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Digerati: The 100 top people in the UK digital industry

The Digerati is The Drum’s annual celebration of the 100 most influential people across the breadth of the UK’s digital media and marketing industries. This year, we invited our readers to nominate the individuals they admired and provide testimonials explaining why their peer deserved a place on our list. Then, our editorial team pored over their submissions to whittle the hundreds of nominations down to our final Digerati. In tandem with The Drum’s Dadi Awards, which reward digital excellence, the Digerati represents our commitment to recognising the businesses, work and people excelling in the industry today.

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Joy Bhattacharya
Accenture Interactive
Joy Bhattacharya
chairman and managing director, UK & Ireland
Bhattacharya leads Accenture Interactive in the UK & Ireland and is the regional lead for Fjord (design & innovation unit) for Europe. Over the last 12 months he has been focused on leading and integrating the acquisition of Karmarama into the Accenture Interactive fold. Before Accenture, Bhattacharya ran the Financial Services Digital practice for SapientNitro UK. He says his main inspiration is making a difference and he strives to create a creative and supportive work culture that rewards experimentation. Bhattacharya loves working with innovators and disruptors challenging normal conventions and is passionate about customer experience-led strategy.
Pippa Glucklich
Starcom
Pippa Glucklich
outgoing chief executive officer
Glucklich joined the industry as a graduate trainee and says she has since loved every minute of the challenge, pace and variety it brings. As chief executive officer of Starcom, London, she has worked with clients such as Samsung, Lidl and Airbnb and been responsible for the strategic development of the business. It was recently announced that she will be stepping down from the business in December. As well as her business career, Glucklich is active within the industry and as such is a trustee of Nabs, vice president of WACL, a member of the IPA Client Group and sits on the Advertising Association Council. She has two Chelsea FC-mad sons and lives in Wimbledon.
Paul Thompson
Deloitte Digital
Paul Thompson
partner
Thompson’s background is in supporting clients to transform the way they manage their customers through technology-enabled change. Recognising that the emergence of digital technologies meant the distinction between operations, sales and marketing was disappearing, he was one of the UK founding partners of his creative digital consultancy, Deloitte Digital. Recently he's been leading Deloitte's digital transformation initiative, supporting clients to embrace the opportunities brought about by digital. He's also been working to build Deloitte Digital across EMEA, which now includes more than 2,500 people. This included bringing the creative agency Acne into its team and creating its Nordic digital creative hub.
Paul Mead
VCCP Media
Paul Mead
founder and chairman
Mead founded and grew VCCP Media from a two-person specialist search agency in 2007 to a 70-strong, full service media agency with billings in excess of £60m in 2017. He hails it as the only example of a digital agency to expand into TV and full service media. This transformation has been enacted inside a creative agency and in the last 12-months it has positioned itself at the forefront of a new generation of connected, full service agencies offering both media and creative alongside in-depth digital and technology expertise.
Lindsay Pattison
Maxus/GroupM
Lindsay Pattison
chief executive officer/chief transformation officer
In May 2017, Pattison was named global chief transformation officer for GroupM. The newly created position sees her lead change initiatives across GroupM, its media agencies and specialists, and working closely with leaders across WPP to deliver the best possible communications for clients. Pattison previously served as the global chief executive officer of Maxus, a position held since October 2014. She joined Maxus in October 2009 as UK chief executive officer and in August 2012, she took on an additional role as global chief strategy officer for Maxus. Prior to Maxus, Pattison worked at PHD and client-side at Sony Ericsson, after starting out at Young & Rubicam in a full-service agency environment. She now sits on the Chime Ltd board as a non-executive director, representing WPP. She served two terms on the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media and was named one of Cranfield’s FTSE Board Report’s 100 Women to Watch in 2015 and 2016. As a passionate and vocal campaigner for gender equality, she launched ‘Walk the Talk’, an initiative to help senior women at Maxus to thrive and progress in their career – a program now adopted globally by WPP.
Nick Farnhill
Poke/Publicis London
Nick Farnhill
chief executive officer
Farnhill is a founding partner and chief executive officer of Poke, and was recently appointed chief executive officer of Publicis London. His focus is on growing digital communications and experiences for Publicis UK clients which include EE, UBS, Google, Ted Baker, Heineken, Morrisons, NBC and Garnier. In 2010, Farnhill launched The Lovie Awards to celebrate the wonderful and inspiring things connected by the web's many tentacles, and he continues to co-chair the awards. Farnhill is also an advisory board member of indy film streaming service MUBI, non-executive director for National Citizen Service and founder of skate and surf publisher same old. In 2015, he was awarded with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the industry.
Tarek Nseir
TH_NK
Tarek Nseir
founding partner
Nseir founded TH_NK fresh out of university in 2004, and today it is one of the leading independent digital transformation agencies. In the past year, he was honoured to be invited to be co-president of Bima as it embarks on a future-facing initiative, combining its membership with other leaders shaping business to fundamentally power Britain’s digital industry and give it a louder voice. TH_NK has won 10 new clients, its board his been reshaped, the team has grown by 23%, it has launched the world’s first telepathic bank with Atom and has transformed the cinema-going experience with Vue.
James Whatley
OgilvyOne
James Whatley
planning partner
With 10 years of working in mobile, digital, and social, and multiple award-winning campaigns to his name, Whatley makes a living doing interesting things at Ogilvy UK. His remit: find new and emerging technologies, cultural insights, and consumer trends; and use them to help make brands matter. A respected thought leader in his field, Whatley is also the co-author of the annual Ogilvy Digital Trends Report. Most recently, he launched the Bots by Ogilvy planning framework for the agency with several live bot projects now out in the world.
Jenny Bullis
Essence
Jenny Bullis
chief executive officer, EMEA
Bullis’ career has crossed agencies to holding groups to client side, and most recently, to leading Essence in EMEA. During her time at Essence, the EMEA business grew 35%, exceeding expectations. This was testament to its digital expertise, growing existing clients, and new business wins. Before Essence, Jenny was responsible for Annalect at OMG across UK and EMEA; a job she took after years on the client side at BT and Sainsbury’s. This role took her into the centre of digital transformation for media. She says she is excited to start her next journey as chief stategy officer, [m]Platform at GroupM.
Pablo Marques
Possible
Pablo Marques
executive creative director
Marques started as a coder, became a designer and later a writer. Starting in Brazil, he moved to Toronto, then New York and finally London working at BBH, W+K and R/GA. Nowadays his focus is on making Possible a great creative agency in London, a journey he began 18 months ago. During this short period, the agency saw new clients in the form of Adidas, Aston Martin, Canon, HSBC and Specsavers to name a few. Its work for Adidas won it five Cannes Lions in its first year at the festival.
Paul Frampton
Havas
Paul Frampton
outgoing chief executive officer
At end of 2015, Frampton became the first digital native agency executive, elevated to run an agency group. As chief executive officer of Havas Media Group and executive team member for Havas, his drive has been to re-imagine the group for a digital first world. Earlier this year, he led a Havas-wide initiative to fuse its data, analytics and CRM capabilities across media and creative into a single hub. Under his sponsorship, Havas also became the first agency group to launch a dedicated social influencer division. After 20 years with Havas, it was announced this month that Frampton will be leaving the group "to pursue a new direction". Alongside his agency work, he is an active supporter of the digital economy with NED roles for yourfeed and Groundtruth.
Steven Bartlett
Social Chain
Steven Bartlett
chief executive officer
Bartlett is the 25-year-old chief executive officer of The Social Chain Group. The group delivers annual revenues in excess of £100m, and consists of over 20 companies within marketing, media, commerce, and technology. Bartlett founded two of the flagship companies within the group: Social Chain and Media Chain. Social Chain is a social marketing agency that works with brands like Coca-Cola, Apple, Fifa and Warner Music. Media Chain positions itself as one of the largest media owners in the world, reaching billions of people online. Bartlett is an established speaker and investor and was recently named the most influential young entrepreneur in the industry.
