People on the Move: Hires and departures at Hertz, Amazon, Toys R Us, Mondelez 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 moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.


Hertz has appointed Vincent Gillet to the role of vice-president, marketing international to oversee its international vehicle rental brands.

Most recently Gillet served as the global vice-president of brand at Nissan's luxury arm Infiniti, he will now be responsible for leading the marketing strategy and plans for the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

The senior marketer has international experience in the automotive and travel sectors, as well as in retail, and wine and spirits. He has served as chief marketing officer at Six Senses Hotels and Spa, and was also global brand director for vodka brand Stoli at Pernod Ricard.

Stein IAS

Stein IAS has announced the promotion of creative director (EMEA) Reuben Webb to the newly created role of chief values officer.

As the agency continues to grow in the evolving world of B2B marketing, the new position is essential to ensure the importance and integrity of the company values is upheld, to protect the company’s most important asset – its people.

Rob Morrice, chief executive officer at Stein IAS comments: “This has proved a successful approach for a company of our size but, as we continue to grow, it’s become clear that we needed to place our values at the heart of the company’s decision making and have them represented by someone who embodies them and demonstrates them better than anyone else in the business.”

RBH Communications

RBH Creative Communications Agency has appointed digital creative Jonny Severn to the role of digital design director.

Severn returns to RBH having previously spent two years with the agency before changing direction and working for a number of high-profile digital gaming companies. Most recently he ran his own business, Pixel Smash, working on Halo 5, Super Powerboy and various commercial freelance projects.

He will oversee the digital design department, working closely with creative directors, Woody and Vinny.


Bulletproof has appointed Avril Tooley, founding partner of Brandopus, in the newly found role, business growth director.

The role will see Tooely deliver the design agency’s strategic growth objectives while working closely with the senior management team.

Since starting her career at Ogily and Mather, Tooly has thirteen years in the industry. Bulletproof founder, Gush Mundae, said: “I’m thrilled to have Avril on board to take us to the next level of business and brand growth.”


DigitasLBi has strengthened its programmatic offering with the appointment of Emily Macdonald as head of programmatic.

In the newly created role Macdonald will help to further develop DigitasLBi’s programmatic capabilities across the whole agency, helping its clients to navigate the ad tech landscape in order to gain competitive advantage.

Having spent 18 years working in digital media and ad tech, Macdonald has held positions at the likes of WPP, News UK and Microsoft. Most recently, she spent two years working as an independent consultant, advising Ebiquity and Global Radio on digital technology and data investments.

Havas Worldwide Germany

Havas Worldwide Germany's long term chief creative officer Felix Glautner has announced his decision to leave the agency in September, drawing his ten year career with the business to a close.

During this time Glauner was responsible for setting creative initiatives within Havas’ Global Creative Council as well as playing a key role in winning new business throughout Europe.

Glauner commented: “I am proud and grateful to have contributed to Havas’ growth journey in Germany and internationally. Now, after having built up the agency group since 2005, it is time to open up a new chapter. I have already informed the management team about my decision in February this year.”


Lucre has announced it’s bid to strengthen its food and drink team with new two new recruits to the team; Vicki Rogerson and Ali Gwynne.

Rogerson joins from Asda as head of food PR while also bringing a range of PR experience from brands such as Butterkist, Quorn and Ben & Jerry’s to name a few.

The company has also welcomed a new account manager, Ali Gwynne who will be based in their London office as well as the promotion of three of its senior account executives; Brett Cullen, Lucy Kitchin and Nick Hobowyj.


Massive Music has appointed Laura Grzeszczak as client service and project manager as the company continues its international expansion.

Grzeszczak will work closely with various clients as well as working to introduce new clients and brands to the company. She said: “it will be interesting to see if we can push disruptive and unexpected genres into advertising and branding as there is potentially huge untapped markets out there.”

Mcgarrybowen London

Mcgarrybowen London Rory Gallery and Chris McKibbin as joint heads of strategy.

