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Media Havas People on the Move

People on the move featuring Zambezi, Droga5, Amaze, Adaptive Lab and more


By The Drum, Editorial

September 13, 2017 | 9 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.

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People on the move featuring Zenith US and Moxie, BCA and Havas Media

EMEA people are on the move


Omnicom has brought on board LBi founder Luke Taylor to head up its customer relationship management offer Precision Marketing Group, The Drum has learned.

As chief executive, Taylor will report to Dale A. Adams, the chairman and chief executive of the DAS Group, a digital division within Omnicom that is aiming to broaden its CRM outlay with RAPP, Proximity, Organic, Targetbase and Javelin all under Taylor’s control.

Havas Media

Stephanie Marks, deputy managing director at WPP's Maxus, has joined Havas as managing director of the group's media division.

Reporting to Matt Adams, chief executive of Havas Media UK and International, Marks will work across a raft of clients including the BBC, Apple Beats, Kia, PayPal, AXA and Hyundai.

Prior to joining Maxus in 2010, Marks spent seven years at PHD as media director.


Womenswear brand Quiz has a new head of marketing as of now with the appointment of Lesley Morton, former head of marketing and brand communication at Ultimo, to the role.

Morton’s appointment dovetails with a desire to grow the business's retail, online, wholesale and franchise channels with Morton bearing particular responsibility for developing creative marketing campaigns with which to boost custom, grow brand awareness and bolster engagement.


Manicka Babu has joined Kiip as chief technology officer to head the mobile rewards advertising platform's product development and mobile advertising business.

Babu joins from Onerent and Prosper Market Place, where he held the same position he is now taking up.


Jonny Crowe has been hired as chief digital officer at BCA.

Reporting to Avril Palmer-Baunack, executive chairman, Crowe will be responsible for leading the brands IT, data science and digital product departments, focusing on growth and drive efficiency.

Adaptive Lab

Adaptive Lab has bolstered its team by hiring The Guardian's former director of UX , Nick Hayley, and former co-founder of Ogilvy Interactive, Chris Moisan.

The duo have both been appointed as principals to lead the business strategy both internally and for clients.


Fiona Proudler has been appointed as managing director at Amaze.

Having spent the last 20 years in the industry, Proudler hopes to bring her wealth of experience to the agency to help strengthen its board.


The7Stars has announced two senior hires to strengthen the digital and strategy areas of the agency.

Julia Connaughton is joining as head of digital and Chris Gilfoy is joining as strategy director, each bringing over 15 years industry experience to the role.

Brave Bison

Jonathan Kitchen, former LadBible head of sales, has joined Brave Bison as commercial director.

As the second major appointment by new chief executive Claire Hungate, Kitchen will start immediately to lead the commercial team.


Tony Chambers has been appointed as brand and content director, and Sarah Douglas has become brand's editor at Wallpaper.

Chambers previously held the editor-in-chief role for ten years before stepping into the new role, where he will work to identify future opportunities for the Wallpaper brand. Meanwhile Douglas celebrates ten years with the title with a promotion from creative director.

Exterion Media

Extertion Media has appointed Richard Simkins to the newly created role of creative solutions director.

In this role, Simkins will be charged with leading and growing the creative solutions team and pushing the company to the forefron tof the industry.

APAC people on the move

R/GA Shanghai

R/GA Shanghai has appointed Sook Ping Chow as managing director and Terence Leong as executive creative director as the agency strengthens its team in China.

Chow brings 20 years of pan-Asia agency experience with previous roles at M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett, TBWA and Wieden + Kennedy. She joins from Factory Design Labs’ Shanghai office, where she was managing director.

USA People on the move


CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has powered up its digital advertising wing with the appointments of Brandon Keenen as senior digital commercial director and Pippa Scaife as commercial director.

Keenan joins from Buzzfeed, where he was a senior director. Leading a global team of digital directors, he will collaborate with CNN’s advertising team to generate campaigns for brand partners and clients. He will also be tasked with seeking out new clients and paths of revenue.


Sizmek’s proposed takeover of Rocket Fuel has been given the all-clear following the closure of the publicly-listed adtech outfit’s opportunity to seek alternative offers, with Mark Grether named chief executive officer.

In a statement announcing the closure of the deal, Grether claimed the renewed focus of the pair would see it combine data enablement, creative optimization and media execution.


Phelps has named Ed Chambliss chief executive officer. The move reflects an expansion of research, strategy and creative at the agency.

Chambliss came to Phelps 17 years ago, after beginning his career as a copywriter at BBDO and then heading the copywriting department at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. He has been Phelps’ president since 2015.

Joe Phelps, who founded the agency 36 years ago, will serve as chairman of the agency’s board of directors and develop his nonprofit, the Getting Better Foundation.


Indie agency Zambezi has brought on technopreneur, innovator, and filmmaker Dawn Thomas as its first head of culture strategy and content innovation.

She will be responsible for driving the agency's Samsung business and will look to all agency client initiatives for the opportunity to elevate creative strategy, brand narrative and cultural IQ.


In a first for the WPP agency in Canada, Stuart Garvie, currently president of sales at Bell Media Inc., will take over as CEO of GroupM in October.

Brand Union

WPP global brand agency Brand Union has augmented its leadership team in the US with the appointment of Vincent Roffers as executive strategy director.

With over a decade’s experience in brand strategy and client service, Roffers joins Brand Union following his tenure as a partner at brand consultancy Lippincott and at Landor, where he served as an associate director of strategy.

Zenith US and Moxie

Jennifer Randolph has joined as senior vice president of talent, Zenith US and Moxie. Most recently working as a private consultant on organizational diversity and inclusion programs, Ranolph was formerly senior vice president of organizational development and director of diversity for Saatchi & Saatchi New York.

In her new role, Randolph will be responsible for the strategy, execution and oversight of the talent and development programs across both Zenith US and Moxie.


Droga5 welcomes Jason Severs to the New York headquarters as chief design officer, a new role at the agency.

Severs will lead the agency’s overall design department and help grow existing client relationships with new services, allowing creative and strategic offerings to feed directly into broader product and service development and innovation.

George P. Johnson

Experiential marketing firm George P. Johnson (GPJ) has appointed director-level creative talent to its rosters in New York, Detroit and Nashville.

Chris Gsell, an expert in emerging technology and digital strategy, joined as director of digital engagement for the New York office in August. He has worked on brands including BMW, Steinway & Sons, Google, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Filling the newly created role of creative director, live events in GPJ’s Detroit office is Eric Hachlinski, most recently global creative director at Xpereince.

David Shor is joining GPJ’s Nashville office as creative director with a primary focus on the Nissan and Infinity accounts. With over a decade of experience, he has worked with the likes of Johnson & Johnson, Amazon, P&G, and Verizon.

FCB Canada

Elma Karabegovic has joined FCB Canada as senior art director. Karabegovic is an acclaimed creative who honed her craft in the UK.

Award-winning duo Michael Morelli and Marty Hoefkes are joining FCB in Canada as senior art director and senior copywriter, respectively, after partnering for nearly a decade at Leo Burnett Toronto. The two have worked on a number of high-profile, internationally awarded campaigns together. Feature filmmaker Scott Drucker has also joined FCB as director of photography.

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