Chris Savage

Chris Savage

Founder at The Savage Company
Sydney, Australia

Summary

Following a highly successful 25 year career in public relations… where his roles included Chairman of the biggest PR group in the Asia Pacific region, as an entrepreneur who founded what became one of Australia’s top three leading financial PR firms, and as the founder and CEO of what became the largest PR group in Australia’s PR history…. Chris was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Australasia’s leading marketing content and communications group. As part of his wide-ranging responsibilities between 2008 and 2015, Chris lead the group’s digital growth strategy (with digital revenues exceeding $200 million annually), led the group’s charge into Asia and was also directly responsible for all non advertising and media companies, accounting for more than half of its $500 million revenues. Business under his leadership grew on average by double digits annually.
Chris is a world renowned motivational keynote speaker, and speaks at major conferences and corporate events across Australia and the world. His weekly blog, Wrestling Possums, has 11,000 weekly followers and subscribers. 

Positions

Business Growth Specialist
The Savage Company
August 2015 - Present (2 years 4 months)
The Savage Company specialises in helping leaders accelerate business, career and personal growth. Services include: 1. Growth Advisory- helping leaders get clarity on business growth ambition, capabilities needed to achieve goals, and then actioning simple, practical steps to drive growth. (Business sale advisory services also offered). 2. Growth Communications- strategic counsel on transactions, crisis and issues, stakeholder support, investor matters, thought leadership (including social media influence) and reputation management. 3. Growth Inspiration- strategy facilitation, keynote motivational speeches, growth capability skills training, and growth/career mentoring. Savage is chairman and a partner in a suite of specialist, leading independent communications agencies, including The 6AM Agency, K3 Investor and Corporate Relations, and Bastion Brands.
Chief Operating Officer
STW Group
August 2008 - February 2015 (6 years 6 months)
Southern hemisphere’s largest marketing content and communication group, with more than 70 specialist businesses in advertising, media, design, digital, research, PR, digital, shopper, etc. $500 million plus in revenues. 4,000 plus people in Australia, NZ and internationally. Led digital growth strategy (touching $200 million in revenues annually at Feb 2015), push in to South East Asia, and responsibility for all non-media and advertising businesses. Achieved average double-digit growth of businesses accountable for, annually, over that period.
Chief Executive Officer
Ogilvy PR Australia
October 2000 - June 2009 (8 years 8 months)
The founding staff member in 2001. (Concurrently with creation of Savage & Partners, see below). Led growth of Ogilvy PR to be by far the largest, most profitable PR business in Australia and New Zealand. Created national leadership for Ogilvy PR by acquiring specialist PR businesses in high growth areas of PR. Plus coordinated the creation of two start-up brands.Ogilvy PR remains the market leader, and is thriving.
Founder & Partner
Savage & Partners
October 2000 - December 2006 (6 years 2 months)
Concurrently to Ogilvy PR CEO role (see above). Co-founded specialist corporate and financial PR firm (originally called Savage & Horrigan). Handled many major IPOs, M&A, crisis management, corporate reputation, investable brand assignments. Nominated by the Australian Financial Review in 2004 as one of Australia’s top three financial PR firms. Sold firm to Ogilvy/WPP/STW.
Vice Chairman Asia Pacific (97-99), Australia Chief Executive (94-99), Various Roles (84-94)
Burson-Marsteller
January 1984 - December 1997 (13 years 11 months)
15 years with the global PR leader, in Adelaide, Hong Kong, Sydney. Specialised in crisis management, corporate affairs and financial communication. Appointed Sydney office MD in 1992. Australia CEO 1994-99 (staff of 120). Asia Pacific Chairman of Marketing and Technology Practice (1996) and Asia Pacific Vice Chairman 1997-99. (1,000 employees, 24 offices, 16 countries).

Education

Bachelor of Arts Journalism

Hartley College
1980 - 1984 (4 years)

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