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People on the move: Hires and departures at Fox, Pinterest, Kellogg's, and more


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

August 7, 2015 | 6 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.

Pinterest's Susan Kare

Pinterest's Susan Kare


Fox has announced that former Relativity Media executive Angela Courtin will be its new executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Courtin’s appointment, which comes one day after Relativity filed for bankruptcy protection, will see her take responsibility for the network’s overall brand strategy. She will also oversee on-air and off-air promotion and advertising, national media, multiplatform and affiliate marketing, design and social media.


Pinterest has hired the Apple employee behind the design of the the original Macintosh 'lasso' and 'paint bucket', Susan Kare, as its new product design lead.

Kare joined Apple in 1982 and worked on designing icons, graphics and typefaces before moving to NeXT, the computer company founded by Steve Jobs, in 1986. She then went on to found a graphic design company in San Francisco in 1989 called Susan Kare Design.


Kellogg's has hired former Kraft chief marketing officer Deanie Elsner as president of its US Snacks division, which includes brands such as Cheez-It and Pringles.

The company confirmed her hire during its second earnings call on Tuesday 4 August.

Chicago-based has named Colette LaForce as chief marketing officer where she will be responsible for brand marketing, advertising, pricing and analytics, communications, creative services plus events for the online car research company.

Previously, LaForce served as CMO at semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Prior to that, she worked at Dell where she held the roles of CMO and global vice president of its services division.

Legal & General

Legal & General's first chief marketing officer Dominic Collins has left the company after just 12 months and is not likely to be replaced.

In an email sent to staff last week (30 July) – which The Drum has seen – Collins announced his departure and said he had recommended a restructure to more closely align the core marketing functions of Legal & General’s insurance and investment management arms.


Karmarama's group executive creative directors, Sam Walker and Joe De Souza, have left the advertising agency.

The pair's departure comes after the appointment of Droga5's Nik Studzinski who took up the role of chief creative officer in May.

Walker and De Souza, who joined Karmarama in 2010, follow in the footsteps of fellow group executive creative director, Caitlin Ryan, who announced in June that she would be leaving the company.


Nanette LaFond-Dufour, president of McCann’s L’Oréal business, has been promoted to chief client officer.

In her new role, LaFond-Dufour will coordinate resources and help develop integration efforts across disciplines, practices and regions for McCann’s global clients. She will still continue to oversee L’Oréal in her new position.

Johannes Leonardo

New York-based shop Johannes Leonardo has named Andrew Dawson, co-founder of luxury audio company Master & Dynamic, as its first chief strategy officer as the agency builds out its leadership team.

He will be tasked with evolving the agency’s strategy offering and will work with clients including Adidas, Google, and Coca-Cola.


Integrated communications agency Grayling has announced two senior promotions with Victor Benady taking on the role of global creative director and Jan Mikulin named global head of digital marketing.

Benady, who previously held the position of global head of digital, will lead new business pitches and client programmes for Grayling.


Isobar is ramping up its client services team with the appointment of two new business directors.

Vinod Subramanian joins from Wunderman where he was the global team lead on Microsoft Mobile, while Ian Maybank is appointed as business lead for Kellogg’s joining from Grey London.


360i London has strengthened its team with four key new appointments.

Simon John has been named social director; Laura Quinn joins as advanced analytics director; and Amanda Kwan arrives as head of delivery. Claire Charron has also been named insights director.

The appointments follow chief executive James Townsend’s arrival from Fallon, and are in response to recent new business wins and deepening relationships with existing clients.

Havas Media

Havas Media Group has announced the appointment of Yvonne O’Brien who has joined the agency in the newly created role of group chief insight officer.

Joining from IPG Mediabrands she will be reporting into Paul Frampton, managing director of HMG and will start on 11 August.

The agency has also hired James Shepherd as its new head of mobile – he has joined from Jam and will be reporting to the managing director Julia Jordan.


Stack has tapped award-winning data planner Caroline Kimber as its new data strategy director.

Kimber joins the agency at a time of a significant investment in its strategic data capabilities.

She will work across Stack’s entire client base with a significant role on Peugeot, Citroen and DS business.

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