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Creative People on the Move

People on the move featuring Ogilvy UK, Publicis Media, United Collective, Datagran and more


By Jenny Cleeton, Social Media & Video Content Creator

May 2, 2018 | 11 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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Ogilvy Group UK

Following his appointment as chief executive of Ogilvy Group UK, Michael Frohlich has made a number of changes to his senior leadership team.

Charlie Rudd has been appointed as chief client officer, a new role which will see Rudd be responsible for all client experiences. Kevin Chesters has been appointed as chief strategy officer, Ann Higgins, chief consulting officer, Clare Donald, chief production officer and Clare Lawson as chief delivery officer.

Also in the team is Nina Jasinski as chief marketing officer, Kirsty Wilson as chief talent officer, John Cornwell as chief operating officer and Vicky Bullen as chief executive of Corey Porter Bell.

FCB Health Europe

FCB Health announced today that Joerg Hempelmann will be the first president of FCB Health Europe.

In this newly created role, Hempelmann will create a global business model to efficiently serve clients and, as a result, will enable the agency to attract the best talent worldwide. He will also direct all European operations.


Gay Topiol has been appointed as chief executive officer at Maru/Edr, joining from Nudge Rewards.

With over 20 years experience in the industry, Topiol previously worked at InMoment during its acquisition by Mindshare.

United Collective

United Collective, a creative communications group, has hired Josh Crick as chief innovation officer and co-president of Canvas Unlimited.

Previously managing director at Leo Burnett Chicago, Crick brings with him over 18 years industry experience.

Kazoo Communications

Kazoo Communications has strengthened its senior team with four new hires and internal promotions.

Michael Blout and Delilah Pollard have both been promoted to director roles. The agency also noted that Loriann Luckings-Marwood and Laura Rudolph have both been appointed as senior account directors while Lucy Mercer and Matt Anderson have been appointed as account managers.


Verity Messett is replacing Christine Beardsell as head of content at Fold7.

Messett, who was hired by Beardsell in 2016, will lead the development of integrated content for the agency with clients including Carlsberg, Hilton and Rightmove.

Publicis Media

Publicis Media has named Ben Cronin as global head of Publicis Media’s sport and entertainment arm.

Cronin has been in the company for the last seven years and will replace Robin Clarke.


Quantcast has poached Simon McPhillips from Vodafone where he served as head of marketing to lead the agency's marketing in EMEA.

Appointed as the marketing director of EMEA, McPhillips will focus on driving Quantcast’s revenue within the region.

The Writer

Rose Wangen-Jones has been appointed as chief executive of The Writer.

She joins from WPP where she held the role of global business director for Team Shell and led the team for five years. Wangen-Jones also worked on the management board at Saatchi & Saatchi.

Arts & Letters Creative Co

Danielle Flagg and Jed Grossman have been appointed as executive creative directors of Arts & Letters Creative Co, a Richmond-based creative shop.

Both bring a wealth of experience with Flagg previously holding the same role at Mal/Forgood and TWBA/Media Arts Lab and Grossman joining from B-Reel where he was managing creative director.


Digital product studio, Potato, has appointed Scott Ewings has been appointed as join-chief executive officer alongside Jason Cartwright.

Ewings originally joined the company in October 2017 as chief strategy officer and hopes to show off its ability to add strategic value to clients and partners.

Champions UK

Gary Knight has left ITV to join Champions UK as non-executive creative director.

Having previously held the role of commercial content director at ITV, Knight brings a wealth of experience from broadcast media to the role.


Nationwide Building Society has hired Tanya Joseph, the architect behind Sport England's prosperous 'This Girl Can' campaign, as director of external relations.

Joseph, a former press secretary to ex-Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, will be tasked with helping the brand address any social and national issues it wants to hone in on, beginning with housing.

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Ogilvy and Mather Malaysia

The WPP-owned agency has appointed Dane Barr as director in the agency’s public relations and influence team. He was previously group account director at Geometry Global.

Barr will work alongside Sunita Kanapathy, who now heads the PR and Influence team within a restructured Ogilvy Malaysia.

Williams Lea Tag

The independent agency has tapped Dan Healy as head of business development for APAC.

In his new position, Healy will sit on the senior leadership team and will be responsible for driving the business development function and providing solutions and services for clients across the region.

Dentsu Isobar

Emmanuel Flores Elias has been hired by Denstu Isobar as chief business transformation officer for Japan.

Flores will be responsible for bolstering the agency's service capabilities in the market, maximising talent within the organisation, and leveraging his expertise in agile development to further develop and strengthen the agency’s offering to support clients in their digital transformation journey.


Mindshare has appointed Shankar Rajagopal as the leader of Mindshare Vietnam.

