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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.

Mr & Mrs Smith

Former Carphone Warehouse chief marketing officer Julian Diment has joined luxury travel company Mr & Mrs Smith in a newly created role of chief growth officer.

Diment, who began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, has served in marketing roles at the FA, Orange, Alfred Dunhill, and Carphone Warehouse where he set up its software business, Honeybee.


Sky has appointed Engine chief executive Debbie Klein to the newly created role of group chief marketing and corporate affairs officer.

Klein had been UK chief executive of marcomms group Engine since 2010 and was promoted to the wider Europe and Asia role in 2016.


Helen Lawrence, Twitter’s head of creative agency development EMEA, has been promoted to the platform’s global head of social media.

Lawrence, who has held the EMEA agency role for the past year, will relocate to San Francisco for the position. She will be tasked with leading Twitter's multi-channel social media campaigns and editorial globally when she officially begins on 26 February.

Twitter is yet to confirm her replacement in EMEA.


​AKQA London has promoted Aivory Gaw to business development director. As the youngest member of London’s leadership team, Gaw will be responsible for driving growth across the agency.

Publicis Groupe

PublicisGroupe has promoted four senior members of its network to global roles in order to aid its collaboration culture and open up access to talent.

The network is implementing a new regional leadership model as a means of breaking down barriers between regional and departmental sectors of the company by giving figures at Publicis Health, Publicis Communications, Leo Burnett Worldwide more responsibility in the running of the umbrella group.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers has appointed Gail Tifford as chief brand officer to oversee the future of the diet company.

Tifford joins from Unilever where she helped map the company’s digital roadmap as vice president of both media in North America and global digital innovation.

News UK

News UK has tapped Norm Johnston, global chief executive of Mindshare Fast and group global chief digital officer, as chief executive of Unruly.

Johnston replaces Sarah Wood who is now the non-executive chair of Unruly’s board. He will work under News UK chief executive Rebekah Brooks.


Stephen Ledger-Lomas has been appointed as head of production at BBH.

Joining from David James Associates, where he managed production across multiple accounts, Ledger-Lomas will run the production department while also working to improve the diversity of production talent the agency works with.

Adaptive Lab

Adaptive Lab has expanded its senior team with hires from Friday, Poke, Engine and Ustwo.

Caroline Smith rejoins the team as associate principal product designer following a stint at Friday as design director. Taking on the same role is Jen Williams, former head of user experience at Poke and Rob Boyett.

Former service design consultant at Engine, Jessica Cheng, also joins in the role of associate principal.

FCB Inferno

Richard Lawson is joining as managing director at FCB Inferno following a two-year stint at Anomaly in the same position.

Managing director Sharon Jiggins has been promoted to executive vice president, client services.

December 19

Independent media agency December 19 has appointed Mark Barber, planning director of Radiocentre, as its first non-executive director as part of a wider drive to step up its offering and grow the business.

Barber will be tasked with providing objective strategic advice as the organisation develops its long-term vision and act as a mentor to staff to help them achieve this. The role will be additional to his ongoing position at Radiocentre, which is unaffected by this appointment.


Justin Pearse has left Digiday to become a partner at Bluestripe Media, where he will take an equal share in the business alongside husband and wife owners Andy and Lydia Oakes.

Pearse joins the communications agency as it celebrates its one-year anniversary and following his own three-month stint heading up branded content for Digiday. Before that, he was with The Drum Studios for three years.


The WPP AUNZ company has appointed Lesley Edwards as national chief executive officer. Edwards is a six-year Ikon veteran and the founder of Ikon Brisbane. She was also appointed to the role of chairperson of the agency in June 2017.


CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has appointed Akikazu Izumiya as executive director of advertising sales for Japan, to build on its relationships with Japanese brands.

Izumiya joins CNN from Group IMD Japan, where he held the role of managing director. He also previously served as chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Japan Inc. for three years.

IPG Mediabrands

The global media arm of Interpublic Group has announced the appointment of Raja Kanniappan as chief financial officer for IPG Mediabrands APAC.

Kanniappan joins IPG Mediabrands from GroupM EMEA, where he was CFO. Prior to his relocation to London in 2015, he held the position of GroupM APAC CFO for seven years.

MullenLowe Singapore

The agency has announced the promotion of Sheng Jin Ang and Daniel Kee to executive creative directors, while Meryke Naude, who has held the role of head of art for Unilever Oral Care, has also been promoted to creative director, leading brands such as Closeup, Signal and Pepsodent.

Both Kee and Ang will report to Paul Soon, CEO of MullenLowe Group Southeast Asia, while Naude will work under the leadership of the newly promoted executive creative directors.

Publicis Groupe

The French agency has announced that Loris Nold has been appointed to the newly created role of CEO of Publicis Groupe APAC.

In his new role, Nold will oversee all of Publicis's operations in the APAC from Publicis Communications, to Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Health.


The agency has appointed Jill Orr as the company’s first chief operating officer. Based in London, Orr will be responsible for scaling Eyeota’s commercial and business operations as well as developing customer products, marketing and insights to support the expansion of Eyeota in all markets.

