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By Jenny Cleeton, Social Media & Video Content Creator

August 7, 2018 | 12 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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OMD UK has promoted Laura Fenton to managing director. She joined the agency in 2004 and was previously client services director of branded content agency, Drum.

Dan Clays, chief executive of OMD UK, said “I’m am thrilled to be able to promote from within our own agency, showcasing the already excellent talent and leadership that exists and has been central to our success over the last 12 months. It has been an outstanding year for the agency and I’m excited to build on this over the coming months with a supercharged agency leadership team behind me. I am also absolutely delighted to welcome Alison to the OMD family. She brings with her a fantastic mix of media, advertising and client-side experience and is a brilliant cultural fit for OMD UK.”


Primesight has created a marketing director role that Bryan Scott will fill.

With brand marketing experience from the likes of Metro and The Lighthouse, Scott hopes to raise the profile of Primesight as a brand.

Boiler Room

Maria Murtagh-Hopkins has been appointed as chief strategy officer at Boiler Room.

Joining from Universal Music Group where she was Globe’s senior vice president role of creative, innovation and strategic partnerships.


Superdream has made two senior appointments with Michelle Ivins as content director and Jon Perks to take on senior content manager.

Ivins joins to lead the social media and PR team while Perks joins from Liquid to work with the social media and PR team.


Doberman has appointed Victor Essnert as technical director in the New York office.

In the role, Essenert will lead the development of the film design’s approach to working with clients and driving new business.

Grey Consulting

Grey Consulting has launched with Leo Rayman will be at the helm as chief executive with Suresh Nair as chief creative intelligence officer.

Previously chief executive of Grey London, Rayman takes on the global position to build on Grey’s “future growth and competitiveness”. Meanwhile, Nair joins from Grey’s network where he has served as strategic leader since 2005.


TRO has promoted Michael Wyrley-Birch from chief operating officer to chief executive officer, responsible for all offices.

Other news from the experience agency includes former client services director, Amelia Sherpherd being promoted to managing director of TRO UK.


The7stars has promoted Helen Rose to a newly created position of head of data, insights and analytics.

Rose will now be responsible for leading the agency’s recently combined data and insights team of 20.


Stephen Collins has been put at the wheel of Monetate as chief executive.

Previously president and chief financial officer of Quantcast, Collins will work to grow the company further and drive innovation.


Havas' mobile marketing wing Mobext is on the hunt for a new head after the departure of Patricia Lopez who is going all in on a health-focused side-venture.

Lopez will be devoting most of her time to the Academy of Healing Nutrition, which she co-founded in 2017 and now directs. The New York-based company offers training courses and counselling in the holistic health and alternative medicine space.

Channel 4

Channel 4 chief commercial officer Jonathan Allan is driving a restructure at the broadcaster with the consolidation of two executive roles: head of agency and client sales.

Matt Salmon has immediately taken on the new joint role, while former head of agency, Damon Lafford, is set to leave the company at the end of August.

Wieden + Kennedy

Wieden+Kennedy London has confirmed its appointment of Ben Armistead as chief strategy officer after convincing him to jump from Grey Group Spain, where he served as chief strategy officer for their Madrid and Barcelona offices.

Commencing his new role in October Armisthead brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked for well-known brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, Heineken and EA Sports during an expansive career which also includes spells as head of planning at 180 Amsterdam and senior planner at Dare.

Exterion Media

Out of home company, Exterion Media has appointed Steve Hawker as UK marketing director.

Joining from Adara where he is currently global marketing director, Hawker brings with him a wealth of industry experience to the role where he will build on the companies offering.

APAC people on the move


PHD has tapped former Dentsu X APAC managing director James Hawkins for the role of chief executive officer in Asia Pacific.

Having spent over a decade in digital in Asia and over 15 years working in digital media dn creative agencies globally, PHD hopes Hawkins will being expertise to its agency as it develops its future-facing stance.


WPP-owned research company Kantar has appointed Suresh Subramanian as chief executive officer for the insights division in Indonesia. He takes over from Raghavan ‘Rags’ Srinivasan, who retires from the position after 35 years with the business.


The agency, which is part of Dentsu Aegis Network, has appointed Min Lu to vice president of network development for its APAC office.

Based in Singapore, Lu will play an integral role in establishing Merkle’s global branding and business expansion in the region. In her new role, Lu will be responsible in accelerating business growth by adding new capabilities, strengthening its market presence, and driving acquisition integration and synergies in the region.

R/GA Singapore

The Interpublic-owned agency has promoted Dorothy Peng to managing director of its Singapore office.

Peng has spent the past three years at R/GA, mostly as group account director, first on Unilever, before taking on Nike, McCormick and Nikon.

