People on the Move: Hires and departures Soul, Havas Media, Bullit 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.
People on the move Havas Media, Soul, Mozilla
Soul welcomes two new appointments this week with Pete Williams and Chris Day joining the agency as creative leads.
The duo have been working as a creative team for 14 years with brands such as P&O Ferries, Churchill and Vauxhall.
Founding partner of Soul, Shaun Moran, said: “Chris and Pete mark an important stage in Soul’s growth.”
Lord Tim Bell has stepped down from his namesake PR agency, putting an end to a 30-year tenure.
The Bell Pottinger founder, and former PR chief to Margaret Thatcher announced the intention to step down with immediate effect last week (25 August), with plans to open a new firm, Sans Frontières.
In a statement, in which Bell himself was not quoted, the company said that the he "would like to step back from the day-to-day running of the business, but not to retire and from next year he will continue to provide his personal advice to clients through a new business, which he will be forming."
Creative studio and filmmaker collective Bullitt gained some high-octane power with the recent addition of director Scott Weintrob.
Weintrob joins a roster that already includes some incredible directing talent, including Bullitt’s co-founder Justin Lin, Diego Contreras and Larry Charles.
"Scott is a unique talent and his impressive work in both short and long-form makes him an ideal complement to our filmmaker roster,” said Lin. “On a personal note, I am thrilled that he’s joined Bullitt as his blend of narrative fearlessness and high octane automotive skills are second to none."
HSE Cake has appointed Sarah Pearce as communcations director work with a number of clients including Barclay’s, Fifa, and EE.
Pearce joins the agency with 20 year experience within the industry working with brands such as Coca-Cola, Adidas and the England football team, she said she is excited to be working with the agency, adding: “They’re absolutely flying at the moment.”
Rapp UK has appointed Andy Barwood as creative partner to help lead the creative output across the agency including its data, technology and media offering.
Barwood will report directly to UK executive creative director, Ben Golik, as they work together to spearhead the creative vision for clients.
Earlier in his career, Barwood was creative partner at Karmarama working with brands such as B&Q, Porsche and Nintendo. Most recently, he was creative partner at Indicia where he led campaigns for Nissan, Majestic and Carluccio’s. Barwood’s experience also spans stints at Crayon London and TMW where he was creative director, as well experience at Ogilvy & Mather and DMB&B in his native South Africa.
YOC has announced the appointment of Adam Gilsenan as the UK country manager. With the news, Gilsenan has appointed two new senior positions to Oliver Gold as programmatic and publisher director and Benedikt Raab has head of ad operations.
Gold previously worked as commercial director at Ad Compass and will now be heading programmatic offering while Raab previously worked as senior technical positions with Amazon and MTV. He will be driving product development operations.
Havas Media has shifted its APAC leadership team, creating a new chief commercial officer APAC role for former Havas Media Singapore chief executive Melvin Lim.
The new role allows Jaqcui Lim to take over as Singapore chief executive, a promotion from her previous role as managing director.
The chief commercial officer role is new for Havas Media in APAC and will see Melvin taking charge of all business development for the group brands, including Havas Media, Arena Media, Socialyse, Ecselis, Mobext and Affiperf.
Long-running Kansas City agency Bernstein-Rein (B-R) has upped its senior leadership quotient by adding former Mindshare Chicago managing director Steve Bullock. Bullock’s new role at Bernstein-Rein will be as executive vice-president, director of insight and strategy.
Bullock’s deep industry experience includes working at major global advertising agencies as well as founding and building his own successful planning consultancy, which worked with iconic clients such as McDonald’s, Whirlpool, Scott’s Lawncare, Harley-Davidson, Campbell’s Soup, United Airlines, USG, Navistar, Dove and Sony.
Pulse Films has appointed two new senior executives, Eric Tu and Stephen Whelan, in its Branded Entertainment division.
The duo will work alongside one another with Tu based in New York and Whelan based in London in the aim to expand the company.
Thomas Benski, chief executive of Pulse Films, said: “The duo’s wealth of experience sits effortlessly in line with our own and we’re delighted to have them on board.”
Mozilla’s global marketing director John Bernard has announced he is leaving his role for a new role at Dexcom.
Bernard starts his newly created position as EMEA marketing director of the healthcare company at the end of August.
Previously to Mozilla, Bernard was marketing director at LG Mobile and global marketing director at Sony Ericsson. While at Mozilla he was responsible for the companies strategic expansion into mobile.