People on the move featuring Gleam Futures, VCCP, Deutsch, Hearst and more

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.

Gleam Futures

Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee have ended their partnership with UK talent management Gleam Futures in order to work on a joint venture. The two YouTubers had reached the end of their contract with the talent agency and had "no interest" in renewing their contract, The Drum can reveal.

In a joint statement, Sugg and Lee said, "We’ve enjoyed our three years working with Gleam and we’re very thankful for their support and we wish them all the best. With the creator platform constantly evolving we have decided to fully immerse ourselves in a new business venture which will be announced in the coming weeks. We're excited to share the next chapter in our careers."

Alfie Deyes has also parted ways with Gleam.


Bloomberg Media Group has appointed Archant Dialogue’s commercial director Tim Kersen as sales manager for finance and auto across Europe.

Kersen’s remit will include Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio,, Businessweek and Markets magazines as well as the events side of the business.


VCCP has announced the arrival of creative partnership Nick Sheppard and Tom Webber, who join from Adam&Eve/DDB. The duo will work across all VCCP accounts, including new wins Cadbury, Domino’s, Suzuki and Britvic.

Sheppard and Webber have worked together since 2008. Their notable work at Adam&Eve/DDB includes the recent 'Marmite Gene Project' and the award-winning 'Marmite Neglect’.

They will report into Darren Bailes, executive creative director at VCCP, who said: "I feel like we just signed Harry Kane...two Harry Kanes. It's so good to have them here helping us turn an amazing year of new business wins into some brilliant creative work.”

Gravity Road

Gravity Road has named Seb Royce, founder of Glue, as its new executive creative director.

The London-based indie creative agency has brought in Royce, who left Glue Isobar in 2012, to lead the creative department, which will also invest in editorial and tech. Royce will work alongside creative director Shruti Veeramachineni and will continue to work on the family history app, Kindeo.

At Glue, he acted as executive creative director until his departure, which led to him joining video content distribution company Rockabox in 2013. He went on to work at PR consultancy Freuds until August 2016.

The Smalls

Global video production marketplace The Smalls has appointed Unruly's Dan Best as its chief revenue officer.

He joins after six years as managing director of global client development at video ad tech firm Unruly, where he was part of the management team which sold the company to News Corp for £114m.

In his new role, Best will be responsible for client acquisition, product innovation, including the creation of data-driven tools to help brands and agencies maximise the impact of their video creative, and supporting the company’s accelerated expansion into new territories. The Smalls already has offices in the UK and Singapore.

He will be based at The Smalls’ London HQ, where he will report directly to chief executive and founder Kate Tancred.


Gaby Huddart, executive editor of Prima and celebrity director of Lifestyle Group, is to take on the role of acting group editorial director at Hearst from 1 January 2018. In this new role, Huddart will be responsible for Good Housekeeping, Red and Prima brands.

Huddart has been editor-in-chief of Prima for four years. She created the blueprint for alongside drawing up a digital strategy for the brand, launching it on social media platforms and creating and producing video concepts. Prior to joining Hearst, she held the position of deputy editor of Woman & Home for six years.

Encore Digital Media

Encore Digital Media, the programmatic partner, has hired Karen Stephenson as chief client officer on its global programmatic service, Elite. Stephenson joins from media specialist, Cream UK, where she was director of client operations.

Stephenson will head up Elite, giving luxury brands the chance to reach niche audiences and exact users. Elite core audiences are much more targeted than standard segments, and include groups such as ‘Active Investors’, ‘Chinese Millennials’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Women’.

FCB International

FCB International has announced Fabio Bianchi and Francesco Bozza as managing partner and chief creative officer respectively, working with the existing leadership team of FCB’s Italian office.

Bozza joins from Leo Burnett Italy, where he held the role of executive creative director since 2013. Bianchi was formerly managing director at Leo Burnett Italy and has more than 20 years of agency experience leading client management for global brands.

Vice Media

Vice Media has announced a series of new offices for Asia Pacific, including a new regional headquarters in Singapore, signaling a bigger focus on the region from the publisher.

The new headquarters in Singapore will be led by Vice global general manager Hosi Simon, who will relocate to assume role of chief executive of Vice Asia Pacific.


Independent creative agency Zambezi has hired Erickson Ilog as its first chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Ilog’s hire follows a recent surge of rapid growth at Zambezi, which has seen an office expansion that has doubled the agency footprint in Culver City, California.

Noble People

Independent media agency Noble People has named media industry veteran, Tom Morrissy, to the new post of president. He brings more than 25 years' experience to the strategic buying and planning shop, which was founded in 2011. The agency is looking to Morrisy to help its clients navigate and leverage linear and digital opportunities that will push their businesses forward.

Morrisy first made a name for himself as publisher of Entertainment Weekly. During his tenure, he steadily grew the publication to become a premier national consumer magazine and online leader in entertainment industry news. It was there where he first formed a working relationship with Noble People co-founders, chief executive, Greg March and chief operating officer, Lindsay Lustberg.


Deutsch has hired Justin Crawford as senior vice president, creative director on 7-Eleven and Carmen Love as creative director on Uber. Crawford reports to chief creative officer Pete Favat and Love reports to executive creative director Jorge Calleja. Both will be based in the agency’s Los Angeles office.

Before joining Deutsch, Crawford held executive creative director positions at R/GA, BBDO, JWT and Google Creative Lab in New York. Love comes to Deutsch from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where she served as an associate creative director for Infiniti Global, and prior to that, she spearheaded the creative department of TBWA\Chiat\Day’s Mexico City office.

Carat USA

Carat USA announced the appointment of Angela Steele to chief strategy officer. In this role Steele will be responsible for further developing Carat’s product and technology strategies. She will have oversight of the Insights, Strategy and Innovation teams and will help cultivate Carat’s culture and talent. She will report to Michael Epstein, chief executive of Carat USA.

Steele’s role will largely encompass developing Carat’s product roadmap, centered on M1, the Dentsu Aegis data platform which is advancing the agency’s people-based marketing capabilities.

Video Advertising Bureau

The Video Advertising Bureau (VAB) announced that Danielle DeLauro has been promoted to executive vice president of the VAB from senior vice president of Strategic Sales Insights. She will continue to report to Sean Cunningham, chief executive of the VAB.

In her new role, DeLauro’s responsibilities will expand and will encompass insights and research, marketing and communications, business development and agency/advertiser advocacy.

HYC Merge

Integrated marketing and communications agency HYC Merge has added Sophia Bustamante as senior vice president, media director. In her leadership role, Bustamante will oversee the expansion of the company's media capabilities while partnering closely with its creative, account management and technology team leaders.

Bustamante has a global background, having spent time in offices from Budapest to Paris, and spending time in London offices of OMD Worldwide, Starcom and Mindshare on brands including P&G, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Ikea, J&J and Unilever.

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