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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.


Isobel has appointed Rob Forshaw and Daryl Fielding in as non-executives.

The duo have been brought in to support the senior team following growth over the last year at the agency including campaigns with David Lloyd, Maoam and Hammerson to name a few.

Forshaw, an advisor to a number of high growth marketing businesses, will help the company advance and share his wealth of experience from previous senior roles.

Social chain

Social Chain has appointed Katy Leeson as its new operations director.

In her new role, Leeson will be responsible for integrating processes, practices and tools. Previously, she worked with MediaCom North as head of new business and marketing.


One has appointed Alex Hamilton as head of PR and social who will be stepping in as interim earlier this year.

Speaking about his appointment, Hamilton mentioned his excitement as he looked forward to future projects.


ISBA, the advertising trade body, has appointed Phil Smith as incoming director general to replace incumbent Mike Hughes following his decision to retire after ten years in the post.

Smith, a former marketing director at Kraft, is well placed for the role having sat on the ISBA’s executive board – which he later went on to chair in tandem with his then current position as commercial and operations director at Camelot.


The Lad Bible’s former marketing director Mimi Turner will take up the role of senior vice president of strategy at Vice after departing the lad brand earlier this year.

Turner will take up the role with immediate effect, charged with using her experience with younger audiences to expand Vice's UK business across digital, social, television, marketing, data and commercial. She reports into Matt O’Mara, managing director of Vice UK.

Turner, the only woman in Lad Bible's senior management team, helped grow the brand from start-up to one of the most popular brands on social media. Success is best encapsulated by its high profile deals with Amazon, National Geographic and Discovery.


Pulse has introduced Davud Karbassioun in a newly created role as global president of commercials and branded entertainment.

Karbassioun will work closely alongside the existing senior management team a with co-founders Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford.

Bauer Media

Nadia Holmes is the new head of digital audio at Bauer Media.

Holmes was promoted from agency group director of digital and will continue to work with brands including Kiss, Planet Rock and Heat Radio.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed Joanna Catalano to replace Ruth Stubbs as APAC CEO of iProspect, after Stubbs was promoted to lead iProspect globally.

Catalano will lead iProspect’s Asia Pacific business from January, joining from Google, where she was head of APAC agency business.

She directly takes over from Ruth Stubbs, who was promoted to lead iProspect globally, meaning the business will be led from the Asia Pacific region with a global management standpoint for the first time, as Stubbs continues to be Singapore-based.

J. Walter Thompson Singapore

J. Walter Thompson Singapore has announced Ramzi Chaabane as the new digital strategy director.

With over ten years experience, Chaabane joins from MullenLowe Profero Singapore where he served as digital director and has worked with brands including Converse, HSBC and Under Armour.


Iotec has welcomed former head of client services from Apple iAd, Waimai Lo as vice president of client services and ad operations.

With over 15 years in the industry, Lo will further embed current client relationships. This is the first hire by new chief executive Paul Wright.

Relay Network

Relay Network has announced two additions this week, including the company's first ever chief product officer, Lisa Guillaume and chief technology officer, Steve Higgins.

Guillaime, who has over 20 years experience in the industry, will work to progress the strategies and executions from the company's product suite. Meanwhile Higgins, with over 30 years experience, will build a team to help change the response to business demands.


Criteo has announced Marc Grabowski as the new executive vice president.

In his new role, Grabowski hopes to connect and grow the company's global network.

CP+B Boulder

CP+B Boulder has hired a new group strategy director, naming former Integer Group strategist Ethan Decker to the post.

Decker is an accomplished marketer and scientist, holding a PhD in urban ecology and human evolution from the University of New Mexico. Before joining CP+B Decker was VP of insight and strategy at Integer, where he led a large team creating award-winning work for Procter & Gamble, Kellogg, PepsiCo and MillerCoors. Prior to that, Ethan was Planning Director at 72andSunny, where he led strategy for Discovery, Nike, Quiksilver and Roxy.

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