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People on the move: Hires and departures at NABS, Rubicon Project, GlobalWebIndex and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

March 4, 2016 | 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.


NABS, the non-profit support organisation for the advertising and media industry, has appointed MediaCom chairwoman Karen Blackett as its new president.

NABS’ ambition is to champion the wellbeing of those within advertising and media by supporting individuals, creating a community and sharing expertise. Blackett (pictured) will work to drive this new vision across the industry in her new role.

Blackett is at the forefront of the diversity conversation in the advertising and media industry, and has been recognised as Britain's most influential black person.

Rubicon Project

Jay Stevens, Rubicon Project’s general manager, international has exited the company, drawing the line under a seven-year tenure there – a period that saw him help the business transition from an ad tech startup to publicly listed company.

It has been confirmed to The Drum that the firm's current senior vice-president of Europe, Oli Whitten is to take over Stevens' the role of head of international on an interim basis. It's unclear who will take over the duties longer-term and oversee the running of the company outside of its US headquarters

The Drum has contacted Rubicon Project to ask whether Stevens is going directly to another role, but the company has yet to respond on record.


News UK’s Emma Loveday has today (3 March) been appointed head of marketing at data technology company GlobalWebIndex, which hosts the world’s largest study on the digital consumer.

Loveday has been tasked with accelerating the company’s user acquisition efforts by bringing in more companies to use its data for their digital marketing and advertising solutions. Her appointment comes as part of a drive to expand on the company’s global footprint, which has 50 per cent of its client base in the US, 30 per cent in Europe and 20 per cent in Asia Pacific.


Social software platform Spredfast has tapped one of Ogilvy & Mather's social heads, Leo Ryan, to join as vice president customer success, EMEA.

Currently head of innovation and partnerships at Oglivy's social arm Social@Ogilvy, Ryan's newly-created role will see him charged with growing a team of 15 with a focus on consulting with customers around the firm's products.

The enterprise social media platform, which helps brands manage their online content and plan engagement with fans and followers, counts Channel 4, BT Sport, the Brit Awards and Burberry among its client roster.


Digital marketing agency iCrossing has appointed Paula Jago as its head of UK operations to develop and execute the agency’s UK growth and operational strategy.

Jago joins iCrossing from the Professional Intelligence Academy, where she held the position of chief operating officer/chief of staff. While there she authored two books, worked across a diverse portfolio of companies, agency and client-side, and worked on projects ranging from business transformation strategy to talent audits.

Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett London has bolstered its creative team with the hire of Chaka Sobhani as chief creative officer.

Sobhani will join the advertising shop from Mother London, where she has been a creative since 2013.

She brings with her 20 years of experience from both the marketing and broadcast industries, being the founder and first creative director to serve ITV's in-house offering, ITV Creative. While there she directed campaigns for the Brit Awards, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Coronation Street.

Brothers & Sisters

Brothers and Sisters, the independent creative agency, has named Ila de Mello Kamath, a former board strategy director at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, as its new head of planning.

Reporting to Phil Teer, who oversees a department of six planners as chief strategy officer, Kamath will bring over 17 years’ experience as an agency-side planner.

Kamath said: “Brothers and Sisters is an extremely innovative, forward-looking agency; perfectly poised to create the kind of brilliant ideas needed in today's roller-coaster environment, and I am thrilled to be able to join their ride.”

Marketing Agencies Association

The Marketing Agencies Association has appointed Tim Bourne as its new chairman.

Bourne, the founder and joint chief executive of independent earned media agency Exposure will replace Cheil Worldwide’s Simon Hathaway after Hathaway completed his statutory two-year period at the helm.

Bourne will focus the MAA’s activity on the future of communication, fostering “diversity, talent acquisition and collaboration” among members and encouraging them to act as “change-makers” in the marketing world.


Digital and direct marketing agency Lida has announced the appointment of former SapientNitro executive creative director Trefor Thimas as chief creative officer, following the departure of Nicky Bullard earlier this year.

With effect from June, Thomas will assume responsibility for driving creative output for a range of clients including Boots,, O2 and Ikea, with a brief to further the agency’s direct, digital brand and innovation capability.


TripAdvisor has appointed Jonathan Howlett to the newly created role of vice-president, global destination marketing.

Howlett joins TripAdvisor from ComScore where he led a team in London tasked with growing its business helping clients measure their online and mobile advertising effectiveness.

Prior to this role Howlett was global director of ad sales for BBC World News.


Havas Worldwide Siren, the agency's Singapore-based PR brand, has promoted Tony Tan to the role of client services director.

An industry veteran with over 15 years' experience, Tan will be responsible for developing senior client relationships and magaging client portfolios for the agency's key accounts.

He previously held a series of posts at MSLGroup, working with global brands such as Adobe, Coca-Cola and Oracle.

18 Feet & Rising

Creative agency 18 Feet & Rising has promoted Anna Carpen to the role of executive creative director.

Carpen’s promotion follows creative partner Matt Keon’s decision to step down and return home to Australia after six years with the agency.

She has been a part of the agency leadership team since her appointment as creative director in 2014.


Bryan Black, creative director at BrandFire has been promoted to partner.

In his new role, he will be assisting chief executive, Adam Padilla, with running the agency, overseeing creative output, managing client relationships and bringing in business. He previously worked in the creative departments at Deutsch Inc and 100 Mile Group.

Brandfire works with a host of clients, including Tom Brady, Run DMC and Budweiser.

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