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People on the move: Hires and departures at Twitter, AOL, Daily Mail 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.


Twitter's head of product Jeff Seibert (pictured) has departed after less than a year in the role.

Twitter has confirmed reports of his move, telling Re/Code: "This year we’re focused on delivering on five product priorities — refining our core service, live-streaming video, creators, safety, and developers — as well as recruiting great talent. We’ve successfully increased our shipping cadence on our core service and have asked some of our top leaders to take on key roles in the other priority areas."

Seibert was the fourth person to run Twitter's core product since early 2014, he is now allegedly poised to return to the head up Twitter's developer product suite Fabric, which he was doing before his promotion.


AOL UK has announced the appointment of Dawn Kelly, as head of video and multimedia production, leading a newly formed content team of nine as it continues to double down on video.

In this role, she will oversee a team creating and producing content on and off-platform across AOL UK’s consumer content brands, which include The Huffington Post, Engadget and TechCrunch.

With over 12 years industry experience in video production and distribution, she joins AOL from the Press Association, where she was Deputy Head of Video, leading the production of the video department.

Mail Brands UK

Mail Brands UK, the sales team for Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, MailOnline and has announced the appointment of Jane Putley as head of sales.

Reporting to Mail Brands Deputy chief revenue officer Clare Rush, Putley joins from News UK and will be responsible for driving print agency, regional, magazines, specials and inserts revenues and generating cross-platform partnership opportunities outside of day-to-day trading.

Havas Media

Havas Media UK has appointed Matt Adams to the role of chief executive to replace former boss Paul Frampton who was promoted to chief executive of the agency’s mother brand Havas Media Group in February.

Natasha Muray, who has been running the outfit since Frampton’s departure will remain in her role as managing director.

Adams joins the media agency from Dentsu Aegis where, as the managing director, he ran the 450-strong iProspect team across the UK. During this period, he led digital work for clients including Sky, American Express and ASOS. He is currently director of the Content Marketing Association.

The agency has also appointed Chloe Smith as its new partnership director as part of the agency’s continued investment in its partnership offering.

It comes ahead of the Havas Village Launch in 2017, which will bring all of its communications disciplines under one roof, with the idea of building better connections between people and brands.


Interpublic Group agency Golin has made three senior digital appointments to newly-created roles intended to help drive integrated solutions and meet client demand for digital content.

The appointments include Alex Michael as executive digital director, formerly of VCCP Kin, and Catherine Pryce as digital creative director. Golin’s former head of social media, Neil Kleiner, has moved into the position of head of social and content.

The agency now has digital and social creative content experts in the areas of animation, video, web design and build, social content and copywriters.


Brand and design agency Lambie-Nairn has hired FutureBrand's senior brand strategist Sheila Morrison as its new strategy director.

Morrison, who starts her new role this week, will provide practical solutions to brand challenges across the agency’s portfolio, reporting directly to Claire Holmes, head of strategy.

Her previous roles have included planning director at Haines McGregor where she developed the Jack Daniel's family of brands portfolio strategy for greater Europe and Africa. She was also integral to the 'So Much More to See' brand re-positioning for San Miguel across Western Europe.

Geometry Global

Geometry Global has appointed Fadi Shuman as the its global chief digital officer.

Shuman arrives from e-commerce outfit Born, which he co-founded when his own agency of 12 years, POD1, merged with Group FMG in 2012.

During his tenure he’s worked with clients including Red Bull, DKNY, Tesco and Tag Heuer and led the agency to grow revenue from digital and e-commerce services five-fold in three years.


Global creative agency Iris, which is part of Seoul-based Cheil Worldwide, is bolstering its presence in the US with the addition of Mike Giannone as chief strategy officer of the Americas and Marie Davidheiser as managing director of its New York office.

Giannone joins from Grey New York, where he served as group strategy director. Throughout his career, he has also held positions at Innocean Worldwide, The Garage Team Mazda and Saatchi & Saatchi.

In his new role at Iris, he will be responsible for leading the strategy and planning teams across the agency’s New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Sao Paulo offices.


Media agency The7stars has tapped the talents of former managing director of Arena Media, Henry Daglish to head a new and as yet unnamed media agency that it will pool resources with.

Set to launch by the close of 2016, the new company will operate in a separate building, receive a different management team and a different focus from the7stars but will share essential departments such as finance, HR and more.

It has been created as a unique entity, detached from major holding companies, in a bid to serve select clients.


RKCR/Y&R has hired Jonathan Burley as the agency’s first chief creative officer.

Burley joins from CHI & Partners where he led the creative output for the last six years.

At RKCR/Y&R, he will work across the full UK client base and will be responsible for delivering the creative vision for the agency.

Mark Roalfe, meanwhile, will continue in his role as chairman and look after the agency’s global accounts.

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