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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.


UPS has enlisted former Xerox executive Kevin Warren to the role of chief marketing officer, with a remit to handle all US and international marketing.

Warren will be tasked with handing product development, pricing, communications, loyalty and PR among other business functions. He will report to UPS chairman and chief executive David Abney and join the UPSmanagement committee.

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover today (25 May) announced a major restructuring of its marketing, sales, service and PR functions in a move the company stated in a statement was “to meet the changing needs of its global customers”.

Felix Brautigam, chief commercial officer and board member of Jaguar Land Rover is forming a new commercial function with the core functions of customer experience, product marketing, market performance, customer service and planning, addressing the regions of China, North America, UK, Europe and Overseas.


Jonathan Kelly has joined Twitch as global head of trading with the hope to work on the company’s ability to pitch for new business.

Joining from GroupM where he held the role of director of global trading, Kelly brings over 16 years of experience to the role.

McCann Health

Anna Korving has been appointed as president of McCann Health Northern Europe.

In the role, Korving will be responsible for growth and cross-platform integration, while based in the London office.

The Specialist Works

Sharon Browne has been appointed by The Specialist Works (TSQ) as group marketing and new business director.

The newly created role will see Browne charged with the strategic business growth as well as putting the agency name in front of new brands.

Havas London

Havas London has named Elliot Harris as deputy executive creative director, a newly created role.

Harris joined the agency in 2016 as creative director across RB brands, including Durex, Lemsip and E45 to name a few.

Prostate Cancer UK

Simon Peck has joined the board of trustees for Prostate Cancer UK.

The group managing director of Engine UK takes on an advisory role to assist the charity with engagement, fundraising and communications, however will continue his role at Engine.


Online media brand, Refinery29 has appointed Jacqueline Kilikita as beauty editor.

As a journalist who specialises in skincare, make-up and hair, Kilikita will use her expertise to create first person articles on different beauty topics as well as covering new trends and products.

Derriston Capital

Just weeks after he was ousted as chief executive of WPP, Sir Martin Sorrell will take the helm at investment firm Derriston Capital with a view to using it as a means of returning to the marketing services industry.

First reported by Sky News and confirmed this morning (30 May) Sorrell will become executive chairman of Derriston Capital with the UK-based investment firm set to acquire an entity called S4 Capital, which has recently completed a £51m equity fundraising.


Video platform Ooyala has appointed Patricio Cummins as vice president for the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. He takes over the APJ region from Steve Davis and will be responsible for charting growth in the region and addressing media customers’ needs of delivering content to market faster and more cost-efficiently.

Davis has since been appointed as the chief revenue officer, responsible for Ooyala’s global sales and marketing operations.

Mirum Singapore

Sharon Fernandes has been appointed general manager of Mirum Singapore. She will relocate from Hong Kong where she was most recently managing director, and prior to that head of client engagement, strategy and operations at HeathWallace Asia.

Stink Shanghai

The agency has poached award-winning Chinese director Law Chen from BBDO New York. Law was previously the lead commercial director at BBDO Studios featuring in the New Director Showcase and winning several times at Cannes Lions for his works like Clios, Webby’s and One Show.

J. Walter Thompson Sydney

Kostia Liakhov and Angus Loxton has joined from R/GA Sydney, where Liakov was art director and Loxton a copywriter. Prior to teaming up, the duo worked at other major agencies in Sydney.

WE Red Bridge

The agency has made four senior leadership hires. They include Candice Yeo, managing director for client services and business development, Tony Zhang, general manager for Beijing, Vivien Teo, senior director for digital and Wanda Wang, hr director.


The IPG Mediabrands agency has hired Ben Poole as managing director for its APAC office. In his new appointment, Poole will lead the operational growth and development of Reprise in APAC as well as driving digital strategy and innovation across the region.

IAB Australia

IAB Australia has announced that Cameron King, managing director of digital revenue at News Corp Australia will chair its board effective immediately. King will serve as chair until News Corp’s board chair tenure ends in September 2018. He replaces outgoing chair Nicole Sheffield, who announced her resignation from News Corp Australia in February this year.