David Skerrett
Nimbletank
David Skerrett
managing partner
Having worked in digital for 18 years at the likes of R/GA and Havas, Skerrett says he has been happy more recently focussing on creative business strategy solutions, CX and ROI, and generating solutions to business problems. Seeing the pace of change this last year has been fascinating for Skerrett, having overhauled the agency's process to be uniquely collaborative, it is now working at the intersection of design, strategy and tech. Nurturing talent, be it by mentoring students at BCU along with the next generation of digital talent at Nimbletank has been a real highlight, Skerrett says.
Mel Edwards
Wunderman
Mel Edwards
chief executive officer, EMEA
Having joined Wunderman in November 2012 as UK chief executive officer, Edwards quickly stepped-up to become EMEA chief executive officer in March 2015, driving the business forward in 40 markets with a team of over 3,000. The past year, she has helped bring on 36 new clients including both the BT/EE and Samsung accounts, while maintaining the highest levels of creativity, winning at Cannes, Effie’s and D&AD. In addition, she was named in AdAge’s Top 30 Women to Watch in Europe and earned a spot on the Steering Committee for Gender Parity at the World Economic Forum.
Nigel Vaz
SapientRazorfish & Digitas Lbi
Nigel Vaz
chief executive officer, EMEA & APAC, Publicis.Sapient
Vaz leads the Publicis.Sapient EMEA and APAC business, and is also part of the Publicis Groupe Executive Committee which enables him to play a key part in the transformation of Publicis Groupe's largest clients and to spearhead its digital business transformation capability, in the transformation of Publicis Groupe. He helped to build Sapient’s business in Europe from a startup to the largest digital agency in the UK within a decade.
Tracy De Groose
Dentsu Aegis Network, UK & Ireland
Tracy De Groose
outgoing chief executive officer
De Groose became chief executive officer of Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland in 2014. Since then, she has expanded the agency group through both acquisition and organic growth to over 4,000 people and 20 media, technology, data and creative agencies. She announced in October that she will be stepping down from the network. Her earlier career saw her tackle some of the UK’s biggest marketing and communications challenges, both agency and client side – from the early days of revitalising the Stella Artois brand in the 90s, making it reassuringly expensive and 1998 FMCG Brand of the Year, to turning media agency Carat into the fastest growing network in 2013, and a Sunday Times’ top company to work for in the UK. A champion of WACL and a trailblazer of diversity and inclusion, De Groose regularly prioritises time to mentor, support and guide emerging female talent and pioneered a ‘Women and Leadership’ programme to help senior women find their own leadership style and reach their full potential. Earlier this year, De Groose championed the launch of The Code, a secondary schools programme which brings to life the power of the agency network to make a positive impact in society and on the next generation of talent. In 2016, she was named one of London's most influential people in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 list, and hailed as a ‘Woman to Watch Europe’ by Advertising Age. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council. Outside of work De Groose enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys and dog.
Abbie Walsh
Fjord
Abbie Walsh
group director, Europe & Latin America
Walsh’s role within the Accenture Interactive and Fjord business is to oversee Fjord’s activities in the UK, Ireland and Latin America. In the past 12 months, among overseeing a broad spectrum of clients including banks, retail giants and telcos, she has been driving Fjord’s new offering, Living Business, which involves using design to accelerate fundamental changes to culture and processes, to set organisations up for nimble, effective change when facing advances in technologies and rapid shifts in customers’ expectations.
James Hilton
M&C Saatchi Mobile
James Hilton
global chief executive officer
Hilton has worked in digital since its inception and launched one of the first mobile agencies in 2006, which he still leads today. This has given him the opportunity to be at the forefront of the mobile era. His current and continual focus is pushing the boundaries of what is possible, an essential in this rapidly evolving mobile-first landscape. He says one noticeable focus this year has been working with his clients on detailed forensic analysis of their owned and earned data. Through advancement in technology, the insights gleaned by connecting all the dots are deeper than ever.
Mark Read
Wunderman
Mark Read
global chief executive officer
Read joined Wunderman as chief executive officer in February 2015 and since then has transformed it to become one of the leading global digital agencies in the world. Recognising that clients are seeking deeper expertise and simplicity, Read has focused on expanding Wunderman’s offer into data and marketing technology beyond its traditional creative focus. In 2017, Wunderman added to its offer in e-commerce (Salmon), business transformation (The Cocktail), marketing technology (Pierry and Pmweb) as well as investing in AI in partnership with Microsoft. The result has been strong growth and new business wins from clients including BT, GSK and Samsung. As a result of his standing in the industry, Read was named Individual of the Year at the Dadi Awards this year, becoming the first person to collect the accolade twice.
Rob Pierre
Jellyfish
Rob Pierre
chief executive officer
In 2005, Pierre left a secure role to co-found Jellyfish, with a small team of 15. 12 years on, it's now a 400-strong agency spanning three continents – so he likes to think that risk paid off. Pierre’s vision was to grow Jellyfish into the world’s biggest boutique agency, offering clients an alternative to bigger network agencies. This last year it's added yet more major brands to its portfolio and expanded its global reach further with new offices in The Shard, Barcelona and San Francisco. The agency has also won The Drum’s Performance Agency of the Year, in the UK & US.
Guy Wieynk
Publicis
Guy Wieynk
chief executive officer
Over the past three years, Wieynk has led the transformation of Publicis UK’s broad client offering, and the business has experienced some of its biggest wins from the last decade including Morrisons, Heineken, and the IOC (International Olympics Committee). As management consultancies have entered the digital sector and holding companies have felt the pressure, Wieynk has equally been focused on helping a wider transformation at Publicis. With his digital DNA supplanted in a traditional agency world, he has led the collaborative offering between Publicis Communications and Publicis Sapient. Sapient Inside launched just over a year ago to fuse the brand narrative from creative agencies with connected experiences enabled by technology and data capabilities. Wieynk has demonstrated that the model can work, with the right talent and collaboration, Publicis has avoided the pitfalls that have dogged the industry in previous attempts to provide a seamlessly integrated service. Prior to Publicis, Wieynk spent 17 years at AKQA, building the agency globally. While he was International vice president, the agency trebled in revenue; opened five offices; and won over 300 major awards, including 18 ‘agency of the year’ titles.
Ete Davies
AnalogFolk, and Stripes
Ete Davies
managing director and co-founder
Davies is managing director of independent digital creative agency AnalogFolk. He has been a driving force behind the agency’s growth including the wins of Nando’s, BT, Booking.com, Costa, Unilever, Nike and PepsiCo. AnalogFolk placed 12th in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, ranking Britain’s private companies with fastest-growing international growth. Davies has also been recognised as Bima’s ‘Champion For Good’ for his work at AnalogFolk and as co-founder of Stripes, creating opportunities for people from the Bame community across the creative industries. He previously held roles at AKQA, Tribal DDB, Modem Media (Digitas) and SixandCo.
Michael Olaye
Dare / Oliver Agency
Michael Olaye
chief executive officer/global chief technology officer
Olaye started off as a web developer with nine programming language skills across client and server side, and was a founding member of digital creative agency U-dox. He is currently chief executive officer of digital agency Dare and group chief technology officer of Inside Ideas Group, overseeing and leading the long-term technology vision of the group's agencies (Oliver, Oliver Media, Dare/Dare West, Adjust Your Set & Aylesworth Fleming). He's responsible for the group’s technical collaboration, industry thought leadership and advanced technology incubations. He also facilitates the technical community within Inside Ideas Group, harnessing the power of its specialist digital agencies Dare and Adjust Your Set.
