Xandr, AT&T’s advanced advertising company, today announced the appointments of Masatsune Shironishi as Managing Director, Japan, and Nicole Prior as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, as Xandr continues to invest across APAC. Masatsune’s appointment is effective immediately and Nicole’s role is effective November 1st.
As Managing Director, Japan, Masatsune Shironishi will be responsible for building on the early successes of the business, localising go-to-market efforts and ensuring Xandr is well placed to grow in digital video and connected TV. Masatsune joins from Amobee Japan where he was Country Manager and brings deep industry experience and expertise across media agencies, TV, digital media and advertising technology. Masatsune has also worked at Open Table, Elsevier and Microsoft in various senior sales and product roles.
In her role as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Xandr, Nicole Prior’s remit will include overseeing the Australian business operations and continuing the momentum that the team has established in building a premium Australian video marketplace. Nicole is the former Chief Media Partnerships Officer at IPG Mediabrand’s UM and brings extensive agency and broadcaster experience with executive roles held at MediaCom, Finecast, Ikon Communications, Network Ten and Seven Network.
Masatsune and Nicole will report to Xandr Head of Global Regions, Jerome Underhill. “Xandr has experienced strong growth across APAC as advertiser demand grows for premium, brand and privacy safe environments and publishers and broadcasters seek to meet that demand through partnerships with Xandr. These senior leadership appointments are reflective of the broader investments we are making throughout APAC to allow us to best serve our expanding set of customers,” Underhill said.
“Masatsune’s sales and product leadership, particularly in the Advanced TV space, will allow us to lay the foundations for exciting growth in this space. His unique skillset of strategy, media buying, and technology sales will help our business better serve the needs of our customers in Japan.”
“I am thrilled that Nicole will be joining our Australia and New Zealand business at such a pivotal time. Her deep experience within both agencies and broadcasters will prove to be invaluable as we look to strengthen our leadership position at the intersection of TV and digital.”
Commenting on his new role, Masatsune Shironishi, Managing Director, Japan at Xandr said: “I am excited to join Xandr at such a transformational time in our industry. I look forward to working closely with our talented team and diverse set of local buyers and sellers to help them unlock the full value of programmatic technology.”
“I am delighted to be joining Xandr as the company embarks on its next phase of development. Helping advertisers, agencies and publishers navigate their way through the seismic changes we are seeing across the advertising ecosystem is something I am passionate about. I believe Xandr is well placed to realise its own transformation in addition to that of its customers,” said Nicole Prior, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand at Xandr.
In addition to these appointments, Xandr is continuing to build its APAC leadership team including a General Manager to lead Southeast Asia and India. Xandr has already expanded the leadership team, with Tom Dover having relocated from Sydney to Singapore as Director, Video Marketplace Development for APAC. Tom will be responsible for accelerating Xandr’s video-first product adoption delivering creative and differentiated solutions to the region’s largest agencies and advertisers.
Xandr recently announced results for its platform in Q2 with total international platform spend up by 76 %YoY in Q2 2021. To support this growth, Xandr has made 14 hires in 2021 across Commercial, Services and Operations in Australia, India, and Japan.