IAB Singapore

Tobias Wilson, the chief executive of APD Singapore, has stepped down as the chair of IAB Singapore after two years. Elections for the new chair and vice-chair will be held in early June.

Omnicom Vietnam

Julien Courant has been appointed as chief operating officer and will lead the operations for the group’s agencies, fuelling their growth, driving digital transformation and innovation for its clients, and ensuring the continued delivery of performance for clients in Vietnam.

Sang Hua has joined as head of digital, moving from Mindshare Vietnam, where she worked on the Unilever and Suntory PepsiCo business. In her new role, Hua will ensuring clients are equipped with cutting-edge skills and expertise in the digital space.

Omnicom has also promoted Loan Be to the role of performance lead for its agencies following her consistent growth in the digital space. She will now lead on the continued development of the group’s performance offering for clients of OMD and PHD.

Uyen Minh joins PHD as business director, bringing a wealth of experience gained over 14 years at some of the top advertising and media agencies in Vietnam.

Huy Lam joins OMD as planning manager, brining over five years of experience in strategic planning. He joins the agency from Mindshare Vietnam where worked across a portfolio of FMCG clients. At OMD, Lam will now be tasked with delivering the best media strategy and partnership solutions in the market for the agency’s clients.


Aaron Cowie, chief executive officer of TBWA\Malaysia, will be leaving the agency in October and will be replaced by Yee Hui Tsin, currently chief operating officer of TBWA\Malaysia.

Deutsch LA

Deutsch has announced the addition of Todd Lefelt to lead the agency’s user experience design department in its Los Angeles office.

Lefelt, who spent 11 years at Huge, left his post as managing director of its UX practice. Originally based in its New York office, Lefelt had moved to LA to build the agency’s presence on the West Coast, working on clients such as Apple, Fox, Samsung, Target, Hulu, Ikea, and Nike.


Doug Stivers, who has spent the last three years overseeing content as an executive producer at Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta, joins production company Untitled Inc. as executive producer.

At Untitled, Stivers aims to boost the company’s profile as a turnkey content creator, recruiting more exceptional talent to the roster and leading new ventures “that redefine storytelling.”

Chameleon Collective

Chameleon Collective announced that Ari Merkin, an inductee of the Advertising Hall of Achievement, has joined the team as its newest partner and an executive creative director. Over his more than 20-year career, Merkin has created some of the most legendary and viral brand campaigns.

Joining Merkin as Chameleon Collective’s newest Partners are Fernand Fernandez, Rob Gonda and Ben Way.


Online music studio Soundation has received $500,000 in funding and appointed new chief executive officer Adam Hasslert. Currently, Soundation has over 75,000 active users each month, primarily in the US. Now, the goal is to take the company to the next level and build the world’s premier launchpad for new producers.

Wieden + Kennedy

A pair of Wieden + Kennedy executives, each with five years’ experience of running its design and engineering group The Lodge, have jumped ship in order to start afresh at the helm of their own digital creative agency.

Portland-based Paulo Ribeiro and Nilesh Ashra are the founding partners of Two Things, which aims to channel the pairs extensive experience in emerging technologies such as AI and robotics within a far more modest operation, giving them the ability to outflank larger businesses in the burgeoning field.

Rapp Worldwide

Global creative agency Rapp Worldwide announced that Anne Marie Neal has been promoted to global chief marketing officer. Neal will report directly into Rapp’s global chief executive officer, Marco Scognamiglio.

In her new role, Neal will focus on advancing Rapp’s offering while enhancing network connectivity, partner collaboration and amplifying Rapp’s proposition to drive growth opportunities with current and new clients.

DDB San Francisco

DDB San Francisco, part of Omnicom Group Inc., announced that Sam Renbarger, formerly of Pereira & O’Dell in San Francisco, has joined the agency as group strategy director working on Symantec and Energy Upgrade California, both of which recently expanded their respective relationships with the agency.

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