Stuart O’Brien – Houston Group
Stuart founded Houston in 2011 after previous roles as CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Sydney and 12 years as CEO and partner at Moon Design. Houston, in an exceptional timeframe, has built an unprecedented list of iconic clients with large-scale brand projects. These include the Qantas Group, Caltex Australia, Charles Sturt University, Toyota, Lendlease, NBN, UTS, Macquarie Group and NRMA to name a few. They also host a number of key non-for-profit organisations such as Luke Batty Foundation, Princes Trust Australia and Wayside Chapel. He worked across eight Sydney Theatre Company seasons and four seasons of the Sydney Symphony. Since selling Moon to STW Group (now WPP) in 2008, Stuart has also been an active investor in a number of successful start-ups and digital disruptors including SocietyOne, Prezzee, and ROKT.
Our name says it all. When clients call Houston, they’re counting on us to solve a problem.
Our work spans from deep business and brand consulting to communications planning and campaign work. Due to this breadth of offering we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach – rather, we create enduring, effective and bespoke solutions driven by a proven methodology and frameworks for change.
We’re also fortunate to enjoy some of the most enduring relationships in the industry with our client relationships spanning many years and projects. Our history with Qantas goes back some 20 years, Jetstar 10 years, Lendlease for the last 12 years and most recently, Ampol (5 years) and Toyota (3 years). At the other end of scale, our work with start-ups, Not-for-profits and smaller scale projects deliver similar trust and outcomes.
Our people are some of Australia’s most experienced, and together, we’ve built a reputation as a talented, efficient team that delivers. Clients trust us to play a major ‘hands on’ role during critical times such as: the creation, evolution, revolution, launch and/or assessment of businesses.
We are proud of our achievements with clients and our reputation of getting the job done right, no matter how big or small.