Corning Incorporated

The American company has appointed Singapore-based Dennis Kom to the role of director of sales and global strategic accounts, for Enterprise Networks across Asia Pacific (excluding greater China).

In his new role, Kom oversees Corning’s Enterprise Networks business in Asia Pacific, and is responsible for growth strategy in Australia, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

MSL Vietnam

The PR and integrated communications agency of Publicis Groupe, has made Richard L. Schmitt senior director of digital and innovation, and Duy Quach as digital lead.

Schmitt will steer MSL’s digital and social teams to translate client business objectives into data-driven actions and results. He joins MSL from Mirum JWT, where he was director of strategy and insights for Vietnam/APAC. Prior to that, he worked for Wunderman in Seattle and Beijing as (global) account director on Microsoft.

Quach will expand MSL’s digital team to accommodate recent business growth and work under the guidance of Schmitt. She previously held the roles of lead of Analytics & Media and senior manager of Social Media at Mirum JWT Vietnam.

Ikon Communications

The agency, which is part of WPP AUNZ, has appointed global digital and performance media expert Louisa Mennell as its new national head of Performance.

Mennell begins immediately based in Ikon’s Melbourne office, guiding the agency’s proven performance proposition and joining its National Leadership Team. She was most recently partner of paid search and social, at Mindshare Worldwide in London, and has moved from the UK to take up the position.


The media agency, owned by IPG Mediabrands, has promoted Alex Tan to chief client officer of its China office.

Tan joined IPG Mediabrands in 2017 as managing partner, managing the agency’s global accounts. In the new role, he will oversee all UM China’s clients across three offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, and establish best practices to champion UM’s ‘Better Science, Better Art, Better Outcomes’ culture and service offering across all clients in China.

OMD Australia

The Omnicom-owned agency has promoted Sian Whitnall to chief digital officer. Whitnall re-located to Australia in 2013 to take her first role with OMD Sydney as interactive director, working across clients such as Qantas and Estée Lauder.

She will be joining the National Executive Team, reporting directly into Aimee Buchanan, chief executive officer of OMD Australia.


Quantcast’s APAC head of product and performance, Jonathan Airey, will relocate from Sydney to Singapore to expand operations across Southeast Asia and Greater China. Airley will work closely with advertisers and agencies in Asia to understand local market needs and help them to deliver against their business objectives. He will also lead product and industry education for Quantcast throughout the region.

Benjamin Steel joins Quantcast as business development lead, while Wayne Wong joins as senior agency lead and Sybil Ng joins as senior account manager, with the trio reporting to sales director, Southeast Asia and Greater China, Chris Scudder, based in Singapore.


The agency has appointed Double Zhang as managing partner and she will oversee several accounts including Siemens and Intel, as well as provide e-commerce and digital consultancy across all TBWA\Shanghai clients.

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Mollie Partesotti has been hired as senior vice president, head of strategy for MullenLowe Los Angeles and Winston-Salem.

She will lead the planning groups in Los Angeles and Winston-Salem, impacting clients across both offices, including Acura, Patron and North Carolina Education Lottery, in addition to supporting new business. Prior to joining MullenLowe, Mollie spent the past two years at CP+B.


CP+B announced that Alex Bogusky, one of the original founders of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, has rejoined the agency as co-founder, chief creative engineer. In this new position, Bogusky will assume a leadership role in all aspects of the company, including creative direction, innovation, strategy, and talent.

Bogusky will be working closely with chief executive Erik Sollenberg, president Danielle Aldrich and chairman Chuck Porter, to reimagine the modern agency of today.


R/GA has appointed Carl Desir, former vice president of talent initiatives from the 4As, as its first diversity and inclusion director.

Desir, who helped run the group of pipeline initiatives that includes the 45-year-old Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), the industry’s two designated high schools MECA and IAM, and the 4As foundation has now been given global responsibility by the IPG agency to oversee and streamline the agencies inclusion practices, and weave them throughout business lines and offices across the network.

Amusement Park

Melissa Norton has assumed the position of media director at the Santa Ana agency, taking over for Cathy Sosa, who retired after 30 years.

Norton comes from RPA in Santa Monica, where she managed media for Honda and Acura.


Monentate, a personalization software company for consumer-facing brands, has appointed Stephen Collins as chief executive officer. Collins will focus on driving continued growth and innovation for the company and will be based in Philadelphia.

Prior to Monetate, Collins was president and chief financial officer of Quantcast, and also served as chief executive and director at Bazaarvoice.

Goodway Group

Jay Friedman of Goodway Group, was recently promoted to president, elevated from chief operating officer. Friedman is the first outside C-Suite executive to hold the title of president in the family-owned company's history.

As president, Jay will focus on enhancing the company ’s platform and client base, and in being a proven leader in the digital media industry.

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