Kathryn Furnari

Kathryn Furnari

Group Business Director - PHD

A careers advisor once told me to find a job that made use of both my creative side (as an aspiring pianist and cellist) and my love of studying Psychology and the way people think. I ‘fell’ into the wonderful work of media which has provided the perfect blend of art and science.

I have over 15 years of experience in the Australian media industry, working across both local and global clients. My love of the FMCG category led me to PHD where I am presently leading a team of 19 working across the Unilever Australia business.

I am responsible for overall client satisfaction, driving business outcomes, leading a high performing team and delivering award-winning work. In the past two years, Unilever has been recognised on the local and global stage at Adnews, Ministry of Sports Marketing Awards, Festival of Media Asia for Streets, Lipton Ice Tea and Ben & Jerrys respectively. My current focus is on delivering data-driven marketing solutions and helping my team navigate the ever-changing role of media agencies and prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet!

I am a natural leader with a consistent track record of being collaborative, authentic, approachable and resilient. I am well respected by my superiors, peers and clients and take a lot of pride in the relationships I have built throughout my career.

I enjoy working for companies and brands that support diversity, have clear values and a great culture and I strongly believe that life is too short to be in a job that you don’t love!