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People on the move: Hires and departures at Procter & Gamble, Bloomberg, ESPN, Bauer Media 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.

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble has announced that David Taylor will succeed president and chief executive A.G. Lafley from November.

Lafley will step down to become executive chairman and will lead the board of directors of Procter & Gamble going forward.


Bloomberg Media has hired Haymarket’s Arif Durrani as commercial editor for its Europe, Middle East and Africa regions to ramp up its branded content efforts.

He joins the publisher’s commercial team and is tasked with commissioning branded content across its full roster of titles such as the recently launched European edition of Bloomberg Business. Durrani will report to head of solutions Penny Bartram, who joined the business in April.


ESPN has cut radio host Colin Cowherd following his offensive remarks on Dominican baseball players in the big leagues.

A statement released by the network said Cowherd's comments "do not reflect the values of ESPN and our employees."

Bauer Media

Bauer Media UK has strengthened Xcel Media, its digital division, with a series of new appointments.

Matthew Hobbs has been hired as chief technology officer, he joins from Argos where he worked as head of digital engineering.

Akhil Suchak arrives from Viacom to take up the role of head of social across all Bauer’s brands, while Satpal Chagger is to take up the head of analytics post.

Additionally, Christian Westcott has been appointed head of search from Hibu (formerly Yell Group) where he was as global head of SEO.


Droga5 has poached Grey London's group managing director Bill Scott to serve as its London office's chief executive.

Prior to his role at Grey London, which he joined in 2013, Scott spent 13 years at BBH where he was managing partner and client services director.


Dazed Group's marketing director Emma Sutton is leaving the company after five years, The Drum has learnt.

In Sutton's departure email to staff, seen by The Drum, she said that Dazed "trusted me to forge my own global strategy and vision, to create a newly formed department designed to deliver global brand awareness, and to move the brand beyond fashion into exciting new areas".


Creative agency Sunshine has poached Grey London's global creative director Hollie Newton for its first executive creative director role.

Newton, who will report to Al MacCuish, founder and chief creative officer at Sunshine when she starts in early September, called Sunshine "by far the most exciting creative agency right now".


Wunderman UK has bolstered its strategic and creative offering with several new hires.

Paul Harvey is joining as head of project management, Lezaan Roos as strategy director, Michael Maxwell as senior strategist and Andrew Thomas as conceptual lead.

Harvey joins from AKQA where he was associate program director working on Nike, while Roos comes from Expedia.

Maxwell arrives from Accenture where he was digital strategy manager for almost four years and Thomas was formerly creative director at Jack Morton Worldwide.


Havas Media has promoted Andrew Mason to the role of head of client Leadership with immediate effect.

He will oversee the day-to day management of the Havas Media client teams while ensuring quality and implementation across the agency's extensive portfolio of clients.


Rightster, the multi-platform network for digital video, has hired Shiv Bhaduri as chief product officer.

Bhaduri was previously general manager of media at Weve. The appointment comes as the firm focuses on integrating its global proposition.

The Mothership Group

Former Cadbury and Kraft director Dave Pogson has joined the Mothership Group as non-executive director.

He brings with him a wealth of experience from the FMCG Sector, having started his career in 1984 working with Schweppes before moving on to Cadbury UK and Kraft Foods.


Data-driven mobile firm YouAppi has announced the opening of offices in London and Berlin.

The London office will be led by Javier Plana, director business development, who joined YouAppi from M&C Saatchi Mobile where he served as associate director.


Simulmedia has named John Piccone as chief strategy officer.

Having previously served as chief revenue officer, Piccone will now be responsible for communicating and developing the marketing tech company’s commercial strategy in the US market.

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