relations, event management and sponsorship activation.

“I’m a passionate advocate for creativity that extends well beyond a television showreel and therefore truly excited to join an agency that acts like a true all-encompassing creative powerhouse.”

Says Melinda Geertz, CEO, Leo Burnett Australia: “I’m thrilled to welcome Amanda to Leo’s. Her passion for ideas and creativity is infectious, and her track record for creating outstanding client partnerships that encourage award-winning ideas is impressive.

“Amanda is also a lovely human being – someone who shares our values and respects our culture.”