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People on the move: hires and departures at ASOS, Pernod Ricard, ITV News and more


By Natalie Mortimer, N/A

August 29, 2014 | 7 min read

This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key hires below.


The editor of women’s fashion publication ASOS, Emma Sibbles, has left the company to join Leeds-based agency, Finn, as head of creative and content.

Prior to her role at ASOS, Sibbles worked at The Guardian and Marie Claire in fashion journalism roles, across both print and online channels.

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard has provisionally appointed Conor McQuaid, managing director of South Africa, as vice president of marketing as current chief marketing officer Martin Riley retires from the role.

McQuaid, who will take up the role from 1 September, will report to Thierry Billot, managing director, brands, during the transition period and will work with him on the project of merging the marketing and commercial development teams called project Allegro.

ITV News

ITV News has replaced Lucy Manning, the UK editor who moved to the BBC in June, with Rohit Kachroo. Kachroo is currently ITV News’s Africa correspondent, and has covered news including the Oscar Pistorious trial and the death of Nelson Mandela.

British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco (BAT) has promoted Andrew Grey to the role of group marketing director. Having previously been director for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Grey will take up his new position on Monday 1 September.

Ogilvy & Mather Paris

Ogilvy & Mather Paris, the global and European hub lead for brands including the Coca-Cola Company, Dove Hair, Mondelez, Grey Goose and Nestle, has named Baptiste Clinet executive creative director.

Appointed by Philip Heimann, director general, Ogilvy & Mather Paris, Clinet will oversee the agency’s creative department and elected creative council of creative directors.


GroupM has promoted Colin Barlow to the newly created role of chief operating officer for GroupM Global. Previously holding the role of global chief financial officer, Barlow will now contribute to the oversight of trading operations.

Kantar Media

Audience research company Kantar Media has appointed Carlos Sanchez to the newly-created role of director of social TV, following the agreement of a global partnership with Twitter to develop a new suite of tools to support planning and analytics for the TV industry.

Previously co-founder of specialist social TV analytics agency, The Data Republic, which was acquired by Kantar Media earlier this year, Sanchez will be responsible for the ongoing development of Kantar Media’s core capabilities around social TV.

180 Amsterdam

180 Amsterdam has appointed Ben Armistead to join its team as head of planning, where he will help with the agency’s future business plans as well as working with brands such as PlayStation and Qatar Airways.

Joining the agency from Wieden + Kennedy, where he held the role of global planning director, Armistead said: “Strategic virtuosity is the life-blood of 180 Amsterdam. Not only does the agency have a brand strategy plaque, in pride of place, on its front door, but also, it is the only agency in the world started by a strategic planner."

Rapp Edinburgh

Rapp Edinburgh clients services director, Andrew Riddle, is to head up the offices of the Omnicom direct marketing agency following the departure of its managing director earlier in the year.

Rebecca Heaney, who had led the Edinburgh operation for Rapp for nearly seven years, departed in March to take up business consultancy work.


Advertising technology platform Adform has hired Nerissa MacDonald as vice president of global revenue as it looks to strengthen its position in the rapidly growing programmatic marketplace.

MacDonald will focus on global revenue generation from the agency holding groups across all product disciplines.

This newly created position is based initially in London, but she will also bridge Adform’s holding group negotiation in the US.


Web design and online marketing agency Selesti has strengthened its search marketing team with a raft of new hires following a 212 per cent increase in turnover in the last two years.

The investment comes in the shape of a head of digital marketing role plus two additional coal-face staff. Mark Cook has been named as head of digital, while Katy Crouch and Jamie Smith join as search marketing assistant and digital marketing assistant.

Cook commented: "I'm delighted to become Selesti's head of digital marketing, and I’m equally excited to become part of their vibrant team. Selesti has produced excellent work and already boasts some impressive clients, I'm looking forward to making my contribution towards their continued success, the success of their clients and the Selesti team."

Saatchi & Saatchi South China

Following the addition of two group creative directors specializing in the areas of digital and shopper marketing, Saatchi & Saatchi South China has recruited Ringo Fai and Steven Yip to further enhance the team's digital integration and optimize its digital strategy and execution capabilities.

Ringo Fai will focus on providing digital integrated planning services for clients as digital planning director while Steven Yip, who previously served as project manager at Isobar Hong Kong, will take on the role of digital senior project manager.

ESI Media

As part of the continuing development of the Evening Standard, Independent, i, London Live and digital titles, ESI Media has appointed Chris Blackhurst as multi-media head of business across its portfolio of titles and platforms.

James Ashton, who as head of business led the creation of the company’s integrated business department, moves to the role of executive editor and will work closely with the editors of all titles.

On i, Andy Webster is appointed deputy editor. Fran Yeoman is appointed assistant news editor.

On the Independent titles, Neil Robinson is appointed night editor. Martyn Kent is made assistant production editor, and Matt Tench and Emma Hutchings join the production team.

Nicky Trup joins as group eputy Head of Travel.


Finance Fineline Media Finance has appointed Alan Henry as sales director, who joins from Grass Valley where he held the role of Northern Europe regional director.

The appointment follows Gareth Wilding’s promotion to managing director of Five Arrows Leasing Limited, the company of which Fineline Media Finance is one of three trading divisions.

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