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People on the move featuring Captify, Walmart, Disney and more


By Jenny Cleeton, Social Media & Video Content Creator

July 3, 2018 | 14 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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People on the move featuring VAB, Wharf Hotels and Realeyes

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Superfly has appointed Alex Cripe as executive vice president, he will report directly to co-founder, Rich Goodstone.

In the role, Cripe will be tasked with designed the strategic offering from the agency that differs to competitors. He joins from Redscout where he was head of strategy working on the likes of Netflix, Warner Brothers and FreeForm.

McCann Bristol

McCann Bristol has bolstered its creative team with the appointment of Zane Radcliffe as senior creative.

Radcliffe joins the agency from AgencyUK where he held the role of creative director.


Dentsu Aegis has announced an expansion of Merkle into the Middle East and North Africa with Rudy Banholzer at the helm.

Formerly managing director of Your Social prior to its acquisition by Merkle in the EMEA region, Banholzer has been in the role for six years.


Matt Lever has been appointed as chief creative officer for BMB, joining from VCCP where he was deputy executive creative director for the last three years.

Having overseen the O2 rebrand and worked on pitches for TfL, Domino’s and Paddy Power, Lever replaces Jules Chalky who left for Ogilvy & Mather earlier this year.

The Video Advertising Bureau

The Video Advertising Bureau has promoted Jason Wiese to senior vice president and director of strategic insights from vice president, strategic insights.

He joined the company in 2013 and has since worked on providing information on custom reports, data and analytics.

Havas Helia

Havas Helia has added to senior hires to its roster seeing Paul Kitcatt and Lisa Lee joining the agency.

The duo will each take on non-executive director and business strategy director roles respectively.


Publicis.Sapient has poached retail tech talent from Amazon and Tesco as it looks to offer clients “the next level of performance in product engineering” and differentiate itself from consultancy rivals.

The transformation arm of Publicis Groupe has hired ex-Tesco online engineering director, Tilak Doddapaneni, as its global head of engineering.

Wharf Hotels

Wharf Hotels has appointed Sandy Russel as vice president of sales and marketing.

In the role, Russell will be tasked with spearheading revenue optimisation and distribution initiatives globally.


Rob Blake has been appointed as chief revenue officer of Realeyes, a martech agency that works with the likes of Coca-Cola and Mars.

Based in the London headquarters, Blake will be charged with growing the company’s global revenue growth.


Real time graphics and video effects tool, Notch, has appointed Bent Stamnes as head of marketing.

Bringing a wealth of experience from Fusetools, where he was chief marketing office and general manager EMEA, Stamnes will work to bridge the gap between designers and developers.


Out of home and location marketing agency, Posterscope, has promoted Gill Huber to chief client officer.

Currently head of marketing and communications, Huber starts the role with immediate effect and will lead growth initiatives for the strategy and marketing teams.


Anna Watkins has been hired as Oath's UK managing director and country commercial director, joining after a stint at Mofilm where she was global chief executive and director.

Watkins will be responsible for developing and growing the clients for Oath’s advertising solutions, and building upon the existing media brands, platforms and partnerships.

Holland & Barrett

Holland & Barrett has hired Bacardi global vice president Caroline Hipperson as its new global chief marketing officer.

Immediately as the hire was announced the health-food retailer also announced that it has embraced Pablo agency to lead creative and advertising.


The chief executive of BBH UK is to depart after almost 25 years at the company in order to set up his own business.

Ben Fennell plans to set up a venture that “will help individuals, teams and businesses grow”. Further details of his plans will be announced in six months’ time, however BBH has stated it is a non-competitive business.


Senior Accenture executive Christine Removille has joined Dentsu Aegis Network’s Carat as global president.

Removille has been tasked with supporting clients looking to re-position and boost digital interaction with consumers.


Walt Disney Studios has a new president of marketing after elevating Asad Ayaz to the executive role, a reward for 14 years of service at the entertainment giant.

Ayaz will report directly to president Alan Bergman and takes on overall responsibility for the studio's marketing operations including strategy, creative, media, digital, promotions.


Michael Islip, the UK chief executive of Digitas, is standing down from his position after 10 years at the agency and will be succeeded by Danielle Bassil.

Bassil, who initially joined as chief operating officer October 2017, takes up the new role immediately having held senior posts at agencies such as JWT, Possible and Grey London and worked on brands including Shell, HSBC and Johnson & Johnson.

APAC people on the move

Ogilvy Thailand

The agency has appointed Nopadol Srikieatikajohn as co-chairman. Under his new role, Nopadol will work closely with Punnee Chaiyakul, co-chairman, to strengthen the agency’s position.


Entropia has appointed April Toh as the head of account management, expanding its leadership line-up. In her new role, Toh will be responsible for leading the account management of the Integrated services across the clients of Entropia Noir.

Toh has previously worked in creative agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, Lowe & Partners and most recently at Leo Burnett, where she was the group account director in charge of Maxis and Hotlink.


The Axiata Digital’s integrated digital marketing agency has announced the appointment of Anurag Gupta as chief of agency practice and chief operating officer.

Gupta joins from WPP’s Wunderman group where he led their growth in APAC.


