People on the move featuring Rosie Lee, Essence, Ellevest and VML

People on the move featuring Rosie Lee, Essence, Ellevest and VML

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.


Accenture Interactive has snapped up Wunderman Brazil’s Eduardo Bicudo to lead operations in Latin America.

Having spent a fruitful 14 years at the agency and 25 years in the industry, Bicudo moves to Accenture’s newly launched Sao Paulo base, replacing Jose Goncalves, who is moving to Europe to take on a regional post.


Steve Gardside has joined MRM-Meteorite from VCCP as head of new business and marketing.

In his new role Gardside will be responsible for developing any new incoming business opportunities and leading the agency’s comms strategy.

Rosie Lee

Alexander Engzell has joined Rosie Lee as NL creative director having founded Bonne Marque.

Also joining the digital design agency are Luca Liboa as territory general manager, Lee Mayne as production manager and Alberto Calero Lopez as account manager.

Elle Decoration

Elle Decoration has appointed Michelle Ogundehin as editor-at-large and special strategic advisor.

Having worked as editor-in-large since 2004, Ogundehin will now also focus on the strategic development of the brand.


Essence has appointed Christian Leipacher as managing director of Essence in Germany, joining from Maxus where he held the same position.

Having spent seven years at Maxus, Leipacher brings a wealth of experience to the agency to help open its new office in Dusseldorf.


R/GA has launched its consulting practice across Asia pacific, with the aim of bridging technology and business solutions to help businesses innovate.

The agency has opened the business in Singapore, led by Jehan Leanage, who has been hired in the newly created role of executive director for consulting, APAC.

One Championship

Jack Lim has joined One Championship as chief commercial officer where he will be responsible for uniting revenue streams and leading the way for new growth opportunities.

Lim previously held positions of chief commercial officer of Mediacorp, vice president of media sales for Sony Pictures Asia, and director of international sales for CNBC Asia Pacific.


Uber’s board has voted in favour of making Dara Khosrowshahi, the current chief executive of travel company Expedia, its new chief executive.

While Khosrowshahi has yet to formally accept the offer, an Uber spokesman confirmed the news with TechCrunch, saying: “The board has voted and will announce the decision to the employees first.”


Droga5 New York is growing its creative team, adding several new creative directors and associate creative directors in response to new account wins.

Donnell Johnson, Matty Smith and Shannon Washington have recently joined the agency as creative directors. The agency has also hired six new associate creative directors. The hires follow steady agency growth and several new business wins, including ESPN, Tencent and Dos Equis, among others.


CP+B announced today (August 23) that the agency has named Erik Sollenberg co-global chief executive officer. He will work with current global chief executive Lori Senecal until her retirement at the end of the year, at which time he will become global chief executive of the agency.

In his position, Sollenberg will oversee all of CP+B’s offices around the world and help shape CP+B’s product development, innovation initiatives and global growth. He will be based in CP+B’s Boulder office.


VML has promoted Kris Hiestand and Mark McClendon to co-executive directors of Solutions Delivery and Technology. The Solutions Delivery team leads end-to-end program planning and project management.

Jason Schlosser, Melissa Green and Paula Hackl have will take up the role of managing director of Solutions Delivery.


Ellevest, a digital investment platform designed by, for and with women, has named Lisa Stone as its first chief marketing officer.

Stone will design and execute a marketing strategy that has both strategic and commercial responsibilities, owning efforts to grow, engage and retain an active community of clients, drive growth through analytics and insights, and build the brand. She will report directly to Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest’s chief executive and co-founder.

ICF Olson

ICF Olson announced the recent appointments of Michael Hunter as chief growth officer and Dawn Watz as chief people officer. Watz succeeds Kevin Hansen, who has retired from the agency following a distinguished career.

Hunter and Watz will help oversee ICF Olson’s continued growth and enhance the agency’s culture and company-wide engagement.

Young & Laramore

Indianapolis-based creative agency Young & Laramore has added John Worthington as art director and Daniel Vuyovich as senior designer, respectively.

Y&L has also announced a round of promotions within the account management department, including Sara Walker to account supervisor, Sarah Davis to senior account manager, and Cory Schneider to account supervisor.


Carrie Philpott has been promoted from group vice president, client services to managing director in Atlanta. In her new role, Philpott will lead Atlanta’s growth and direction.

Since joining Huge Atlanta in 2015, Philpott has contributed to new business wins in the retail, financial services, and technology sectors, and will continue to work on strategy for clients such as UPS, Lowe’s, and AMC Theatres.

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