Kirsty Saddler and Annalisa Roy: purpose and the culture of swim

Speedos' mission to make the water more equitable


MediaCat Magazine Podcast
MediaCat Magazine Podcast
Kirsty Saddler and Annalisa Roy: purpose and the culture of swim

For this podcast our Editor Mike Piggott spoke to Annalisa Roy and Kirsty Saddler. Annalisa was previously head of strategy at Grey London, and has also worked for AMV BBDO, BBH and Publicis. She now runs her own brand and creative consultancy. Her client, Kirsty, is VP Global Brand Marketing at Speedo International. Kirsty has worked agency side at DDB, BBH New York and Anomaly, and was head of strategy at BBH London before making the jump into the brand world with Leon Restaurants, and then moving onto Speedo two years ago.

In this podcast Mike asks Kirsty and Annalisa about incremental versus radical change and how you balance the two as a leader, whether clients know what they want when it comes to briefs, the culture of swim and making the water more equitable, how much brands can (and perhaps should) help improve our way of life, the water and wellness, and Speedos’ plans for the upcoming Olympics.

Useful links

Speedos Swim United

Annalisa Roy’s consultancy

Speedos’ advice and blog

Annalisa Roy, Strategic advisor

Annalisa was previously Joint Head of Strategy at Grey London. She is now an independent strategic advisor to brands, widely known for her expertise in strategic innovation and her innate need to challenge the status quo. Having started her career as a digital media specialist working for OMD and Verizon Media, she then moved on to working with 4 of the most respected advertising agencies in London: AMVBBDO, Publicis, BBH and most recently Grey as board strategist, head of content and social strategy and global strategy lead.

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Mike Piggott, Executive Editor at MediaCat Magazine

For eight years (2013 to 2020) Mike shaped and led The Marketing Society’s editorial, digital and content strategy, working with CMOs, marketing directors, CEOs, authors, and heads of strategy to produce culturally relevant content that resonates with business leaders worldwide. Near the end of 2021 he joined MediaCat Magazine. He launched their podcast channel in early 2022, and set about creating thematic content that writers could dig into each month, themes such as 'utopias and dystopias' and 'age and wisdom'. On the side he's a screenwriter, spoken word poet, film and TV blogger and music critic. He also once came second in a Creative Review competition to rewrite Trainspotting's famous 'choose life' speech.

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