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Career Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including ITV, Ikea, Grey London, Audi, and more


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

December 18, 2018 | 8 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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EMEA people are on the move

Tipi Group

Tipi Group has appointed Mike Best as its chief growth officer. Previously strategic managing partner at Neo@Ogilvy, Best has joined the independent digital network in a move to expand the group further and diversify its offering.

Grey London

Grey London has poached AMV BBDO London's Adrian Rossi as creative chairman, a new role for the agency. At Grey London, he will spearhead the recruitment of top talent and guide new business efforts.


Kate Waters, chief strategy officer and founding partner of the London indie, Now, is joining ITV as director of client strategy and planning. Her move to the broadcaster has prompted Now’s chief executive and co-founder, Melissa Robertson, to also step down after seven years.

Channel 4

Channel 4 is to part ways with its chief marketing and communications officer Dan Brooke, who is leaving to launch a purpose-driven marketing and comms business

Dentsu Aegis

Dentsu Aegis’ executive chairman for the UK and Ireland, Stef Calcraft, is to leave the agency group less than a year after he joined. The company confirmed that he will be succeeded by Nick Waters, who is currently chief executive of Asia Pacific.


Ikea’s global chief marketing and communications officer Claudia Willvonseder has been promoted to a general managment role for the retailer’s Swiss operations. Peter Wright has now become lead for Ikea’s global marketing.


TBWA\London has hired Aaron Moss as its head of design. He will report to chief creative officer Andy Jex. In his new role, Moss will be responsible for leading and building the agency’s design department.

Audi UK

Benjamin Braun has left Volkswagen-owned Audi UK, where he was marketing and digital director. He is to join Samsung as chief marketing officer.


Jellyfish has appointed Romain Bonnet as head of paid search, EMEA. Bonnet has joined the agency from Manning Gottlieb OMD. He will report directly to global head of paid media, Daniel Wilkinson.

The British Olympic Association

Leah Davis is leaving The British Olympic Association where she worked as head of marketing. She will now take up the role as director of marketing and communications at Laureus.


DWA, a Merkle company, has appointed Rob Gold to serve as its UK managing director, based in London.


Eight&four has appointed Natalie Todd as content director. Todd joins from Cult LDN, where she led accounts in London and New York.


Adobe has transitioned Paul Robson to the role of president of Adobe EMEA, from his current role as president of Adobe APAC. He will oversee field and business operations.


Quill has appointed former Deliveroo Insights Lead Taher Deria as its global network director. Deria will be responsible for heading up the newly expanded Network team.


Havas Group Media-owned Socialyse has bolstered its team with the appointment of Sebastian Redenz as head of paid social, and Hannah Rainbow as senior operations manager.

Ad-Lib Digital

Ad-Lib Digital has hired Patrick Collister and David Phillipson. Both will serve as advisory board non-executive directors to help guide and advise founder Oli Marlow-Thomas.


Integral Ad Science (IAS) has hired Lisa Utzschneider as chief executive and member of its board of directors. She will replace Scott Knoll, who has chosen to move into an advisory role for the company.


Rosie Holden, Karmarama’s former managing partner, will join Cake next year to spearhead its new leadership team. She will replace Jim Dowling, who left the sports and entertainment agency recently.

APAC people on the move


Four months after promoting Pierre Poignant to the role of executive president, a role which raised questions, Alibaba-owned Lazada has tapped the Frenchman again to take over the role of chief executive officer from Lucy Peng.

Serviceplan Malaysia

Serviceplan Malaysia has reinforced its leadership team with the appointment of Elaine J. Chew as managing director. Chew takes on responsibility for the growing Serviceplan business in Malaysia.

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Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis Network's former chief marketing officer, Kenneth Parks, has joined Hero Digital as the agency’s first chief marketing officer. Hero Digital has also brought in Kelli Trujillo as senior vice president employee experience to support agency growth, as well as diversity and inclusion.

NCC Media

NCC Media has named Deborah Josephs as chief people officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading NCC’s employee development, culture and human resources operations.

Young & Laramore

Creative agency Young & Laramore has announced four new hires and one promotion. Derek Hulsey has joined the agency as a designer from pivot marketing, Julia Breakey has joined as a video editor, Sydney Haggard has joined as a digital developer and Mason Thomas has joined as a consumer insights associate. Sydney Jameson has been promoted from associate account manager to account manager.


Justin Vogt joins Fuseideas as vice president, business development. Vogt will be responsible for seeking out and developing new business leads for the agency as well as identifying areas for expansion and development.


Martin Mannion has been hired as senior vice president, director of professional strategy in Deutsch's New York office. He will lead professional planning on new business initiatives.


Tim Castree has been hired by WPP's GroupM as North America chief executive. Previously, Castree global chief executive of Wavemaker.


Sam Jenkins has joined Oberland as an art director. He hails from NYC & Company —the official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization for New York City.

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