Matthew Candy
IBM iX
Matthew Candy
vice president, iX UKI & Europe Leader
Candy is vice president, UKI & Europe leader for IBM iX, a global business design practice. Working at the intersection of progressive strategy, creative vision and transformational technology, IBM iX’s proposition is that it revitalises the core of clients’ businesses and realises opportunities that will define their future. In 2016, Candy was named ‘Individual of the Year’ at The Drum’s Dadi Awards, and this year he was elected onto the Central Council of BIMA, to take-up the role as the chair of the BIMA Technology Community and Council.
Karen Boswell
Adam&Eve
Karen Boswell
head of innovation
Boswell is a change enabler. As head of innovation at Adam and Eve DDB, she helps brands and organisations evolve their business from both a strategic and implementation perspective, weaving together people and ideas to create and maintain cultures of innovation and agility. With 15 years’ experience specialising in digital, working as part of the wider marketing mix she uses technology as an enabler to keep up with customer demand, shaping transformational strategies that disrupt in the right way but click together seamlessly. Having instigated a culture of positive disruption and rapid innovation at Adam and Eve DDB, she helps teams and clients alike look at things differently; constantly challenging the norm, lifting the bar and breaking the rules. Boswell also sits on the advisory boards for the VR Creative Summit and Immerse UK, charged with setting and pioneering the standards for emerging and enabling technologies such as AR, VR and MR. She also advises the agenda for Data and AI adoption, progression and standards for the KTN.

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Adrian Cutler
Microsoft
Adrian Cutler
global agency director
Cutler’s personal philosophy statement is “to be a better, confident and fun man that leaves behind a wise legacy”. He has been in the search industry since its creation and gets his energy from developing people and businesses. Nothing fills him with greater joy than being an enabler to success. Having worked agency, client side and now with Bing Ads, Cutler has seen all sides of the industry. He uses this knowledge to influence turnkey solutions for global clients and most recently presented at the Future of Marketing event for The Drum on Diversity and Inclusion, a deep passion of his.
Jerry Daykin
Diageo
Jerry Daykin
head of digital media partnerships
Daykin joined Diageo's Centre of Digital Excellence this year where he leads its global digital media partnerships and strategy. In particular he has led the creation of its 'Trusted Marketplace' approach, which guarantees the quality of its supply chain in the face of challenges such as ad fraud, brand safety and viewability. Prior to this Daykin worked both agency side at Carat Global, and in Europe within the Mondelez business, leading social and digital approaches for both. He's a vocal member of the marketing industry and regularly shares his own unique perspective on the latest industry news on The Drum.
Alessandra Di Lorenzo
Lastminute.com
Alessandra Di Lorenzo
chief commercial officer, media and partnerships
A member of the Board of Trustees for Youth for Technology, Di Lorenzo has held marketing-related roles for a number of companies including Yahoo, Nokia, Vodafone and eBay Advertising. She joined lastminute.com group at the beginning of 2016 as chief commercial officer for media and partnerships, to launch the group’s media business, The Travel People. It gives brands the opportunity to reach its customers across its entire European network of online travel sites – including lastminute.com, Rumbo and Volagratis. For the past year, she's focused on building up a full-service trading desk across the buy and sell side for The Travel People.
Marco Bertozzi
Spotify
Marco Bertozzi
vice president, Europe
Bertozzi is vice president of sales, Europe at Spotify, responsible for the streaming company's advertising revenue throughout Europe. He began his career at Zenith Optimedia as a founder member of Zenith Interactive Solutions where he rose to head of digital. Since then he has held various senior leadership roles at Vivaki as the first member of audience on demand, setting up the trading desk and launching across Europe and ultimately leading Europe and US. In his post at Spotify, Bertozzi has focused on growing the European team, introducing new products and services to the market around data, programmatic and video.
Alexandra Willis
Wimbledon
Alexandra Willis
head of digital, communications and content
Willis has achieved industry-wide recognition for her use of technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional organisation in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that has grown Wimbledon’s global digital audiences to over 30 million, more than doubled commercial return, and is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand. Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Willis has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport.
Adam Boita
Pernod Ricard
Adam Boita
head of marketing
Boita started his marketing career at PlayStation EMEA & UK, launching PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation Network and many Blockbuster games. He joined Pernod Ricard UK to work on lifestyle spirits including Malibu, Havana Club, Gin, Tequila, Jameson as well as the Absolut brand which has since doubled in size over the last five years. In terms of the brand's digital transformation, he was responsible for its first digital hire and kickstarted its digital strategy roadmap. Recently he’s been working on data driven media with Fullsix and launching Absolut's Create a Better Tomorrow Tonight campaign 'Equal Love' – the second most viewed YouTube brand ad.
Sheena Sauvaire
Topshop
Sheena Sauvaire
global marketing and communcations
Sauvaire’s career history spans over 20 years in both agency and in-house roles from fashion and luxury to lifestyle and entertainment, and she was appointed to lead marketing and communications for Topshop in 2006 with a strategic vision to democratise fashion. She pioneered the strategy to establish Topshop’s position as the only high street brand to show on-schedule at London Fashion Week through partnerships with tech platforms Instagram, Google and Facebook to reach global consumer audiences. This year, her aim was to disrupt the traditional fashion calendar and position Topshop as the leader of real-time shoppable runway. She has pioneered strategies to support emerging creative talent across fashion and technology including progressive collaborations with fashion designers JW Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Marques Almeida plus the ‘Top Pitch’ incubator programme, working with startsups to discover the next thing in wearable technology. Believing physical retail spaces should be driving ‘emotional transactions’ with customers, Sauvaire has introduced engaging and entertaining retail experiences, including the first partnership with the Helmut Newton Estate to re-create his ‘Newton Machine’ instore for a new millennial audience, roller discos in the basement of the Topshop global flagship and the award winning ‘Mirror Mirror’ installation with Nick Knight’s Show Studio. This summer saw her introduce a virtual reality waterslide for consumers to experience in the window of the Oxford Circus store.
Georgina Lewis
FA
Georgina Lewis
head of marketing
After two years at Oracle, Lewis moved to Microsoft and stayed there for nearly 13 years. Throughout her time at Microsoft she held a number of marketing communication and audience marketing roles. Lewis says the last few years were the most exciting for her, as head of social, setting up a 12-strong Social Command centre focussed on community management, paid social and a social selling programme. She then moved to the head of digital role. In February, she made a game-changing decision to move to The FA which gave her an opportunity to combine her professional and personal passions.
Sarah Mansfield
Unilever
Sarah Mansfield
vice president, global media, Europe & Americas
Mansfield is responsible for a total media spend of circa €1bn. Through media thought leadership, innovation and creativity, she supports local markets in pioneering best in class media plans, leveraging media partnerships, leading media transparency and developing global operational and digital capabilities across all media. Mansfield is also vice president at ISBA and the Mobile Marketing Association’s EMEA board vice chair. Through these external positions she champions media transparency, industry viewability standards and social/corporate responsibility. Mansfield was awarded Drum Digital Trading Leader 2015 and was honoured as a 2016 female icon of the advertising industry by Cosmopolitan.
Mark Steel
Sainsbury’s Argos
Mark Steel
digital director
As digital director, Steel leads the digital strategy across Sainsbury’s Argos and has responsibility for overall performance of the digital business, including argos.co.uk, the UK’s third largest retail website. During his time leading the digital function, Argos has grown significantly in scale, now representing more than half of total sales. Steel has held a number of senior roles at Argos across digital, marketing, and commercial functions and brings a wealth of retail experience to his leadership of the digital business. He holds a degree in chemistry and lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and two sons.
