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People on the move: Hires and departures at Tesco, Samsung, Vue, LivingSocial and more


By Natalie Mortimer, N/A

December 5, 2014 | 8 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.

Matt Atkinson former CMO and current CCO will be axed from the business


Tesco has restructured the top eight roles of its executive management team in a move that will see its chief creative officer role, currently held by Matt Atkinson axed and current chief marketing officer Jill Easterbrook replaced by Robin Terell.

The shakeup comes amid an accounting scandal at the grocer in September, which saw Chris Bush, the former UK managing director suspended following the unearthing of a £264m over estimation in profit at the business.

Tesco also revealed that Dave Lewis will, on a temporary basis, take over the day to day leadership of the UK operation, while Jason Tarry has been appointed as the head of commercial for the UK.

David Hobbs, currently group business planning and strategy director, will also be leaving the company following the changes to the leadership team.


Samsung’s head of sales and marketing for the mobile unit, DJ Lee, is set to leave the business, according to reports.

This comes in the midst of a series of changes in the management team, which are rumoured to see Hong Won-pyo, currently president and head of Samsung’s Media Solution Center, become president and head of the company’s global marketing strategy office.

The company has stated that Samsung Electronics’ mobile business head, J.K. Shin, will maintain his current role, along with the chief of the company’s consumer electronics unit, B.K. Yoon, and the current chief executive for the component business, Kwon Oh-hyun.


Vue Entertainment International has appointed former chief customer officer for the Metro, Dominic Rowell, as commercial director UK and Ireland.

The appointment will see Rowell tasked with handling print distribution, user experience, digital product development, digital monetisation, social media and data for the cinema chain.


LivingSocial has promoted chief operations officer Steven Marritt to the role of chief executive officer for UK and Ireland. Coming as LivingSocial UK/IE’s focus transitions away from a ‘daily deals’ model to being an online marketplace, Marritt has been tasked with driving efficiency and maintaining performance in established channels.

He will also oversee an alignment of process with LivingSocial’s US headquarters and increased investment in technology, data science and mobile.

Rigby & Peller

Luxury lingerie retailer Rigby & Peller has hired the former head of communications at Portas, Holly Bocock, to head up its marketing and PR department and work to “reinvigorate” the brand.

In her new role Bocock will be responsible for helping to deliver the business’ five-year growth strategy which includes attracting more fashion conscious consumers.

She will be assisted by Sophie Cobbold, who is currently on maternity leave, and Harriet Beidleman who also joined earlier this month as marketing and PR assistant from Michael Kors.


DLKW Lowe chairman Tom Knox has been elected to succeed current IPA president Ian Priest next March.

Knox, who was nominated by the IPA Council members this afternoon, was one of the founders of Delaney Lund Knox Warren in 2000, which grew to become the largest non-network agency in the UK before being merged with Lowe and Partners in 2010.

He will serve as IPA president for two years from 26 March 2015, and will be expected to deliver his first two-year manifesto at the IPA Members lunch next April.

McCann London

McCann London has poached Wieden + Kennedy’s planning director, Theo Izzard-Brown.

Joining the McCann London’s team as head of strategy, Izzard-Brown has been tasked to lead and grow the integrated planning team within McCann London, responsible for all brands across the entire client portfolio, including L’Oreal, Subway, Premier Foods and MasterCard.

Zaid Al-Zaidy, chief executive at McCann London, said: “Theo is a rare find, his track record is enviable and he has intellect, warmth and charm. I’m delighted to have tempted him to join us.”

Publicis WW Australia

Publicis WW Australia has named Iona Macgregor as its new chief strategy officer, stepping into the role later this week.

Formerly managing director and head of strategy at French based agency Marcel Macgregor was instrumental in securing three Cannes Lions and serving clients ranging from Orange, Intermarche, Cartier, Ray-Ban, AXA, Mondelez and Garnier.

Macgregor will be based in Sydney for her new role which will see her work alongside national executive creative director Grant Rutherford and Publicis WW Australia’s CEO Andrew Baxter.


Aesop has added two new directors to its board, through the promotion of Nick Dutnall and the appointment of Andrew Colyer.

Colyer joins Aesop from BD Network, where he was strategy director, handling the Molson Coors account. He worked with a team of 20 on the account, which covers brands such as Grolsch, Worthington, Caffrey’s and Magners.

His new role, which he will begin in January 2015 will see him head up the business development team.

BBD Perfect Storm

Saatchi & Saatchi London’s Head of Account Management, Simon Humphris has joined integrated agency BBD Perfect Storm as its managing director.

Humphris had been overseeing the Toyota account and had been at Saatchi’s for only 7 months. Prior to that he had been at iris Worldwide for more than 12 years in various roles including, most recently, global client director on adidas.

BBD Perfect Storm, which was launched 18 months ago and has been growing rapidly, has recently won Britvic, BetVernons and Wiggle. In addition to his agency management responsibilities, Humphris will oversee these accounts.

Telegraph Media Group

The Telegraph has appointed Malcolm Coles to the position of director, digital media, replacing Ben Clissitt who leaves TMG at the end of the year. Coles, who joins from the Mirror Online where he is currently digital director, will be responsible for all of TMG’s digital media when he takes up the post early 2015.

Meanwhile, Robert Winnett and Allister Heath have been appointed to deputy editor and deputy director of content, Ian MacGregor is now director, leisure in addition to weekend editor and Kate Day will now serve as director of future media.


Out-of-home (OOH) agency Posterscope has hired Dr Andrew Willshire to serve in the new role of data analytics director.

Willshire joins the company to work across all areas of the business to design and build new data systems and forge new strategic partnerships that will have a significant impact on planning, insight, trading and operations.

Reporting to media operations director Gavin Lee, Willshire joins Posterscope from Dentsu Aegis marketing effectiveness business Data2Decisions, where he led the development and implementation of a raft of innovative new initiatives.


Nashville-based digital agency Paramore has made a raft of promotions in its senior team as it looks to push forward the business.

Scott Hutcheson has been promoted from content director to strategy director to focus on building the agency’s strategy team, supporting new business efforts, leading all client projects from discovery through website maps, heading up analytics, and continuing to help lead thought leadership initiatives.

Matt Burch has been promoted from content manager to content director. Burch’s new duties will include being the voice of the agency, developing and expanding Paramore’s content offerings, leading content development for client and agency projects, and leading and developing thought leadership initiatives.

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