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People on the move including Burberry, Diageo, Mindshare, UNIT9 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.


Burberry has appointed Rod Manley as chief marketing officer following the exit of Sarah Manley (Rod's sister) earlier this year. Manley will take the lead of the fashion giant’s marketing, communications and creative media teams.

Who Wot Why

FCB Inferno creative team Ali Dickinson and Jack Walker have left the agency to join Who Wot Why following its spate of new business wins. The award-winning duo worked on FCB’s Sport England account, leading the creative for the recent This Girl Can: Fit Got Real campaign.


Mattress company Eve has appointed Cheryl Calverley as chief marketing officer as it looks to “become Europe's leading sleep and well-being brand.” Calverley has joined Eve from The Automobile Association (AA) where she has spent the past three years.


Twelve-year Diageo veteran Simon Tilden has left the drinks giant. He originally joined as part of Diageo’s global marketing procurement team in 2006. Diageo has hired VCCP’s innovation lead, Will Harvey, who will join its European tech and innovation team.


Jason Gonsalves has left Mcgarrybowen London, just two years after he took up the chief executive role. Prior to this, Gonsalves worked for Bartle Bogle Hegarty.


Drinkly has bolstered its management team with the recruitment of Ailidh Forlan as marketing manager and Paul Finlayson as operations manager, as the drinks delivery service prepares to expand its services into Glasgow.

Urban Airship

Urban Airship has appointed Helen Yu as its senior vice president of customer success. She will lead its global customer success team with responsibility for all post-sale customer relationships.

Hirsh London

Hirsh London has appointed Williams Murray Hamm to handle its rebrand ahead of its 40th birthday celebrations in 2020.

Turner Duckworth

Turner Duckworth has elevated Joanne Chan to global chief executive, and Sarah Moffat to global chief creative officer. Chan and Moffat will share responsibility for the firm’s creative product and business across its three studios in London, New York and San Francisco.


UNIT9 has appointed Rosh Singh as managing director EMEA. Singh’s primary role is ensuring that UNIT9 capitalises on emerging technologies to continually evolve its offering.


Mindshare has appointed new leadership, naming Prashant Modi as Asia Pacific chief operating officer, and Rohan Lightfoot as chief growth officer for Mindshare APAC.


Sally Dobell has resigned from her role as chief executive for WPP-owned brand design agency Cornwell. And Quan Payne has resigned from his role as executive creative director.


Lucy Formosa Morgan has been promoted to chief investment and commercial officer at media agency, PHD. She was previously the chief investment officer.

Cutters Studio

Cutters Studios has appointed David Morgan as senior creative director. Morgan was previously the executive creative director of Havas Tokyo.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) APAC has appointed Takaki Hibino as executive chairman. He is to replace Nick Waters, who is moving to London to serve as DAN UK's executive chairman, following the departure of Stef Calcraft.


Workjam has appointed Andrew Myers as vice president of APAC and global digital strategy.

Weber Shandwick

The agency, Weber Shandwick, has appointed three new creative heads across APAC. David Du has rejoined as group creative director, Uma Rudd Tan has joined as creative director of Singapore and Yousuke Ozawa has joined as creative director, Tokyo.


After joining Visa just over a year ago, Takafumi Kashiwagi has left his role of head of marketing for Japan.

New Engen

The marketing technology company, New Engen, has appointed Sam Kanner as vice president of people. In his new role, Kanner will oversee programs and initiatives related to the agency's people and culture.

Comcast Spotlight

Dawn Lee Williamson has joined Comcast Spotlight as Southeast region vice president. In this role, she will oversee local, regional and national ad sales for the company in its Southeast markets.

FreeWheel Advertisers

Sarah Foss has joined FreeWheel Advertisers as senior vice president, strategic initiatives. In this newly created role, Foss is responsible for spearheading the growth and scale of the company domestically and globally.


Jason Ayers has been appointed Possible's senior vice president, data, strategy and insights. Ayers will be responsible for uniting the strategic and marketing sciences offerings.


iHeartMedia has appointed Eric Hadley as senior vice president of marketing. In this newly created role, Hadley will work closely with advertising partners advising them on their audio strategy.


The digital creative agency, AnalogFolk, has appointed Karen Staughton as associate director, strategy for the agency’s Portland office.

Acceleration Partners

Acceleration Partners has promoted Sarah Johnson Dayes to chief client officer. Dayes will be responsible for defining and executing the company's standards for delivering account management and client service.

Circus Maximus

Brand collaborative, Circus Maximus, has hired Ashley Richardson-George as content strategy director. She will handle social strategy and content creation, tracking and analytics.

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