She has worked at CBS Interactive, CNET and, most recently, spent three years at Triad Retail Media, where she led operations in APAC and Europe as EVP International.

AnyMind Group

The parent company of AdAsia has announced the appointments of Keizo Okawa as chief financial officer (CFO) and Hitoshi Maruyama as chief strategy officer (CSO).

Maruyama was previously director of publisher engagement for AdAsia, while Keizo Okawa joins from Morgan Stanley, where he was vice president in the investment banking group.


Recently retired GroupM global chief digital officer, Rob Norman, has been named to the board of directors for storytelling platform Playbuzz.

Norman, who continues as a senior advisor to GroupM following his 31 years in various WPP roles said of his appointment: “In the digital world, impressions are cheap and harnessing users’ attention spans has never been more important."

Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Ralph Watson, who had been with Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CPB) since 2014 has been relieved of his duties.

Watson was previously with BBDO, Arnold, and Saatchi + Saatchi, and has worked on high-profile clients such as AT&T, Bud Light, and Miller High Life.

Critical Mass

Digital experience design agency Critical Mass announced Pedro Laboy as its first-ever chief data innovation officer and Sara Anhorn as its first senior vice president of talent.

According to a statement, Laboy will be a member of the Omnicom agency’s global executive team, and is tasked to “elevate and fortify the agency’s marketing sciences division, helping clients navigate the increasingly complex landscape at the intersection of data and technology.”


Global digital marketing technology company Amobee has appointed Chad Bronstein as chief revenue officer or North America and Philip Smolin as chief strategy officer.

Trailer Park

Zihla Salinas is joining Trailer Park in Los Angeles as chief executive officer. Salinas was most recently executive vice president and managing director of Doner in Los Angeles. She held senior roles at MDC Partners, Meredith Xcelerated Marketing and Rapp. “I’m super excited about the creative work that’s been happening in the entertainment space over the past few years,” Salinas told Adweek. “It will be a very different experience than a traditional creative agency in that the organization is built to deliver on the needs and paces of the entertainment industry.”


Kate Morrison is moving to 72andSunny in Los Angeles as director of production. Morrison previously served in the same role at BBH New York. Prior to BBH New York, Morrison worked as a producer for 215 McCann and Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners. She additionally worked as a freelance producer for W+K and JWT.


After more than a decade as director at Tool, Geordie Stephens has joined Helo, an experiential collective that has created experiences for brands including Comcast, Minute Maid, Asics, Target, Microsoft. Film and creative director Stephens wanted to take his career to the next level and “create experiences that address the evolving nature of the business.”

Engaged Nation

Engaged Nation announced that 21-year gaming industry professional Sally Bernard is joining the Las Vegas-based digital marketing company as its vice president of business development.

Bernard most recently served as the director of sales-Western Region for Ditronics Financial Services, a major casino multi-service kiosk manufacturer. Prior to that Bernard was a senior account executive for Konami Gaming.


PebblePost has announced the addition of veteran media salesperson Rich Flynn as vice president sales, automotive. Flynn, who gained extensive experience in the automotive space through previous positions at AOL and Sports Illustrated, sees the company's Programmatic Direct Mail addressing a need for the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) vertical.

DiMassimo Goldstein

DiMassimo Goldstein has hired Ryan Moglia to the new position of head of data insights & activation. The agency said DiMassimo's primary goal will be to influence engagement and behavior by demonstrating value in a manner that makes the most sense for the brand and the consumer.

Comic Relief USA

Comic Relief USA, the charity behind the Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty, announced John Makinson, Michele Ganeless, Jacki Kelley, and Michael Lynton as new members of the organization’s board of directors.

The four new board members bring decades of experience in media, advertising, technology, and beyond to a charity using the power of entertainment to drive positive change in America and around the world. Makinson will also be acting chair for the organization as Kevin Cahill, chair since 2014, steps down from the role. Cahill will remain as a member of the board.

Whiteboard Advisors

Dawn Baron, the former director of marketing for the Association of Talent Development, is joining Whiteboard Advisors, a communications and strategic consulting firm, this week.

The firm's clients include LinkedIn, LinkedIn Learning, General Assembly, and CorpU, among others, and Baron offers clients more than 15 years’ experience in strategic approaches to marketing, conferences and events, content development, and communications.

Branded Entertainment Network

Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), announced the hiring of Maria Teresa Hernandez as vice president of client development to lead business development with brands seeking to reach multicultural audiences.

Prior to BEN, Maria Teresa served as the vice president of client strategy at Orion. She has served on the board of Interpublic Group’s Hispanic Resource Group and currently serves on the She Runs It National Multicultural Alliance Committee. She will report to Kristin Glushon, BEN’s executive vice president of client development.


Sunshine has bolstered its senior team with two hires in the North American leadership team seeing Amel Monsur join as chief creative officer, New York, and Will Misselbrook join as managing director and senior vice president of content, New York.

Mansur, who joins from Vice where she held the role of executive creative director, bring a wealth of experience including work with music icon Prince. Meanwhile Misselbrook comes from head of content and branded entertainment at Conde Nast.

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