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People on the move: Hires and departures at Google, the Guardian, Tinder and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

March 27, 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.

Ruth Porat - Google's new CFO


Google has brought aboard Ruth Porat as its chief finance officer - picking her up from her CFO role at Morgan Stanley.

Porat worked at Morgan Stanley since 1987 in a variety of roles including vice chairman of investment banking, global head of the financial institutions group and and co-head of technology investment banking

The Guardian

The Guardian has named editor of its US edition Katharine Viner as the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.

She will take the reins of the newspaper this summer from Rusbridger who is to stand down after 20 years.


Tinder has ended its chief executive officer (CEO) search by swiping right on Chris Payne, formerly of eBay, to replace founding chief, Sean Rad, Re/code reported.

Payne left eBay late last year and has been working at Tinder since.


Halfords has picked up Jill McDonald as chief executive to replace Matt Davies who left to lead Tesco’s business sector back in June.

McDonald comes from McDonalds where she was UK chief and president of North West Europe after a nine year stint at the restaurant chain.


Struggling Taiwanese mobile company, HTC, has replaced chief Peter Chou with co-founder and chairperson Cher Wang.

The transition had been a long time coming as Chou began handing Wang some of his responsibilities in 2013. However at the time, HTC claimed the switch was temporary.

M&C Saatchi

M&C Saatchi has enlisted Proximity London’s Claire Croft as head of talent at the agency.

Croft will oversee career development across the agency, reporting to Camilla Kemp who was recently promoted to chief operating officer.


Gary S. Laben has been named Wunderman’s global chief data officer.

He will will be responsible for expanding the agency’s data assets, data management and analytics practices to provide creative marketing support to its clients.


Havas Adwork has announced the appointment of Matt Wiggers to serve as its chief executive officer, after switching from his previous role at Publicis Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Havas Sports & Entertainment has announced the twin appointment of Fredda Hurwitz as global chief strategy officer and Thiago Bersou as global creative planning director.

The moves will see Hurwitz tasked with developing and executing global strategic initiatives and pitches, whilst Bersou will lend a helping hand on global pitches as well as supporting the planning process and developing global creative tools and processes.


AKQA’s Nick Turner has been named international executive creative director at Razorfish.

The hire marks substantial reinforcement Razorfish’s existing creative teams in international markets and sees Turner charged with driving the highest creative standards and output while attracting, inspiring and retaining exceptional talent.

Momentum Worldwide

Momentum Worldwide has appointed senior vice president of creative technology and integrated production Alan Snyder to the newly-created role of chief technology officer.

Since joining the company in 2013, Snyder has worked on a plethora of campaigns including American Express’ ‘Art and Sound of Tennis.’

DDB California

DDB California, part of the Omnicom Group has hired Jon Drawbaugh, formerly of Mullen LA as head of production.

While at Mullen, Drawbaugh served as the director of integrated production, launching Acura TLX and acquiring the Patron Tequila account.


LA-based creative agency 180LA has hired David Povill and Dave Cuccinello as creative directors.

The award-winning pair have partnered to lead the Mitsubishi Motors of North America account at the agency.


Fellow LA firm Pitch has announced that Rob Goldenberg is joining as executive creative director and Helena Skonieczny has been hired as executive design director and creative director.

The hires come on the heels of recent account wins for the agency including Bonefish Grill, Citrix, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and project assignments for Netflix.


Former Fabula co-founder Yan Elliott has joined Lucky Generals to take on the role of creative partner.

Previously working at agencies including GGT, HHCL, Mother and WCRS Elliott started Fabula with Luke Williamson in 2012, leaving in December 2014.

Media iQ

Media iQ has tapped RadiumOne's Chris Emme to the new role of executive vice-president, sales and business development North America.

Emme joins the global analytics and technology specialist in the newly created role to lead the team across sales, client services and business development.

The Media Group

The Media Group has announced three new appointments to their Nottingham office.

Jon Gordon has been promoted to executive director, whilst Davy Charles joins as camera operator and editor.

Dennis Hollingworth also joins the team as new business account manager.

The new appointments coincide with the firm's recent relocation to Rushcliffe Technology and Enterprise Centre in West Bridgford.


Telcoms company Lebara has hired Keith Kirby as chief marketing officer.

Kirby brings with him many years’ experience in the sector, having helped launch several mobile phone brands globally including Orange and Three.


Brand agency Emperor has hired Simon Harper as its new head of digital consulting.

Harper, who previously held senior strategic roles at Global3digital and Investis will lead the expanding digital team, whilst working closely with the consultancy's branding and reporting propositions.


​Holywood-based firm Ardmore has bolstered its team with four new appointments.

Steve Jackson joins the company as strategic planner bringing with him two decades of experience in agencies across the UK and Mark Thompson has been promoted to the role of media director.

Additionally, Theresa Hannon and Andrew McCormick are to join the account management team.

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