People on the move: Hires and departures at Guardian US, Mashable, City A.M. and more

By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

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June 5, 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.

Guardian US

The Guardian US has promoted Lee Glendinning, who helped launch Guardian Australia, to editor.

New Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning

The appointment is one of many to be made by Guardian News & Media’s newest editor-in-chief, and former US editor, Katharine Viner.


Mashable has appointed Erik Korsh, formerly senior vice president of brand social and content at DigitasLBi, to lead its newest division, Mashable Studios.

In the role, Korsh will lead the production of video and creative content for Mashable’s brand partners.

Prior to Digitas, Korsh helped create and produce multiple shows for major networks including ABC, Bravo, CBS and MTV.

City A.M.

City A.M. has appointed Christian May, the former head of communications for the Institute of Directors, as its new editor.

The London business newspaper, demonstrating the shifting nature of the media industry, has reigned in the PR man to lead, replacing David Hellier.

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Molson Coors

Molson Coors has appointed Martin Coyle as marketing director for its UK and Ireland business where he has vowed to make the beer category “healthier and more valuable for everyone”.

Coyle has spent the past 10 years at the company, most recently as director of Ireland, Scotland and craft. Prior to that he has served as brand director for Carling, head of sponsorship, and customer director.


The Federation Against Software Theft (Fast) has appointed Julian Heathcote Hobbins as non-executive director.

Former solicitor Hobbins joined the not-for-profit organisation in 2001 and has served as its general counsel since 2008. In his new role he will continue to oversee the protection of Fast members’ IP rights and campaign for appropriate legislative support for the software industry.


BuyMyWardrobe has appointed Andy Harrington as its first chief marketing officer as the social commerce site looks to ramp up its growth.

The platform launched in 2008 as a series of designer fashion recycling events before going online in August 2012. It now attracts a community of over 95,000 registered users who sell pre-owned designer fashion.

Havas Media Group

Havas Media Group UK has appointed Nick Wright to the newly created role of group creative director, a promotion from his current role as head of creative for Havas Sports & Entertainment.

Wright's immediate focus will be the implementation and construction of a new, creatively-driven team. He will report into group chief strategy officer Graeme Douglas, and will be tasked with driving creativity and collaboration across the group.


MediaCom Canada has promoted Kevin Johnson to chief executive officer.

Previously, Johnson served as the company’s chief client officer, both attracting new talent and overseeing operations in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.


TH_NK has poached John Lewis’ technology boss Julian Burnett to become its first chief technology officer as the agency looks to exploit the rise of more expansive digital briefs from brands.

Burnett will oversee a team of 40 tasked with developing products and services for all the agency’s clients including Nando’s, Warner Bros and Atom Bank. He will report to TH_NK founder and chief executive Tarek Nseir and will sit on its board.


R/GA London has appointed Phil Haworth to the newly created role of group creative director, head of campaigns, joining the agency’s senior management team.

As group creative director, head of campaigns, Haworth is charged with the day-to-day management of the agency’s creative teams, developing best-in-class work across all accounts. Haworth joins R/GA from AKQA, where he spent eight years as group creative director.

Mullen Lowe Group

Former chief executive officer of DLKW Lowe Richard Warren has been promoted to the newly created role of chief executive officer at Mullen Lowe Group UK.

Following the appointment, DLKW Lowe has announced a new management team. Its managing director Jamie Elliott will now fill the role of CEO and executive creative director Dave Henderson will now serve as chief creative officer.

Trinity Mirror Solutions

Trinity Mirror Solutions has appointed PHD's Emma Callaghan and Bauer Media's Darren Coomansingh as group account directors.

The pair are the latest in a long line of strategic hires made by the media group's commercial division since James Wildman took over as chief revenue officer last year.

In their new roles, Callaghan and Coomansingh will lead the firm's dedicated sales teams servicing UK agencies across the entire Trinity Mirror newsbrand portfolio.

Partners Andrews Aldridge

Partners Andrews Aldridge has hired RPD's chief strategy officer, Szilvia Szabo, as its first ever product manager.

She is to spearhead the agency's new product business unit, which will be dedicated to building, testing and launching digital products.

Cuckoo Design

Cuckoo Design’s creative director Phil Rainey has become a shareholder of the Manchester-based agency.

Rainey joined Cuckoo nine years ago as a designer before rising through the ranks to take a seat on the board as creative director.

He has played a fundamental role in winning some of Cuckoo’s biggest clients to date, such as Experian, Manchester Business School, and Royal London.


Jane Baker, formerly vice president of client services at FreemanXP, has joined creative agency 2Heads as commercial director of its UK head office.

The appointment sees Baker tasked with leading the Buckinghamshire-based agency’s global growth with responsibility for the marketing, sales, strategy and creative services teams.


San Francisco-based creative innovation agency Juxt has named John Jakubowski as head of creative.

In this role, he will join with Juxt’s president Michael Polivka to work on the agency’s creative capabilities.

In 2012, he founded Wombat Creative, which provides “creative strategy and insight for some of the worlds largest brands” according to his LinkedIn page.


Brazilian creative team Ana Balarin and Hermeti Balarin have been announced as the new executive creative directors at Mother London.

The husband and wife duo, who have risen through the ranks of the creative agency over the past nine years, will be immediately tasked with leading its creative department in London.


Chris Lawrence has joined Bite’s leadership team as creative director.

Lawrence has over 20 years’ experience in the PR industry, most recently with Consolidated PR.

Previously a journalist for regional and national publications, he has worked on a variety of campaigns for brands including Beefeater, Disney and Universal.


Rezonence has tapped Steve Brown, ex-managing director of AMG, for the newly-created role of chief revenue officer.

As a key part of the management team, he will work closely with founding directors Rowly Bourne and Tim Greatrex to generate and build relationships with media agencies and brands.

Prior to AMG, Brown held senior positions at Yahoo! and BSkyB sales houses.


Branded3 has announced that Tim Grice is to take on the role of chief executive officer.

The promotion comes two years after Branded3’s acquisition by St Ives.

Current chief executive and founder, Vin Chinnaraja, will become chairman providing strategic guidance and support to the company’s management team as part of a managed handover process.


Teads has boosted its programmatic and mobile team with the hire of Todd Tran as global senior vice-president of programmatic and mobile.

Previously managing director of international at Millennial Media’s platform business, Tran will lead Teads' growing supply-side platform, exchange and mobile offerings.


Integrated communications agency Dinosaur has hired Frank Fenten, as head of digital.

Fenten brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the space, with a career spanning Yahoo!, Brass and Havas.

He also founded his own digital marketing agency, We Love The Web, where he delivered projects for a number of brands, including Coca-Cola, O2, GSK, Land Rover, Sainsbury’s and Dell. has appointed’s Joby Russell as chief marketing officer at

Russell has previously been involved with the company, sitting as a non-executive director.


Tomás Puig, formerly head of labs at WP Engine, has been appointed as Emarsys’ chief marketing officer.

He brings deep technical knowledge to the role with the cloud marketing software firm, having worked in the heart of Silicon Valley’s converging creative, technical and media industries for many years.

Puig started his career in technology, where he worked on computer security and web development. After transitioning to the agency world he then contributed to award-winning work for Fuse TV, IFC, Facebook, Cisco, and Namco campaigns.

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