Graeme Nash
Greggs
Graeme Nash
head of customer & marketing
Nash is head of customer and marketing at Greggs, a position he has held at Greggs for over seven years, having joined the business 18 years ago. His role covers the full marketing mix, with a strong emphasis on understanding Greggs’ target customers and then translating that into marketing plans. Nash is responsible for a team of people across varying specialisms from insight and loyalty to in-shop communication and digital, to social media and PR. He is also responsible for Greggs’ dedicated customer care team who manage its customer contact. Nash has been fundamental in helping to develop a long-established business with strong values that has really been part of the fabric of people’s lives, into a leading UK brand that understands its customers and does the right thing for them.
Chris Hamilton
10 Downing Street & Cabinet Office
Chris Hamilton
head of digital
Hamilton took over as head of digital for 10 Downing Street and Cabinet Office Communications a week before June’s general election. Since then he has steered web and social media messaging through a busy, Brexit-dominated news agenda, meanwhile establishing a new approach to using data to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government communications. He was previously the first editorial director at ad agency McCann London, where he delivered digital content solutions for a range of clients including Microsoft, Nestle, and MasterCard. Before that he spent four years as social media lead for BBC News.
Hannah Webley-Smith
Coty UK
Hannah Webley-Smith
marketing director, luxury
Webley-Smith joined Coty, one of the world’s largest beauty companies, as marketing director of its luxury division in the UK and Ireland last month. She joins the senior lead team based in Wimbledon to expand Coty’s leadership position in fragrances. Wembley-Smith joins Coty from notonthehighstreet.com where she held the role of customer director with a focus to drive development of the customer experience. She has over ten years’ experience working in luxury and brand marketing and previously worked with brands including Benefit Cosmetics, L'Oreal, Jo Malone and Liz Earle.
Sara Holt
Lego
Sara Holt
global marketing director
This year Holt joined Lego as the first digital marketing director in the global product development team. Since then she has co-led creation of a new audience-first way of communicating with millennial parents. She joined from BBC Worldwide where she was vice president, franchise marketing and digital planning. Highlights from the BBC include a ground-breaking partnership with Twitter, the global launch of new Top Gear, and an April Fool stunt named by Buzzfeed as one of the best April fools on the internet. She has been described as a "relentless innovator" with an "unbelievable knack for making the impossible happen”.
Richard Seagers
Dyson
Richard Seagers
global digital product director
Client-side or agency – which is best? For Seagers, both have their advantages but right now client-side suits him just fine. As global digital product director at Dyson, Seagers is lucky to have great backing from above which allows the company to make meaningful and exciting progress toward delivering an ambitious digital strategy. He believes that digital continues to be a fascinating place to work and he’s happy to be a part of it. Prior to his current role, Seagers has been at Dyson since 2009, starting as head of digital media which led on to group e-commerce director.
Nick Beighton
ASOS
Nick Beighton
chief executive officer
Beighton has been chief executive officer of Asos since 2015. He joined the company, and board, as chief financial officer in 2009 and took the expanded role of chief operating officer in 2014. During his tenure, Asos has grown both in the UK and around the world. Today, the company is one of the leading fashion destinations for 20-somethings globally, trading in more than 200 countries. Prior to Asos, Beighton started as head of finance at Matalan in 1999, later moving into the role of business change and IT director. He joined the Matalan retail board in 2003. In 2005, Beighton joined the board of Luminar Entertainment Group as finance director, and became a member of the EU eCommerce Task Force and the Future Fifty Programme Advisory Panel. Beighton is a chartered accountant and qualified at KPMG.
Alice Delahunt
Burberry
Alice Delahunt
global director of digital and social
As global director of digital and social media marketing, Delahunt is responsible for the development, planning and execution of Burberry's digital and social marketing strategies. This includes leading Burberry’s social media presence on global social platforms followed by 48m+ fans, as well as marketing on Burberry’s digital platforms including burberry.com, messaging apps, email and SEO. She also drives digital partnerships and leverages emerging technologies such as the recent augmented reality experience on the Burberry app with Apple ARKit and British artist Danny Sangra.
Nina Bibby
O2
Nina Bibby
chief marketing officer
Working alongside a multitude of self-confessed tech geeks at O2 as chief marketing officer, Bibby sees the new possibilities digital brings on almost a daily basis. From personalisation to programmatic and from video to social media, the company is experimenting with and perfecting an ever-growing array of tools to connect with customers. Since joining four years ago, she has prioritised returning the consumer business to growth through a relentless focus on the customer. Although she knows that the company should harness technology to evolve its products and services, she believes that its customers’ needs must always remain front of mind. Prior to O2, Bibby was global chief marketing officer at Barclaycard where she presided over brand, insight, innovation and digital engagement, and launched sector leading initiatives such as Bpay, the nfc payment band and Bespoke Offers, Barclaycard’s flagship digital offers platform.
Nick Buckley
L'Oreal
Nick Buckley
UK digital chief
Buckley is the group digital director for L’Oréal UK & Ireland, overseeing all digital activity across the entire portfolio of brands including L’Oréal Paris, Kérastase, Kiehl’s and La Roche Posay to name but a few. Responsibilities include social media, digital content, customer relationship management, data and analytics, SEO and PPC and the advancement of digital capabilities through the utilisation of new technologies. Prior to L’Oréal, Buckley was global head of digital media and mobile marketing for Sony, overseeing digital media activity across all markets. He has worked in digital throughout his career having spent time at organisations such as Marks & Spencer, EE, and AOL. He has also been board director for the Mobile Marketing Association across Europe.
Sanjay Patel
England and Wales Cricket Board
Sanjay Patel
commercial director
Patel was appointed England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) commercial director in 2014 and currently oversees the governing body’s broadcast, sponsorship, marketing and digital departments. Since joining ECB, he has played a leading role in the development of a new eight-team T20 competition set to launch in 2020, completed several record breaking sponsorship deals, as well as helping deliver a new media rights deal with Sky Sports and the BBC valued at £1.1bn. He has also transformed ECB’s approach to marketing and digital. ECB’s digital channels have seen enormous growth in the last 3 years and the recently launched website has been recognised by the industry as best in class. Previously Patel has held various commercial, innovation, brand marketing and strategy positions at leading companies such as Diageo and Heineken.
Keith Moor
Santander
Keith Moor
chief marketing officer
Moor is an executive committee member of Santander UK and its chief marketing officer. He’s been behind the Santander UK brand since it arrived in the UK in 2010, also launching its award-winning 1l2l3 Current Account and Santander Cycles in London and Milton Keynes. In January 2017, Moor launched the bank’s first purpose-led campaign, “Here to help you prosper”, with user generated content bringing to life how Santander helps customers, staff, shareholders and communities achieve their vision of prosperity. Since then, Moor has led the bank to be the first UK financial services brand to deploy a fully dynamic creative digital campaign using customer behavioural triggers to serve bespoke ads in real time and the first EMEA business to combine YouTube/Google’s consecutive bumper formats and life stage targeting. He is also pioneering programmatic outdoor buying, among the first brands to use live data feeds to drive outdoor creative buying for Santander Cycles.
Barnaby Dawe
Just Eat
Barnaby Dawe
global chief marketing officer
Dawe has worked for some of the UK's most iconic brands. He has held senior positions at Sky, The Sun, The Times, Heart and Channel Four. He was fortunate to launch some spectacular shows such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, 24 and Queer as Folk. In 2015 Barnaby left the world of content and joined one of the UK's most successful global ecommerce businesses as chief marketing officer. Just Eat continues to see exponential growth in the UK and internationally thanks, in part, to a brand-led marketing strategy connecting millions of hungry customers with great local restaurants in 13 countries. Dawe was very surprised and honoured to be voted Marketing Leader of the Year at the Marketing Society Excellence Awards 2017.
