People on the move: Hires and departures at Samsung, BBC, SurveyMonkey, Dixons and more


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

July 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.

SurveyMonkey's new CEO Bill Veghte


Samsung has promoted Phil Newton, head of consumer electronics to the positon of vice president and chief marketing officer.

Replacing departing Arno Lenior with immediate effect, Newton, who has more than 25 years behind him in consumer electronics, will embrace a whole new host of responsibilities.


SurveyMonkey has appointed former head of HP Enterprise, Bill Veghte, as its new chief executive following the sudden passing of its former chief executive Dave Goldberg, who died in May while on holiday in Mexico.

Veghte, who stepped down from his position at HP only last week, will take over from board chairman and interim chief executive Zander Lurie and will focus heavily on helping the company as it scales.


Veteran radio presenter James Naughtie has left the Today programme to join Radio 4 as a special correspondent, also taking up a role as the BBC News books editor.

Radio 4’s second longest serving presenter behind John Humphries, Naughtie will leave his role at the start of 2016.


Dixons ecommerce director Jeremy Fennell has been promoted to managing director of Carphone Warehouse replacing chief executive Graham Stapleton.

The pair will initially work together for a six month period after which Fennell will take full responsibility of the Carphone Warehouse business.

Saatchi & Saatchi

David Hackworthy, currently chief strategy officer at Fallon London, has been named worldwide chief strategy officer of the Saatchi & Saatchi and Fallon networks.

He is tasked with providing strategic leadership and direction across the network as well as working on key clients and new business.

He joins Robert Senior, the recently appointed chief executive, worldwide, and Pablo del Campo, the worldwide creative director, on the global leadership team for the agency groups.


GreyShopper, the shopper marketing arm of Grey Group, has promoted the managing director of its London office Sarah Green to the newly created role of chief executive of its EMEA regions as it looks to capitalise on renewed interest in the discipline.

Green will have oversight of the 10 GreyShopper agencies worldwide and is tasked with tying them together under a stronger umbrella strategy that can grow the network's reputation. She will report to global chief executive Joe Lampertius.


Havas Media Group's managing partner of new business and marketing Amanda Pitt is leaving to join headhunting company FullerGirling as a director.

She joined the media business in March 2014. Prior to this she worked for BBC Worldwide and Haymarket, before spending two and half years as a head-hunter at The Lighthouse Company specialising in the media, advertising and marketing sectors.


Jaywing has promoted Epiphany chief executive officer Rob Shaw to the role of chief executive UK and Australia, while consulting managing director Adrian Lingard is to take up the role of Jaywing’s chief operating officer. Both have also been appointed to the plc’s board.


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

Sargent 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.


VCCP Kin – VCCP Partnership’s specialist creative content and social media division – have taken on David McNamara as their new head of planning.

David joins VCCP Kin from Iris, where he was digital strategy director, working with clients such as Barclaycard, Mini and Adidas and helping to shape the agency’s digital, content and social strategy services.


AnalogFolk, the independent digital marketing agency, has hired Ete Davies in the newly created position of head of delivery.

Davies has joined AnalogFolk from AKQA where he held the same position, responsible for executive delivery direction across a range of AKQA’s clients for its offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Portland.

Based in the London office, Davies will report to managing director, Matt Law, and will be responsible for bolstering the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of work across the business.


Advertising technology and big data company BlisMedia has promoted two of its key UK executives.

Sales director, EMEA Charlie Smith has been promoted to UK managing director and managing director, EMEA Paul Thompson has been promoted to vice-preident, EMEA.

Smith has been part of Blis since August 2010, having joined to build a UK team and drive sales for the Blis Real­Time Bidding platform, powered by its location data. Thompson will focus on expanding the business throughout the region.

Cohn & Wolfe

Cohn & Wolfe has hired Kate Joynes-Burgess as its new head of digital and integrated marketing for the UK and EMEA.

Joynes-Burgess joins the firm from Weber Shandwick, where she held the post of UK and EMEA head of digital across the corporate, financial and public affairs Practice.

While at Weber Shandwick, she built an embedded team to deliver corporate digital projects, particularly in the area of crisis communications, which included award-winning work for the effective handling of Greenpeace’s #iceclimb of famous London skyscraper, The Shard.

Enders Analysis

Enders Analysis has appointed Kip Meek as its chairman, commencing immediately.

Meek has extensive board and management experience in the telecoms and media industries. He is founder of Communications Chambers, a group of senior industry professionals, which provides public policy and strategic advice to the TMT sectore and a senior adviser to EE.


Charles Croft has joined LA creative shop Omelet, as managing director.

Croft most recently spent close to two decades at the Marketing Store, Radiate Omnicom) and the Continuity Company where he worked with a variety of brands including Shell, McDonald’s, and Pepsi to launch sports and entertainment rights programs in European retail locations.

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