Con Frantzeskos is a highly regarded digital strategy and business leader, renowned for his leadership in driving growth and innovation.
Presently, he holds the position of Chief Growth and Innovation Officer at GrowthOps, a growth consultancy with 450+ people across 10 offices in Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. In this role, Con consults to boards and C-Suites on their growth and innovation strategies, orchestrating the GrowthOps team to devise a comprehensive array of initiatives across marketing, digital transformation, technology, service design, CX, creative, content, and media.
Prior to his current role, Con founded PENSO, a visionary digital strategy consultancy with clients in Australia, the Middle East and the United States. He bootstrapped PENSO and successfully expanded it into the Middle East and the United States, partnering with a range of blue-chip clients, including Emirates, Saudi Tourism Ministry, Cargill, Xero and Commonwealth Bank, aiding them in their digital transformation, digital product, and digital marketing.
Recognising an opportunity to scale, Con sold PENSO to GrowthOps. After integrating PENSO into GrowthOps, he also served as the interim Managing Director of AJF Partnership (a GrowthOps creative agency), where he led a comprehensive restructuring, assembled a world-class executive leadership team, and crafted a forward-thinking three-year strategy, setting a new course for the company’s future growth.
An experienced non-executive director, Con is a founding director of LaunchVic – Victoria’s startup agency that seeks to make Victoria the world’s best place to start, invest in, grow, and work for a startup. He also sits on the advisory board of Swinburne University of Technology’s Innovation Precinct, and has served as a director and on advisory boards for startups, scaleups and Government bodies. He is an active investor, mentor and advisor to early-stage B2B SaaS startups. He is regularly called upon as a keynote speaker, and his thought leadership on topics including marketing, technology and innovation have been featured in media globally, including The Australian, The Jerusalem Post, the Australian Financial Review, the Herald-Sun, The Age, Network Ten, Disrupt.Radio, Campaign Asia, and more.
Con is an accomplished marketer with a rare depth of experience across the entire marketing mix. His career path includes leadership roles at Edelman Digital (Public Relations and Corporate Communications), Mitchells (Media), CPR (Government Affairs and Corporate Communications) DDB (Integrated Marketing), and Ogilvy Asia-Pacific (Integrated Marketing). Beginning his professional journey in the entertainment industry, Con pioneered multi-channel creation, monetisation and promotion of music and film at PolyGram, Universal, and Zomba/Jive.
Con holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA, a Professional Certificate in Business Model Innovation from Delft University of Technology, and is an alumnus of Wade Institute’s VC Catalyst program.