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People on the move: hires and departures at Gap, M&C Saatchi, Mindshare, Molson Coors, Tesco, Twitter and more


By Natalie Mortimer | N/A

October 10, 2014 | 9 min read

This week has seen a raft of hires and departures across the industry; all detailed below in The Drum’s weekly round-up.


Gap chief executive Glenn Murphy is to retire from his role and will hand over control of the clothing company to Art Peck, president of its growth, innovation and digital division early next year.

Murphy, who has held the role for seven years, will retire in February 2015, following a transitional period.


Vivian Schiller, Twitter’s first ever head of news, has announced her abrupt departure from the social media platform in a series of tweets.

Schiller’s exit comes less than 12 months after she was handed responsibilities for overseeing the micro blogging site's news output, in recognition of the platforms appeal as a breaking news portal.

Molson Coors

Brewing company Molson Coors has promoted its chief commercial officer for Europe, Frederic Landtmeters to managing director of UK and Ireland, succeeding Simon Cox who will take on the role of chief executive Molson Coors Europe from 1 January 2015.

Landtmeters has held a number of senior leadership positions with Cadbury-Schweppes and ABInBev since joining the drinks industry in 1998, before his 2010 appointment to the role of chief marketing officer at StarBev, before it was acquired by Molson Coors in June 2012.


Tesco has appointed ex Ikea chief executive Mikael Ohlsson and former non-executive director of Reckitt Benckiser Richard Cousins to its board following a recent profit scandal, which saw the retailer rush in its new chief executive Dave Lewis in a bid to halt the slide.

Cousins, group chief executive of Compass Group, will join as a non-executive director to use his international and corporate experience. He was a non-executive director of Reckitt Benckiser Group from 2009 until May 2014 and of HBOS and Bank of Scotland from 2007 to 2009.

Ohlsson was chief executive and president of the Ikea Group until September 2013, and serves as a non-executive director of Volvo Car Corporation, Ikano S.A. and Lindengruppen.

Both will join the board of Tesco on 1 November.


AOL has appointed Dermot McCormack as president of video and studios, where he will hold responsibility for video content platform AOL On, as well as its branded content scheme BE On and its original content arm, AOL Studios.

Joining from the role of head of Viacom’s music and logo’s connect content group, McCormack takes over the AOL position from Ran Harnevo, who left to “pursue other opportunities”.

He will report into both AOL Platforms chief executive Bob Lord and AOL chairman and chief executive Tim Armstrong.


VisitScotland has appointed Charlie Smith as director of marketing, taking over from Malcolm Roughead who has performed the marketing role in tandem with his chief executive duties since 2010.

Roughead will remain as chief executive of VisitScotland with an increased focus on delivering overarching new policies and tactics for the organisation, while Smith will look to continue with the promotion of Scotland domestically and internationally.

Joining from OVO Energy, Smith has also held marketing roles at BT, Orange, Vodafone and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Northern and Shell

Mimi Turner, communications director at Northern & Shell, has left the company following a bust-up with company founder Richard Desmond.

It is understood that a meeting in the past month saw Desmond swear at Turner.

Of leaving the company, Turner said: “It has been a privilege to spend two and a half years at Northern & Shell working for one of Britain’s great entrepreneurs and success stories. I wish Richard and the company all the best for the future.”

M&C Saatchi

M&C Saatchi has named Lean Mean Fighting Machine co-founder Tom Bazeley as chief executive - the company’s first with a background in digital.

Taking up his role on 20 October, Bazeley’s appointment comes after former chief executive Camilla Harrison left the company to lead Anomaly London.

Lean Mean Fighting Machine was sold to M&C Saatchi in April 2014, with the two agencies to formally merge on 20 October. Clients of the company include Unilever, De Beers and Land Rover.

Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick has promoted Ben Burton to head of corporate in its London office.

Having been at the PR agency for over two years, Burton will now be responsible for overseeing the agency’s corporate practice in London, reporting to Mary Whenman, managing director of corporate, financial and public affairs


Jam associate creative director Joel Lim has been appointed by Holler to the role of creative director.

Reporting to Will Pyne, Holler’s global executive creative director, Lim will work across all accounts including Mercedes Benz, Now TV, Lurpak and P&G.


MEC has announced the appointment of Marie-Claire Barker to serve as its first global chief talent officer, assuming responsibility for delivering the marketing agency’s talent strategy for its 22,000 staff.

Arriving from the Ogilvy Group, where she served for six years as its chief talent officer, Barker will work with chief executive Charles Courtier to overhaul how it attracts, evaluates, motivates and trains its staff.


TubeMogul has hired ZenithOptimedia’s Mauricio Leon to take control of commercial operations across Europe.

The video advertising firm hired Leon from the Publicis Groupe agency where he led the commercial team for ZenithOptimedia’s performance marketing arm Performics.

At TubeMogul, Leon will spearhead the firm’s programmatic drive in Europe.


Media agency Mindshare has promoted Suzy Jordan and appointed Matt Thomas to its client leadership team as it looks to capitalise on recent new business wins and ongoing growth.

Jordan will take on the new role of head of client leadership, and partner responsible for new client Marks & Spencer. Having spent the last 18 months as head of business development, she has taken on responsibility for operational management of Mindshare's 20 senior client leaders.

Meanwhile Thomas has been appointed client partner for Jaguar Land Rover and will join the agency in October. Most recently, he worked at MGM OMD on Virgin Holidays and Nissan, having previously worked at Zenith Optimedia.


The ALCS and PLS - the owners of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) – has appointed Mat Pfleger as managing director. Pfleger is currently commercial director and deputy chief executive and has been responsible for the day-to-day management of CLA since August 2014.

He will focus on managing and leading the development of propositions that meet the needs of the industry as it adapts to new technology and regulation.

Social Seed

Video amplification company Social Seed has appointed Sky Media’s Jamie Fitzgerald as sales director.

At Sky, Fitzgerald served as advertising controller for its Sky Go and On Demand video platfroms. Prior to that he headed up a platform sales hub for the Futures team in Sky Media.


Bite has brought in David Mercer to run its business practice, following recent account wins and team growth.

His brief will be to expand the service portfolio, lead Bite’s partnership with London & Partners, and run day-to-day client relationships as practice head.

Mercer joins from Consolidated PR and previously spent five years at Man Bites Dog. His clients have included HSBC, KPMG, The Home Office, BP, Grant Thornton, UPS and American Express.

He is joined by Susie Burnett, a new senior account manager in the Business Practice. Burnett joins from Grayling where she managed multi-market and digital campaigns for companies such as London City Airport, The Economist Intelligence Unit and the Government of Victoria (Australia).


AudienceScience has appointed Shelley Eleby as vice president of marketing to focus on defining the company’s core messaging.

Eleby brings nearly two decades of experience in strategic planning, product development and marketing for advertising technology companies and data-driven startups. She recently served as head of client services at Moat, a SaaS analytics company, where she led client communications and engagement. Prior to that, Eleby served as vice president of marketing services for QuadrantOne.


Myclever has brought Simon Alexander on board as strategy director and partner to help the social media agency develop its global client base.

Previously, Alexander served as head of social media at Carat, and has expertise in fashion, onmichannel retail, finance and travel.

I’m genuinely excited to join a talented team of digital and social experts that have the skillset and ambition to create campaigns, craft content and curate experiences alongside paid social media buying,” he said.

“My experience of integrating social at brand level will give our clients competitive advantage in the mid to long term.”

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