Independent growth marketing agency Space & Time has strengthened its leadership line-up with the promotion of Chris Jones to chief executive officer (CEO) and Heather Connearn to managing director. The changes are effective immediately.
Formerly the managing director of Space & Time, Jones steps into the newly-created role of CEO, where he will be responsible for setting the overall vision and future direction for the business as it continues with its ambitious growth plan.
Reporting to Jones, Connearn is tasked with driving the business forward, both strategically and commercially. This includes a keen focus on the business’ client experience and operational functions to ensure clients are receiving the best possible service and value. Connearn will also maintain her focus on talent, ensuring the business attracts, trains and retains industry-leading talent through its Space Academy, the award-winning programme she developed in 2019.
Both Jones and Connearn joined Space & Time in 2010, working their way up through the business to reach senior leadership positions. The promotions come in response to the agency’s continued growth and are in preparation for further growth initiatives. Earlier this year, Space & Time was named global media partner for D&AD.
Jones comments: “Changes to market conditions are forcing good businesses to be agile and think innovatively and we have a long track record, alongside our clients, of achieving this. Doing so relies on clear leadership and effective communication throughout the business, which is why this is a particularly exciting time to step into a new leadership role and challenge”.
Connearn adds: “Space & Time is a fast-growing agency with long-standing clients. Central to this is the talent that sits at the very heart of everything we do and stand for. Having the opportunity to grow my career alongside that of the business has been a real privilege and is testament to the agency’s people-first culture. Against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty, I will be laser focused on creating opportunities for the team and delivering outstanding service and value to our clients.”