People on the move: Hires and departures at McCann London, MEC, Harte Hanks 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.


McCann London has promoted its New York-based global chief marketing officer Alex Lubar as chief executive of McCann London, a role he will begin transitioning to in January 2016.

Replacing incumbent Zaid Al-Zaidy, who is leaving the agency to pursue his ‘own ideas and seek a new type of creative opportunity’, Lubar will work alongside joint ECDs and presidents Rob Doubal and Lolly Thomson.


MEC has reconfigured its management team with the promotion of Paul Hutchison to the role of chief operating officer.

Announced by joint chief executives Stuart Bowden and Jason Dormieux, the move will see Hutchison assume responsibility for communication planning, activation and MEC’s investment teams in addition to looking at the interaction between all the services that the agency provides.

Harte Hanks

Marketing services group Harte Hanks has announced the appointment of Frank Grillo, as its new chief marketing officer.

The company, which has a focus on digital and data solutions, will aim to grow its emphasis on lead generation, closing sales and marketing interaction as a result of the appointment with Grillo set to bring over 25 years of experience guiding organisations through change and innovation in the industry.


MC&C has named PHD’s business director and deputy head of performance Mark Jackson as managing director.

He is slated to join in February of next year as one of three hires the agency has recently made to further its growth.

JAA’s Genevieve Tompkins joined as board business director this week and Charlotte Eagland, consultant manager at Omnicom’s Brand Science, is joining as head of analytics.


Search marketing specialists Epiphany is strengthening its video and motion design team with three new appointments.

Seasoned creative Billy Burgoyne has been promoted to creative director alongside Rose Mountague, to lead the agency’s video and motion design capabilities. He is joined by Valentine Obasuyi and Christopher Bromley, who take up the roles of motion Designer and video producer respectively.


Jellyfish has hired Jim Hamilton, previously vice-president and managing director for iCrossing, has been named managing director, head of US agency for Jellyfish.

Operating from the firm's US headquarters in Baltimore, Hamilton will lead the growing team of digital marketing professionals and head the Baltimore, New York and San Francisco offices.


Content marketing agency Blueclaw has appointed three new senior staff.

Nadia Mursal has taken up the role of client services manager, Kay Brown is content and online PR manager and Laurie Garrison has been hired as marketing manager.

These appointments come after Blueclaw has won several new clients, including William Hill, AlphaRooms, TUI and Strata Homes.


Unity has appointed Genevieve Roberts, a freelance features writer and news reporter for the Independent, as the agency's first brand editorial consultant.

Coming from a journalism background, Roberts is co-founder of Roberts & Some, a London-based copywriting and content creation company that she runs with her brother, Henry Roberts.

She has experience working as a strategic planner, brand consultant and a copywriter for brands and agencies.

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