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.
The Telegraph has ended its contract with Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former communications director, who was hired in March as a PR adviser by former chief executive Murdoch MacLennan.
Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World who was imprisoned for charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal, is seen as a controversial figure in Fleet Street. His appointment as a PR adviser to the Telegraph, with a remit to improve the publisher's reputation, was branded as "wholly inappropriate" by a journalist working at the paper.
The decision to break ties with the PR chief was made by new chief executive Nick Hugh.
Grey Group is officially 100 years old as of today (1 August) and to mark that point, the global WPP agency has announced that it is promoting Michael Houston to worldwide chief executive officer.
Grey also stated that James R Heekin, who has led the company as chairman and chief executive since 2007, will remain as executive chairman. Heekin will work closely with Houston, global management and clients to ensure a smooth transition.
Fitch has appointed Morgan Holt to the newly created role of chief strategy officer effective from 4 September.
Based in London, Holt will lead the growth of the consultancy's strategic offer having joined from Wolff Olins, where he was global principal and strategy director for six years.
Independent agency St Luke’s has snared new executive creative director Richard Denney from MullenLowe London, where he held the same role.
Current executive creative director Alan Young now takes on the chief creative officer and owner. Denney will work closely with Young, as well as creative partner and owner Julian Vizard, across clients including Heineken, Very.co.uk and Aunt Bessie’s.
As the agency grows, he will be responsible for the management of his own accounts.
Buzzoole has appointed Iman Ramani as head of client sales.
Joining from Tribe where he held the position of country manager, Buzzoole will work to increase the growth of the influencer platform across Europe.
Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has promoted creative directors Evan Roberts and Stephen de Wolf to executive creative directors.
Their appointment will see them take leadership of the agency’s creative department alongside creative chairman James McGrath. The two were key to the success of the Victoria road safety campaign Meet Graham, which was one of the biggest winners at Cannes Lions this year.
Partners + Napier
Rochester-based shop Partners + Napier has promoted creative director Mike Baron, who started at Partners + Napier in 2005, to senior vice president, group creative director.
Meanwhile, Dan O'Donnell, most recently creative director at Marc USA in Pittsburgh, and a veteran of Arnold, MullenLowe and Hill Holliday, has joined the agency as a group creative director. Both will report to executive creative director Pete VonDerLinn.
Entertainment marketing agency 3AM, a joint venture between Ridley Scott’s RSA Films and Wild Card, announced the elevation of Chris Eyerman to executive creative director and the hire of several new senior staff members.
Versatile production executive Louis Lorenzo joins the agency as managing executive producer, along with creatives Brandy Cole, as creative director, and Nick Burd, as associate creative director.
Spears & Arrows
Adding another layer of filmmaking talent to its roster, Spears & Arrows, the three-year-old production company led by founder/executive producer Jason Wolk, has added international commercial director Phil Brown for exclusive US representation.
San Francisco–based creative agency Eleven welcomes the appointment of Dave Evans as head of digital and content production. Evans will manage the agency’s internal content production team, The Bunker, and the agency’s editorial facility.
As head of digital and content production, Evans will be tasked with leading the digital executions and strategies across the agency’s accounts for Oakley, SurveyMonkey, Dignity Health, Pella, and Columbus Craft Meats. Evans will report directly to Mike McKay, chief creative officer at Eleven.
Jeffrey Gorder has been elevated to Mono's chief growth officer. This new role brings Gorder back to Minneapolis, where he will take on a broader leadership role and head up the strategic growth efforts across Mono’s two offices in Minneapolis and San Francisco.
Gorder has been with Mono for nine years, having spent the past two years launching and leading new business for the agency’s San Francisco office.
Huge Toronto announced the appointment of Emily Bond and Vassilios “Vass” Alexiou as general manager and group director of creative, respectively.
The announcement is the culmination of a momentous six months for Huge Toronto, which includes the hiring of executive creative director Matt Hexemer, the formation of a global physical design practice, significant new business wins in the retail and financial services sectors, and continued work for clients such as Canada Goose, Four Seasons, Nike, Google, MEC and more.
Independent brand and digital agency, Fine, has hired Liz Howe as its inaugural director of talent. In the role she will be focused on getting, keeping and growing the best, brightest, nicest folks they can find.
Howe joins Fine from Genesis Financial Services where she was HR business partner. She has been tasked with leading Fine’s approach to recruiting, employee lifecycle, experience and professional development.