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People on the move: hires and departures at Condé Nast, Barbour, Magic Radio, Virgin Media and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

January 9, 2015 | 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.


Condé Nast Britain has snapped up Danielle Bennison-Brown

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Condé Nast Britain has snapped up the former global head of video at Vice-owned i-D magazine, Danielle Bennison-Brown, as it looks to ramp up its video content activity.

Bennison-Brown, who joins the magazine group in the newly created role of director of video content, will work with Condé Nast brands to create a compelling schedule of programming for a combination of digital platforms.


The global head of e-commerce at Barbour, David Cottage, has stepped down from the role after just four months at the British fashion brand.

Cottage, who took up the position last August, resigned just before Christmas in order to be closer to his family, The Drum understands.

It is not clear when or if Cottage will be replaced, but Barbour is currently reviewing its internal structure and a decision will be announced over the coming weeks. At the time of his hiring, Barbour said it was putting in place plans to become “the best British lifestyle brand worldwide by 2020”.

Magic Radio

Magic Radio has enlisted the talents of John Barrowman, Christine Bleakley and Claire Sweeney for a series of new shows following its launch on DAB radio on 5 January.

Independent production firm Wise Buddah, which also created a new ID jingle package for the station, will work with Magic alongside USP Content to propel the brand onto the national stage.

Wise Buddah will produce Bleakley and Barrowman’s new shows, while USP Content will work with Claire Sweeney to bring her love of musical theatre to the airwaves.

Virgin Media

Virgin Media has appointed Kerris Bright as chief marketing officer to lead an expanded marketing department with a remit which now adds data, insight and analytics to brand management and customer marketing.

Previously, Bright held a number of senior marketing roles at companies including Unilever, AkzoNobel and British Airways, where she led the airline’s 'To Fly: To Serve' brand campaign.


Karen Gray has returned to Homebase as director of brand and marketing following a five year stint at Dixons Carphone.

Before moving to Dixons Carphone – where she was head of insight, brand and customer strategy – Gray served at sister Home Retail Group brand Argos as retail design and customer strategy manager.

Prior to that she spent seven years as brand communications manager for Homebase.


McCann Worldgroup has announced a trio of new strategy directors.

Harjot Singh has been promoted to regional strategy director for Europe and Craig Bagno will take up responsibility for North America. The pair will additionally continue to control their worldwide accounts.

Bagno and Singh join the worldwide team of regional strategy directors including Richard McCabe of Asia Pacific and Josafat Solis who is responsible for Latin America.

Starcom MediaVest

Starcom MediaVest (SMG) has implemented a new structure in a bid to organise itself into a “communications network with an edge”.

Two new regional roles have been created as a result of the restructure. Iain Jacob, currently president of dynamic markets, has been named president, EMEA while Mike Amour, currently CEO Asia Pacific at Project: Worldwide, has joined the company as president, APAC.


Cheil Worldwide has appointed Lotta Malm Hallqvist as its first ever global chief growth officer from London.

Hallqvist will join the company from McCann Worldgroup where she was executive vice president and global chief growth officer. She will report to Michael Kim, Cheil Worldwide’s global chief operating officer.


Rob Schwartz, TBWA’s global creative president, has adopted the role of chief executive for the firm, where he will take up responsibility for all New York operations.

The Omnicom agency will see Robert Harwood-Matthews, president of TBWA\Chiat\Day New York since 2012, leave the company

Universal Networks International

Universal Networks International, the international channels’ division of NBCUniversal International Television, has appointed Nicoletta Gelli to the newly created role of senior vice president, marketing, effective as of this week.

Based in London, Gelli will lead marketing and digital activity for Universal Networks International’s portfolio of pay-TV channels around the world including Universal Channel, Syfy, 13th Street, Studio Universal, E! Entertainment Television, DIVA and Telemundo.


Rapp has announced that Adrian Whatman, creative director (design) has been promoted to the board of the creative agency.

Whatman, who joined Rapp from Elvis in 2007, was promoted from the role of design director to creative director in May of last year.

Premier Foods

FMCG company Premier Foods has appointed Richard Hodgson, chief executive (CEO) at Pizza Express, to its board in the role of non-executive director with immediate effect.

Hodgson, who has served as CEO at the food maker since 2013, has previously held senior roles with Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons.

Cala Homes (North)

Housing company Cala Homes (North) has appointed Fraser Carr as sales and marketing director of its Aberdeen-based North division.

Carr, who joins from Stewart Milne Homes where he was sales and marketing manager, joins Cala Homes (North) at a pivotal time having launched as a separate division of Cala Homes in July 2014.

Key objectives for Carr include doubling sales within the business over a 12 month period, and maximising the marketing potential of Cala's 140th year in Aberdeen, having been established in the city since 1875.

Callcredit Information Group

Consumer marketing business Callcredit Information Group has appointed Will Lowe as managing director of marketing solutions.

Lowe joins Callcredit from dunnhumby where he spent 10 years in a variety of roles within the UK and internationally. Commenting on his appointment Lowe said: “I am delighted to be joining Callcredit at what is a very exciting time for the business. Callcredit has grown its market presence extensively over recent years.

"My intention is to help the business continue to deliver innovation, market leading service and drive the existing positive growth momentum forward across the many sectors in which it operates”.

Redefine International

The income-focused UK Real Estate Investment Trust Redefine International has appointed Michelle Daniels as group head of marketing, a newly-created role, which will see her develop and drive effective marketing activities for the company.

Daniels joins from Toolbox Marketing, a retail destination marketing business, where she spent the past 13 years growing the business’ UK offering, most recently as its UK managing director.

Commenting on the appointment, Mike Watters, chief executive of Redefine International, said: “The creation of this new marketing role represents a key part of our strategy to grow each business segment and ensure our retailers in particular derive maximum value from the space they lease from us."

Ogilvy & Mather

Ogilvy & Mather has appointed Heather Alderson to the newly created role of head of planning for Unilever Worldwide and Ogilvy & Mather Group UK.

Alderson is set to join the agency this month and will report to Sophie Hoffstetter, worldwide managing director for Unilever, and Annette King, chief executive officer, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK.

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