Nick Dutch
Domino's
Nick Dutch
head of digital (interim)
As the head of digital at Domino’s Pizza Group, Dutch has built a hugely impressive digital function which spans all digital disciplines. With e-commerce sales accounting for over 80% of the delivery business Dutch has ensured the business not only ‘talks the talk’ through attention grabbing, culturally relevant digital marketing and product innovations but ‘walks the walk’ in delivering significant results, growth and ultimately profit back to the business. Dutch places high value in a blend of art, science, technology and what he calls “hustle”, which in turn creates a framework for his team of passionate “digi-dominoids” to deliver top work. In addition to his work at Domino’s, Dutch sits on the advisory board of Zone Digital (UK’s largest independent digital agency) and acts as a mentor to a number of young and talented digital professionals.
Andrew Scott
HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management
Andrew Scott
head of digital portfolio management
For the bulk of this year, Scott served as the launch director of myBBC, the ambitious personalisation platform designed to transform the way users interact with the BBC online. The myBBC project spans personalised recommendations, identity management, notifications, voting, comments, games and quizzes. To make it happen, Scott ran a multidisciplinary team covering product, engineering and architecture and project management. In September, he left the BBC to take up a new post with HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management as head of digital portfolio management.
John Broughton
Confused.com
John Broughton
head of perfomance marketing
Experienced performance marketer with a focus on building great teams that drive excellence across today’s complex and ever-changing marketing landscape. Broughton is leading the transformation of Confused.com’s performance marketing through a comprehensive program updating its advertising technology to best in class. It has a full stack adtech solution, managed entirely in-house, including Doubleclick Bid Manager, Doubleclick Campaign Manager, Doubleclick Rich Media, Doubleclick Studio, Google Attribution 360 (fractional attribution), Marin and Doubleclick search.

Media and Platforms

Sarah Wood
Unruly
Sarah Wood
co-founder and chief executive officer
Wood is co-founder and chief executive officer of video ad tech company Unruly. 91% of Ad Age 100 brands trust Unruly to connect with audiences at speed and scale across the Open Web. Unruly has a presence across 20 different locations, employs 300 people and was acquired by News Corp in 2015. She's a member of the London Mayor’s Business & AccelerateHER Advisory Boards, is a technology ambassador for London and was awarded an OBE in June 2016. Wood is also the author of 'Stepping Up: How to Accelerate Your Leadership Potential', and an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
Jamie Hindhaugh
BT Sport
Jamie Hindhaugh
chief operating officer
Hindhaugh joined BT Sport in October 2012 as the chief operating officer to build the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model for the launch of BT Sport, and he has put digital at the heart of its offering. From 1 August 2015, the BT Sport offering has been expanded to 13 channel outlets to deliver the exclusive Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe’s first 4k UHD sports channel. Hindhaugh started his TV career as a transport coordinator at the BBC. Since then he has had many roles in the BBC including head of sourcing production resources and culminating as the head of production L2012 – responsible for the BBC’s multiplatform coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and other key national events in 2012. Hindhaugh lives in Chiswick in West London and has three children Show less
Kate Day
Politico
Kate Day
editorial director
Former head of digital for the Telegraph, Day joined Politico in 2015 and now heads up the publication's expansion into London. She has built a team based in Westminster, including Jack Blanchard, former political editor of the Mirror, who writes the flagship Playbook newsletter. The morning email launched in September 2017 and is already read by more than 25,000 people. During the EU referendum campaign and the general election, Day used Apple Wallet to push real-time results and breaking news straight to users' lock screens, the first time Wallet technology has been used to deliver news.
Will Hayward
Joe Media
Will Hayward
chief strategy officer
Hayward has served in a number of senior roles within the UK and international digital space, including leading BuzzFeed in Europe as the first commercial hire outside of the US, and as chief commercial officer at Dazed Media. Most recently he was Joe Media’s first chief executive officer before moving into his current role as chief strategy officer. Hayward is a regular speaker at industry events and advises a number of startups and trade organisations.
Paul Hood
Dennis
Paul Hood
head of digital
Hood’s 20-year digital media career started out on the launch team of Revolution magazine, one of the first B2B meda brands in the UK to focus on the transformative nature of the internet. Then he went on to help Bauer launch the first web presence for some of their powerhouse brands including Motorcycle News and parkers.co.uk. A fantastic four years at Mirror Group Newspapers followed, where it launched Mirror Football and 3am.co.uk. At Dennis, Hood has been focused on helping drive industry change, through the leadership of an initiative to bring greater transparency to the digital advertising ecosystem.
Matt Bush
Google
Matt Bush
director of agencies
Bush started his career in the regional press. He was made redundant, so started his own business, which failed. He then worked at the Guardian under Carolyn McCall, who he describes as “an incredible leader”. In 2010, he joined Google, where everything changes every day which took him a while to work out what he was doing. His last year has been the “craziest” yet, between taking sole responsibility for the agency team to the brand safety issues. With a million things to discuss, focus is more important than ever. Overall, Bush says it’s a fantastic time to be in this industry.
Chris Duncan
News UK
Chris Duncan
managing director
Self-confessed customer relationship management geek Duncan worked his way up to News UK chief marketing officer and more recently managing director of the Times and the Sunday Times where his focus is on growing the subscriptions business and new revenue streams for the titles.
Hamish Nicklin
Guardian
Hamish Nicklin
chief revenue officer
Nicklin is the chief revenue officer of the Guardian News and Media Group. He is responsible for driving operational and strategic direction across the media, jobs and labs businesses and building long-term business relationships with clients and agencies across the globe. Prior to this Nicklin was managing director at AOL UK following a number of years at Google UK where he held several positions including director of agency sales head of financial services, head of public sector and government and head of creative agency partnerships.
Abby Carvosso
Bauer Media
Abby Carvosso
group managing director
As group managing director advertising at Bauer Media, the multiplatform media brand network, Carvosso leads a commercial team of 200+ people, working across radio, print, digital, events and TV. The last year has been particularly exciting digitally for Bauer Media with the growth of digital audio, changing the way it engages with its consumers and giving it even more innovative ways that it can work with its advertisers. The Debrief even changed the law, and Carvosso says seeing its Make Renting Fair campaign create such a cultural impact was a very proud moment for her.
Iain Noakes
Economist
Iain Noakes
chief customer journey officer
As the first ever chief customer journey officer, Noakes is responsible for driving incremental revenue by delivering a connected customer experience. A focus has been embedding advanced measurement via MTA and MMM models to deliver continued and effective marketing activity designed to move the business away from last touch. Through his work mapping of the customer journey, the Economist has been able to drive greater context and understanding of where and what it can optimise. Together with great work across its business, the combined result of this has led to an increase by 24% in digital subscriptions YoY will keeping CPAs flat.
James Kirkham
Bigballs Media
James Kirkham
head of copa90
Under Kirkham’s leadership, Copa90 has forged a reputation as the definitive youth football media brand, resonating with its young audience through content that connects with 3.5 billion fans’ passion for football. A prominent speaker on sport and the media business, Kirkham has appeared on stage for six years running at Cannes Lions and contributes to publications including the Sunday Times and Huffington Post. He sold his digital advertising business Holler to Publicis Groupe and Leo Burnett London in 2010 and was Leo Burnett Worldwide’s head of mobile and social, leading the social media and mobile capabilities of the advertising network for clients including Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, before joining Copa90 in February 2016.
