CMO Leadership with Ty Hayes

Dive into the insights and strategies of award-winning Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Ty Hayes and leading CMO's and experts.


02. How to lead like the #1 CMO in Australia with Leisa Bacon from the ABC

Leisa Bacon, Director of Audiences for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, known as the ABC in Australia joins us on the show today.

In October 2020 Leisa was named #1 CMO in Australia through CMO50. The CMO50 awards are judged by industry experts and it’s considered to be a coveted and highly regarded list. This follows from previous years being ranked #2, #4, #2…. And you get to find out exactly why in this interview.

Leisa has a background in branding and marketing within the FMCG industry working for brands such as Procter & Gamble, Boots and Coca-Cola.

Leisa has an incredible track record in driving marketing transformation. Working at the ABC network which has 5 TV stations, 50+ radio stations and a mix of apps, social media, Leisa has optimised her team and achieved strong results in a complex, constantly changing and highly competitive media environment.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The composition of the marketing team and how this has changed over time;
  • How the ABC partnership model and the importance of prioritisation has really driven results;
  • How it was possible to turn around a campaign in a weekend and how her team was able to adapt during COVID-19;
  • The data capability ABC marketing is investing in and harnessing to build their diverse brands and compete with big players such as Netflix, Spotify and Apple News;
  • How the ABC harnesses diversity across a range of dimensions to produce better content and creative; and
  • Leadership strategies Leisa uses to align her team to achieve organisational strategic goals


Contact Leisa Bacon

  • Find Leisa Bacon on LinkedIn and mention you heard her on the podcast. Find out more about ABC, ABC iView or ABC Listen. You can find out more about Leisa’s CMO award here.

Contact Growth Generators

Find out how Ty and Growth Generators can help you design and build a modern, marketing team that drives growth. Email or connect with Ty on LinkedIn.

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About the Show

Are you striving to build a high-performance marketing team that accelerates growth for your organisation?

This podcast is designed specifically for marketing leaders seeking to optimise their team’s performance to drive unparalleled results.

Tune in to:

  • Unlock secrets from top CMO’s on how they’ve crafted dynamic marketing team structures and built modern capabilities
  • Discover agile marketing practices that can triple team productivity and slash time to market
  • Learn the leadership principles and strategies to drive change, create a high-performance team culture and boost staff engagement.
  • Gain insights from interviews with leadership experts and authors, and marketing leaders from accross all industries including Uber, ABC, Calendly and EY.

Your Host – Ty Hayes

Ty is an award-winning former CMO turned business founder, who built and led the #1 marketing team in Australia (AMI Awards) and was ranked the #10 CMO in Australia (CMO50) whilst CMO for a global university. Ty now hosts this podcast and runs Growth Generators with the mission to help CMOs build modern marketing teams that drive growth.