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.
HuffPost UK has appointed Polly Curtis, the director of media at the British Red Cross and former digital editor of the Guardian, as its editor-in-chief.
Curtis will be responsible for all editorial output and standards, overseeing a team of editors and staff writers as well as the UK site’s blog platform. She will report to Louise Roug, HuffPost’s international director.
Justin Cooke, the former founder and chief executive of WPP-owned digital agencies Possible and Fortune Cookie, has been named vice chairman for Unicef in the UK.
Speaking to The Drum, Cooke said that it was a “big step” but that he felt it important to “make a real difference in the world”.
Nicky Holt has joined Bauer Media as group commercial director as part of the specialist senior management division.
Leading a 120-person sales team, Holt will be responsible for identifying new cross-platform and creative revenue streams for the brand.
Trailer Park London
Adam Booth and Leo Birch have joined Engine-owned LA entertainment specialist Trailer Park London.
Booth has been appointed to the newly-created role of executive producer while Birch joins as content strategist.
Harman Rhandhawa has joined Big Dog's management board as associate director.
In the new role, Rhandhawa will lead the client services team while also working on active accounts.
Ogilvy Paris has welcomed the creative duo, Mark Forgan and Jamie Standen, as creative directors.
Having worked together for almost a decade, the duo started working in the kitchen of a Wellington pizza restaurant before moving to France to pursue their career in Europe.
Robbie Black has been appointed to managing partner at The Moment.
Joining from Adam & Eve, where he held the position of global brand lead, Black has previously worked with The Moment's chief executive, Russ Lidstone, as well as with a number of other agencies.
Richard Stanton and Toby Strangewood have joined independent performance agency MC&C as chief digital officer and chief strategy officer respectively.
Stanton brings digital expertise to MC&C from his time as digital partner at MEC UK where he held responsibility for the development and implementation of MEC’s digital planning teams and products. Strangewood previously held the role of group strategy director at Maxus, where he led the strategy for their key clients BT and Barclay's.
M&C Saatchi worldwide chairman Tom Dery is stepping down from the role after nine years.
Dery was a key player in growing M&C Saatchi’s global presence and founded the Australian, Asian and West Coast US businesses.
Amy Naoko Morita has been appointed as director of brand at Edelman Japan.
Morita will work on the strategy to help clients move in a new direction as a company.
Twitter has welcomed Candi Castleberry-Singleton into its fold as vice-president of inclusion and diversity, as the micro blogging service ramps up efforts to better represent the demographic of its user base at board level.
Castleberry-Singleton supplants Jeffrey Siminoff in the post following his decision to stand down in February (amid widespread criticism of handing the role to a white male) and will bring a wealth of experience of delivering diversity initiatives within corporate America, having previously served similar roles at Motorola and Sun Microsystems.
BBH New York
BBH New York has announced that Anthony Romano, formerly senior vice-president and head of client services in the US at R/GA, has joined the Publicis shop as chief executive.
The agency has also elevated executive creative director Gerard Caputo to chief creative officer and promoted Sarah Watson, global chief strategy officer, to chairman of BBH New York. She will continue to serve as global chief strategy officer in her new role.
Dentsu Aegis Network has augmented its top leadership team with the appointment of Nick Brien as chief executive officer of Dentsu Aegis Network Americas and the promotion of Nigel Morris to the newly created position of chief strategy and innovation officer.
The appointments are designed to further Dentsu Aegis’ ambitions of transforming itself into a 100% digital economy business by 2020 by drawing on the best available talent from the advertising and digital marketing sectors.