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People on the move: Hires and departures at Vice, Johnston Press, Condé Nast and more


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

April 8, 2016 | 6 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.


Following the success of Vice’s venture into the world of TV earlier this year with the launch of its cable channel Viceland in the US and Canada, the media group now has its sights set on international expansion, and today (5 April) announced the appointment of the man who will oversee that: Arjan Hoekstra.

Hoekstra will serve as Viceland’s European general manager, which will see him help guide the aggressive expansion of the network across the European market.

Hoekstra comes from Discovery Networks Asia Pacific where he was responsible for developing the overall strategies for its business, driving revenue across advertising and affiliate sales to build the portfolio’s core brands within the Asia Pacific region, overseeing a portfolio of nine factual, lifestyle, sports and kids brands.

Johnston Press

Johnston Press has appointed Felicity Morse as digital news editor of i online, as it readies the launch of the paper’s new website next week following the complete acquisition this coming Sunday, it was announced today (6 April).

Morse will be responsible for boosting traffic to i’s new website, together with building and expanding the paper’s online audience.

Her appointment comes as part of the publisher’s commitment to digital growth across all of its news brands, after it relaunched various news sites earlier this year including titles The Yorkshire Post, The Star, Sheffield and Portsmouth News.

Condé Nast

Condé Nast Traveler’s executive editor Peter Jon Lindberg has triggered a reshuffle in the magazine’s editorial team, stepping down from his role after just six months.

Lindberg will continue to contribute to the magazine, as he goes back to a freelance career. He was hired as executive editor last October. Prior to that, he served as a contributing international editor and senior correspondent.

Lindberg joined Conde Nast Traveler following a near 15 year stint at rival travel magazine Travel + Leisure, where he held the title of editor at large.

Publicis Media

Following the consolidation of its media arm last month, Publicis Media has announced three new leadership appointments in the US. The media consolidation followed Publicis Groupe's sweeping restructuring plan announced in December of last year.

Kathy Ring will take on the role of chief executive at Starcom USA while Sean Reardon will become chief executive of Zenith USA. Reardon will retain his role as chief executive of Zenith digital marketing agency Moxie. Previously, Ring served as president and chief operations officer at Starcom’s Los Angeles office.

Ring replaces Lisa Donohue, who was recently named global brand president at Starcom, while Reardon is filling a role that was once held by Lou Rossi. Rossi has been promoted to chief investment officer at Publicis Media.


Omnicom has promoted Mark Halliday to MD of Accuen, the Omnicom programmatic agency division for APAC.

The new role is a promotion from his previous role within Omnicom, where he was head of Airwave APAC, the group’s specialist mobile division. His role directly replaces that of Jonathan Mackenzie, who is leaving the business in June.

In the new role he’ll lead programmatic planning and buying for Omnicom Media Group for both its OMD and PHD brands, as well as managing the development of custom programmatic solutions for clients.

Dentsu Aegis

Dentsu Aegis has merged two of its agencies in Singapore, creating a new agency that it believes represents the “future state” of media where content sits in the middle.

Dentsu Mobius Media (DM2) is a combination of specialist digital agency Dentsu Möbius and global media agency Dentsu media and will be led by chief executive James Hawkins, who was previously chief executive of Dentsu Möbius in Asia. James was last week appointed chief digital officer for the Dentsu Media Network across Asia Pacific.

Describing the decision, Hawkins said it created an agency that was able to better answer clients demands, effectively creating an agency that provides creative, media and technology in one place.

Giant Spoon

US bicoastal independent agency Giant Spoon has brought in five new hires as a result of growth. Two will be in the agency's New York office and three will call the Los Angeles office home.

Erin Hauswirth will serve as associate director of strategy in the New York office, working on the GE account. Previously, Hauswirth was content director for iHeart Media, senior manager at OMD’s Ignition Factory and product manger at Initiative. She has worked on brands including Frito Lay, Discovery, GE, Arby’s and Bayer.

Michael Tonge will join as strategist, also in the New York office. He was previously a senior associate at Dentsu Aegis, managing global media partnerships at Amplifi, USA, find out more about the other hires here.


Cheyney Robinson has been appointed chief experience officer, EMEA and Asia Pacific at Isobar.

The former chief creative officer of IBM Interactive Experience Europe is to take up the newly-created role at the Dentsu Aegis-owned firm, reporting to global chief executive Jean Lin.

Robinson’s remit is to lead and further evolve the agency’s experience and service design offering across EMEA and Asia Pacific. He will also join Isobar’s Global Creative Excellence Council, contributing to further elevate the agency’s creative output.

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