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People on the move: Hires and departures at Saks Fifth Avenue,, Zynga and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

April 10, 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.

Marigay McKee has left Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

The British president of US department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue Marigay McKee has left the business after just 15 months in the role.

According to a statement McKee, who joined the business in 2013 from Harrods, has stepped down from the role "based on mutual agreement". has appointed Séverine Philardeau as vice president of retail and brand solutions, where she will lead the UK’s sales, partner management and business development departments.

The firm, operated by RetailMeNot, will see Philardeau work closely with UK retailers and brands to create partner programmes both online and in-store, based upon the consumer insight findings.


Zynga Founder Mark Pincus has returned to work for the firm he created on a salary of just $1 as he seeks to rekindle the ailing Farmville maker’s fortunes.

Pincus will replace existing chief executive Don Mattrick, who leaves with immediate effect, with the stated aim of ‘accelerating innovation’.


Euromoney, the financial news magazine run by DMGT, has named Thomson Reuters chief executive Andrew Rashbass as its executive chairman.

The move comes as Euromoney’s sitting executive chairman, Richard Ensor, prepares to retire at the end of September having served close to 40 years at the helm of the company.

Prior to joining Reuters in 2013 Rashbass served as chief executive of The Economist Group from 2008. He has also put in stints at Associated Press and dmg Media.


Former Hill & Knowlton chief Paul Taaffe took up his role as group chief executive of public relations and healthcare group, Huntsworth this week as it announced a pre-tax profit of £16m for 2014.

The company released is figures for last year ending 31 December, and revealed a decline in pre-tax profit of £4.1m year-on-year, while revenue decreased by £7m to £164.7m.

The One Club

The One Club has named Kevin Swanepoel, its former president, as chief executive officer (CEO).

The club, based in New York, is a non-profit that recognizes outstanding creative work.

Swanepoel will be replacing Mary Warlick, who will become the president of A&C Film Distribution.


iProspect has reshuffled its executive team with three new promotions in a bid to quicken the flow of ideas between itself and its sister agencies within the Dentsu Aegis Network UK.

Chief executive Chris Whitelaw is to expand his responsibility and become chief executive for sister agencies STEAK and 360i, in addition to his current role.

Meanwhile, Matt Adams, chief media officer at iProspect has been appointed as managing director and Ben Sutherland, executive director will step up to chief performance officer.

All the roles have a UK remit and are effective immediately.


Havas Media Group has appointed Andrew Goode to head up its UK programmatic team for its global trading desk Affiperf.

Goode, who was previously co-founder and chief operating officer of ad verification specialist Project Sunblock, will manage a team of UK programmatic traders responsible for audience planning and optimisation across a range of clients.

Additionally, Havas Adwork welcomed on board Maulana Sagala (Roy) and Norashikin Manjit as executive creative directors.

Cannes Lion award-winning Sagala joins the agency with more than a decade’s worth of experience in the industry, having worked at LOWE, Ogilvy and Publicis.

Meanwhile Manjit has been in the industry for over fifteen years, working with Coca-Cola, Nescafe and L’Oreal.


Tim O’Sullivan has been appointed as managing director, North America for Y&R’s global retail and shopper marketing network Labstore.

In this role, he will oversee shopper marketing throughout the region for Labstore as well as US Hispanic marketing agency Bravo, which is based in Miami and also part of Y&R.


Sitecore has appointed Gary Roberts to the position of senior vice-president, EMEA.

In his new role, Roberts will be responsible for strategic operations in the EMEA region.

He joins Sitecore from Pitney Bowes, where he held a number of global executive positions, including president, international.


Branding and design consultancy Good has promoted Julie Murdoch from client services director to managing director of the Glasgow agency, alongside a number of other senior hires and promotions.

Mark Cullen has moved from account manager to planner, where he will work across strategy and thinking for all of Good’s clients.

Craig Mclauchlan, previously of Spring, has also joined the Glasgow office as a digital designer along with Jo Collins who is to return to Good after almost four years.

In addition, Harry Berry joins as a front-end developer from inbound marketing agency Brightfire.

DeVries SLAM

DeVries SLAM has announced the appointment of Cait Tabbinor as head of social media.

In her new role, Tabbinor will join the agency’s existing social media team, working across clients such as Zippo, Monster, Hardys, Kumala and Echo Falls on their digital and social requirements.

She joins from Frank PR, where she led the agency’s social media offering, including work for Heineken, 20th Century Fox and Onken.

CJ Affiliate

CJ Affiliate, an arm of digital shop Conversant has hired Anne Delhon as the UK country manager.

Boasting over 18 years of affiliate and media sales experience, Delhon joins from Swedish internet marketing company Tradedoubler where she was head of international sales.

GMR Marketing

GMR Marketing has announced three director-level staff changes in its Canadian offices.

Ania Sponaski has been hired a director of client services – moving from the GMR London office where she worked on global brand sponsorship for Visa, Glenmorangie and Nielsen, among other clients.

Lorne Cooperberg has been promoted to group account director, and will continue to lead to client strategies, overseeing a portfolio of clients including RBC, Visa, Ferrari, and Hershey.

And Laura Boshell was joins as director of field marketing and production, based in the GMR Toronto office.

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