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People on the move: Possible, Carat, The Story Labs, Hiyacar and more


By Jenny Cleeton, Social Media & Video Content Creator

June 19, 2018 | 9 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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Sainsbury’s ex-head of broadcast marketing Sarah Kilmartin has been appointed as chief marketing officer of Hiyacar.

Kilmartin will work with the startup's co-founders to try and create "a new car-sharing revolution in London”.

Liz Edwards has been appointed as editor of

In the role, Edwards will work on the strategy for all content produced by the finance website.

The Beyond Collective

The Beyond Collective has brought in David Frymann to launch its independent micro-network consultancy, Frontier.

Frymann will take on the strategy partner role and joins from McCann London.

Hall & Partners

Gabrielle Bell has taken on the role of Europe chief executive of Hall & Partners.

Bell was previously chief strategy officer at M&C Saatchi.

Everton Football Club

Richard Kenyon has been been promoted to director of marketing, communications and community of Everton Football Club having held the director of marketing and communications role since 2014.

As well as Kenyon, David Harrison has been promoted to director of football operations, Grant Ingles will rejoin the company as finance director and Alan McTavish joines as the commercial director.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport has appointed Olivia Bussey as trade marketing manager.

Bussey, who joins as a travel consultant from Tui, will look after the relationships with travel agents.


VML has promoted Jeff Gehab to the newly created role of chief experience officer having been at the company for 15 years, most recently chief technology officer.

In the role, Gehab will broaden his remit by bringing the global platforms and experience practice together.

Taking over from Gehab will be David Mitchell.


Armadillo has appointed Rob Pellow as the first digital design director.

Joining the CRM speciailist from Dyson, Pellow has spent the last six years as a web developer and heading up the North American digital production in Chicago.


Criteo has appointed Shruthi Chindalur as regional managing director, mid-market EMEA.

In the role, Chindalur will lead the commerce marketing technology company’s business across the sector while educating marketers at mid-market businesses on big data and machine learning.

APAC people on the move

303 MullenLowe

303 MullenLowe has appointed Gary McCreadie as executive creative director for its Sydney office. McCreadie has previously worked for BBH London, TBWA, Host and most recently the agency startup Ugly.

He will work alongside 303 Mullen Lowe Perth executive creative director Richard Berney and will report to Nick Cleaver, chief executive officer of 303 MullenLowe.

Carat Asia Pacific

Carat has appointed Jonathan Chadwick as chief executive officer for the Asia Pacific region as Sean O’Brien assumes the role of chairman for Dentsu Aegis Network Media. Chadwick has 22 years of media agency experience and was most recently chief executive of Maxus Australia.

O’Brien will now oversee the lifestyle and experiential marketing agency MKTG and out-of-home agency Postercope, in addition to overseeing media agencies Carat, Vizeum and Dentsu X.

McCann Health

McCann Health has promoted Connie Lo to president of McCann Health Greater China. Lo will be responsible for driving growth and cross-platform integration across McCann Health offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

She was previously managing director for McCann Health in Pearl River Delta and Shanghai and has been a member of the McCann Health team for over 20 years. She will be based in Shanghai.

Naked Australia

Naked has appointed Lucielle Vardy as head of strategy tasked with leading the agency's strategic offering. Vardy, who was previously chief strategy officer at Emotive Content, will join the leadership team alongside managing director Tim Kirby and executive creative director Jon Burden.

Naked has also appointed Sebastian Revell as a senior strategist. He joins from Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, and has also worked for Publicis, PHD, and Vizeum, as well as client-side at ITV in the UK.


OPR, the WPP AUNZ-owned public relations firm, has promoted Jacquie Potter to managing director of its Melbourne PR operations.

Potter has worked for the business for more than 12 years in key account management and leadership positions. She will report to OPR chief executive officer Richard Brett.


TBWA\China has appointed Ronnie Wu as chief creative officer. Wu has served as executive creative director of TBWA\Shanghai since 2015 and has led the agency to be recognised as One Show China's Agency of the Year in 2017 and ADC China Agency of the Year in 2018.

Wu will report to TBWA\Greater China chief executive officer Joanne Lao.

PHD Hong Kong

PHD Hong Kong has promoted James Wong to head of strategy, tasked with elevating the agency’s strategic product offering for its clients.

Wong will also be responsible for providing strategic planning support to PHD Taiwan's Unilever team and ensuring there are seamless cross-border learnings and best practices within the network. Wong, who joined PHD Hong Kong in 2017, will report to PHD Hong Kong managing director Clement Chung.

GPJ Australia

GPJ Australia has bolstered its creative department, appointing executive creative director Bim Ricketson, creative director Glenn Whitehead and creative strategist Jessica Quiney.

Ricketson was most recently creative director at Imagination, Whitehead joins from McCorkell & Associates where he was creative director and Quiney joins from Breakthrough Media where she was a campaign strategist. The appointments follow a spate of new business wins for the agency including Invictus Games Sydney 2018.


The holding company has appointed Paul Shepherd as chief investment officer for Asia Pacific. Shepherd, who has been with the group since 2013 and most recently served as global vice president of platforms and capabilities in New York, will commence his new role on July 1.

His remit will now cover the trading and investment function of the group’s agencies in 17 markets across APAC.


The agency has announced the appointment of Eric Chang to the role of chief executive officer of McCann Worldgroup, Taiwan.

Chang joins McCann Worldgroup with over 25 years in marketing communications, digital marketing and relationship marketing. He most recently served as managing director of Taiwan and vice president of business development in APAC at OgilvyOne Worldwide.

people on the move america


Golin has promoted Carrie von de Sitt to head of US growth to oversee the business development strategies.

The move comes just over a year after von der Sitt took charge of the agency's US food and beverage sector. She will be based in Chicago.


Independent, full-service agency BSSP, that works with the likes of Mitsubishi, Greyhound, Rao’s Homemade, NBA2K and others, has named Ian Boyd as its new content director.

Boyd previously started his own San Francisco-based interactive design studio, Cosmic Planet, which later morphed into video production agency, Reel Fresh, Inc. In his new role at BSSP, Ian will help the agency build out a full-service content and production studio in its Sausalito headquarters, directing talent, content, and film.

The Story Lab

The Story Lab has appointed Tom Sebastian to lead the agency's US office as it expands with an LA office.

Sebastian will take on the role of president and will be tasked with managing partnership agreements with broadcasters, agencies, talent and production companies to invest in, acquire and create original entertainment content.


Warschawski announced the promotion of Sam Ruchlewicz to vice president of digital strategy and data analytics.

In his new role, Ruchlewicz will oversee the agency’s integrated digital marketing and data analytics efforts, brand and data research projects, and continue to play an integral role in new business development and client engagement.

FCB Health Network

FCB Health Network announced that Michael Guarino has been appointed chief commercial officer.

Currently chief strategy officer of the FCB Health Network, Guarino will continue to drive the overall strategy of the global network in his new role as chief commercial officer, ensuring that its offerings remain integrated and aligned.


Possible has appointed Valerie Carlson and Jason Marks as executive creative directors.

The hires see Possible celebrate its executive leadership team in the US being 50/50 male and female.

Burns Entertainment

Burns Entertainment announced that Courtney Worthman has joined the agency’s New York City office to further develop corporate and agency client base.

Worthman's expertise spans corporate development in the digital influencer space to celebrity procurement for advertising, public relations and digital campaigns.

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