Zoe Harris
Trinity Mirror
Zoe Harris
group marketing director, head of invention
Harris is group marketing director and head of invention, the creative solutions team at Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror and 150 additional titles. Developing content with and for brands that sits at the heart of its news brands in social, digital and across the country. She is passionate about resonating with Modal Britain – the modern mass-market – in cities, towns and villages across the country, and busting out of the London bubble at every opportunity.
Bruce Daisley
Twitter
Bruce Daisley
vice president, EMEA
Daisley is the European vice president for Twitter. Previously he worked at Google spreading the word about YouTube. In the last 12 months, Daisley has been on a mission to improve work and culture. His new work manifesto is an attempt to start the debate about the excessive stress that work is creating.
Richard Reeves
Association of Online Publishers (AoP)
Richard Reeves
managing director
In 1984, Reeves' career in UK publishing began with Centaur Communications, Dennis Publishing, Newscorp, and FT Business Publishing, before taking an international turn with National Geographic, Dagens Industri, Die Zeit, Bonnier Group, and CNN.com. After working as an independent consultant, he became managing director of the AOP in 2015, where he is responsible for the operational management of the digital trade body and a programme of targeted initiatives. He is currently campaigning for equal standards for all platforms to address the duopoly challenge, promote transparency and accountability, provide the optimum user experience, and ensure the long-term success of premium publishers.
Solly Solomou
LADBible
Solly Solomou
founder and chief executive officer
Solomou is the founder and chief executive officer of Ladbible Group, the world’s fastest growing online media organisation. Its brand includes, Ladbible, Sportbible and Pretty52. Every month the Ladbible Group websites receive over 40m unique visitors. The group specialises in several different video formats that generate over 5bn views.
Nicola Mendelsohn
Facebook
Nicola Mendelsohn
vice president, EMEA
As well as her role at Facebook, Mendelsohn is the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council – a joint forum between the UK creative industries and government – and a non-executive director of Diageo. In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the creative industries in the UK. Prior to Facebook, Mendelsohn worked in advertising for over 20 years, beginning her career at Bartle Bogle Hegarty then moving to be deputy chairman of Grey London. In 2008, she became partner and executive chairman at Karmarama. Prior roles include first female president of the IPA, trustee of The White Ribbon Alliance, chairman of Women’s Aid Development Board and president of the Women in Advertising and Communications London club (WACL).
Keith Walker
Time UK
Keith Walker
digital director, music
Walker has worked in commercial, content, product and management teams throughout his career. Each team brings different qualities and he's learnt lessons in all areas that he applies to his current role. His focus on the last 12 months has been doubling the size of NME's website (up 160% YoY) and diversifying revenue with the introduction of affiliates and stoppable content into a six-digit digital revenue stream that makes money while people sleep.
Claire Valoti
Snap
Claire Valoti
general manager, northern Europe
As the general manager of Snap Inc for Northern Europe, Valoti leads the mobile storytelling platform’s first international office. In the last year, her team has worked with brands and agencies to launch campaigns featuring Snapchat’s ad products, and overseen the launch of new products including 3D World Lenses, Snapchat Ad Manager, and Snap Publisher. Prior to this, Valoti was the director of agency partnerships at Facebook UK; media director at Weve and managing director of Weve’s predecessor, O2 Media. Valoti began her career agency side, spending more than 11 years at Mindshare. Active in the advertising and mobile industries, she was chair of the UK Mobile Marketing Association until earlier this year.
Paul Mikhailoff
Forbes
Paul Mikhailoff
director of EMEA
As director of EMEA, Mikhailoff is focused on overseeing major trading relationships, ensuring that clients get best in class solutions and evangelizing Forbes' approach to social journalism and brand publishing. Other responsibilities include the leadership and expansion of the Forbes sales team in London, which oversees Europe and the Middle East and Africa. He’s also focused on managing and developing key relationships across the region. Mikhailoff joined Forbes in 2014 as European sales director. Previously, he was head of broadcast sales EMEA at Bloomberg. He has also held positions at the Financial Times, IPC Media and Digital Cinema Media.
Simon Davies
Quartz
Simon Davies
managing director
Davies’ career began with stints in regional newspapers, IT press and women’s glossies before he became one of the first commercial employees at The Week. He spent 11 years in its London and New York offices, finishing his time as publisher of the UK edition and the week.co.uk. Davies then joined Point 6, a branding agency in west London where, among other things, he helped establish a Shanghai office. In 2012 Davies launched his own firm representing international print and digital clients to advertisers in EMEA. He became Quartz’s executive director, EMEA in June 2014.
Nick Hugh
Telegraph
Nick Hugh
chief executive officer
Having started out at Excite in 1999, Hugh has spent close to 20 years working in digital companies, working his way up through the ranks to EMEA vice president at Yahoo where he led the EMEA region. In January of this year, he moved to the Telegraph as chief operating officer and then chief executive officer in June. He is charged with leading and transforming the business to drive quality journalism in a digital-first, customer-centric fashion, whilst developing diversified revenue streams to sustain quality journalism long into the future.
Nishma Robb
Youtube
Nishma Robb
UK marketing director
As UK marketing boss of Google and YouTube’s advertising business, Robb has built an impressive reputation for delivering outstanding marketing. This year she has been a driving force in helping to strengthening relationships between Google and the UK advertising community. Robb is the mastermind behind some of the industry’s most loved events – from the YouTube Brandcast event, last year hosted by James Corden, to Soho House’s House Festival. She’s also leads the ThinkwithGoogle content platform. Robb is a champion for diversity, and was chair of Women@Google. She was recently awarded a fellow of the Marketing Society.
Nigel Clarkson
Oath
Nigel Clarkson
UK managing director
Clarkson is the UK managing director of Oath, the huge digital house of dynamic brands formed in June this year including Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft (ads), HuffPost, TechCrunch, Tumblr, Brightroll and One by AOL platforms. Previously, he was managing director and country commercial director of Yahoo and took his new role following the purchase of Yahoo by Verizon in June. Prior to joining Yahoo, Clarkson was managing director at Weve, the world’s first operator alliance business, which was acquired by O2. He was responsible for all programmatic, commercial, product and tech at the company and drove the growth of the business. Among other companies, Clarkson has worked at Living Social, the global social commerce/daily deal company, as well as Primesight and Classic FM, where he undertook sales and commercial lead roles. His first job was at Clear Channel in 1995, where he worked his way up to national sales manager within six years at the company. Clarkson has a genuine passion for all things advertising and marketing, and for building successful teams. He puts a lot back in to the industry, sitting on the board of Nabs as a trustee, the main board of the IAB, the Mobile Marketing Association and also on the advisory panels of Ad Week, Media 360 and the famous media business course in Brighton. He is currently working as a mentor for two early stage startups.
Jon Laurence
C4 News
Jon Laurence
head of digital
Laurence is head of digital at Channel 4 News, responsible for all of the award-winning TV programme's digital and social properties. He has overseen huge growth on Channel 4 News’ Facebook page as a result of an innovative strategy targeting young mobile viewers with serious news in the places that they consume news. He was named as the Drum's Online Editor of the Year at our Online Media Awards this year.
Mark Adams
Vice
Mark Adams
vice president
It’s been quite a year for Adams so far. He's been named in ‘The Silicon 60 Global Tech Entrepreneurs’, ‘The Most Influential Londoners’, ‘The Sunday Times Top people in Britain’, and ‘The Debretts Top 10 Digital List’, and has been invited to do a Ted talk. Adams’ journey started in 2005 when he created one of the first digital transformation agencies with the aim to focus on celebrities and public figures. The company quickly became the go-to ‘digital guys’ for the Hollywood A-list and Adams had the enviable job of meeting all his heroes (easy) and trying to get them to change their business and embrace digital (not so easy). The company was soon acquired by the world’s biggest talent agency, William Morris Endeavour. He then went on to co-found the Audience, which raised $40m in funding from Sean Parker of Facebook to deliver large scale digital transformation for the world’s biggest entertainment brands. Adams presents extensively at events worldwide and in his fun and provocative talks he argues that a successful digital mindset requires emotional intelligence above all things. Since 2015 Adams has worked at Vice Media in London where he is vice president and head of innovation.

