People on the move featuring Vice Media, Havas UK, Wall Street Journal and more

People on the move featuring Vice, Starcom and Five by Five

This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.

Havas UK

Havas has boosted the senior teams of its creative agency Havas London and entertainment agency, Cake with the appointments of Patrick Cahill, Shirin Majid and Sally Barr.

Cahill, who joins from adam&eveDDB, takes on the role of joint head of integrated production at Havas London while Majid joins from LadBible to take on the role of executive creative director at Cake. Meanwhile Barr has been appointed as head of social across both agencies.

Vice Media UK

Vice Media UK has tapped Tammy Wilson from The Times and Sunday Times to take on the role of general manager of Vice Digital UK.

Taking up the role in May 2018, Wilson will lead Vice’s work with brands and agencies as well as working across the company to blend the multi-platform content commercially.

National Express

Rob Muir has been appointed as National Express’s first chief digital officer to support the brands investment in technology and innovation.

Bringing more than 20 years’ experience to the role, Muir’s most recent role was senior director at McCann.


Paul Mead has been appointed by Jellyfish as executive board director.

Mead, who founded VCCP Media in 2012 and left his role as chairman in 2016 to pursue a career as an independent consultant, will work to help the agency grow.

IPG Mediabrands UK

IPG Mediabrands UK has promoted Claire Spencer from head of insight to managing director of insights and analytics.

Wall Street Journal

Francesco Marconi has joined the Wall Street Journal as research and development chief and head of editorial lab.

Announcing the move on his Twitter, Marconi said he is “looking forward” to the move and working with the new teams.


Nicole Lonsdale has been promoted to chief planning officer, a newly created role at Kinetic, an out of home agency in the UK.

Previously, Lonsdale worked as head of head of activation and client development within the agency and will start her new role with immediate effect.

McCann Birmingham

McCann Birmingham has boosted its senior team with two new managing directors joining the agency.

Dani Briers and Rob Mustoe have both been appointed to the role. Briers joins from PHD North while Mustoe has been promoted within the company.


Sizmek has appointed former Rocket Fuel Institute managing director of AI innovation and media lab, Nikos Acuna, as chief visionary.

The appointment follows the agency’s acquisition of Rocket Fuel last year.


Jaywing’s search agency, Epiphany has strengthened its senior team with three hires seeing Emma Travis, Joel Turner join the team and Russel Anson promoted.

Travis, who takes on the role of head of CRO, joins from Jet2 while Joel Turner joins from Blueclaw to take on the role as head of web development. Meanwhile Anson has been promoted to head of PCC.


Blockchain-enabled media agency, Truth, has announced the appointment of Josiah Amartey as UK digital director.

Amartey joins the five month old agency with over 15 years’ experience including that from Virgin Media and OMD UK.


Amy Kean has been appointed as head of strategic innovation for Starcom global clients.

Joining from Beamly, Kean will be responsible for the agency’s strategic direction for innovation programmes across the globe.

Five by Five

Five by Five has appointed Paul Cottrell as executive creative director.

The former creative director for both McCann and Ogilvy will be accountable for the agency’s output in the UK, however will also collaborate with the agency’s global creative directors in Sydney and LA for global clients.

Commonwealth Games England

Delia Bushell, Mark Hanson and Dame Caroline Spelman have joined the Commonwealth Games England board as non-executive directors.

The trio brings a wealth of experience to the role with Bushell, a marketing executive, holding over 20 years’ experience with the likes of BY Sports and Sky under her belt. Hanson bringing a number of non-executive roles in the sports world and Spelman being a former politician and public servant.

They will join the board following the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Times

The Times has appointed former Tatler UK editor Kate Reardon as editor-in-chief of its glossy magazine, Luxx, with incumbent Jeremy Langmead moving to become editor-at-large after nearly two years in charge.

Reardon, who departed Tatler last year, will be in charge for the May edition of the publication, with the next issue due out this Saturday (10 March).


ESPN has named James Pitaro, formerly chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, as its new president and co-chair of Disney Media Networks with immediate effect.

Pitaro will have little time to settle into his new role with the launch of ESPN+, its in-house subscription streaming service, demanding immediate attention ahead of its looming launch this spring.


HuffPost has bolstered its senior news team with the appointment of BuzzFeed alumnus Andy Dangerfield.

Dangerfield was recently offered voluntary redundancy by BuzzFeed, where he served as head of news curation, as part of its UK job cuts that saw a third of staff leave.



Most recently managing partner at M&C Saatchi, Lee Simpson has returned to the WPP network, joining WhiteGrey.

In his new CEO role, Simpson will work across both the Sydney and Melbourne WhiteGrey offices, providing a strong lead on a renewed new business drive.

He will also work closely with the established leadership team to ensure a seamless transition into the new role.

APD Singapore

The agency has moved Alex Thoma into the role of digital transformation lead, Rachel Crimmins into group account director and Tim Sharp as regional strategy lead.


The network has appointed David Fox as chief transformation officer of its creative agencies, charged with driving growth and collaboration across the group’s advertising agency network.

Fox will split his time overseeing eight WPP AUNZ advertising agencies across both Australia and New Zealand – including Ogilvy, Y&R Group, J. Walter Thompson, WhiteGrey, The Brand Agency, Spinach, Assignment and IM Advertising, plus continue in his current role as chief executive of Ogilvy Australia.

The Marketing Group

TMG has tapped Jon Beattie for the role of group chief technology officer reporting to Adam Graham, chief executive officer.

He will drive the technological backbone of the Group to unlock more opportunities for collaboration and to provide a seamless, unified approach for clients. With responsibility for shaping TMG’s technology strategy for the Group’s agencies, Beattie will work with individual technology specialists within each agency to share best practice.

Beattie will combine his new role with his position as chief executive and co-founder of TMG agency Marker.

Isobar Taiwan

Gary Chi has been appointed as chief executive of Isobar Taiwan and will be responsible for accelerating Isobar Taiwan’s growth. He will be based in Taipei and will report to Jennifer Tang, chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network Taiwan.


BBH LA has expanded its senior creative team, with Johnnie Ingram joining as creative director.

Also joining the team is Jimmy Carrol as a senior graphic designer, Lizzie Shook as executive producer and Kevin Tosi as a copywriter.

Group Nine Media

Group Nine Media, a digital-first media company, announced the hiring of Terry City as vice president of sales for the west coast.

City has over 20 years of experience under his belt in media, entertainment, and advertising, most recently serving as senior vice president for digital media company Dose.

We're Magnetic

Experiential marketing firm We’re Magnetic announced today that it has hired Phil Koutsis as executive creative director. Koutsis will be based in the company’s NYC headquarters and will spearhead all global creative and creative team development across We’re Magnetic’s three locations in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Prior to joining We’re Magnetic, Koutsis was senior vice president, group creative director at Momentum Worldwide, where he led the American Express account.


New York-based beverage technology company Lavit has hired Hayden McClenny, a former senior sales vice president at Keurig Green Mountain, as vice president national account sales.

McClenny will be responsible for account development and acquisition, national account sales team training and management, as well as P&L management and contract negotiations.

George P. Johnson

Experiential marketing agency George P. Johnson, appointed Larry Ezzelle as vice president of operations. Ezzelle will be based in the LaVergne office in Nashville. Ezzelle is responsible for Nashville fabrication and graphics operations.

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