The DMP has promoted Jason Downie to chief strategy officer from his role of senior vice president and general manager, which he has held for the last five years.

IPG Mediabrands

The agency has appointed Kasper Aakerlund to the newly created role of UM President of APAC.

Aakerlund first joined IPG Mediabrands as chief executive of its Hong Kong office in September 2016 to lead business strategy and operations, while driving the growth of diversified services.

BBH Singapore

The creative agency has strengthened its creative team with the hire of Sascha Kuntze as creative director, who joins from Ogilvy Dubai where he spent the last decade working.

Crossbridge Capital Asia

The investment advisory firm has announced the appointment of Hanna Tantoco to the position of head of marketing.

She was most recently the marketing business partner for Asia Pacific at insurance company, Aetna International.

Publicis Groupe

Raja Trad to the newly created role of chairman of Publicis Groupe Middle East, where he will oversee all of Publicis Groupe‘s operations in the region, from Publicis Communications, to Publicis Media, and Publicis.Sapient.

His responsibilities will include driving greater integration across the Groupe’s capabilities to transform its relationship with existing clients and win the trust of new ones, to cultivate and attract the best talents across its agencies and disciplines as well as improve its resources management across disciplines and solutions.

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Spotify has appointed Dawn Ostroff to fill the role of chief content officer.

She will be based at the Stockholm-based company’s New York office and will lead all aspects of Spotify’s content partnerships across music, audio and video. She replaces Stefan Blom, who left the company earlier this year.


Glen Calvert, founder of programmatic marketing company Affectv, is stepping down from his role as chief executive.

Taking the reins will be Patrick Johnson, who currently serves as chairman of the seven-year-old firm. Before joining Affectv, Johnson held top roles at Leo Burnett, TBA Global and WPP.

FCB Chicago

FCB Chicago has named Sam Luchini a senior vice president-executive creative director to work on the Michelob Ultra business.

Luchini joins FCB from Goodby Silverstein & Partners, where he was a creative director, working on a variety of accounts, including Adobe, Frito-Lay, Dali Museum, Dreyer’s and Google.

Havas Creative North America

Havas Creative North America announced today (June 28) the appointment of Kiran Smith as chief executive for Boston-based creative agency Arnold.

In her most recent role, Smith held the role of chief marketer at Brookstone, in the 55-year-old brand’s attempt to ‘re-energize’ and put the customer back at the core of its business.


Independent Minneapolis-based agency Fallon appointed Patrick Figueroa and Rick Utzinger as executive creative directors and creative leads.

Figueroa joined Fallon in 2012 as a digital creative director on Cadillac. Previously in New York, he had stints at kbs+ where he led work on Puma and BMW and also at Chiat/Day where he worked on early digital experiences for Sprint.

Ad Council

Linda Boff, chief marketing officer at GE, has been named chair of the Ad Council’s board of directors. Boff succeeds David Sable, global chief executive officer of advertising agency Y&R, and will serve in the role for one year.

In her new role, Boff will work closely with the executive committee, the governing body of the Ad Council’s Board, and Ad Council leadership to drive the organization’s mission of raising awareness and inspiring action on behalf of many of the nation’s most pressing social issues.


Walmart is revamping its marketing team in the US with the appointment of two executives from outside the company.

Barbara Messing, former chief marketing officer of TripAdvisor, is set to take on the same role at Walmart. She replaces Tony Rogers, who left his post as marketing head earlier this year to join Sam’s Club - which is owned by Walmart - as chief member officer.


UK-based adtech outfit Captify has named US-based veteran TV executive Tom Rogers as chairman to help bolster the search intelligence outfit’s North American expansion efforts.

Rogers – a long-time NBC executive, where he helped found CNBC and MSNBC, and one-time Tivo chief – will hold the Captify role alongside his positions of executive chairman of WinView Games and TRget Media.


The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has appointed media and marketing veteran Jim Norton as the trade group’s latest executive-in-residence. A publishing world thought leader and former chairman of the IAB board of directors, Norton will leverage his extensive experience with premium content brands to forward the trade association’s “Direct Brand” economy initiative.

Norton will work with IAB leadership to educate members and incumbent brands on how to rethink strategy to thrive in the “Direct Brand” economy. He will also play a key role in shaping the agenda for the IAB Direct Brand Summit.


Havas has appointed Kiran Smith as the new chief executive officer for the creative agency, Arnold.

Smith will be based in the agency’s Boston headquarters and will be focused on writing a new future for Arnold, contributing to the Havas mission to be the most meaningful partner to the modern chief marketing officer.


Patrick Figueroa and Rick Utzinger were appointed executive creative directors and creative leads for Fallon Minneapolis. The two will support the roster of agency clients and new business efforts.

Figueroa joined Fallon in 2012 as a digital creative director on Cadillac. Previously in New York, he had stints at kbs+ where he led work on Puma and BMW and also at Chiat/Day where he worked on early digital experiences for Sprint.

Mobile Posse

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.


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.


Merge, a unified media and creative agency, has appointed Michel Plunkett as its director of strategy and analytics, where he will help clients make sense of the current data deluge and apply his multiple areas of expertise to building new products and capabilities.


Warschawski has added Lukas Sieber as vice president, international marketing. He 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.

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