People on the Move including Dentsu Aegis, VMLY&R, CNN, Publicis, Wunderman and more

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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.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed a new senior leadership team for the UK and Ireland, which includes three promotions and two new appointments.

Kate Howe, currently chief executive officer of B2B agency Gyro, has been promoted to chief growth officer, James Connelly, founder and executive chairman of mobile agency Fetch, becomes chief strategic development officer and Matthew Platts, chief executive of media brands, steps into the new position of chief commercial officer.

Anne Sewell is also joining the network from Sky in the new role of chief people officer and Dennis Romijn has been hired to take on the role of chief financial officer.


VMLY&R has appointed a creative leadership team, following the unification of VML and Y&R.

The organisation will be lead by Debbi Vandeven, global chief creative officer. She was previously global chief creative officer of VML. John Godsey and Jason Xenopoulos have been appointed chief creative officers of VMLY&R, North America. Ex-Y&R Europe chief creative officer Jaime Mandelbaum will now move into the position of regional chief creative officer of Europe.

Other creative moves include Martin Goldberg, who has been named chief creative officer of Latam, Paul Nagy who has been appointed chief creative officer of Australia and New Zealand, and Kalpesh Patankar, now chief creative officer of the Middle East and Europe.


Facebook has recruited Essence UK chief executive Nick Baughan to take up the post of director of agencies. He will report to Steve Hatch, vice president for Europe, and be responsible for relationships and revenue for Facebook's agency partners across UK and Ireland.

Publicis Groupe

Guy Weiynk, the European chief for Publicis Worldwide will step down at the end of this year after revitalising the fortunes of the agency in London during his four-year reign.

Karl Weaver has been appointed chief executive officer of Publicis Spine, UK. Weaver will be responsible for unifying the data assets, technology and talent in the UK.


Rob Forster will join the team at software development consultancy Mashbo from Reading Room. He will be Mashbo’s first ever operations manager and will be responsible for managing team capacity and project delivery.

The Ozone Project

The Ozone Project has appointed Craig Tuck as managing director for its commercial division, Ozone Audience.

The Advertising Association

The Advertising Association (AA) has appointed Konrad Shek as its strategic policy advisor. This is a newly created role in the public affairs team led by the AA's director of public affairs, Sue Eustace. He will help the organisation meet the challenges of Brexit, as well as working on other key issues including international trade, data and e-privacy.


ISBA veteran Debbie Morrison is to leave ISBA after 29 years. Morrison is joining Ebiquity to lead the media auditing and consulting company's relationships with industry trade bodies.

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

The operator of UK National Lottery,Camelot UK, has appointed Jennelle Tilling as a non-executive director. Tilling previously served as the global chief marketing officer for KFC.

72andSunny Amsterdam

72andSunny Amsterdam has promoted creative directors, Laura Visco and Rey Andrade to deputy executive creative directors. In their new roles, Visco and Andrade will join the agency’s leadership team.

Oliver UK

Oliver UK has broadened its creative team with three senior hires. Keith Gray joins as senior art director, David Brown as senior copywriter and Nigel Webb as head of copy. All three will work across key accounts and will report to Oliver’s creative director, Kevin Bratley.


RadioWorks has appointed Paul Cranwell as managing director. Previously, Cranwell worked The Specialist Works, where he was head of client partnerships in the i-transact media division.


Valerio Nannini, former senior vice-president, global head of strategies and performance at Nestlé, has joined innovation company Kitchen8 as strategic advisor.

CNN International Commercial

Menglye Liu has joined CNN from Mashable to be its digital director for South East Asia, based in Singapor. Noriyuki Imai has also joined from MediaMath to be the digital director for Japan, based in Tokyo.

Liu and Imai are tasked with growing CNN’s existing commercial partnerships in the region and creating new relationships with digital-first brands.


Creative agency Virtue, owned by Vice, has hired Alex Light, the general manager for brand partnerships at Vice in its Sydney office. He previously worked at parent company Vice in a similar role.


Dentsu Aegis agency iProspect has hired Matthew Schone as chief product officer for Asia Pacific and promoted Alex Oakden to head of strategy for the region. Based in Singapore, both roles are newly-created to bolster the agency’s product capability and go-to-market strategy across the region.

Previously as vice president of product at Lazada Group, Schone will now oversee product development, adoption, and commercialization across 14 markets in Asia.

J. Walter Thompson Brazil

Cássio Moron and Rodrigo da Matta have been named J.. Walter Thompson's executive creative directors and will report to Ricardo John, chief executive of JWT Brazil and chief creative for Latin America.

At JWT for eight months, Cássio has had stints at Loducca and Talent. Outside Brazil he has worked for Y&R in Lisbon, Madrid and Miami. Da Matta has also worked at renowned agencies in the market, such as Leo Burnett, McCann Erickson, Africa, and had held the position as creative director at JWT Brazil since 2014.


Nick Bell, Snap's vice-president of content is to step down at the end of 2018.

The content team will now be overseen by Jared Grusd, the ex-Huffington Post chief executive who joined Snap as chief strategy officer last month.


Citi, the US multinational investment bank, has hired ex-Toys R Us marketer Carla Hassan to take on the role of chief brand officer. Hassan will be tasked with developing Citi's marketing and sponsorship efforts.

Spring Studios

Spring Studios has appointed Tom Punch as global president and chief creative officer. Punch, who has joined from Vice Media where he was chief creative officer, will be tasked with overseeing the output across Spring's offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Milan.

Wunderman Seattle

Justin Marshall has been appointed managing director of Wunderman Seattle, reporting to Seth Solomon, the chief executive officer of North America. Before Wunderman, Marshall was senior vice president of emerging services at Possible.


Relevent has named Claire Annas Keaveney as president, a newly created role, where she will oversee day-to-day operations and will work alongside chief executive officer Tony Berger to help guide the agency’s future.

O Positive

O Positive welcomes director Jess Coulter for commercial representation. She has directed spots for FedEx, Twix, Verdesian and Geico, among others. Most recently a creative director at BBDO New York, Coulter also draws from improv and sketch writing/acting/directing with NYC’s Upright Citizens Brigade and The Pit, along with screenwriting and still photography.

As a creative director at BBDO, Coulter helped create popular campaigns for Foot Locker, HBO, Snickers, Lowe’s, Twix, AT&T and FedEx that took home awards including Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, Clios, Effies and AICP honors.

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