People on the move featuring Refinery 29, Huge, McCann, Spark Foundry and more

People on the move featuring Refinery 29, Huge, McCann, Spark Foundry and more

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.


Refinery29 has expanded its European executive team. Following a year of growth for the company internationally, joining members include George Mitchell, as Refinery29’s vice-president of business affairs and operations, who formerly served as Vice's business & legal affairs director EMEA.

Kristin Cardwell also arrives as president of international strategy and business development, previously in senior roles at WPP EMEA and L'Oreal, and Nina Joyce joins as PR director of Europe, most recently having been Vice's senior communications manager. Additionally, Kirsty Hathaway, part of the Refinery29 team since the launch of the UK operation in November 2015, has been promoted to creative director of Europe.


In-image advertising platform Seedtag has appointed Dal Gill as head of programmatic to bring the department a step beyond and reinforce the company's programmatic offer and it's global growth plan.


The company behind the Artificial Intelligence-powered user classification technology for the programmatic advertising ecosystem announced its UK expansion and the appointment of Gordon Bonifacio as country manager.

In his new role, Bonifacio will be responsible for the business operations of the company in the United Kingdom and bring the company’s AI-first app retargeting platform to brands and agencies in the country.

News UK

News UK has appointed Dominic Carter to a new role overseeing all national advertising revenue for the publisher and its Wireless Group operations in the UK and Ireland.

Serving as group chief commercial officer, Carter, who was previously managing director of commercial at the company, will look to broaden the group’s appeal to advertisers, especially on the digital front where News UK is chasing scale.


Michael Koziol has been promoted from president of Huge to global chief executive as part of a wider management restructure in the IPG agency.

He replaces Huge cofounder Aaron Shapiro who is leaving in May after 13 years at the company.

FCB Inferno

FCB Inferno has shaken up its management structure in Europe, with the biggest change seeing co-founder partner Tim Doust depart after 18 years at the agency.

Doust stayed on after FCB joined the IPG network in December 2013 but five years later he has made the decision to leave. He reflected on starting the agency from a “tiny flat” in Wimbledon.


Damien Marhi has been appointed as vice president of marketing at Gameloft.

The role will see Marhi lead oversee the marketing strategies for branding, licensing and PR across the 40 countries the mobile games developer and publisher is in.


Former Publicis Media chief financial officer Charlotte Frijns has been appointed to the same role for GroupM.

Heading up the finance division and leading the day-to-day management of the department, Frijns has said: “I feel confident my experience will stand me in good-stead to build on the positive financial results for GroupM UK and evolve the division with continued success.”


Creative duo Drew Singleton and Ben Buswell have joined McCann London from Grey as senior creatives.

As well as the creative hires, Elizabeth Bernstein has been appointed to the new position of head of new business.


Transactional media business, itransact, has today announced the appointment of Rob Elms, previously sales director at JCDecaux, to the role of head of itransact to oversee the growth of the business across all its transactional channels, retail and e-tail partners.

Spark Foundry

Chris Boothe has been appointed as global brand president at Spark Foundry, a promotion from his current role of chief executive of Spark Foundry USA.

Having worked at the agency for over 30 years, Boothe said he holds the brand "very close to my heart".

TMW Unlimited

Brian Brady has joined TMW Unlimited as creative director.

Joining from Huge, where he held the role of creative director, Brady will bring experience from clients including Malibu, H&M and NIke to Shell and Ferrero.

Ultimate Asset

Former Omnicom APAC platforms chief executive Lee Smith will take on an advisory role at recruitment business Ultimate Asset, focusing on C-level and advanced technical talent.

Smith left Omnicom after 24 years last month to form his own business venture and pursue other opportunities.

Amélie Company

The Denver-based creative agency announced that Julie Suntrup is joining the company as executive vice president, and is responsible for overall agency growth. She has held executive-level positions at Anheuser-Busch and various agencies, including Switch, VML and, most recently, InTouch Solutions, a pharmaceutical marketing agency.

215 McCann

San Francisco-based 215 McCann has appointed Nichole Geddes and Brad Meyers as creative directors.

Geddes moves from Heat where she was a creative director on various projects for EA Sports, Hotwire, Ubisoft, Bank of the West, Dolby and The San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Meyers arrives from DigitasLBi San Francisco where he served as group creative director on projects for Taco Bell, PlayStation, Pirch, and PlayStation Vue.


The audience behavior platform announced the appointment of Sam Barnett as its first chief product officer to oversee the development and growth of the company’s product portfolio.

Barnett will drive the product vision and strategy across Quantcast’s Advertise and Measure businesses, leveraging Quantcast’s internet scale 1st party data, self-adapting predictive models and AI technology. Barnett joined Quantcast in 2014 when his company, Struq, was acquired by Quantcast, most recently serving as senior vice president for the company’s Measure division.

Blue Chip

Chicago-based, independent marketing agency Blue Chip has hired former Procter & Gamble executive Joy Mead to lead its brand and shopper marketing clients.

Mead comes to the executive vice president and general manager role at Blue Chip from a 30-year career at P&G, where she retired as an associate brand director, overseeing marketing for its $9 billion grocery business. and created alliance partnerships with the NFL, MLB, Disney and Universal Pictures.

NA Collective

NA Collective, an independent design-production hybrid agency, has hired Jennifer Whitney as creative director.

Whitney arrived from Refinery29, where she collaborated on the entertainment company’s popular 29Rooms experience. Whitney joined as the first in-house senior experiential designer and quickly climbed the ranks to become the design lead, working on three 29Rooms experiences, including the most recent iterations in New York and Los Angeles.

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