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People on the move: Hires and departures at eBay, Goldman Sachs, Beam Suntory, Droga5 and more


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

August 21, 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.

Ebay's Suzy Deering

Ebay's Suzy Deering


Ebay has hired digital advertising agency executive Suzy Deering to replace Richelle Parham as its chief marketing officer amid a restructure to its branding and communications teams.

Gareth Jones has also been appointed to eBay's UK leadership team as senior marketing director. He joins from Compare the Market where he was director of marketing strategy, planning and performance.

Beam Suntory

In the newly created role Hughes has been charged with accelerating market share growth and driving demand for brands across the Beam Suntory portfolio including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Hibiki and Courvoisier in the US.

Hughes will report to Beam Suntory Americas president Tim Hassett, and oversee vice presidents leading three key business areas: Bourbon, World Whiskey and Innovation, and Mixables, such as vodka and tequila.

Goldman Sachs

Lisa Shalett, who helped Goldman Sachs weather the aftermath of the financial crisis as head of brand marketing and digital strategy, is now taking on the role of chief marketing officer at digital media startup The Odyssey.


Chris Wollen, Droga5’s head of business development, will now serve as the New York-based agency’s first chief marketing officer.

In this position, he will continue to oversee business development and will lead new efforts with its partner WME-IMG, a sports and entertainment agency.

The Barbarian Group

Cheil Worldwide’s The Barbarian Group has bolstered its leadership team through a number of new hires and promotions following recent account wins such asEtihad Airways and Kind Snacks.

Executive creative director Ed Pou has been promoted to chief creative officer while Ian Daly joins from Apple’s agency TBWA\​Media Arts Lab to serve in the newly created role of chief strategy officer.

Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s chief executive and chief creative Andrew Keller is to leave after 17 years with the agency.

Keller’s departure follows the appointment of CP+B’s global chief executive Lori Senecal earlier this year.


Carter Nance, who served as managing director of CP+B Miami for more than 15 years before leaving the agency last year, will now take on the newly created role of chief client officer at Austin-based GSD&M.

In this position, he will oversee management of the agency’s clients, including Chipotle, Hilton, and Walgreens.

Trinity Mirror Solutions

Trinity Mirror Solutions has further strengthened its Invention team by hiring Dean Matthewson, former senior audience planner at the BBC.

Matthewson’s appointment comes as part of ongoing investment in building Invention, the creative solutions arm of the business and follows the recent hire of Michelle Linaker, who was brought in to head up Invention’s experience division, working with brands to develop bespoke events and integrated brand campaign experiences.


Nick Darken has joined Albion Drive to oversee the agency’s creative output and further fuel growth into new markets.

Darken joined Albion in 2004 as its third partner and led the creative offering of the agency. In his time as part of the core Albion team he has led successful creative campaigns and created brand identities for various companies including Skype, Zoopla, BetFair, Funding Circle, Giffgaff and King.com.

Albion has also promoted Adam Lawrenson to the position of executive creative director. Lawrenson has worked at the agency as a creative director since 2014. In the new role, he said he has brought a vision for Albion to "creatively exist in the space between product innovation and brand communication."

Outdoor Media Centre

The Outdoor Media Centre (OMC) has tapped Katie Ingram as its first strategy planning director and Jo Scully as assistant strategy planning director.

Ingram will be leading the strategy planning team with Scully’s assistance, ensuring that advertisers and agencies are aware of the OMC’s changing role within the industry.


Stirling and Aberdeen based marketing company, Denvir Marketing (Denvir), has appointed two new senior managers, with Deborah Ann Brown as joining as strategist and Gary Farmer as new business manager to its talented team of professionals.

Brown joins from i2i Group where she held the position of Insight and strategy nanager working on campaigns for clients such as Virgin Media, Tesco and UKTI, while Farmer brings with him a wealth of experience within the digital marketing industry having worked with the likes of Groupon, Wowcher and Romanes Media Group.


Yard has recently appointed Gerry Campbell to the newly created role of client relations director. He will assume responsibility for the opening and day to day operations of the Yard’s new Glasgow office as well as working alongside the accounts and marketing departments in line with delivering the agency’s projected growth plans.

Most recently, Campbell was client relations director at PR agency Beattie Communications.


Kwittken, an MDC Partners agency, has appointed Shanee Goss as managing director of Kwittken’s New York office, a new position for the firm.

In this role, Goss will report directly to Aaron Kwittken and run the agency’s global headquarters in New York City. Previously a senior vice-president and partner at FleishmanHillard, has more than 15 years of experience across marketing communications, digital strategy, public relations and corporate reputation.

MEC Global

MEC Global Solutions, the international arm of global media agency MEC, has appointed Chien-Wen Tong as its first head of digital strategy.

Tong will be responsible for driving digital strategy across the whole of the business, and will report into Jeff Hyams, chief digital officer.

Having completed the highly competitive WPP MBA fellowship program, Chien-Wen brings with her a wealth of expertise in developing digital strategies, coupled with a passion for executing creative work that delivers real business impact.

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