Exceptional new Bench talent hired remotely amid COVID impact

Exceptional new Bench talent hired remotely amid COVID impact

At Bench, we are always excited to welcome new people to the team! In the last few months, we have been lucky to hire some incredibly talented people across different departments.

Amongst our media traders, also known as the Performance team, we have welcomed Performance Managers Jamie Auciello and Jamison Milessis as well as Performance Specialist, Naufal Abdurrahman and in our Client Services Team, Account Manager Jack Cleaver.

Our Media & Partnerships team gained Sebastian Diaz as our new Media & Partnerships Manager and our Engineering team welcomed a new leader, Robert Farrugia as Head of Engineering.

It goes without saying that COVID has radically changed the face of our workplaces and the ways we operate, including our hiring and onboarding process.

Due to the uncertainty brought on by COVID, lockdowns and the subsequent limited use of our Sydney office, we had to adapt our ways of working to be able to hire and onboard people fully remotely. Technology, collaboration tools and enhanced communication are now the bedrock of our operations.  For the last two years, we have dedicated resources to making our operations flexible, seamless and efficient, no matter our people’s location. Moreover, we are always keeping on top of ways to perfect the process further, getting feedback from our people and staying attuned to industry trends and news.

Take it from some of our new team members!

“Even with a last-minute change to onboarding from in-person to online, I didn’t feel like it impacted my start. The wider team has been super supportive, helping me understand their roles and how I’d interact with them on the regular. I think I’ve met a good proportion of the team now, and I appreciate everyone who’s made the time to show me around, even if virtually!”
Sebastian Diaz, newly hired Media & Partnerships Manager


“Despite the obvious intricacies of joining a new workplace online, I have never felt as welcome as during my first weeks at Bench. It feels great to join a team that values open communication and encourages me to always ask questions. Looking forward to contributing more to the team!”
Naufal Abdurrahman, newly hired Performance Specialist


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Shai Luft - Bench Media

Chief Operating Officer

Shai Luft

Meet Shai Luft, a senior marketing executive with a proven track record of delivering results for Australia’s largest ASX200-listed companies. Despite his success, Shai was frustrated by the amount of red tape and bureaucracy that held back marketing innovation. That’s why he co-founded Bench in 2012. As the driving force behind Bench’s operations, Shai is committed to empower marketers with the agility and control they need to achieve their best results.

Ori Gold - Bench Media

Chief Executive Officer

Ori Gold

Meet Ori Gold, an ad tech and martech expert. Driven by the frustration of everyday marketers facing a lack of control and accessibility, Ori co-founded Bench in 2012 to revolutionise the digital advertising landscape. Heading the talented and forward-thinking team at Bench, Ori is the driving force behind the company’s strategic and product vision. Thanks to Ori’s leadership, Bench has become one of the most respected and successful digital agencies in Australia.

General Manager

Liam Garratt

Meet Liam Garratt, the creative mind behind Bench’s top-notch products and services. With a career in digital media spanning over a decade, Liam has made a name for himself as a leader in the industry. He got his start in 2011 working for UK-based programmatic platform Crimtan, where he played a key role in launching the company’s Australian office. In 2017, Liam brought his expertise to Bench, where he now leads the Product & Services functions. Liam is passionate about delivering only the highest quality products and services to Bench’s clients. His commitment to excellence is the foundation of Bench’s stellar reputation.

VP of Growth

Anthony Fargeot

Meet Anthony Fargeot, the pioneer behind Bench’s growth and success. Joining Bench in its infancy in 2013, Anthony’s experience with high-growth start-ups gave him the skills to help Bench become one of the most successful digital agencies in Australia. As Head of Client Services and then Director of Operations, Anthony led Bench through its highest growth period. Today, as VP of Growth, Anthony uses his creative thinking and strategic insights to always look for new and innovative ways to help Bench stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing digital landscape.