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People on the move: hires and departures at Cheil Worldwide, eBay, Sky and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

January 16, 2015 | 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.

Malcolm Poynton has joined Cheil Worldwide

Cheil Worldwide

Cheil Worldwide, the global network encompassing McKinney, the Barbarian Group, Beattie McGuinness Bungay and iris, has named Malcolm Poynton as its first global chief creative officer.

As global chief creative officer Poynton has been charged with helping Cheil’s creative evolution with the role created as part of the network’s push to boost international growth and reputation. He will work alongside Chris Chalk, global chief strategy officer, Peter Kim, chief digital officer and Simon Hathaway, global head of RX.


eBay Advertising has snapped up Alessandra Di Lorenzo, formerly of Vodafone’s M-Commerce division, for the newly created role of commercial director.

The e-commerce giant has appointed Di Lorenzo to extend the firm’s trade marketing capacity and to focus on relationship management.

Di Lorenzo, who has vast experience in digital advertising and global mobile marketing from her time at Vodafone’s M-Commerce division also previously held a seat on the Mobile Marketing Association Board of Directors.


Sky has expanded the role of Gary Davey, executive vice president programming at Sky Deutschland, to encompass additional responsibility for entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK.

As managing director content, Davey will divide his time between London and Munich, capping a long career at the satellite broadcaster where he served as managing director in the 1990s as it pioneered pay TV in the UK.

Frank PR

Frank PR has recruited Ultimo's head of PR Claire Morrison to head up its newly opened Scottish office.

The office, the consumer PR agency's third in the UK, will be based in Glasgow and has already begun to work with clients such as Hammerson's two Scottish shopping centres; Silverburn and Union Square.


Asda chief executive Andy Clarke has overhauled its executive team, bringing in a new marketing boss, as the supermarket readies itself for what he anticipates will be “one of the toughest years for retailers in the UK”.

Barry Williams,currently chief merchandising officer, will replace marketing boss Steve Smith as chief customer officer.


Design agency Tangerine has promoted its London-based designer Youngeun Choo to head of its Seoul studio, after former co-president Don tae Lee left the company to join Samsung.

Choo, who has been with the agency for 10 years will utilise her knowledge of both Korean and Western culture to aid Tangerine in its ambition to be a genuine global design house.


ITV's director of commercial marketing and research Sarah Speake has joined Clear Channel as chief marketing officer.

Speake, who joined the commercial broadcaster in September 2013, had previously spent seven years at Google, most recently as strategic marketing director.

Arnold Worldwide

Arnold Worldwide has appointed Jim Elliott to the role of global chief creative officer to help drive creative product across Arnold’s network.

Elliott joins from Y&R New York where he served as chief creative officer working on leading national and global clients including Land Rover, Dell and Virgin Atlantic. Prior to Y&R New York he was group creative director/writer at Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

Smith & Milton

Smith & Milton has announced that client services director Ben Mott has been promoted to the role of group management director.

Mott’s promotion, which is effective immediately, sees him take on broader financial and professional responsibilities at both the London and Bristol offices.


Jane Bruton is to join the Telegraph as director of lifestyle and deputy editor.

Reporting to Chris Evans, editor and director of content, Bruton will oversee magazines, features, fashion, luxury and beauty.

She joins from Grazia magazine where she has been editor-in-chief since 2005, during which time she won BSME’s Editor of the Year award twice, as well as Editor’s Editor.

DDB Worldwide

Wieden+Kennedy’s former executive creative director Icaro Doria has joined DDB Worldwide as chief creative officer of the Omnicom-owned agency’s New York office.

Doria will be charged with rolling out a bold creative vision for the New York base, and will lead the agency’s entire creative department, reporting directly to president and chief executive Chris Brown.


Global technology company MediaMath has made two new appointments this week, hiring Richard Beattie as senior vice-president commercial, EMEA and Rahul Vasudev as managing director, APAC.

Beattie joins MediaMath from Oracle, where he was responsible for developing the Marketing and Social business lines in EMEA.

Vasudev previously worked at MediaCom where he was the head of digital for the APAC region.

UCAS Media

UCAS Media, the commercial arm of the UK’s higher education admissions service, has expanded its commercial team with the appointment of Andrew Wiltshire as sales manager, with a view to drive fresh partnerships from UCAS Media’s new London office.

Wiltshire joins the company in the newly-created role after seven years at Telegraph Media Group.

Marketing Sciences Unlimited

Research agency Marketing Sciences Unlimited has announced four promotions to start the year.

Deborah Hall and Gerry Curtis have both been promoted to research director roles, with Hall having previously held a post within the agency’s retail team and Curtis moving over from the qualitative team.

In addition to this Sadie Buckingham has been elevated to associate director and Becky Hutchins to senior research executive.

Stripe Communications

Stripe communications is kicking off 2015 by strengthening its digital offering, welcoming Darcie Tanner and Kris Robb – both formerly of Lost Boys – to the team.

Tanner joins the Stripe management board as digital director with responsibility for strategic business development, digital delivery and revenue growth.

Robb joins as digital account manager and will focus on boosting clients’ digital presence.


Tech solutions company Marimedia has appointed Sharon Reisner to the newly-created role of vice-president of marketing with immediate effect.

Reisner will lead the firm’s marketing and communications functions globally and also have responsibility for brand development and positioning.

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