People on the move: Hires and departures at Twitter, CNN, Trinity Mirror, B&Q and more


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

October 2, 2015 | 9 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.


Twitter is expected to name co-founder Jack Dorsey as chief executive officer as early as Thursday.

Dorsey has been serving as interim chief executive for the past three months following Dick Costolo’s departure in June. Sources told Re/code that he will continue to serve as chief executive of the digital payments company he founded in 2009, Square.


CNN International has promoted Owen Wyatt to lead UK advertising sales and drive branded content.

In the role Wyatt will work with clients and agencies to develop bespoke multi-platform solutions, leveraging the network’s range of TV, online and mobile platforms and products. He will also lead the strategy for CNN’s commercial footprint in the UK, Netherlands and Finland with a focus on bringing new branded content, digital and multi-platform international solutions.

Trinity Mirror

Trinity Mirror has appointed Facebook’s UK and Ireland regional director, Steve Hatch, to its board of directors. He will serve on the audit, remuneration and nomination committees and will take up the role towards the end of the year.


B&Q's Chris Moss has decided to step down from his role as customer and marketing director as new chief executive Michael Loeve readies a "new, internationally diverse" management team.

Moss, who has been in the role for two years, leaves the business just five months after the departure of former chief exec Kevin O'Byrne. During his tenure he was responsible for implementing B&Q's 2014 'Unleashed' marketing campaign.


Trade body for the creative advertising and design industries D&AD has appointed Andy Sandoz, creative partner at Havas Work Club as its 2015-16 president.

Sandoz will head up the non-profit organisation alongside a board of Trustees which includes newly elected deputy president Bruce Duckworth, principal at Turner Duckworth, Nicky Bullard, creative director at LIDA, New Blood trustee Hamish Gardner and Caitlyn Ryan, former group executive creative director at Karmarama.


TMW Unlimited have appointed Graeme Noble as its new chief creative officer.

Noble, previously the executive creative director at the agency will replace Gareth James, who left in August.

In his new role Noble will use his 15 years experience to take responsibility for re-shaping the agency’s creative department of 50 staff and building on the success of recent digital and social campaigns for brands including Durex, Lynx and Virgin Trains.

Time Out

Time Out Group has hired Julio Bruno as executive chairman and promoted Noel Penzer to chief executive.

Julio brings a significant amount of international experience having built and scaled global organisations in diverse sectors, from travel and technology to digital media and e-commerce. He was global vice-president of sales at TripAdvisor leading the global expansion of business listings; and previously held senior executive roles at Travelport, Regus and Diageo.

Noel Penzer joined Time Out as managing director, Europe in April 2015 from AOL .


Publicis London has tapped Grey’s deputy creative director David Monk as its new executive creative director.

Monk will focus on leading the agency’s 50-strong creative department, overseeing the firm’s client roster which includes P&G, UBS, and Renault.

Before joining Grey in 2010, he worked at BBH for 11 years as creative directions.


Integrated agency Life is bolstering its senior team with the appointment of Draftfcb’s Niki Cook as marketing director.

The hire signifies the launch of a new growth strategy in 2015 following the agency’s acquisition by Communisis at the end of 2014.

Cook joins with a remit to drive the shop’s push across its advertising, digital, experiential, promotional and shopper specialisms.


MEC has extended job offers to 10 entry level candidates who participated in its first-ever ‘Live Hire’ event on opening day of Adweek New York 2015.

MEC Live Hire, a first of its kind recruitment event, brought together new and upcoming graduates from across the US to meet live in Times Square with a team of cross-functional executives, including global chief executive Charles Courtier and North America chief executive Marla Kaplowitz, for a new-type of behavioral hiring experience.

Seven Hills

Seven Hills today announces the appointment of Romilly Dennys to its leadership team.

Dennys joins from the office of MP and secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith, where she served as a special advisor.

In this role, she advised on welfare and pension reforms and was responsible for leading Smith’s national tours and running his 2015 general election campaign.


Integrated creative agency Whynot! has appointed David Ryan as deputy creative director.

Ryan joins from The Big Kick where he served in the same role for over four years, working on a range of clients including Nestlé, Tesco and Kerry Foods.

Archant Dialogue

Content marketing agency Archant Dialogue has made two new senior appointments; creative director Jon Lilley from the Daily Mail and Alan Dykes from Ubisoft.

Lilley’s role will be to evolve Dialogue’s offering across all channels, especially video and digital content, while also overseeing continued innovation in its print offerings.

New head of digital marketing Alan Dykes will be responsible for developing digital-centric reach and engagement strategies for clients.


YOC has appointed Mark Wright as its UK managing director.

He will be responsible for growing YOC’s business in the UK, focusing on data segmentation, cross-device targeting and client relationships with publishers, media agencies and advertisers.

Wright brings over 20 years’ experience in digital marketing, having previously held senior posts at Drawbridge UK, A&NY Media and GMW Media.


David Pattison, the co-founder and former chief executive of media agency PHD and current non-executive chairman of Newsworks, is joining marketing technology company Rezonence as its chairman.


Widespace has bolstered its digital advertising sales team with the appointment of Kenny Spångberg as head of programmatic.

Spångberg brings more than 15 years of experience from companies like DoubleClick, Google, Eyewonder and Spongecell.

Starting the new role, he is expected to bring a unique mix of solution-based digital sales and technical know-how.

Koala TV

Phil Riley, founder and chairman of Orion Media, the Midlands based commercial radio

group, has been appointed non-executive Chairman of Koala TV.

He joins the Midlands and London based television and digital production company to help grow the businesses’ digital screen-based commercial offering.


Global mobile video demand-side platform, announced today that it has hired four senior staff to help drive forward the company’s international growth.

Soufiane Abdallaoui joins as commercial director and will open LoopMe’s French Office, while Rhys Denny joins as senior director of business development.

Nikoletta Piatkowska has been named as director of performance marketing and Lauren Bigland as head of marketing.

Mackevision Medien Design

Mackevision Medien Design GmbH is boosting its management team by appointing Jens Pohl chief operating officer.

Pohl is an experienced manager and his new role will entail the management of Mackevision’s international branches as well as providing support to the human resources and finance and legal departments.

Pohl comes from the technology group Voith, where as part of Voith Industrial Services he was chief executive of the engineering services unit.

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