AdTech & MarTech

Wayne Blodwell
The Programmatic Advisory
Wayne Blodwell
founder and chief executive officer
Blodwell has been at the forefront of programmatic since 2012 and in September 2016, following a stint of senior agency roles, created The Programmatic Advisory – an expertise advisory company, set up to transform marketing through the application of technology and data in a completely consultative (ie not associated with spend or tech/media/data partners) way. His focus has always been on creating the best capabilities which can drive marketing forward and he believes that fundamentally should be programmatically enabled. He has a strong point-of-view and regularly contributes to industry events/forums above a hectic day job because he really cares about the industry.
James Patterson
Trade Desk
James Patterson
vice president of global operations
Patterson spent eight years focused on digital advertising at agencies before moving over to adtech. In 2013 he joined The Trade Desk as UK general manager, helping grow the company’s footprint and brand here. In his new role as vice president, global operations, he is focused on driving growth and deepening partnerships for The Trade Desk around the world. In addition to client and partner growth, he also focuses on delivering innovative products that help advertisers and brands more effectively target and measure their omnichannel campaigns, including video, mobile, native, audio, and emerging channels like connected TV.
Jana Gökalp
Mopub
Jana Gökalp
head of demand partnerships, EMEA
As the head of demand partnerships in EMEA, Gökalp and her team focus on growing existing partnerships with programmatic buyers, identifying new business opportunities for MoPub and educating the market on the potential of mobile programmatic in-app advertising. Prior to joining MoPub, Gökalp was the head of global supply at mobile technology provider LiquidM. Previously, she worked at mobile ad network Madvertise, the consulting firm Advanced Marketing Consulting, and SevenOne Media. Gökalp studied international business in Berlin and Cambridge.
Amir Malik
Accenture Interactive
Amir Malik
global digital marketing expert
Malik believes that marketing automation has defined his career. As technology powers advertising, clients are adopting more tech licenses, which fuels a question around in-housing activation capabilities such as programmatic and search. Accenture Interactive recruited Malik to establish a practice empowering clients with these capabilities and disintermediating arbitragers, bringing brands and publishers together for the betterment of the industry. Covering the clients with rich customer information from the communications, media and technology sector as well as those from the financial services, he's began to unlock its data for in-house activation over the last year.
Simon Halstead
Oath
Simon Halstead
head of open demand international
A prominent figure in the industry, Halstead is a sales leader and digital professional with significant experience, Halsted has worked in UK, European and global roles, and is currently head of open demand international at Oath, driving revenue and strategy to exceed revenue goals, and launching new solutions to market including full internal and external training, and partner development. Notably this year, Halsted has been appointed as chair of the IAB Europe Programmatic Trading Committee.
Paul Gubbins
Oath
Paul Gubbins
lead consultant
Gubbins’ digital career kicked off across a range of premium publishers including the Telegraph, Reuters and City AM. From there, he helped launch the first truly global mobile DSP, StrikeAd, later acquired by Sizmek. Since then, he's enjoyed numerous senior programmatic management roles at Millennial Media, head of mobile at SSP The Rubicon Project moving to UK managing director of leading SSP, PubMatic. These experiences have enabled him to create his own programmatic consultancy, with clients including VCs, Captify, Coty-owned agency Beamly and most recently Verizon’s Oath.
Tim Collier
Double Click
Tim Collier
platforms partnerships, system integrators
For the last six years, Collier has worked across APAC and Europe for Google's DoubleClick in a number of sales and strategy roles. In the last 18 months he's focused on launching and building out the DoubleClick Certified Partner program in Europe, forging partnerships with a network of over 50 companies to sell and service DoubleClick technology to large enterprises.
Paul De la Nougerede
The Telegraph
Paul De la Nougerede
commercial product director
De la Nougerede is the commercial product and operations director for the Telegraph, responsible for advertising products, ad technology and ad operations. Key projects over the last 12 months have been introducing 100% viewable ad formats, implementing header bidding and improving the scale and capabilities of the Telegraph's native opportunities. He was previously at AOL where he built audience and monetisation strategies for AOL's content brands which include the AOL Portal, Huffington Post UK and Engadget UK. Prior to joining AOL, he held senior digital roles covering commercial strategy, ad products, operations and analytics at The Telegraph and Orange.
Jon Mew
IAB
Jon Mew
chief executive officer
Mew was appointed chief executive officer after nine years at IAB in January 2017. He restructured in April to facilitate better engagement with advertisers and agencies and hired IAB’s first chief marketing officer. He waived agency registration fees, driving a ten-fold increase in agency attendance and announced IAB’s new positioning in October: to build a sustainable environment for digital to thrive. He renamed councils to Industry Groups and removed siloes for collaboration and cross-discipline projects/initiatives delivery (focus: data, user experience, innovation, trust). IAB will take a more active, assertive role in addressing, defending, educating the industry. Mew also launched a measurement group, bringing together media owners, agencies and tech providers to make progress on the industry's behalf.
Mike DiNorscio
Amobee
Mike DiNorscio
vice president of sales, EMEA
Since joining Turn (now Amobee) from AppNexus in February, DiNorscio has focused on building a world-class team of platform sellers to launch the newly combined Amobee + Turn offering. Amobee has a very exciting story to tell for both brands and agencies, and he's proud to be leading this effort across EMEA. Throughout his career, he has witnessed first-hand the incredible evolution and consolidation of the adtech ecosystem and has been fortunate enough to work with hundreds of brands, agencies and media companies to help them solve complex business challenges and add value through innovative technology.
Nigel Gilbert
AppNexus
Nigel Gilbert
vice president strategic development, EMEA
Nigel started out in digital during the late 90s, working at portals, before joining the launch team of Unanimis, the first site rep business in the UK. It conceived the ad sales strategies for sites like BBC Top Gear, LSE, the AA, and even sold the first ads on eBay.co.uk. Unanimis also seeded OpenX the ad-server, growing Unanimis to over £30m, and having transacted it to France Telecom, he was in the EMEA launch team for AppNexus. Nigel says that competing with Google is not easy, and educating marketers, agencies and publishers about the future and how to build for it has been the focus.
Leon Siotis
Spotx
Leon Siotis
managing director, UK and southern Europe
Siotis says he has had the good fortune of working for amazing and innovative companies. He started his career at Ad.com and then MySpace and joined the programmatic revolution at the ground floor when the Rubicon Project launched in the UK, bringing the learnings from display to video by helping launch BrightRoll internationally. He jumped at the opportunity to join SpotX, and for the last 12 months he's been working with its broadcast and OTT Platform partners on developing their monetisation strategies. He's been focused on finding ways to protect his partners audience data while allowing them to transact programmatically.
Andy Mihalop
Facebook
Andy Mihalop
head of measurement marketing and ads insight, EMEA
Mihalop has been fortunate to have gleaned digital sales and marketing leadership experience in a variety of roles for brands, agencies, Google and, for the last two years, Facebook. He's had the privilege of working with and leading some some incredibly talented teams, working at the forefront of digital media technology, product development and innovation. His last 12 months have been focused on communicating the incredible measurement products that Facebook is building to help marketers understand consumer cross device behaviour and measure business outcomes in a mobile first world. He's excited about solving industry measurement challenges and helping marketers.
