People on the move: hires and departures at Universal, Morrisons, American Apparel 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.


Universal Music Group’s president of global digital business Rob Wells is leaving the company after nearly 15 years.

Wells has served in the position since 2010, and was based at the company’s Santa Monica, California headquarters.


Supermarket chain Morrisons has appointed David Potts as its new chief executive following the departure of former boss Dalton Phillips.

Potts, who joined Tesco when he was 16 years old, later became retail director in the UK, chief executive of its Irish business, and latterly its Asian business. He will join Morrisons on 16 March.

American Apparel

American Apparel has reportedly fired its creative director, Iris Alonzo for a second time and has hired two new executives; Thoryn Stephens as chief digital officer and Cynthia Erland as senior vice president of marketing.

Alonzo was first fired in June but was subsequently rehired in October, while both Stephens and Erland were outside hires.


Jay Carney is joining Amazon as senior vice president for worldwide corporate affairs.

Carney will start this Monday and will report directly to CEO Jeff Bezos.


Newly formed press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has appointed Dr Kate Stone to its Editor’ Code of Practice Committee in light of a freak stag gore incident in which six national newspapers were forced to apologise for referencing Stone’s gender status.


Vice Media-owned magazine i-D has appointed Dazed Group's Ravi Amaratunga to the newly created role of global group director of film and video as it looks to ramp up global expansion plans partly driven by video content.

A former editor at Channel 4, Amaratunga will oversee all video programming and strategy for i-D, which is this year celebrating its 35th anniversary.


Dish Network Corporation’s president and chief executive officer, Joseph P. Clayton, is set to retire at the end of March.

He will be replaced by the company’s co-founder and chairman, Charles W. Ergen, who once held the titles, but stepped down in 2011. has appointed Suruchi Bhargava, entrepreneur and co-founder of designer dress hire website Wish Want Wear, as head of global marketing with immediate effect.

Bhargava will oversee's marketing output and will play a key role in the future of the shopping discovery website as it aims to further personalise online purchasing for women.

G2 Crowd

Adrienne Weissman, LinkedIn’s former director of marketing solutions, has joined G2 Crowd as chief marketing officer.

In her new role, she will focus on leading the G2 Crowd sales and marketing organizations and will be focused on creating integrated marketing campaigns. She will also engage current and new G2 Crowd customers and be responsible for helping generate additional traffic and visibility.

Outdoor Media Centre

The Outdoor Media Centre (OMC) has tapped former Havas head of investment Alan Brydon for its top role, the latest in a raft of board-level changes at the trade body.

Brydon’s appointment follows on the heels of ex-Havas Media chief executive Mark Craze joining as chairman of the OMC in January 2015.

Mr President

Mr President has named Craig Mandell as associate creative director.

A former music journalist, Mandell begun his advertising career at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder, Colorado, before moving to London and working with BBH, SapientNitro and R/GA.

Ogilvy & Mather

Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) has appointed Turner Broadcasting's Scott Murphy to the role of worldwide chief talent officer.

Murphy, previously senior vice president of human resources at Turner, will be responsible for driving talent management strategy and organizational development across the agency's global offices.

Based in New York, he will report to O&M Worldwide chairman and chief executive Miles Young. He will also serve on O&M’s executive committee and worldwide board.


Creative ad giant VCCP has appointed Kitcatt Nohr’s Steve Garside new business director.

Garside, who was previously head of new business and marketing for Kitcatt Nohr, will head up new business for the agency’s social, content, CRM and data capabilities.


Razorfish London has appointed Jim Mason to the role of executive director strategy and insight.

Transferring from the Razorfish Atlanta office, Mason joins the London team to formally establish and lead the practice - uniting strategy, insights, planning and analytics capabilities, supporting existing client teams and growing the account base.

Saatchi & Saatchi

Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Talia Handler, formerly of Deutsch New York, as executive vice president and group account director charged with handling its Chase account.

At Deutsch, Handler held the same titles and worked on the agency’s Microsoft and Jägermeister businesses. Prior to that, she worked as a senior partner and executive marketing director at Ogilvy & Mather where she contributed to IBM’s Smarter Planet’s Brand.


Wieden+Kennedy creative director Graeme Douglas has joined Havas Media Group (HMG UK) to take on the role of chief strategy officer.

Three media agencies sit under the HMG UK umbrella – Havas Media, Arena Media and Forward Media – Douglas’ immediate focus will be on Havas Media and Arena Media, where he has been tasked with developing business strategy across the agencies.

He will oversee the agencies’ new business efforts and creative output as well as instilling data and content into the planning process.

Additionally, Havas Worldwide Chicago has named Chris Gyorgy group creative director.

In partnership with Kevin Kelly, Gyorgy will be responsible for leading creative on the agency’s Citi account.

Adjust Your Set

Adjust Your Set has brought in former associatie publisher for Time inc.’s Marie Claire and InStyle titles, Hannah Smith as digital publisher.

Smith has over seven years’ publishing experience having worked across an array of titles including Elle, Elle Decoration, Red, Ideal Home and Living Etc. She reports directly to editorial and publishing director Christopher Lockwood.


Videology has announced the appointment of Robin Kingerlee as media director EMEA.

The newly-created role will see Kingerlee play a key role in strengthening product innovation and driving further adoption of Videology’s services across the region.

He previously worked at Microsoft Advertising, and led a number of firsts in the UK, including launching Microsoft Exchange in the UK and leading the company’s UK video strategy.


Ad viewability firm Meetrics has hired the Financial Times’ head of sales Steven Canfield to the role of senior business development manager.

He will be the company’s first senior sales person focused in the UK market and will support director of international business Anant Johsi.


BJL has hired Tony Evans to its board in the position of planning director.

Evans will split his time across BJL’s Shoreditch base and Manchester HQ, leading the planning team and working with BJL clients.

With a career spanning roles at Millward Brown, TBWA\London and Ogilvy planning high profile campaigns for leading brands including John Smiths, Unilever, DHL, American Express and Nestle, Evans has worked on a number of landmark projects.


US ad tech platform PulsePoint has hired Nate Kwarteng as head of supply.

Nate comes from OpenX where he was business development manager EMEA for publisher solutions and prior to that he helped co-found two separate companies in the aggregator and social commerce space.


London-based startup YunoJuno has announced the appointment of Ollie Williams as client partner.

Williams, who joins from Webcredible!, will look to build the UX offering for the business as they continue to promote its members-only network.

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