The pair will become the agency’s most senior planners follow the departure of Kevin Chesters, who left earlier this year.

The duo join the agency from Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and Adjust Your Set to work and are the first hiring by the companies new chief executive, Jason Gonsalves.

Gonsalves said: “By colliding their respective skills we are making a big step-change for the agency.”

Young & Laramore

Independent agency, Young & Laramore, welcome two new recruits this week with Kathleen Callahan as their new digital strategist and Cassie Conklin as the new social media manager.

Callahan will be working closely with Brizo, Elevate Design Collective and Farm Bureau Insurance accounts in the hope to improve their marketing mix. While Conklin shall lead the social media teams to develop better brand awareness online through social media.

Pau Knapp, chief executive of Young & Laramore, said: “As our clients are looking to expand their digital and social capabilities,we believe that Kathleen and Cassie will ideal assets.


DigitasLBi has made a significant hire to its creative leadership, bringing on Lyndon Hale as executive creative director for the APAC region.

He joins the agency from Orchard, an independent agency in Sydney, where he was also executive creative director.

His leadership will cover all key APAC markets within the region for DigitasLBi, including Singapore, Australia, India and Hong Kong and Japan. He will report into both Chris Clarke, DigitasLBi’s international chief creative officer, who is based in London and APAC chief exexutive Annette Male, who is based in Singapore.


One of the longest serving members of the executive team at Amazon WebServices is leaving the company. Sales and marketing head Adam Selipsky's departure was confirmed in an email by AWS recently and first reported here.

Selipsky is one of the longest-serving members of the executive team at the multi- billion dollar cloud computing business. He was one of only two senior executives in place from the launch of AWS to present, according to his Linked In profile.

Before AWS, he was a vice president at Seattle’s RealNetworks for six years.

Toys R Us

Macy’s has named Richard Lennox as chief marketing officer of the retailer.

His appointment comes months after Macy’s former chief marketing officer Martine Reardon resigned from the company after 32 years, the last four of them spent in the top marketing role.

Lennox joins Macy’s from Toys 'R' Us, where he served as senior vice-president chief marketing officer for two years. In his new role, Lennox will be responsible for Macy’s omnichannel market presence and strategy, including brand, promotional, store, digital and events marketing activity.


Mondelez International’s chief media and e-commere officer Bonin Bough is leaving the company.

In an email, Mondelez International spokesperson Michael Mitchell said to AdAgethat Bough’s last day was August 12, and that he chose to leave “to pursue interests outside the company."

“We thank Bonin for his many contributions, particularly in driving digital adoption, media agency consolidation, driving efficiencies in media investment and helping establish our e-commerce ambition. We're proud of his accomplishments and wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” Mitchell stated.

O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP)

Chicago agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) has brought on Will Bright as its first group creative director.

Bright previously served as creative director at Mekanism’s Chicago office, where he oversaw creative efforts for MillerCoors and Jim Beam.

Before joining Mekanism, Bright served as a creative director at JWT. He’s also freelanced for a number of agencies throughout his career, including Saatchi & Saaatchi New York and Cramer-Krasselt.


The International Association of Athletics Federations‎ (IAAF) has appointed Olivier Gers, the UK-based global president ofLiquidThread, a division of PublicisMedia Group, as its new chief executive.

He joins after a six-month hunt for a replacement during which interim chief Jean Gracia helped oversee a restructure of the IAAF. It claims he came top of a shortlist of 200 candidates, with his 20 years in commercial marketing a large incentive for the hire.

Sebastian Coe remains the president of the body, a role he took up in September 2015, despite numerous controversies around his former ambassadorial role with Nike and doping in the sport.


Dose is welcoming two new appointments this week.

The first appointment is of Terry City, former vice president of Buzzfeed on the West Coast, in the new role of vice president at the digital media startup.

As well as welcoming City, Dose is welcoming former vice president of video at Elite Daily, Weston Green to the team.

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