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People on the move featuring The Metro, Guardian, Marks & Spencer, Havas and more


By Jenny Cleeton, Social Media & Video Content Creator

May 5, 2017 | 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 moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.

Isobar, M&S, R/GA

People on the move featuring Isobar, M&S and R/GA

EMEA people are on the move

The Guardian

Graham Ruddick has joined the Guardian as media editor to lead the media coverage across print and digital.

Currently the senior business reporter, his appointment follows the announcment that Jane Martinson sets to leave her role to be a columnist for the newspaper.

The Metro

The Metro has hired Tim Bradley as commercial editor.

In his new role he will provide support to the sales team while working closely with design and project management teams to create branded content in the hope to attract more.


Pete Markey has left Aviva after just one year to become marketing director at TSB Bank.

“It’s an exciting time to join TSB as it continues to challenge the UK banking sector and I can’t wait to get stuck in,” Markey said on the move.

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer has tasked Halfords chief executive Jill McDonald to revitalise its perennially underperforming clothing arm.

Ensconced in the top seat at Halfords since 2015, McDonald will remain in post until October before jumping ship to M&S to replace incumbent Steve Rowe, who has been handling affairs in an interim capacity until a replacement could be arranged.


Adam Crozier is stepping down from his top role at UK broadcaster ITV, opening up a vacancy in the chief executive role.

After a seven year stint in the role, Crozier will be replaced on the interim by finance director Ian Griffiths who will handle a role combining chief operating officer and finance chief. Sir Peter Bazalgette, ITV chairman, will also take on the role of executive chairman.


Brad Dyson has joined Fetch as director of digital experiences.

In addition Neil Jackson will also join as head of SEO while Alastair Baker joins as strategy director.


Jon King has been promoted to the newly created role of chief executive officer at Performics.

In his new role, King will be responsible strategic development and ambitious growth in the UK.


FCB Inferno has promoted Vicki Holgate to chief strategy officer from her previous role of executive planning director.

Havas Group

Tobit Michael has joined Havas as group business director of paid performance.

In his new role, Michael will shape and develop the company's paid performance with a focus on new opportunities.


Tania Barr has joined Jellyfish as planning partner to work with the agency's clients including Nestle, Toyota and Samsung.

APAC people on the move


Isobar has appointed Rohan Lightfoot as regional managing director of Isobar Asia Pacific.

Lightfoot has over 20 years of advertising and media experience, and takes over from Sven Huberts, who was appointed director of strategtic growth for Isobar EMEA.

Sapient Razorfish and DigitasLBi

Himani Kapadia has been appointed as chief executive India of Sapient Razorfish and DigitasLBi.

In this new role, Kapadia will use her 22 years of experience to focus on growth of both businesses across India.

USA People on the move


R/GA has bolstered its US creative leadership team with promotions and multiple hires and across offices and departments across the country.

Chloe Gottlieb and Taras Wayner have been promoted to joint chief creative officers, US and will continue to drive the creative vision across R/GA’s six US offices.

Genevieve Hoey has joined from Wieden + Kennedy to partner with experience lead Una Walsh leading creative for New York’s Nike work. While Megan Skelly joins from 360i to partner with Erin Lynch on Verizon. Creative duo Steve Wakelam and Nick Pringle have also joined to lead creative for the agency’s Samsung US and Mercedes-Benz US work.


John Patroulis is leaving his post as creative chairman of BBH New York to join Grey as worldwide chief creative officer.

He fills a role that’s been vacant since Tor Myhren left Grey in late 2015 to join Apple as vice president of marketing communications.

General Mills

Jeff Harmening will replace Ken Powell as chief executive of General Mills.

Powell, who has served as chief executive and chairman for the past 10 years, is set to retire within the next year.

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