Chris

Riley

Chris has spent decades in advertising agencies as the intern clearing the fax machine, to the ‘dizzying heights’ of CEO of Wavemker NZ and then CEO GroupM NZ.

"Leadership can be a lonely place. In truth, the people who provided me with the best advice over my career were often the trusted mentors who listened, and offered different perspectives to problem solving; sometimes telling me what I didn't want to hear."

Chris

Riley

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some very good leaders to support my development over the years. In truth, many of the very useful skills I have learned, have come from honest conversations with these people. They were kind enough to give me their time, to actively listen, and have provided me specific insight and feedback which could never be found in text books, or covered in management training classes. Some of these chats have helped define my career and helped aid me mentally to tackle challenges that in some regard seemed insurmountable at the time. I too hope to be able to pay it forward and work with mentees in the same way.
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Chris has spent decades in advertising agencies as the intern clearing the fax machine, to the ‘dizzying heights’ of CEO of Wavemker NZ and then CEO GroupM NZ. Chris has had the pleasure of dealing with thousands of clients; some amazing, some a little bit less than amazing. Dealing with thousands of colleagues; some of whom Chris is now great mates with, and some who won’t be sending Chris a Christmas card.

Chris’s Battle wounds include the 2001 DotCom bust, the 2008 GFC a Pandemic and some very average stakeholders to manage. These experiences all taught Chris a lot.

Marketing, advertising and communications has been Chris’s passion for almost 30 years. Chris loves the people, the culture and the frantic pace of the business. One of Chris’s favourite quotes is from Daniel Brown (Boys in the Boat) “Good crews are good blends of personalities: someone to lead the charge, someone to hold something in reserve; someone to pick a fight, someone to make peace; someone to think things through, someone to charge ahead without thinking.”

It’s akin to modern business. This is what Chris loves about working in leadership roles with many different people.

Chris is a massive believer that wellbeing should be more than words for HR people to box check. Chris believes that this is worth fighting for. Particularly for senior people, who often get overlooked. Chris takes huge pride in seeing the junior leaders he has worked with land high profile positions in companies all around the world. Chris likes early mornings. It’s when he covers the most ground mentally and physically (on a bike).

Countries Chris has worked in

Europe, New Zealand

Industries Chris has worked in

Entertainment, Media & Advertising

Chris's key roles and titles

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director

Management Skills & Competencies

Adaptability & Resilience
Leadership
Problem Solving & Decision Making

Companies Chris has worked with

  • DDB
  • Grey Advertising
  • MediaCom
  • OMD
  • GroupM

Chris's current city

Auckland, NZ

Chris's book recommendation

The Five Disfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni

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