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People on the move

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.


ITV's commercial content director Gary Knight has decided to leave the company after 40 years.

Knight will be leaving at the end of October at which time the sponsorship and commercial content teams will report directly into Simon Daglish, deputy managing director of commercial, on an interim basis.

The Evening Standard

Evening Standard editor George Osborne has made a series of appointments to his editorial team.

Mark Wilkinson has been promoted from deputy news editor to news editor; Simon Freeman has been promoted from night news editor to deputy news editor; Michael Howie has been promoted from assistant news editor to associate news editor as news reporter Matt Watts becomes assistant news editor.

Campaigns editor David Cohen is appointed to the new position of investigations and campaigns editor. David Churchill is promoted from reporter to investigations reporter.

Sarah Collins, who has written on the EC for national newspapers in the UK and Ireland and has worked for the past 10 years in Brussels, joins the paper as Brussels correspondent.


Nick King has been appointed as UK commercial director at Exponential to lead commercial partnerships and drive company growth.

Joining from Rezonence, where he was brought in to build the sales team and develop the programatic capabilities of the business as part of the executive team.

Asics Europe

Asics Europe has hired two new faces to give its newly launched integrated marketing communications division a foot up against its rivals.

Robin Karakash joins the company in the newly-created role of director of integrated marketing communication EMEA. He has been tasked with leading the team and will report to Asics' vice-president of marketing EMEA, Björn Hamacher.

On top of this, Olivier Mignon joins Asics Europe as director of sports marketing EMEA. He will oversee the brand's running, tennis, athletics and indoor strategy while also reporting into Hamacher.


Rakesh Patel is joining Spotify as head of sales for Spotify UK at the beginning of November.

Joining from Auto Trader, where he held the role of advertising director, Patel will be based in the London office as he leads the sales team in the UK.


Quantcast has appointed Steven Wolfe Pereira as chief marketing and communications officer.

In the new role, Pereira will be responsible for leading the brands marketing strategy as well as it's go-to-market initiatives.

Conde Nast

Nick Sargent has been appointed as publishing director of British GQ, GQ Style and Wired Media Group.

Appointed by Conde Nast Britain managing director, Albert Read, the promotion follows the news of current publisher of British GQ and GQ Style, Vanessa Kingori, being named publishing director of British Vogue.

303 MullenLowe Mediahub

303 MullenLowe Mediahub has appointed Tom Rankin as general manager, Media, responsible for managing client relationships with TK Maxx, Harley-Davidson, Fujitsu Australia, Braintree, Netflix and Western Union. Rankin joins from Publicis One, where he was group business director and has previously worked at UM Sydney and IKON Communications.


Artificial intelligence company GumGum has appointed Sarah Baskerville as its Victorian sales director. Baskerville joins from Ansible where she spent two years as Melbourne Mobile Director, prior to this she worked for media owners including News Corp, Bauer Media, Pacific Magazines and Fairfax Media.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has appointed Peter Pippen as its senior strategist. Pippen will help bolster the strategic strength of the sponsorship and experiential agency. He previously worked for Havas Worldwide as a senior strategist and head of strategy at Havas Melbourne.


DDB Singapore has appointed Anton Reyniers as regional planning director and he will work alongside regional business director Gustaf Wick. Reyniers will take responsibility for the regional strategic leadership on the ExxonMobil account for Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.

Reyniers relocates from Jakarta, where he was previously group strategy director at Ogilvy.


The agency has appointed Stephen Tompkins as head of media activation in APAC and Haruna McWilliams as regional strategy director in a newly-created role.

Tompkins will be charged with overseeing a team of social, display and search media activation experts and will sit on the regional leadership team, reporting to Oscar Garza, global director of media activation.

McWilliams will be tasked to build Essence’s strategy offering in the region and will work closely with Alastair Boyle, global strategy lead and report to Kyoko Matsushita, chief executive of Essence APAC.

Tompkins most recently held the role of vice president, programmatic at DigitasLBi in San Francisco, while McWilliams built the strategy capability for IPG Mediabrands in Japan, where she was the lead on key global clients including J&J and Coca-Cola, before her move to Singapore.


Innocean Worldwide Americas has hired Kimberly Bates as SVP-head of strategic planning.

Bates will lead the agency’s strategic hub, bringing together all core disciplines within the agency to help inform the customer journey with data-driven customer insights.

Previously chief strategy and innovation officer at Gyro, Bates was responsible for leading the agency's global innovation agenda.

Stink Studios

Stink Studios has appointed Beats by Dre's global marketer, Marlina Fletcher, to head up its LA office as managing director.

Pek Yee Lai, general manager at SAME SAME But Different, the luxury social and digital arm of Dentsu, has also joined the global creative studio as managing director of Stink Studios Shanghai.


Independent agency 22squared has created two new director positions to lead expertise and expand growth in the tech and production areas. Kris McDermott joins as director of technology and Jim Issa joins as director of 22Pictures. The new roles are key in bringing technology and creative closer together. Both McDermott and Issa will report to president Brandon Murphy.

McDermott comes from the San Francisco headquarters of software company Atlassian, where she led M&A integration. Prior, McDermott managed mobile product development at WalmartLabs and served as an engineer for Moxie. Issa joins from BBDO Atlanta, where he was senior producer and director. Prior, he was with Turner Studios and Zuma Films, in a variety of top production roles.


VML has hired Fabio Seidl as executive creative director, overseeing VML New York's creative department and work for brands such as New Balance, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, AMC cable television, Legoland Florida Resort and the United Nations.

With 20 years of experience, Seidl has a multi-faceted, strategic approach. Originally from Rio de Janeiro where he started as a copywriter, Seidl brings global experience and a unique perspective, having worked at Ogilvy Brazil in Sao Paulo and McCann Europe. Most recently, Seidl was at 360i in New York as a group creative director and before that an executive creative director at Leo Burnett in Chicago.


Florida agency &Barr has promoted Rob Bloom to creative director. Bloom started his career as an intern at &Barr more than 20 years ago and recently returned after building a resume that includes senior creative and leadership roles with J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, Moxie and 22squared, among others.

As creative director, Bloom will lead a diverse team of creative talent across &Barr’s digital, media, public relations and social media service offerings to deliver comprehensive marketing solutions for clients in Florida and throughout the US.


Michael J. Casey, an 18-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal, co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency, and senior advisor at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, has today joined CoinDesk, a media, events and information services company for the digital asset and blockchain technology community, as chairman of its advisory board.

Casey will assemble a board of advisors from top leaders and influencers in business, technology, and policy. Together, they will shape and enhance the programming of CoinDesk’s marquee Consensus conference. In addition, Casey will publish a weekly column called The Token Economy and advise on CoinDesk’s broad strategy to sustain and advance its role as the trusted information leader for the industry.


Warschawski, a Baltimore-based, full-service advertising, marketing, digital, public relations, branding, web design, creative and crisis communications agency, announced the addition of Erica Magnotto as an associate. In her role, she will create and manage integrated digital marketing campaigns for the agency’s clients.


Sprinklr announced that John Chambers, executive chairman and former chief executive officer of Cisco, has joined Sprinklr’s board of directors.

Over the course of 20 years at the helm of Cisco, Chambers helped grow the company from $70m when he joined, to $1.2bn when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47bn when he stepped down as CEO in 2015. He has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named as one of the 'Best-Performing CEOs in the World' in 2015 from Harvard Business Review and receiving the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation in 2016.

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