Marketing and ad agency McKenzie Partners has welcomed two new senior staff to their team. Michelle Rowling joins as Group Account Director and Jodie Smith has taken on the newly created role of Business Operations Manager.

Rowling was previously the head of marketing at one of the largest clubs in NSW, Bankstown Sports. “I am delighted to join McKenzie Partners. After all that 2020 had thrown at me, I was up for the challenge,” says Rowling. “It is an incredible opportunity to be able to support the marketing causes and overall needs of a broad range of businesses and industries, while tapping into my media expertise.” 

Prior to Bankstown Sports, Rowling spent seven years across both state and national marketing teams at News Corp. “Over time, I hope to share my diverse experience and client-side insights and, of course, relish in the variety. Next year I’ll finish my MBA, so it will be great to extend myself and put these learnings into practice.”


Along with Rowling, Jodie Smith has joined McKenzie Partners as Business Operations Manager. “I look forward to working with the McKenzie team to streamline and grow our partnerships with leading media and platforms,” says Smith. “With the disruption and reset due to COVID, I feel it’s a great time to be in an agile business that can adapt quickly and continue to provide market-leading solutions for our clients.”

Smith has worked in leading agency and brand sales teams, most recently at and previously at Fairfax Media and News Corp. She also worked in brand partnerships at Fremantle Media.

McKenzie Partners CEO, Darren McKenzie, says he’s excited to welcome new talent to the team. “The appointment of Michelle and Jodie tops off a truly transformational year for McKenzie Partners. Both bring with them a wealth of experience that will set us up for further wins in 2021. Talent is our key ingredient for success in 2021 and, along with some new members across various departments within the business, they are key placements.”

 McKenzie Partners has a diverse range of clients across the auto, retail, legal and finance industries and is a founding member of the IMAA