People on the move: hires at Pinterest, Inter Milan FC, Channel 4 and Tiffany & Co


Unilever’s VP marketing hair brands, Dave Rubin, has been appointed as the first head of brand at Pinterest.

Rubin has been tasked with making the site more appealing to men and will lead global brand marketing, define the company’s brand strategy, identify key audiences and manage Pinterest’s marketing initiatives.

Inter Milan FC

Inter Milan FC has snapped up Apple’s international marketing manager, Claire Lewis to take up the role of marketing director.

Lewis, who has spent the last seven years at Apple where she led the international brand expansion for the iTunes Festival, has been charged with increasing the number of fans across the globe, and will lead FC Internazionale efforts to expand its presence in markets around the world.

"We're really proud to have Claire on board," commented CEO Michael Bolingbroke. "She will play a key role in a vital sector of our core business and develop the Inter brand on a global level. I'm sure that Claire will be able to transpose her experience from a global, elite business like Apple to the footballing elite."

Lewis previously worked at MTV Networks Europe and EMI Music

Channel 4

Channel 4 has appointed corporate press head James Macleod as head of the press and publicity department.

As head of the department, James will be responsible for the broadcaster’s external media activity, including the corporate, consumer and picture publicity teams.

Tiffany & Co

The CEO of luxury jewellery brand Tiffany & Co, Michael Kowalski, is to retire from his position after three decades at the company.

Kowalski, who has been a member of the company's board of directors since 1995, will continue to serve on the board in the role of non-executive chairman.

Bauer Media

Editor-in-chief of Empire, Mark Dinning, is set to leave after an eight-year stint at the magazine.

Dinning, whose achievements have included recruiting Steven Spielberg as the guest editor of Empire's 20th birthday edition, will take up the role of editor of Time Out Dubai, when he leaves Empire in August.

Independent News & Media

Former head of consumer marketing for Yahoo!7 – Yahoo’s Australian branch - Lia Bresnihan has joined Irish publishing company Independent News & Media amid a major investment into developing its digital offering.

The company is also hiring for 40 new digital roles in multimedia design, product management, mobile engineering, UX design and digital sales among other disciplines.


Omnicom Media Group’s chief investment officer, Mark Bignell, will this week take up the newly created role of head of trading EMEA at Yahoo.

In the role, Bignell will be responsible for driving agency relationships and trading agreements across Yahoo’s core markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He will work closely with Brigitte Cantaloube, commercial director Yahoo EMEA, Nick Hugh, head of display solutions and Patrick Albano, head of solutions development.


Wunderman has announced the appointment of Jamie Gallo, previously EVP of global marketing at the National Basketball Association, as president of its New York office.

With the aim of helping Wunderman clients such as Best Buy, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Land Rover, Marriott and United Airlines, one of Gallo’s his first priorities will be to identify additional top-tier creative talent to work alongside Wunderman global creative director, Lincoln Bjorkman.

Gtech S.p.A.

Game has confirmed that Ailsa McKnight, its marketing director, is leaving the company after only a year.

McKnight, who joined the company from Ladbrokes, where she held the role of brand and customer director, has now taken up the role of senior director of marketing at GtechH S.p.A.

Prior to her role at Ladbrokes, McKnight was senior director of digital marketing at Gtech S.p.A.

It is currently unknown who will take over the marketing director role at Game, which recently announced its £400m IPO.


Lida has promoted Jonathan Goodman to the role of managing director, months after Victoria Fox joined the agency as CEO.

Taking up his new role at the end of the month, Goodman has been instrumental in securing a number of new business wins for the agency including Virgin Holidays and Land Rover Retail.


Expion, the content marketing platform, has appointed Robert Wollner, previously industry manager at Google, to the role of managing director EMEA.

Wollner will look to launch the company’s new platform – which has clients such as Coca-Cola, Clear Channel, Heineken and Mondelez – across the EU.

Financial Times

The Financial Times has appointed Megan Murphy, currently the head off fastFT, as Washington bureau chief to head up the FT’s US politics coverage.

She will take up the role in January 2015 and move from London to Washington DC in the autumn. Current Washington bureau chief Richard McGregor will shift to working on longer-term projects.

Tremor Video

Tremor Video has hired former Yahoo director Sue Hunt to the newly created role of head of programmatic for Europe.

Hunt, who was previously director of the Right Media ad exchange business across EMEA for Yahoo for three years, will be responsible for developing partnerships between Tremor Video and agency trading desks across Europe.


Formerly senior account director at Viacom International and branded content director at Nickelodeon, Ellen Evers, has joined High50 as sales director.

In her new role, Evers will be capitalising on High50’s breadth of knowledge and insight into the over-50s market to engage with brands and agencies, responding to their increasing focus on ROI with a highly targeted approach.


Midlands-based creative agency Superdream has appointed a new creative director, Doug Laird, to give the agency a stronger edge in new business pitches against larger, more established agencies.

Laird joins Superdream after leaving McCann. During a career spanning over 15 years, Doug has developed award-winning campaigns for a wealth of major brands including Morrisons, T J Hughes, Wickes, Crown Paints, Vauxhall and Triumph Motorcycles.

Local World

Media company Local World has brought Steve Hollingsworth, publisher, Nottingham Post Media Group on board as it advertising development director.

Hollingsworth will be working with commercial director, Blanche Sainsbury to ensure the business is maximising the driving of advertising revenue and finding new and innovative revenue streams as well as shaping Local World’s motors proposition.

Partners Andrews Aldridge

Partner is boosting its senior team with the appointment of Jessica Wilkie to the role of business director.

Wilkie will lead three of the agency’s key accounts, Rolls-Royce, RNLI and Wickes, reporting to Polly Jones, managing partner at Partners.

Before Wunderman, Wilkie was a senior account director at CMW and prior to that held account director roles at Whitewater and DCH.


WDMP has hired OgilvyOne creative team, Jorge Oliveira and Valentina Lauro. Having won Iris’ Academy of Extraordinary creative competition in 2013, the creative duo enjoyed stints at VCCP, WARL, Doner and TMW. They were then invited to join OgivlyOne’s social media team to work on Nescafe and Phillips.

The pair will be working across the full range of the agency’s clients, including Tesco Bank and Monarch airlines.

Factory TM

Altrincham based multi genre animation studio Factory TM has continued its team building drive, and recruited Corrinne Averiss (CiTV, CBeebies, Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick), as head of development, to work on a host of new projects.

Corrinne’s remit at Factory is to work on brands and series to ensure they are built from the inside out, keeping in tune with and respecting audience’s tastes.


Advertising technology company BlisMedia has announced the addition of entrepreneur Harry Dewhirst to its executive team and board of directors. Dewhirst’s experience in developing high growth ad tech businesses globally will help to accelerate Blis’ international expansion, particularly progressing the important Asia-Pacific markets., the digital target group marketing and brand engagement measurement, has appointed Enrico Ciampini as country director for Italy, following the launch of its first Italian branch in Milan.

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