As of January 9th, 2017 Match Media is now Blue 449


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James Simmons


James obsession with digital began at the tender age of 9, playing Daley Thompsons Decathlon on the commodore 64.

It was the passion along with the realisation he was not going to be a professional footballer that saw James initially move into planning and then ultimately digital in early 2000.

James was then moved to Australia to set up the digital offering for Zenith Media. He later became managing director of both Beyond Interactive as a full service digital offering and then head of digital at Mediacom. He held a place on the national executive board spearheading the agency to become the fastest growing digital agency in Australia.

In 2007 James took the big leap to set up his own agency to start Match Dialogue. More recently James was voted 40 under 40 by B&T magazine.

John Preston

Founder & CEO

A Marine Biologist who landed in media over two decades ago, has as emerged as one of Australia’s top media experts. More recently John was awarded Agency Head of the Year by Campaign Asia for Australia/New Zealand.

Prior to Match, John had the unique opportunity of being a founding partner and subsequently Managing Director of Whybin TBWA Sydney. Most of his career has been as the media guy in creative environments such as BBH London, The Campaign Palace Melbourne and Mojo Sydney; where he was the National Media Director and responsible for launching Optimedia.

John established Match in 2003. He is incredibly proud of the achievements the business has made as an independent. John is equally excited about the contribution Match can make to the Blue 449 network and the emergence of a brand new global media network.

Meet the rest of the family