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Sir Lynton Crosby, AO
Sir Lynton Crosby, AO
Sir Lynton Crosby is an esteemed campaign strategist and Co-Founder of the C|T group – which delivers powerful, targeted solutions built on the foundation of research and insights into the highest levels of business, capital markets, government, bureaucracy and the media.
Sir Lynton’s intuitive sense of delivering results has been finely honed through years of providing high-level advice to prime ministers, premiers, opposition leaders and leaders of business.
In 1998 and 2001, Sir Lynton successfully pioneered the campaign for Australian Prime Minister John Howard. In the 2008 London Mayoral elections, Sir Lynton masterminded the campaign that saw Boris Johnson beat the Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone against the odds. In 2012 he repeated this success for Boris Johnson, bucking the Conservative Party’s national trend and securing him a further term.
In the 2015 UK General Election, Sir Lynton steered the Conservative Party to a historic victory. He took the party from a 12 point deficit, to a near 7 point lead – returning, for the first time since 1955, a Conservative Government with an increased share of the vote.
This earned him a Campaign Excellence Award from the American Association of Political Consultants, which recognised him as Campaign Manager of the Year for the 2015 cycle.
Drawing on skills and experience acquired over a lifetime of political campaigning, Sir Lynton has also advised some of the world’s most well-known businesses, ensuring they are armed with the right research, message and strategy with which to achieve their goals.
Sir Lynton holds a degree in Economics from The University of Adelaide
Chief Executive Officer
Mark “Tex” Textor’s record of success speaks for itself. Best known for his strategic insights, he has held the unique position of being the pollster and electoral strategist behind the election victories for seven Commonwealth Prime Ministers over scores of elections.
Described by Channel 4 in the UK as “one of the most influential political strategists and pollsters to walk the planet”, and in Australia as “… A genius at transforming raw research into compelling communication”. Former London Mayor and now Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, who has sought Tex’s counsel on two successful campaigns, confirmed this view; describing Tex as the “sorcerer of numbers”.
The Australian Financial Review 2016 Covert Power List said of Tex: “his significance cannot ever be underrated, either his influence on the shaping of a political environment, or the advice he gives to corporates and other interested parties who seek his advice”.
The hundreds of political and commercial campaigns Mark has masterminded have honed a unique ability to persuade diverse boards and managerial teams together towards a common purpose with his acclaimed ability to get all to focus on core messages, core competencies and core values.
Prior to founding C|T Group, Tex was Australasian Managing Director and one of the three founding Asia-Pacific team leaders of Wirthlin Worldwide, a USD$60+ million dollar market research and consulting firm, helping to establish offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canberra and Sydney. Mark was mentored by it’s founder, President Ronald Reagan’s pre-eminent Pollster, Richard B. Wirthlin.
C|T Group Co-Founder; Global Leader, Research, Strategy and Innovation
Mark Fullbrook is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of C|T Group, the UK’s leading campaigns consultancy.
Mark is acknowledged as an expert campaigner and strategist by figures as diverse as Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble, and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, all of whom he has advised.
Mark specialises in crisis management, grassroots organising, and targeted, research-driven campaigns. With 25 years’ experience under his belt, he has delivered success for commercial and political clients in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and across the Americas.
A former Head of Campaigning for the UK Conservative Party, Mark devised the target seats campaign that saw the Conservatives defy the pollsters and win the 1992 General Election with more votes than any UK political party has ever received. He later set up and ran PLS, the UK’s premier Conservative political consultancy.
In 2010 he joined forces with Sir Lynton Crosby and Mark Textor to found C|T|F Partners, applying his skills and expertise to a vast array of challenges on behalf of blue chip companies, governments and political parties around the world.
Mark holds a degree in Business Studies from Warwick University.
Chief Operating Officer
Eugene Curley CMG OBE
Eugene Curley CMG OBE
As Managing Director of C|T|F Solutions, Eugene Curley has extensive expertise in political and geo-strategic issues, intelligence, conflict resolution, counter-terrorism, and international finance including sanctions.
