People on the move: Hires and departures at Yahoo, the Lad Bible, Labour Party 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.


Yahoo's chief development officer Jacqueline Reses is to leave the tech giant and join Twitter's mobile payment company Square.

Reses will now head up Square Capital, the startup's business financing service, as it moves towards its initial public offering.

The Lad Bible

Digital news and entertainment publisher the Lad Bible has named Vice Media’s Ian Moore as content director, a role which will entail responsibility for all editorial content including video production across the company's the Lad Bible, the Sport Bible and the Odds bible domains.

Moore is currently deputy managing editor for, a role which sees him manage editorial and video output across 20 Vice Media businesses, having previously served as editor-in-chief of Vice Denmark.

Labour Party

The Labour party has appointed Guardian columnist and executive editor Seumas Milne as executive director of strategy and communications, with effect from 26 October.

A former comment and Labour editor at the Guardian, Milne has previously worked for the Economist and is the author of several books; including titles pertaining to the miners’ strike, international politics and economic policy.


Trainline has hired Lorna O’Neill as head of UK PR as the company puts a renewed focus on its external communications.

She has built a career in public relations over the last 10 years, both in-house at Grosvenor House and Hilton Sydney, as well as within agencies including Manchester’s Brazen PR.

O’Neill will support the new ‘I am Train’ campaign and will be responsible for the development and execution of consumer and corporate PR activity.


Social media tool Hootsuite has hired Sujeet Kini as chief financial officer.

In this role, Kini will lead the finance, facilities and legal departments at the firm.

Also joining is Paul McFeeters, former chief financial officer at Open Text, to the Hootsuite board of directors.

Kini also joins from Open Text, a business focused on enterprise information management and Canada's largest publicly traded software company.

Bloomberg Media

Bloomberg Media has announced a number of new senior roles in its commercial team.

Emma Winchurch-Beale is to become client lead, EMEA advertising sales, having joined the firm in 2011.

Meanwhile, Samantha Thomson-Hutchins takes up the role of luxury sales group head, EMEA. Most recently global business director of Rightster, Thomson-Hutchins has also held positions at Condé Nast and IPC Media.

A further appointment includes Sarah Green who joins as head of luxury sales, Switzerland and France. She comes from BBC Worldwide where she held the position of account director, Switzerland, for BBC Advertising for four years.


DigitasLBi has appointed Paul Dalton to the role of chief media officer, international, a position that will see Dalton move from the agency's New York office to London.

Dalton, who was previously executive vice president, communications planning at DigitasLBi will now be responsible for leading and growing the agency's media offering across international markets.


Global brand and marketing consultancy Prophet has appointed Helen Rosethorn as a new partner based out of its London office.

Prior to joining Prophet, Helen was CEO at Bernard Hodes Group UK – an Omnicom company - where she spent 14 years building the business into an acknowledged market leader in its field. She also headed up their consultancy practice, delivering work for a wide range of clients across all sectors.


Anomaly London has announced the appointment of Richard Lawson to serve as managing director, ending a 13 year career with BBH which saw him rise to the post of managing partner and head of account management.

The marketing and advertising agency will task Lawson with liaising directly with its clients including Diageo, Budweiser, Trainline, Cancer Research UK, P&G and Universal Music as well as working alongside Camilla Harrisson, Stuart Smith, Oli Beale and Alex Holde.


Possible has chosen John Cunningham as its new global chief technology officer.

Based in London and reporting to Global CEO Shane Atchison, Cunningham will lead all of Possible’s global technology initiatives, ensuring advancements in technology are used to support the agency’s creative vision.

Cunningham has a background in electronic design and was formerly chief technology officer EMEA at Razorfish.


Cheil Greater China has brought on board, Pully Chau as group chief operating officer.

Chau has carved out a career spanning 30 years in the region where her most recent role was chairman and chief executive of FCB Greater China.

She was previously vice-president of the China Advertising Association and last year received the 21 Global Innovators Award from Internationalist USA.


Piers Guilar has been appointed executive strategy director for Fitch EMEA to lead the strategy practice and key client projects.

Guilar began his twenty year career at Saatchi & Saatchi, after which he held senior strategy roles at Interbrand, JKR, FutureBrand and Siegel+Gale.

He will report into EMEIA chief executive David Blair.


McCann London has boosted its digital capabilities with a number of strategic and editorial hires.

Joining Live, the agency’s digital and social wing, are Irina Kondrashova and Chris Hamilton.

As strategy director, Kondrashova will lead McCann Live’s integrated strategic services. She joins from 360i, where she developed strategies for Clinique, Fanta, Fisher-Price and Oreo.

New editorial director Hamilton is to lead the agency’s data-powered storytelling services across the McCann portfolio of brands. He arrives after 14 years with the BBC.


Former Razorfish EMEA chief technology officer John Cunningham is to join Possible's London team as global chief technology officer.

Based in London, he will lead all of the agency's global tech initiatives.

Boasting a background in electronic design and formerly, Cunningham has a passion and history for developing solutions for a variety of brands including AstraZeneca, McDonald’s, Audi, Lloyds Banking Group, O2 and Unilever.


Online performance agency, Roast has appointed John Campbell as its new head of SEO.

Campbell comes from ZenithOptimedia where he was SEO director working on clients such as NatWest, RBS, Toyota and BBC Worldwide.

At Roast, his role is to develop the performance agency’s SEO offering and support the growth of the team.

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