People on the move: hires and departures at Asda, Morrisons, Adam&eveDDB and more

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.

Asda

Claire Harrison-Church, currently category business unit director at Premier Foods, is to replace Asda marketing director, Chris McDonough, as vice president of marketing after he left the business amid the retailer’s senior management shake-up.

McDonough was hired with the intention of eventually succeeding chief customer officer Steve Smith when he returned from secondment to parent company Walmart.

Morrisons

Simon Thompson, Morrisons online managing director, is set to leave the supermarket at the end of the month with marketing director Nick Collard poised to take on his responsibilities.

His departure follows hot on the heels of the sacking of chief executive Dalton Philips, who will leave the company at the end of the group's financial year this March.

Adam&eveDDB

Adam&EveDDB has announced several changes to its creative team, promoting creative directors Richard Brim and Daniel Fisher to the roles of executive creative director and deputy executive creative director respectively.

Additionaly Ben Priest, founder and executive creative director, will assume the role of chief creative officer while Emer Stamp, executive creative director, is to step down this summer to focus on her writing career.

Havas

Havas Worldwide London chief executive Russ Lidstone has left the agency amid a shake-up that has seen it come together with Havas Work Club with a view to forming a more “client centric” organisation.

The new offering, Club Havas Partnership, will be led by Daniel Floyed, currently global brand director of Havas Worldwide London, and Martin Brooks, currently co-chief executive of Havas Work Club.

Kantar Media

Kantar Media has appointed former BBC director of marketing and audiences Margo Swadley to the newly created role of director of its TV and video measurement unit.

She is tasked with managing Kantar's contracts to provide panel and census tracking services to industry measurement body Barb, where she has served as a board member for the past three years.

Ais London

Ais London has hired David Blaseby in the role of client services director tasking him with working with the majority of the agency’s clients.

The digital agency has enlisted Blaseby to work with clients including National Express and Škoda where his experience at AKQA working with brands such as Nissan Global and Fiat, will prove invaluable.

65Twenty

65Twenty, the publishing powerhouse behind TheLADbible and TheSPORTbible, has enlisted Northern & Shell's Mimi Turner as its marketing director.

In a move to bring the publisher, founded in 2012, into the media big leagues, Turner will work across editorial, business development, PR and customer insight departments.

Mediator

Independent marketing communications agency Mediator has appointed Jo Coughlin as the company’s director of new business.

Coughlin recently returned to Mediator following a year’s maternity leave, having previously held the role of account director, working with clients including T Mobile, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Castello.

JDO Brand Design

Philip Stevenson has joined JDO Brand Design and Innovation as its client business director.

Prior to the appointment Stevenson was at Cowan Design since 2013, where he was responsible for a number of high profile clients and premium projects including pan European and global redesigns spanning the drinks, oral care and confectionary categories.

Dave Canning and Dan Treichel

New York creative duo Dave Canning and Dan Treichel have been appointed as co-executive creative directors at 180 Amsterdam.

Canadian Treichel and US-born Canning join the agency from Barton F. Graf 9000 where they were creative directors. Prior to that Treichel held a senior position at Droga5 while Canning held a senior role at Wieden+Kennedy NY.

RKCR/Y&R

RKCR/Y&R has strengthened its management line-up with the appointment of Lucy Taylor to the role of head of marketing and new business.

Taylor, who will report to chief executive Ben Kay, joins from Brothers & Sisters where she had worked for six years, most recently as business director on the agency’s flagship Sky account.

Eulogy!

Ann Longley has joined Eulogy! to oversee the independent PR agency's digital strategy, and drive growth across its online content and planning offerings.

Longley joins from Hays, where she led a sector-wide first by becoming its group head of social media.

Freshfield

Lancashire-based marketing communications consultancy, Freshfield, has added to its PR team with the appointment of Jennifer Peacock as a PR executive.

Peacock joins the consultancy from Business Energy Solutions, she will support client PR, content marketing and social media programmes alongside client directors and PR consultants, across a broad range of clients and sectors.

OpenX

Ad tech firm OpenX has announced the appointment of Andrew Buckman as managing director, EMEA.

With more than 18 years' of experience in the industry Buckman will lead the company¹s EMEA operations from its London office, with a focus on strategic partnerships, marketing, sales and general operations.

Forward3D

Net-a-porter’s Lindsay Hong is to join Locaria – the international and performance linguistics branch of Forward3D – as director of business development and operations.

As a key addition to the global independent marketing agency Hong’s remit will include the strategic development of the division’s operations and ongoing accounts.

Purpose

Chris Wood is to join Purpose as chairman, where he will work to support the brand consultancy’s growth and differentiation strategy.

Wood has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, having held senior roles at CLK, Princedale and Corporate Edge, working with clients such as Cadbury and Intercontinental Hotels Group,

Vibrant Media

Future’s ex-director of advertising, James Ranson, has joined Vibrant Media as commercial director UK and International

Whilst at Future Ranson ran the agency’s entire sales operation and delivered a string of cross-platform digital campaigns for clients including O2, Samsung and Carphone Warehouse.

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