Elli Papadaki
Vogue
Elli Papadaki
head of programmatic and digital revenue
Papadaki’s career began with an eight-year stint at the FT, where she sold cross platform solutions with a particular focus on digital executions. Her next move saw her transition into ad tech where she got a flavour for the endless opportunities presented by the rapidly growing world of digital advertising. From there she moved back to the FT to lead its global programmatic strategy and sales efforts and worked closely with the sales teams to educate clients and agencies around the importance of buying quality inventory using programmatic pipes. In February, Elli joined Condé Nast to help shape the publisher's programmatic trading across all its titles and markets.
Paul Silver
Media IQ Digital Lt.
Paul Silver
chief operating offcier
With vast intersecting experience in technology, marketing, product and business, Silver now serves as chief operating officer and as a board member of Media iQ. Silver is an industry thought leader sought out for his views on transformational trends as well as individual emerging technologies. A born problem solver with a reputation for engineering customer solutions in creative and innovative ways, Silver is responsible for all Media iQ product, technology and R&D efforts globally. Prior to joining Media iQ, he was the founder and director of BespokeTrade and held executive positions at digital innovators including ExchangeWire, VivaKi and Starcom Mediavest.
Jakob Nielsen
GroupM
Jakob Nielsen
UK managing director
As founder of Finecast, Nielsen leads the development of GroupM’s addressable TV strategy together with Kelly Clark, global chief executive officer of GroupM and Irwin Gotlieb, global chairman of GroupM. With his background in technology, advertising, and media he envisioned the future of TV and he has pioneered GroupM’s approach with the establishment of a dedicated addressable TV company to help advertisers reach specific audiences in the most effective manner. Formerly, UK managing director of GroupM Digital, Nielsen was instrumental in improving the trading strategy of the UK. Prior to GroupM, Nielsen held key international roles within Microsoft and founded two digital marketing startups, after graduating with his master's business degree from The Copenhagen Business School.
Matt Bennathan
Nielsen Marketing Cloud
Matt Bennathan
vice president
Bennathan’s entrepreneurial mindset successfully carried eXelate from startup, through acquisition by Nielsen in 2015, to the recent acquisition of VisualDNA and evolution into Nielsen Marketing Cloud. Fuelled by 600% growth since 2013, he has built a reputation on strong leadership skills, a clear vision, and a focus on deep relationship building. Bennathan holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Kayee Cheung
Spotify
Kayee Cheung
vice president, global investment and commercial development
Cheung is currently vice president, global investment and commercial development, responsible for structuring key strategic partnerships which aim to foster commercial innovation around the ad-funded model. This enables the world's biggest agencies and advertisers to future proof their brands by create compelling relevant dialogue with the streaming generation – who are rapidly changing the way the world consumes music. In her four years at Spotify, Cheung has been primarily responsible for introducing and embedding key business functions, such as pricing, inventory management and programmatic... and prior to Spotify, Cheung enjoyed a number of strategic roles, spanning TV, digital and audio at established publishers including Viacom and News UK.
Nicolas Bidon
Xaxis
Nicolas Bidon
global president
Bidon is responsible for guiding overall company strategy, growth and client development across 47 markets in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. He previously served as chief executive officer, EMEA for Xaxis as well as global chief executive officer of plista, a leader in data-driven native advertising solutions. At plista, Bidon led the company’s integration into the Xaxis technology platform, relaunching it as a comprehensive offering for programmatic native advertising and establishing plista in the US, Russia and China. Prior to plista, Bidon served as Xaxis UK managing director where he led the company through three years of high double digit growth, establishing the UK as the company’s second largest market globally. Bidon joined Xaxis from Yahoo where he was director of brand display for EMEA and also led the strategic business development team. Bidon has worked in software, media and technology for more than 20 years with tenures in San Francisco, London and Switzerland. He is a graduate of both ICN Business School in France and Georgia Tech in the US.
Rakhee Jogia
Rakuten
Rakhee Jogia
regional director
Jogia has over 10 years’ experience in affiliate, programmatic and digital marketing. She joined Rakuten Marketing in 2010 and was instrumental in growing its UK publisher network. Since 2012, she has headed up the UK Client Operations team, empowering brands to soar above their programmatic benchmarks. Recent achievements include: being shortlisted for 2017 Wires’ Best Cross-Channel campaign & best client services team; growing the UK programmatic business by 94% YoY (40% above target); focusing on client satisfaction; leading, mentoring and fostering a culture of collaboration within her team, who have praised her for going “above and beyond”.
Kevin Edwards
Awin
Kevin Edwards
global client strategy director
Edwards has worked in affiliate marketing for 15 years and Awin for 11. He recently led the team responsible for the publication of The Awin Report, the industry’s first definitive guide to the global affiliate industry. Edwards has been closely involved in a shaping the channel’s robust self-regulatory framework via the Performance Marketing Council which he has previously chaired and retains an active role in educating the industry on maintaining an ethical and transparent framework. In his global role at Awin, he’s responsible for empowering the company’s employees and clients with first to market insights.
Jamie West
Sky Media
Jamie West
deputy managing director
West is deputy managing director and group director of advanced advertising at Sky Media. With over 20 years of TV and online sales experience, Jamie leads Sky’s advanced advertising strategy across Europe, driving innovation and convergence between TV and digital. He is responsible for data, digital and addressable TV revenues through the development of emerging advertising opportunities at Sky including digital, video on demand, Sky AdSmart and the revolutionary cross platform capability Sky AdVance.
Simon Harris
Dentsu Aegis
Simon Harris
head of programmatic activation
Simon leads the optimisation teams at Dentsu Aegis Network in London and has been instrumental in creating a modern and progressive trading operation that is fully integrated into the planning teams within the group. He has a depth of experience in both technology platforms and data and his team has won awards for their use of data to drive business results. Simon boasts more than a decade’s experience in digital advertising, holding senior programmatic positions at three holding groups and working with some of the industry’s most respected advertisers including Microsoft, GM, Zurich, Exxon, BA, Shop Direct, Nike, AMEX, Unilever, BMW, Kimberly Clark, and Burberry. He recently judged the Exchange Wire awards and has been a regular speaker at industry panel events including the Rubicon Project event discussing topics such as auction dynamics and the future direction of programmatic buying.
Danny Hopwood
Publicis Media
Danny Hopwood
executive vice president EMEA, PM Precision
Hopwood is responsible for delivering market-leading data and technology solutions that offer flexibility, brand protection and performance for Publicis Media. Joining Publicis Groupe in 2011 and promoted to director of product for audience on demand (AOD) UK in 2012, Hopwood helped AOD become the largest UK agency trading desk. He has been a major driver of the operational growth of Publicis Media’s programmatic strategy, helping launch and grow programmatic trading in markets such as Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia and Turkey. In 2015, he was instrumental in the integration of programmatic planning and activation competencies into the wider Publicis Media agency network that saw him named Innovator of the Year by The Drum.
Tim Hussain
Ebiquity in
Tim Hussain
head of digital
Hussain joined Ebiquity in 2016 to lead the digital consultancy practice for the UK and global clients. He works with many of the world’s leading brands as an impartial advisor on all areas of digital advertising and technology. He has helped develop the digital measurement tools and techniques necessary to address the challenges facing advertisers today and is focused on ensuring greater transparency into the online advertising eco-system. Hussain was previously director of digital strategy at Collective, a leading programmatic multiscreen advertising company. In his 18-year career in digital media, he has worked extensively across all digital disciplines and held senior roles in business and product development at Sky and AOL whilst lending his expertise to the trade bodies Thinkbox, IAB, ISBA , and the WFA.