People on the move featuring Gyro, Quiet Storm, Indahash and more


By The Drum Team | Editorial

July 31, 2018 | 10 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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Kate Pickering has joined Gyro as head of content as the agency hopes to boost its offering for clients.

Joining from a Dentsu Aegis Network agency, John Brown Media where she was director of content planning for three years, Pickering will lead Gyro's Manchester content team.

Exterion Media

Exterion Media, has announced the appointment of Julian Carter as regional sales director for the North.

Prior to Exterion, Carter held senior roles at Wireless Group, GMG Radio, Capital Radio and Century Radio.


Unbounce, the leading landing page and conversion platform, welcomed Felicia Bochicchio as the company's first chief revenue officer.

She will support the company through a new phase of growth.


Eyeota announced that Pieter de Zwart, ad tech vet, founder of and Rubicon Project alumnus, has joined the company as chief technology officer.

Pieter will lead Eyeota's tech developments, including advancing the company's audience platform.


Mirriad has announced the hirings of former NBCUniversal sales operations executive, and media executive in the APAC region.

Adam Svoboda and Christopher Gu, each bring experience from TV advertising business with a high-level understanding of global media organisations.


Indahash, the global technology platform, announced the appointment of Daniel Best to the role of vice president, EMEA and Abigail Morrish to chief partnerships officer. Morrish and Best will be based out of IndaHash’s London office.

Quiet Storm

Quiet Storm has appointed Anna Coscia as its planning director.

Coscia will be tasked with growing the brands strategic approach across the agency.

Previously, she worked with brands such as Kellogg’s Special K and the NSPCC, on campaigns including ‘Break the silence’ and the ‘Talk Pants’ campaign.


STV has appointed Richard Williams as managing director of its newly formed digital division.

Williams joins STV from UKTV where he was general manager of UKTV Play, the VOD service from the multichannel broadcaster behind channels such as Dave, Gold, Really and Drama.


Blis has tapped Microsoft marketing veteran Diane Perlman as chief marketing officer. She will be responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and execution of Blis' global marketing and advertising initiatives.


AKQA’s studio added two senior roles to its roster, welcoming Daniel Robathan as general manager and Daniel Holleb as strategy director.

Robathan joins from IBM with over 15 years’ experience leading digital and technology teams, and Holleb joins AKQA from Seoul, Korea where he was working in Samsung’s internal strategy consulting group.

Left Field Labs

Left Field Labs has added Yann Caloghiris as executive creative director and Ken Rivera as executive vice president of business development.

Prior to this, Caloghiris was digital creative director at global experiential agency Imagination.

Dazed Media

Dazed Media is pleased to announce that Matthew Johnston has joined the Nowness team as creative partnerships and strategy director.

Johnston will head up commercial partnerships for Nowness with the world’s leading luxury brands.


Geometry invests in two senior appointments: Ramesh Krishnamurthy as director of data, technology and experience, and Umair Khan as Amazon channel lead.

Ramesh will deliver growth across ecommerce, D2C strategies, proximity marketing models and digital transformation, while Khan brings in-depth knowledge of Amazon’s strategy.


Brandlive has welcomed Jeff Allen as chief executive officer to lead the live video platform. The agency’s roster includes top brands such Nike, Adidas and eBay.

Five By Five

Launch specialist agency Five by Five, has revealed it’s launch marketing council, and has appointed Jeremy Bassett as chairman.

The Australian Council features senior members of Facebook, Spotify and Huawei.

Oliver UK

Oliver UK is bolstering its creative team with three key hires: Kevin Bratley joins as creative director, while brother-and-sister duo Jade and Lee Trott assume roles as art director and copywriter respectively.

APAC people on the move


Chanchal Chakrabarty has been promoted to chief executive officer of GroupM Malaysia, succeeding interim chief executive Jon Thurlow. Chakrabarty will work closely with, and report to, Thurlow who assumes the role of chairman, GroupM Malaysia, in addition to his continuing role as chief operating officer for GroupM Asia Pacific.

Cindy Chia has transitioned from managing director of Mindshare to head of client services for GroupM. Chia will lead client engagement for the group and mentor the next generation of GroupM’s leaders.

Dheeraj Raina will join Mindshare on 1 October as managing director (succeeding Chia). Currently the managing director at Ada Malaysia. Raina previously worked with Mindshare Malaysia as general manager, and prior to that was Mindshare’s head of strategy and product.

Asha Nair has been promoted to managing director of Xaxis effective 1 August, from her current role of director.

Wing Tak Yee will rejoin GroupM on 15 August to lead the [m]Platform division. Yee will lead a team of 40 in search, programmatic, biddable social, performance and advertising operations. He was previously the head of digital at Maxus before leaving to join the Star Media Group.

Saurabh Chandrashekhar and Wan Lih Chan have been jointly promoted within the ranks of MediaCom. Chandrashekhar is now general manager of product and new business, while Chan is now general manager of client and talent.


Preeti Kumar and Jose Campon have both been appointed client president for iProspect Asia Pacific. Their newly-created roles is focused on the growth of existing regional and global accounts, as well as, client leadership development across the region.

Discovery, Inc.

The American media company has appointed Anna Pak Burdin as general manager of Southeast Asia, following the integration of the Discovery and Scripps legacy businesses.

Pak Burdin will be responsible for driving the growth of Discovery’s business across the region and expanding its product offering with a particular focus on developing digital opportunities to target SEA's growing population of digitally active consumers.


The creative agency's Singapore office has appointed Bassam Abdel-Rahman as managing director. He will work alongside the current leadership team comprised of Johnny Tan, executive creative director, and Chiew Ling Tan, director of talent and operations, reporting into Chris Kay, 72andSunny partner.

Bass will join the Singapore team in September after spending two years as a global group brand director at 72andSunny Amsterdam where he led the global adidas account and Samsung mobile.


The audience data company has poached former The Rubicon Project vice president of engineering Pieter de Zwart to be its global chief technology officer to lead the company’s technology strategy and spearhead the development of Eyeota’s global audience platform.

Based in LA, Pieter will travel to Asia on a regular basis to work with the local teams on how Eyeota interacts with regional advertisers and publishers/data suppliers.

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API Group

Brand empowerment specialist API Group has welcomed Michael Frederick to become business unit president and general manager of API Americas.

Prior to this, Michael was vice president of Huhtamaki’s Food Service packaging business in North America.

Chandelier Creative

Eric Druckenmiller has been appointed head of strategy for Chandelier Creative. Druckenmiller brings over fifteen years of experience in a range of media, creative, engagement, and digital agencies, working with companies including HBO, P&G, and Coca-Cola.


Digital agency Grow announced that Peter J. Wagoner has joined the team as its newest creative director. In his new role, Peter will lead conceptually-driven, innovative projects across the full spectrum of Grow’s client roster, including Google, Spotify and Adidas. He will also manage and mentor the agency’s team of copywriters.

The Martin Agency

The Martin Agency announced that Tasha Dean has joined the company as new head of integrated content. Dean previously worked with Air Ambulance in Canada, Taxi, TBWA and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York.

Dean will help bring customer journeys to life, impacting culture and driving growth for Martin’s clients. She will lead Martin’s digital production teams, content and production groups.


San Francisco-based independent agency TBD announced the appointments of Jeff Burger as engagement planning director and Robert Woods as senior account director.

Prior to joining TBD, Jeff Burger spent his career working in the Bay Area at agencies including Exile on 7th,, and Venables Bell & Partners. Robert Woods is a native Texan and began his time in advertising at agencies SicolaMartin and GSD&M, before making his way up to San Francisco to work at Venables Bell & Partners and Argonaut.

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