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People on the move: Hires and departures at Uber, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and more


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

May 15, 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.

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Google’s head of policy and communications, Rachel Whetstone, has taken a similar position, senior vice-president of policy and communications at Uber.

She had been with Google for ten years, and had most recently been busy handling the European Union’s qualms with the search engine.


Mark Luckie, who has served as manager of journalism and news at Twitter for the past three years, has tweeted that he will be leaving the company.

The former Washington Post national innovations editor posted a string of tweets on 11 May regarding his exit.


Facebook has hired former FCC chairman Kevin Martin as its vice president for mobile and global access policy as it works to bring the internet to more parts of the world.

Martin, who has been a consultant to the social network for the last two years, will be based in Washington.

His arrival comes as Facebook looks to untangle its somewhat complex stance on web and telecoms regulation.


Kevin Gentzel, former Washington Post chief revenue officer, has left his position as head of sales for Yahoo, just seven months after beginning it.

While Yahoo has confirmed the departure, it is still unclear whether it was via the request of Gentzel, or the company.

Meanwhile, Robert Bridge, head of international marketing, has been promoted with a focus on delivering more personalised content to users as ‘editorial’ is added to a broadening remit.

Bridge has worked for the company since 2010, most recently leading its marketing strategy across EMEA, LATAM, India, South East Asia and Canada.


Reddit has become the latest social platform to make a big investment in video.

The company announced the creation of a new division to create original content that will be headed up by Stephen Greenwood. Greenwood's resume includes working on video for Vox, Virgin America and Aol to name a few.


Cinema chain Vue has appointed former Lonely Planet marketing boss Shona Gold as its head of marketing for the UK and Ireland. She replaces John de Chane, who held the position as interim head of marketing.

Reporting into the recently appointed commercial director, Dominic Rowell,Gold has been tasked with driving the customer experience proposition at Vue.

Tribune Publishing

Tribune Publishing, which owns daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun, has appointed former New York Times executive Denise Warren to head digital strategy and operations.

She has also been tapped to lead the company’s six East Coast newspapers, which include the Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant.


Fallon London is understood to have appointed Gareth Collins as its new chief executive.

Collins, formerly a managing partner at AMV BBDO, will take over the running of the London business, stepping into the role made vacant by Gail Gaillie in April 2014.


Maxus UK has appointed Anna Hickey as managing director, a role which will see her manage client relationships and drum up new business and consultancy work.

Arriving from GroupM Primus, where she led the Johnson & Johnson business in northern Europe, Hickey will report directly to chief executive Nick Baughan – who vacated the role last October following promotion.


Havas Media Group UK has launched new independent consultancy and solutions offering, HMG Consulting.

The new body aims to bridge the gap between larger management consultancies, traditional agencies and leading technology suppliers, by tackling the digital transformation for clients.

Darren Goldie, previously the chief development officer for Havas Media, will lead the new team, having spent most of his career as a consultant and advisor to fast growing digital businesses.


Edelman has appointed former Mother cheif operating officver Matt Groves as managing director of digital.

Groves brings 20 years’ of experience in advertising, digital, design, and production to the digital practice and has a successful track record in business transformation through acquisition, partnerships and organic growth.


WPP's GroupM has named David Grabert as its new director of corporate communications, a role which will see him lead GroupM’s media investment, data and technology strategy on behalf of agencies and clients.

Making the move from Clear Channel Outdoor, where he led corporate communications for its Americas division, Grabert will be based in New York and report directly to Elizabeth McCune, global head of marketing, communications and business development.


Former Tribal Worldwide Sydney managing director Phil Dowgierd has returned to the UK to become managing director of digital at Publicis London.

Reporting into Publicis London chief executive Karen Buchanan, Dowgierd will sit on the agency's management board and has been tasked with leading integrated digital disciplines for clients.


Lowe & Partners chief executive, Michael Wall is to join creative agency Mother as global chief executive.

Wall made the announcement in an email - seen by The Drum - to the agency and external partners.

360i London

360i London, the Dentsu Aegis owned digital marketing business has appointed Fallon's managing director James Townsend as chief executive.

Townsend will replace Rob Connolly, who is to move back to Northern Ireland after six years within the Dentsu Aegis Network to pursue a new venture.

Deutsch NY

Deutsch NY has named Tara Levine, formerly of OMD Worldwide, as its new chief marketing officer.

While at OMD, Levine serving as the managing director of global marketing and business development. Her client roster included Disney, General Electric, and Walgreens.


Austin-bsaed GSD&M has promoted Jay Russell, who previously served as senior vice-president executive creative director for the agency, to executive vice-president chief creative officer.

In this role, he will be tasked with providing solutions to clients’ business challenges. Russell returned to GSD&M in 2011 after a brief stint at Crispin, Porter & Bogusky where he helped launch the Windows phone.


Reading Room senior strategy consultant Rob Curran has joined Rapp to take on the role of head of user experience.

Curran will now lead Rapp’s user experience specialism across all clients and channels, helping brands create unified and connected experiences across all touch points. The appointment further builds Rapp’s user experience team and its capabilities to deliver against the increasingly complex and expanded customer journey.


Creative agency Founded has hired The Marketing Store’s new business boss Cameron Day to head up growth on new and existing clients.

He joins the creative shop as director of business development that will see him focus on how to create a bigger platform for what it believes is an alternative approach to marketing to what advertisers are currently served with.


Communications agency, Kwittken, has named Betsy Cooper as the managing director of its Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

Kwittken’s client roster currently includes P&G, Sharp Electronics, American Express, HomeAway, and Better Homes.

Before the appointment, Cooper led her own agency on the west coast of Canada.


72andSunny Amsterdam has appointed Tom Griffin as director of brand management, championing collaboration between brands and the agency to make smart work.

Also leading the Google account, Griffin is responsible for setting the vision and helping the discipline grow.


Innovation agency RedScout, which counts Bacardi among its clients, has appointed BBH’s Dan Hauck as its head of strategy for London.

Hauck, who was previously head of strategy at BBH London for two years, will be responsible for leading and mentoring the 10-strong London team and driving strategy and innovation for brands seeking business transformation.

Ogilvy & Mather

Ogilvy & Mather Group has appointed Nina Jasinski to the role of chief marketing officer.

She will join Ogilvy in June and report to Annette King, chief executive, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK, and sit on the board of the UK group.

Jasinski will lead the new business and marketing function across the group, which is made up of ten expert agencies and over 1700 people.

She most recently held the position of chief marketing officer at Engine where she oversaw a very successful period of growth, especially in integrated account wins.


Paramore has announced the hiring of Christine Poss as media director for the international digital marketing firm.

Bringing more than a decade of advertising and digital marketing experience to with her, Poss has a strong background in traditional and nontraditional media planning and buying.

She comes to Paramore from Cracker Barrel, where she served as associate marketing manager for three years and oversaw social media strategy and digital copywriting.


Global marketing agency Metia has hired Sarah Porter and Katrina Trinidad as senior account director and account director, respectively.

Porter brings a broad range of marketing experience, having been part of the PRCA Digital Group, and whilst Trinidad joins from Wunderman Dubai, where she headed up Microsoft Middle East and Africa account.

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