Eugene is the former CEO of G3, a leading UK-based business intelligence, risk advisory and information security consultancy, from which he joined the C|T Group in 2014.
Prior to entering the private sector, Eugene served for 25 years as a Senior Director at the UK Foreign Office, where he led operations for the UK Government in over 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Latin America.
Yaron joined the Group in 2006, having worked as a Federal Cabinet-level media and political adviser in the Howard Government.
For the past 15 years, he has specialised in political and corporate communications campaigns and has advised CEOs, boards and executives on over 70 campaigns in a diverse range of industries including the media, banking, health, defence and fast moving consumer goods. This includes some of Australia’s most high profile advocacy campaigns, managing highly charged and contentious public issues.
Yaron’s practical communications experience includes several years working in strategic public relations and establishing a successful advertising and marketing bureau.
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Chief Executive Officer
Jon de Jager FCA
Jon de Jager FCA
As Managing Director of C|T|F Private, Jon de Jager is a leading expert in sourcing and executing complex financial solutions for private and corporate clients.
With an extensive network built up over nearly two decades of working across corporate finance, taxation, corporate and personal restructurings, Jon has successfully executed in excess of $1 billion of investments and restructurings for private families and UHNW individuals in the last few years alone.
Jon qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC LLP, before joining Ernst and Young LLP to specialise in Corporate Finance. He then founded a City based Corporate Finance advisory boutique.
As Managing Director of C|T I&CA, Remo Nogarotto brings together a rare balance of political, business and investment banking experience.
Remo has assisted clients with numerous cross-border transactions in Australia and Europe, and more recently China and the UAE.
He joined the Group in 2011, following five years in Rome as Senior Advisor Southern Europe for Macquarie Capital. During this time, he also served on Macquarie Capital’s European Advisory Board.
Remo is a former Director of the New South Wales Liberal Party and has also held senior roles in the Australian corporate sector.
C|T International and Corporate Advisory
An Executive Director of the C|T Group, Chris Blackhurst leads on corporate and financial communications at C|T|F Partners, a role which allows him to make full use of skills gained at the most senior levels of the UK media.
Chris was previously Editor of the Independent, before becoming Group Editorial Director of the Independent and Evening Standard. Prior to this he was Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday and Express titles. He also served as City Editor for 10 years at the Evening Standard and was Deputy Editor of Insight on the Sunday Times
As well as being a gifted communicator, Chris has extensive investigative experience, having headed up investigation teams for both print and TV.
An expert communications strategist, Sam Lyon is able to draw on a decade’s experience as a Fleet Street journalist to provide senior counsel and advice on strategic and crisis communications, messaging, day-to-day media handling and media training.
Prior to joining C|T|F Partners in 2012, Sam worked at City Hall as Director of Communications and official spokesman to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Sam managed all the Mayor’s external affairs during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sam was also Media Director, spokesman and senior campaign advisor to Boris Johnson during his successful 2012 mayoral campaign.
Deputy Managing Director
Lynne O’Donnell joined the C|T Group from The Associated Press, where she led the AP’s coverage of Afghanistan as Kabul bureau chief.
An award-winning former foreign correspondent, Lynne is immensely experienced at leading and keeping a team safe in difficult or dangerous environments. She has covered the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 Iraq War. She also has an in-depth knowledge of economic affairs, having reported on commodities markets for Reuters in the 1990s.
Lynne has been based as a correspondent in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kabul and London, and has reported from datelines all over the world.
Senior Campaigns Consultant
Larry has thirty years of communications and business experience advising some of the biggest multi-nationals across a range of sectors including aerospace and defence, energy, transportation, tax and trade, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support and due diligence.
Running his own public affairs company, he has also managed government relations activities for foreign governments, not-for-profits and many other entities – and has overseen global campaigns utilising all the available tools: polling, message development, media relations, issue advertising, third-party advocacy development and grassroots outreach.
Larry joins the C|T Group on 1st January 2018.