Martin Cowie

Chief People OfficerOMD Australia 

As Chief People Officer for OMD Australia, Martin drives the positive employer brand that distinguishes OMD from its competition and has contributed to OMD being the biggest media agency in Australia 

With 450 employees OMD are 4th in the Great Places to Work rankings and have been in the top 50 for 11 successive years. With an average age of 30, OMD are majority Millennial/Gen Z and have created an agile workplace to attract and retains these generations that expect more from an employer. 

Martin is in his second spell at OMD, having previously spent 5 years as Commercial Director. Martin brings 30 years of experience in media sales, media planning + buying and HR. 

Arriving in Australia 17 years ago, Martin previously ran his own executive recruitment and training consultancy. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Carat’s Sydney office, leading a team of 75. 

Martin is passionate about employee wellness and building an inclusive culture. He is a regular speaker at HR conferences.