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People on the move: Hires and departures at Channel 4, Apple, Kellogg's and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

May 1, 2015 | 10 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.

Channel 4's Charlie Palmer

Channel 4

Channel 4 has promoted group marketing manager Charlie Palmer to the role of head of viewer relationship management, to drive the consumer-facing element of the broadcaster’s data strategy.

In his new role Palmer will be responsible for championing and leading Channel 4’s viewer relationship strategy and viewer communications, reporting to director of audience technologies and insight Gill Whitehead.


Apple has hired four BBC Radio 1 producers to bolster its upcoming music streaming service.

Following on from the Californian giant hiring the radio channel’s Zane Lowe in February, the quartet will join the company after Radio 1’s 'Big Weekend' event in May.

James Bursey, Natasha Lynch and Kieran Yeates are three of the four names rumoured to be making the exodus from the BBC to Apple, according to Business Insider.


Craig Bahner, who previously served as chief marketing officer of Wendy’s, has been appointed as president of Kellogg’s US Morning Foods branch.

At Wendy’s, he was responsible for brand building, marketing, and culinary innovation efforts. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Proctor & Gamble where he held a number of leadership roles.

Addison Lee

Addison Lee, Europe's largest minivan company, has confirmed that its head of marketing and product innovation, Nick Constantinou has stepped down.

Constantinou, who joined the service last September, is understood to have resigned and will leave the company in the coming months to seek new opportunities.

Radley & Co

British handbag company Radley & Co has appointed the former chief of Aurum Holdings, owner of Watches of Switzerland and Goldsmith brands, Justin Stead to the role of chief executive.

Stead is to replace former Radley CEO Xavier Simonet after his departure in January. He most recently served as chairman and investor with private equity in, where he will remain in as non-executive chairman.


Metro has promoted Charlotte Sayer to the newly created role of head of sponsorship.

She is to oversee new supplement and sponsorship opportunities and develop fresh content platforms for the newspaper.


Mary Beth West, former Mondelez International marketing head, has been named as executive vice president, chief customer and marketing officer at retailer JCPenney.

She has served on the retailer’s board of director’s since 2005, and will step down from that position to begin her new role on 1 June 2015.

Donna Karan International

New York-based fashion house Donna Karan International has appointed Apple's former creative director of worldwide Hector Muelas to the newly created role of chief image officer.

Muelas will be in charge of all areas of brand image, marketing and creative services for Donna Karan International as well as all digital platforms and e-commerce.


Anonymous messaging platform Whisper has hired Mark Troughton, formerly of Green Dot, as its first president.

The app has more than 10 million monthly users, and and is opened an average of a million times an hour.


Vevo has appointed Erik Huggers, formerly of Intel’s Web TV, as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

This is the first time the role has been filled since the music video service’s founding CEO, Rio Careff, left last fall.

American Family Care

American Family Care has named William Koleszar, formerly of BBVA Compass, as its new chief marketing officer (CMO).

In his new role, Koleszar will oversee the brand’s marketing strategy, advertising, digital media, public relations and brand management. Koleszar will report directly to Irwin.


AKQA has promoted three of its group creative directors - Masaya Nakade, Jason McCann and Sung Chang – to the role of executive creative director.

Masaya is based in London, while McCann and Chang work in New York.

Rufus Leonard

Rufus Leonard has appointed creative veteran Carlo D’Alanno as creative director.

D’Alanno will head up some of the agency’s key accounts, splitting the workload with James Ramsden who he will also report to.


Possible London has appointed Simon Law chief strategy officer as it looks to bolster its leadership team in the London office.

The creative digital agency has tasked Law with developing the agency’s strategic planning direction to help it build on its market position.


Cheil Worldwide has appointed Dean Pinnington and Luke Ashton as global creative directors to help boost the agency's global creative output.

Based in Seoul the pair, who will report to Wain Choi, global vice-president executive creative director Cheil Worldwide, join from their own companies, where they worked as creative consultants in London.


Mindshare UK chief executive Mark Creighton is set to leave the agency to take up the chief operating officer role at Dentsu Aegis UK & Ireland.

Creighton has spent the past two years leading the UK arm of Mindshare and before that served as chief operating officer.


Holler UK has announced that its managing partner, Paolo Nieddu, is to quit the agency in order to take on an equivalent role at AnalogFolk overseeing its growing editorial content division.

The move comes as the Leo Burnet Group owned agency re-jigs its creative offering and hires new staff; including JWT creative director Chris Jones and Bandit co-founder Rob Scotland.

Live & Breathe​

Live & Breathe has tapped Cheil's Jamie King for the role of executive planning director.

King will join the integrated retail and shopper agency this week to work across its Leeds and London offices with clients such as Birds Eye, Morrisons and Pernod Ricard.


Omnicom Media Group has appointed Mary Buenaventura to the role of chief executive for the Philipinnes.

She is to be charged with the leadership of all Omnicom Media Group assets in the country, working alongside the senior management team and leads for OMD, PHD and M2M.

Lambie Nairn

Branding agency Lambie Nairn has promoted Lisa Hill to the newly created role of managing director Northern Europe, marking a promotion from her current role of MD London.

Hill, who will continue to oversee the day-to-day management of the UK business, will now lead the agency through its next phase of growth as it looks to strengthen its position in Northern Europe, with a particular focus across its Munich and Prague offices.


Tremor Video has appointed Sue Hunt as managing director for its EMEA region.

The promotion sees her move from her role as senior director of programmatic for the same region to take over from the departing Alex Macnamara.

Sopexa USA

Sopexa USA, a marketing agency for food, drink, and lifestyle brands, has snared Omnicom's manager of corporate communications Benjamin Bourinat as its director of public relations.

In his new role, Bourinat will be responsible for leading the development of client public relations and social media campaigns. Sopexa USA's clients include Wines of France, Cognac, and Avocados from Mexico.


GMR’s Sarah Como has been promoted from senior director to vice-president.

Como started her career as an account coordinator at the global marketing agency 18 years ago.

Throughout her career, she has worked with an impressive client roster, including Apple, Playstation and Volvo.

DeVries Slam

Boutique consumer PR agency DeVries Slam has announced the appointment of Daisy Pack as associate director, to support the team’s evolving beauty and lifestyle portfolio.

In her new role, she will join the agency’s growing team to work across Pantene Pro-V.

Previously at Ketchum, Pack has developed global campaigns for several Procter & Gamble brands including Oral-B as well as leading on activity for KFC, Uncle Ben’s and Mr Kipling.


London-based startup YunoJuno has announced the appointment of Giles Perks as client partner.

Perks, who joins from Purple, will look to build the development offering for the business as they continue to promote its members-only network.


Online video ad company Teads has bolstered its senior team.

James Upson is to join as UK managing director international having previously worked as chief operating office at MediaCom South Africa and global business director at AOL

And Justin Taylor, has been hired as UK managing director from MEC Digital.


Newly formed agency Bigdog have named Barrie Robinson and Tim Jarvis as creative directors of their Leicester and Birmingham offices.

The former McCann creative duo bring with them a wealth of experience on clients such as Vauxhall, Honda, Kellogg’s, BBC, E-Lites and World Vision. Plus, a host of international and national awards.

They will oversee the creative output in both Leicester and Birmingham offices on brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Marston’s, Boost Energy Drinks and Quorn Foods.

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