People on the move: Hires and departures at Buzzfeed, Guardian, Telegraph, Yahoo and more

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.

Janine Gibson is to join Buzzfeed


Buzzfeed has hired former Guardian US editor Janine Gibson as editor in chief of its UK operation.

Gibson served at The Guardian for 17 years, most recently moving to America to oversee the launch of its US arm. She played a pivotal role in the coverage of Edward Snowden and the NSA leaks story.

The Guardian

The Guardian Media Group (GMG), the owner of The Guardian newspaper, is to appoint former chief commercial officer David Pemsel to the role of chief executive officer.

Sky News reported that the former marketer beat an unidentified UK-based Google executive to the role following a board meeting earlier this week.


Debra Berman, who left her role as chief marketing officer of JCPenney earlier this year, has been chosen to serve as Yahoo’s first-ever senior vice president of consumer marketing.

She will begin her new role on 6 July and will oversee product marketing, help drive audience engagement, and lead consumer brand strategy.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph Media Group has appointed Barry Wyse as the new director of commerce.

Wyse will be responsible for leading the organisation's commerce business across all platforms as well as customer proposition across all of the Telegraph’s verticals.

Prior to the appointment, Wyse served as the vice president of digital for children’s retailer AlexandAlexa.

Ogilvy & Mather

WPP's Ogilvy & Mather has announced that its worldwide chairman and chief executive officer Miles Young will retire next year to become Warden of his alma mater, New College at Oxford University.

He will continue in his current role until September of 2016.

The 61-year-old has spent the last 32 years at the agency. In 1995 he became chairman of its Asia Pacific location and took on the role of global CEO in 2009. He was named chairman in 2012.

Starcom Mediaviest Group

Starcom Mediaviest Group (SMG) has promoted Robin Clarke to the newly created position of managing director, EMEA for Sports.

Clarke, who was previously managing director for the sports marketing department for the UK, will be responsible for driving growth for the Sports arm in the US, South Africa and Russia - across the EMEA regions.

He will be replaced by Ben Cronin, who will take up the mantle of UK managing director.


Publicis London executive creative director, Andy Bird, is to take on the added responsibility for running the creative department of Publicis New York before making a permanent move to the US.

After three years with the agency, Bird will take on the duties of overseeing key accounts in London and New York, working closely with CEOs Guy Wieynk and Andrew Bruce to service global clients in both regions.

Exterion Media

Exterion Media has appointed Mindshare's Suzy Jordan as its commercial strategy director to lead the newly-formed EM Futures division.

She will be tasked with challenging the market and driving new business for the company. Her remit will include research and insight, creative solutions and digital development.


Jeremy Craigen, who formerly served as global executive creative director at DDB, has been named global chief creative officer at Innocean.

In this role, Craigen will be tasked with elevating Innocean’s creative output and profile worldwide.


LA-based creative agency Mistress has hired former client Lee Roth to lead the agency’s strategy and social media services

Previously, Roth served as senior director of advertising, media and agencies at PayPal.


Digital agency Zone has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Jake Sargent, former head of digital at leading sports communications agency, Pitch.

Jake will be joining as client partner, leading a 30-strong team working across key UK and global accounts including Coca-Cola, Photobox and the Guardian.

At Pitch, he was responsible for delivering award-winning digital and social media work for Uefa Champions League, QBE and Betfair.


Archant has announced the appointment of Ella Kerr-McCutcheon as its business development director for London24 platform, with a focus on commercial activity for the brand.

She joins from Caspian Media and brings business development and corporate experience to the role, having previously held positions at Above and Beyond Group and Freshly Made Content.


Former president of global digital business at Universal Music Group, Rob Wells, is joining LoveLive's advisory board.

Wells joined Universal Music UK in 2000 as division director of digital services, rising to senior vice-president of the group’s international division. In 2013, he took a seat on the label’s executive board as president of global digital business.


GMR, is expanding its production and creative capabilities with the addition of Aubrey Walker as a creative director, and Robert Kodadek, who will serve as director of creative production.

Walker comes to GMR from Commonground where he was a creative director focusing on millennial urban audiences through a slew of brands including Nike, Bacardi, Grey Goose and Nissan.

Meanwhile Kodadek joins the marketing agency from entertainment design and production firm Solomon Group, where he was production manager.

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