Experienced marketing and advertising professional Erik de Roos is joining the South Australian Tourism Commission as the new Executive Director of Marketing.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Erik comes to the SATC after five years as CMO with the iconic San Remo Macaroni company, which follows a long career working in advertising, most notably at Clemenger BBDO.
SATC chief executive Rodney Harrex said there had been an extensive recruitment process to secure the best candidate to lead the Marketing team during this critical time for tourism in SA.
“Erik brings a strong marketing background, is a creative thinker and is passionate about driving our brand as we continue our work to recover SA’s visitor economy,” Mr Harrex said.
“He has broad experience across Australia and from his international placements, has been behind some of our strongest SA brands (such as San Remo, Balfours, Jacob’s Creek, Journey Beyond and the Motor Accident Commission) and is very excited to join the SATC and get to work.
“It’s been an incredibly challenging period for the SATC and tourism more broadly. We’ve worked hard to be outstanding in our engagement with the sector, and in driving initiatives to stimulate the visitor economy, so it is an exciting time for Erik to come on board and continue with the great work the team has been creating.”
Erik is due to begin work at the SATC on 12 July, replacing Brent Hill, who leaves the agency at the end of June to start a new career at an international tourism agency.
“I am beyond thrilled to join the SATC team and carry on with the great work already being done,” Mr de Roos said.
“Working at the SATC has been a long-held professional ambition of mine and to be joining at such a pivotal time is an extremely exciting prospect. The agency is widely respected across the tourism and business sectors for delivering best-practice marketing campaigns and I can’t think of a better brand to work with. I love the passion and the “get it done” attitude of the SATC, so I’m very keen to meet the team and be a part of it.”