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Paul Leeds

For over 30 years, Paul Leeds, the CEO of Starcom, has held senior executive positions in the highly competitive Australian advertising industry. From Media Director to Board Director, Managing Director and ultimately Chairman of DDB Needham Melbourne for over 21 years, Leeds is the only media executive in Australia to have held the position of Chairman of an advertising agency.

He established his own successful media company in 1992 and then formed a strategic alliance with AIS Media in 1994. He was ultimately appointed CEO of AIS Media Australia in December 2000.

Leeds was elected to the VRC Committee in 2002 and maintains a keen interest in the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding industry. He has raced a number of winners over the years including Marwong (five wins – Group One winner), Greyfille (four wins – Group 2 winner) and Be Reasonable (eight wins – Group Placed). He has had over 50 winners to date and last year bred and raced a listed winner at Flemington (Magic Bird).

Paul is a devoted family man, married to Jane for 32 years with four sons and a daughter who also share his thoroughbred passion. His other interests include art, food and wine, collectables, a game of social tennis, basketball and football, as he is a passionate Collingwood supporter.

Leeds was elected to the Collingwood board on 13 November 2007.