People on the move: hires and departures at The Guardian, Facebook, Abercrombie & Fitch, Vogue and more

Alan Rusbridger to step down from Guardian editor-in-chief role to chair The Scott Trust

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 Guardian

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, is set to step down from his role in summer 2015, to become chair of The Scott Trust.

He will succeed Dame Liz Forgan, current chair of The Scott Trust, which safeguards the editorial future and independence of the Guardian.

Rusbridger will become chair of The Scott Trust in 2016, when Forgan reaches the end of her term.

The process by which The Scott Trust will appoint the new editor-in-chief will be announced in due course, with Rusbridger to step down following the appointment.

Facebook

Facebook has appointed global chief client officer of WPP-owned media agency Maxus, Neil Stewart, as head of agency for APAC.

There are no current plans to directly replace his role at Maxus. Instead his responsibilities will be shared out across the senior client leader team at Maxus.

Stewart, who will take up his new role in January, will be based in Singapore.

Abercrombie & Fitch

The chief executive of struggling fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, Michael Jeffries, has stepped down from his role following a turbulent few years for the brand which has been hit by a fall in sales and negative consumer sentiment over Jeffries’ controversial remarks.

Jeffries has left the business with immediate effect and his departure has seen Abercrombie & Fitch's current non-executive chairman, Arthur Martinez, promoted to executive chairman, while an office for Martinez has been created consisting of Jonathan Ramsden, chief operating officer, Christos Angelides, brand president of Abercrombie & Fitch and Fran Horowitz, brand president of sister brand Hollister.

The new team will oversee the company's strategic direction and be responsible for managing day-to-day operations until a new chief executive is appointed.

Vogue

Fashion magazine Vogue has promoted its ad manager Lucy Delacherois-Day to the role of ad director, following a successful year which saw the publication reach a "record" number of ad pages in its September issue.

Delacherois-Day joined Vogue's advertising team 10 years ago, staying until 2007, before moving abroad.

She moved back to London to Glamour magazine in August 2012 as an account manager, before returning to Vogue in September 2013 as a senior account manager.

Bloomberg

John Micklethwait, editor of The Economist, has left the newspaper to become editor-in-chief of Bloomberg.

The company is currently in the process of choosing a successor, with a new editor is expected to be confirmed before the end of January, when John Micklethwait will stand down.

Channel 5

Channel 5 has appointed ESI Media-owned TV channel London Live’s group sales director Simon Poole as trading director – a role he will take up in the New Year.

Poole will replace former trading director Ross Belcher, who has been promoted to deputy commercial sales director – a position he will share with partnerships director Agostino di Falco, who has also become deputy commercial sales director.

His remit will include overseeing trading, alongside Belcher and di Falco who will absorb some of commercial sales director Nick Bampton’s responsibilities – who has taken on a wider role across the business since it was acquired by Viacom.

Gap

Gap’s global chief marketing officer Seth Farbman is to leave the company after three years.

It is believed that he will leave his role at the end of January 2015, although he could stay on for longer in a consultancy role.

During his time at Gap, Farbman oversaw the overhaul of Gap’s marketing strategy. One of his most recent projects was the ‘Dress Normal’ campaign, which turned to storytelling and used taglines such as ‘dress like no one’s watching’ and ‘let your actions speak louder than your clothes.’

Ukip

Political upstarts Ukip have poached a veteran BBC politics producer to serve as their director of communications in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

The move comes as Lambert, nicknamed ‘Gobby’ by colleagues, expressed admiration for the party’s policies.

Snack Media

Snack Media has appointed Kenny Ager as head of partnerships and business development, where he will be responsibile for managing Snack Media’s existing partnerships with brands and rights holders including Ford, BT Sport and Unilever.

He will also develop new partnerships across the sport, music and entertainment sectors.

Ager joins Snack Media from international sports media and rights business Sports Revolution.

He is not the only appointment being made at the agency - Ross Robertson joins the team as head of sales.

CIPR

The CIPR has revealed its board of directors for 2015, with Sarah Pinch, founder of Pinch Point Communications, named president.

The 2015 board is composed of five women and five men, with all taking up their roles on 1 January 2015.

Four honorary officers are directly elected by the entire membership, four further directors are elected by the CIPR Council and two are nominees of the president, co-opted by the elected board members.

As well as Pinch, 2014 president Stephen Waddington, digital and social media director at Ketchum Europe, will sit on the board. He will lead on strengthening links with academia and the development of global professional standards.

GMR Marketing

GMR Marketing, the global sponsorship and brand experience agency, has appointed Crispin Bolt as its new client services director for motorsport.

Based out of the agencies EMEA HQ in London, Bolt joins in January after nearly six years at the McLaren Formula One Team where he was a senior partner manager. Prior to joining McLaren, Bolt spent over five years as an account director at Mindshare.

AppNexus

Ad tech company AppNexus has appointed Jean-Christoph Conti to run publisher sales in EMEA.

As a long-time Yahoo and Right Media executive, Conti will bring his knowledge to AppNexus as it builds out its offering to publishers and continues to expand globally.

Conti served as vice president and head of partnerships group at Yahoo from 2009 where he was in charge of all partnerships, both desktop and mobile, in EMEA for the Yahoo Display Ad Network, Yahoo Search Affiliate Network, and Right Media Platform & Exchange.

Eye Airports

Airport ad company Eye Airports has appointed Des Fletcher to the newly created position of head of agency sales outside London.

Fletcher spent over 10 years with Posterscope, latterly as business director of Posterscope Manchester. He will be responsible for delivering Eye Airports’ national proposition to agencies outside London.

The announcement forms part of the growth plan for Eye Airports, following Ged Weston’s appointment as sales director three months ago and the company’s £8m Redefining Airports investment.

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