People on the move: Hires and departures at Apple, Yahoo, Bloomberg, Nike, BBC 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.

Bloomberg Media's Allan Wai


Apple has hired automotive veteran Doug Betts to work on an unnamed project, fuelling rumours that the technology business is poised to race into the car industry.

Betts joined the business earlier this month and previously led global product and service quality at Fiat-Chrsyler as a senior vice president. He is working in an operations role at the Cuepertino-based company, though Apple reportedly declined to shed more light on the role when contacted by The Wall Street Journal.


Yahoo has promoted Lisa Utzscheider to its first chief revenue officer to head up ad sales at the online web giant, a role that had effectively been vacant for over a year since the departure of its ex-chief operating officer Henrique De Castro, as its seeks to push its ‘MaVeNs’ ad units to advertisers.


Bloomberg Media has named former HBO manager of digital design and production, Allan Wai, as its first global commercial creative director.

Wai, who will report to the company’s global media marketing head, Zazie Lucke, will be charged with overseeing the creative approach behind Bloomberg Media’s client partnerships with a focus on creating engaging experiences.


Nike has invested a sizeable £19m in keeping chief executive Mark Parker in his position until 2020.

The US sports apparel group has looked to pin down its top man for another five years with the package which is ten times greater than his annual share bonus.


International pizza chain Domino’s has added chief executive and co-founder of Quad Analytix Andy Ballard to its board of directors as the company ramps up its digital innovation efforts.

He is also the founder and managing partner of Figtree Partners, a digital media investment firm, and has previously served on the boards of Activant Solutions and Getty Images among others.


The BBC has announced that Newsnight presenter Laura Kuenssberg will fill the political editor role recently vacated by Nick Robinson.

The announcement was prematurely made by news gathering head Jonathan Munro (tweeted and then deleted) before the official announcement was made at 6pm on Wednesday by the BBC.


Bauer Media has announced that Suzy Cox has been appointed editor of Heat magazine.

Cox is currently deputy editor of Cosmopolitan, where for the last four years she has worked across multiple platforms, helping lead the transition to a 360 degree print and digital brand.

MDC Partners

The founder of MDC Partners, the Canadian advertising and marketing group, Miles Nadal, has quit his role as chairman and chief executive of the troubled firm after being hit by a $12.5m fine following a number of damaging disclosure made in the course of an investigation by the US Securities & Exchange Commission.


Public relations specialists MWW PR is seeking to demonstrate its understanding of the transient nature of reputation with the eye-opening appointment of disgraced former politician Anthony Weiner.

Weiner, whose career came crashing down around him after he was (twice) revealed to have shared inappropriate pictures of himself to his Twitter followers, will serve on MWW's board of advisors to assist corporate clients in handling the fall-out from their own public relations crises.

Saatchi & Saatchi

Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Roc Nation’s Jeff Geisler as its first global chief marketing officer where he will lead the agency’s global growth, brand, and new business initiatives.

Previously, he served as chief marketing officer at entertainment company Roc Nation, founded and owned by Jay Z. Throughout his career he has worked at agencies including BBH and McCann.


Tracey Barber has been promoted to the role of UK chief marketing officer across Havas Worldwide, Havas Work Club and Havas helia.

Previously chief marketing officer at Havas helia, Barber has been tasked with leading a marketing and new business team working across Havas Creative Group’s agencies.

Kitcatt Nohr

Customer engagement agency Kitcatt Nohr has announced the formation of a new management team following the departure of founder and managing director Vonnie Alexander to spend more time with her family.

The DigitasLBi division has promoted Hattie Whiting as replacement, a role which will see her tasked with expanding Kitcatt Nohr’s existing customer base, which includes Sky, Nissan and Bupa.

Oban Digital

Oban Digital has appointed Matt Owen as its new chief executive.

Owen comes from Jellyfish UK, where as managing director he was responsible for overseeing the agency’s work.

He previously honed his business prowess with roles at Jellyfish, iCrossing, Epic and Vision.

Y&R Europe

Andrew Dimitriou, a 16-year Y&R veteran, with experience working across four continents for the network, has been named president of Y&R Europe.

Dimitriou will work closely with the leaders in the region to evolve and help grow Y&R’s European offering, in order to serve the group’s clients across markets.

Immediate Media

Immediate Media, the special interest content and platform company, has bolstered its senior team with a number of appointments.

Toby Hoon is appointed to the new position of chief information officer. He will work across the company’s portfolio to drive development of its digital platforms, products and services.

Meanwhile, Francois-Régis Coumau is appointed to the new position of group managing director, with responsibility for developing the firm’s consumer marketing strategies.

Third City

Third City has hired a new creative director and drafted in a content strategist from the Daily Star.

Newly appointed creative director Henry Warrington was part of the agency’s founding team and has spearheaded award-winning creative campaigns for Pizza Express and eBay.

Daily Star-trained former journalist Cathal Wogan joins the agency from Post Office, where he helped overhaul the brand’s social media platforms and content strategy.

InSkin Media

InSkin Media (ISM) has promoted commercial managers Neil Murphy and Angelique Bryce to new group head roles.

Murphy joined ISM in 2011, and is now group head, looking after all of Dentsu Aegis' London Agencies.

Bryce’s promotion follows the recent launch of InSkin Media in Ireland, she now takes responsibility for ISM’s non-London commercial operations across the UK and Ireland.


Creative communication agency MCM has assigned Mark Nicholls to the newly created role of creative director.

Emma Bradbury is also joining the team, as a junior project manager.

The appointments are the latest in a series of growth-led changes at the firm, and come just before a planned office move from Hammersmith to bigger premises in Kew.

The Outdoor Media Centre

The Outdoor Media Centre (OMC) have tapped Tim Lumb as the marketing body’s first insight and effectiveness director.

As part of the new team that’s helping to reinvigorate the OMC, Lumb, Microsoft Advertising’s former UK research manager, will be ensuring that insight and effectiveness are central to the planning of OOH campaigns.


PSONA Group, recently formed by marketing services group Communisis, has appointed former VCCPme creative partner, Jamie Bell as executive creative director.

He will work across the group’s three agencies: PSONA, PSONA Films and PSONA Social, with a remit to raise the creative bar across the full suite of clients and attract new business.

As creative partner at VCCPme Bell’s work included CRM and social for Kia, vendor relationship management for Channel 4, and brand campaigns for Southern and South Eastern Trains.

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