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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.
Unilad's co-chief executive and founder has stepped down after an internal investigation into historical conduct at the company.
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Sam Bentley, who ran the media brand with co-chief executive Liam Harrington, has resigned from the board and stepped down from his position.
Save the Children
Save the Children has appointed Jennifer Roberti as its first ever chief marketing officer as the charity seeks to reshape its global marketing, communications, fundraising and sponsorship activities.
Reporting directly to president and chief exectuvie Carolyn Miles, Roberti will channel over 20 years of marketing experience in the role, having most recently served as senior vice president for marketing and communications at Unicef US.
QueryClick has bolstered its senior management team with Krisi Hoyle joining as head of account management, Haitham Fattah joining as head of SEO and Stuart Ferrie taking on the head of paid search role.
The three hires will be spread across the London and Edinburgh offices. Also joining the management team is Leanne Weatherspoon, who has been promoted from HR manager to head of HR, and Stephen McMenamin, who has been promoted to a newly created role of talent acquisition specialist.
Caroline Tredget has joined The Times and The Sunday Times as sales director.
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Tredget joins from ESI, where she has spent the last 17 years, most recently as chief revenue officer.
McCann London has revamped its creative team with Ross Neil joining as executive creative director, Lisa Carrana being promoted to deputy head of art, and creative duo Ran Stallard and Jenna Morrisey joining from Ogilvy.
Denomination has opened in San Francisco with Meghan Read at the helm as newly appointed business director.
In the role, Read will work as the liason between US clients and the UK and Sydney offices.
JCDecaux Airport has appointed Kathryn Wilson as head of agency sales to oversee the team.
In the role, Wilson will be charged with developing agency relationships and improving the airport brand’s sales within the likes of Heathrow and Edinburgh Airport.
Mindshare has promoted Ruth Zohrer to newly created role of chief product officer and Alan Weetch as chief of planning operations.
Zohrer, who was previously head of connections planning, will be responsible for the agency’s digital transformation across the UK. Meanwhile, Weetch will lead the planning department while remaining closely involved in the agency’s flagship accounts.
Engine has boosted its creative team by promoting Billy Faithfull to chief creative officer and hiring Paul Jordan to lead WCRS as executive creative director.
Jordan joins from McGarreybowen, where he held the role of joint-executive creative director.
Whalar has appointed Mike Hondorp as chief growth officer in the US and Luke Townsin as chief growth officer in EMEA.
The hires will see the duo work to improve the overall strategy of the company.
Jason MacKenzie has been appointed as managing director of global strategy and communications consultancy, Curzon PR.
Currently vice-president of Chartered Institute of Public Relations, MacKenzie has said he is looking forward to working closely with founder and chief executive Farzana Baduel to take the agency to a new level.
Former Snapchat head of creative strategy Greg Wacks has joined Emogi as global head of content.
As one of Snap’s first hires, Wacks worked on the creative strategy for the social platform.
Ikon Communications has appointed Melissa Roberts as agency director of Ikon Melbourne. Roberts will be tasked with growing the agency's burgeoning Melbourne office and will report directly to chief executive Lesley Edwards.
She will also take a key position on Ikon’s national leadership team. Roberts was previously country lead for Australia and New Zealand at children’s advertising platform, Totally Awesome.
J. Walter Thompson
J. Walter Thompson Perth has appointed Joe Hawkins as creative director. Hawkins joins JWT from Marketforce where he was creative group head. Prior to this, he held creative roles at DDB New Zealand, R/GA Singapore, Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, and 303MullenLowe Perth.
PHD has appointed James Zhu as managing director of its China headquarters in Shanghai. Zhu joins PHD after nine years at WPP. Most recently he was general manager at Wavemaker, and prior to this he was partner at Mindshare.
Zhu will report to PHD China chief executive Anna Chitty and will be tasked with helping the agency maintain its growth following a spate of recent wins, including HSBC.
KPMG Australia has appointed former Publicis Communications chairman and Publicis Australia chief executive officer Andrew Baxter as senior adviser to the consultancy firm’s Customer, Brand and Marketing Advisory (CBMA) business.
Baxter joins a heavyweight team of former marketers and agency leaders in the business, and will report to Paul Howes, partner-in-charge of KPMG CBMA .
Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), has appointed Florence Ouyang as director for the agency's new office in Shenzhen, China. Ouyang was previously global communications director for TCL Communication and brings more than 18 years of experience to the role.
She will be responsible for helping to grow H+K's South China team and the new office in China's Silicon Valley.
WhiteGrey has appointed Juan Garcia as head of technology, responsible for boosting the agency’s digital capabilities.
Garcia, who was previously head of technology at Deepend, will be tasked with leading a team of creative and tech specialists to deliver creative technology solutions for clients. He will report to WhiteGrey chief executive Lee Simpson.
R/GA has hired Sue Kohm and Lizette Morazzani as creative directors. Both Kohm and Morazzani will report up to VP-executive creative director AJ Hassan and focus on R/GA Chicago’s purpose-based campaign and stories work.
Kohm joins from Grey Toronto, while Morazzani joins from Lapiz, Leo Burnett's multicultural agency out of Chicago.
Bob Ranew has joined branding agency Clean as co-creative director. Ranew will oversee the agency’s creative offering along with co-creative director Glen Fellman and support the agency’s heightened focus on immersive brand experiences. He will report directly to partner and chief creative officer Scott Scaggs.
Ranew joins Clean from Raleigh-based creative agency Baldwin&, where he was executive creative director.
Experiential advertising agency Momentum Worldwide is evolving its leadership structure to continue expanding its creative repertoire by hiring James Robinson to the new role of executive creative director.
Robinson, who will be based in Momentum’s New York office, will report directly to Omid Farhang, Momentum’s chief creative officer of North America. He joins Momentum after previous roles as executive creative director at The Martin Agency and chief creative officer at 215 McCann.
Mobile Posse announced the appointment of former AOL vice president Brian Dengler as general counsel and chief compliance officer.
Dengler has provided legal solutions for digital, wireless and internet businesses for over 25 years. He served as vice president and associate general counsel for CompuServe Interactive Services and AOL (now Oath Inc.) from 1997 to 2003.
NY based design and innovation company, Firstborn, welcomes Drew Dahlman, Dharmarajan (Rajan) Ayakkad and Daniela Chavez to its team as Technical Director, Director of User Experience and Art Director, respectively.
The hires come off the heels of new and organic client growth for the 100-person shop, which recently landed work from new clients including Oculus, NYU Langone, Gatorade and HBO’s Westworld.
Warschawski has added Lukas Sieber as vice president-international marketing. Sieber will oversee and manage the NY office, where he will be based. His primary focus will be working with Warschawski’s international clients, as well new business development in two areas where he has a wealth of experience, Blockchain/CryptoCurrency and international work.
Sieber joins the Warschawski team with over 12 years of experience in international corporate communications, marketing, media relations, PR, and digital strategy.
Fitness brand SoulCycle has announced the launch of a media division to its footprint, hiring a trio of media executives to get it off the ground.
The company hired Gregory Gittrich, formerly the publisher of Mashable, as its senior vice president of media sales. Joining him is Angela Bowers, former head of video talent and development for Vox Media, as its senior director of casting and creative development, and Laurel Pinson as vice president of content.
Cynthia Sener and Kurt Klitzner have joined Chatmeter.
Sener will take on the role of vice president of marketing while Klitzner is set to be vice president of finance.
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