Shankar will be tasked to lead media agency in the fast-growing areas of data, content, and technology.

Leo Burnett Shanghai

Leo Burnett has appointed Sunny Lai as executive creative director for its Shanghai office. Lai will be tasked with driving the creative excellence and boosting the agency’s digital creative power.

Previously, Lai worked for JWT Shanghai and social creative agency Reload.

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons has appointed Doug Bagley as managing director for Asia Pacific. Bagley was previously chief executive and partner of China International Duty Free and prior to this held leadership roles within Diageo including MD of global travel and the middle east.

He was also vice president, customer development in China for Unilever. Bagley will be based in Singapore and will report to chief executive Simon Hunt.

White Grey

WPP AUNZ agency White Grey has promoted James Keeler to chief strategy and customer experience officer.

Keeler was previously associate strategy director at The White Agency and became head of strategy for the newly merged White Gret in May last year. He will be tasked with leading strategy for all White Grey clients.

DDB Hong Kong

DDB Group has promoted Irene Tsui and Keith Ho to joint managing directors for the Hong Kong agency.

Tsui and Ho were previously managing partners at Ho will add the responsibility to his existing role as chief creative director. DDB Hong Kong has also promoted Andreas Krasser to chief strategy officer while Leo Tsui becomes chief digital officer and president of Tribal.

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Digital and social agency Glow has appointed Duncan Bird as executive creative director.

Bird, former Sony Music vice president, is known for launching the internet’s first social influencer, Lauren Luke, and for promoting such artists as Bruce Springsteen and Susan Boyle, as well as brands including Adidas, Coca-Cola and Unilever.


Toronto-based creative agency Juliet has added five to its creative team and has moved into its new Toronto offices.

Columbia-born art director, illustrator and artist Maria José Arias has joined the team as a multi-talented creative. Jes Watson, formerly editor-in-chief at Canadian Living, has joined as head of content.

Nicole Nyholt, an art director, video director and photographer, has joined the team to work together with Watson. Designer, woodworker and typographer Duncan Collis also joins the creative team, and rounding out the five hires is Rachel Harding, a business grad turned copywriter.

ICF Olson

ICF Olson announced that Chip Knicker has joined as head of digital business for the firm's marketing and communications agency.

He will be based out of ICF Olson’s Chicago office.


Jay Gelardi has joined Los Angeles-based Phenomenon in the newly created role of executive creative director. Most recently executive creative director at Huge LA, Gelardi has worked on brands including LetGo, Intel, Diageo and others.

Gelardi held executive creative director positions at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in three different offices – first Boulder, then London followed by Miami.

Good Media Group

Good Media Group (GMG) announced that chief revenue officer Charlie Wilkie has been appointed chief executive officer. Meanwhile former Facebook head of news partnerships Liz Heron has been named editor-in-chief.

The announcement comes roughly one year after the merger of Good Worldwide Inc. and Upworthy, marking a new phase for the company as it continues to build the two media brands and social impact consultancy.


Portland, Maine full-service consumer packaging, branding and marketing agency Pulp+Wire hired Naomi Davidowitz as managing director.

Davidowitz comes to the agency, which specializes in the natural, organic and emerging medicinal market, from Crowdtap (now Suzy) where she held the role of chief customer officer.


Laura Luckman Kelber has been named managing director, strategy for full-service agency Merge, formed earlier this year when five independent agencies from Chicago, Boston and Atlanta joined in partnership.

With more than 20 years in the Chicago market, Kelber worked on brands including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Hyatt, HSBC, Sprint, State Farm, and McDonalds. She most recently held a similar position at Sandstorm Design.


Digital marketing agency iCrossing announced the hiring of Emma Armstrong to its leadership team as managing director of the New York office. She joins iCrossing from Grey Group, where she served as an executive vice president, leading P&G Haircare globally.

Armstrong previous worked at and Atmosphere BBDO, where she was focused on developing and deploying digital marketing solutions on behalf of clients like Etrade and Federal Express — and at BBDO and Grey Group, leading Federal Express, GE and P&G globally.


Greg Jensen, a former Microsoft executive, joins Datagran, a New York-based marketing software company, as chief product officer.

Jensen has nearly 30 years of experience in engineering, product marketing, and product management and development. He joins Datagran from Microsoft Corporation, where he was group program manager, leading teams delivering mobile products across multiple platforms.


Baltimore-based agency Warschawski has added John Margaritis as vice president of communications and issues management, leading the New York City office.

Throughout his career, Margaritis has held leadership positions with Ogilvy Worldwide, Firebrand Financial Group, Burson Marsteller, Fleishman-Hillard, PSE&G and Asprey of London representing clients including Merck, Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes Benz, Unilever, Duracell and others.

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