Career Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including Google, American Express, Vice, Uber, and more


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

March 19, 2019 | 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, including: Google, American Express, Vice, Uber, Dentsu Aegis Network, Innovid, Mother and more.

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EMEA people are on the move

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Creative agency M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has hired Seth Jones as creative director from AnalogFolk. Jones is briefed with overseeing all of the agency’s creative output and will report to UK chief executive, Jamie Wynne-Morgan.


Digital marketing agency Sagittarius has appointed Simon Etherington as the agency’s executive director of strategic partnerships to support its global expansion plans.


Fetch founder and chief executive James Connelly is exiting the business he sold to Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) for £30m in 2014 to take a "gap year" from the industry.

Dark Horses

The sports marketing agency Dark Horses has hired Kerry Roper as head of design. He will be responsible for leading and building the Dark Horses design department.

Advertising Association

Philippa Brown has been appointed chair of the Advertising Association (AA), replacing James Murphy. Murphy will become the AA's first exports champion.

Great Rail Journeys

Lisa Wood has left Atom Bank to become sales and marketing director at the travel company, Great Rail Journeys.

American Express

UM has appointed Simon Taylor as managing partner for American Express (Amex). Taylor joins the agency from Havas Media UK, where he also held the position of managing partner.

11 London

Steve Broadhurst has joined 11 London as creative director. Broadhurst was previously executive creative director and managing partner at GHG London.

Integral Ad Science

Integral Ad Science (IAS) has hired Tony Lucia as chief technology officer. Lucia will lead the technology organisation for IAS.

Creative Artists Agency

Creative Artists Agency has appointed Andy Sutherden to serve as head of international for CAA Brand Consulting, the sports, entertainment, and purpose-driven marketing arm of the agency.


Interbrand has appointed Manfredi Ricca to global chief strategy officer, a promotion from his previous role as chief strategy officer, EMEA and Latam.


Deezer has appointed Laurence Miall-d’Août as its chief commercial officer. He will be responsible for Deezer’s B2B activities around the world.

IAB Europe

IAB Europe has appointed Dr Daniel Knapp as its first chief economist. The organisation has created this new role to strengthen its market analysis and economic research offering for its corporate members and network of national IABs.

BBD Perfect Storm

BBD Perfect Storm has hired Tony Quinn as its new chief strategy officer, with a brief to help the agency continue to help clients raise the marketing bar.


Innovid has hired Seamus Whittingham to lead its EMEA team as managing director, based out of London. In his new role, Whittingham will be focused on driving Innovid’s leadership.


M&C Saatchi Group agency Lida has appointed a new chief strategy officer and chief data officer, capping a turbulent period for the agency’s top team following the recent return of Jonathan Goodman as chief executive officer.

APAC people on the move


Eight Inc

Eight Inc is adding to its leadership team in Asia Pacific, with the appointment of Andrew Au as executive director for APAC. Au has joined from Imagination, where he was managing director of Southeast Asia, and Asia Pacific board director.

Mother Shanghai

Newly-launched Mother Shanghai has hired joint executive creative directors in the husband and wife team Winson and Wanshi. They join from Wieden+Kennedy.


Vice has hired Joanna Jones as head of client services. Jones will help drive Vice's commercial account and project management.


Innity has appointed Sean Ter as its country manager for Malaysia. In this new role, Ter has been tasked with growing and strengthening Innity’s stack among brands and agencies in Malaysia.


GroupM media agency Mindshare has appointed Kerry Field to managing director of its Melbourne office to lead the agency’s growth and client delivery.


Scott Beaumont has been named regional vice president of Google Asia Pacific. Prior to this new role, he led Google's sales and operations in Hong Kong.

Join the Dots

Join the Dots has announced Karen Schofield is to step down as managing director of Join the Dots Singapore. Maria Spinelli, previously managing director of System 1 APAC, will take on the role of head of Asia, based in Singapore.

RTL AdConnect

Nicole Haman is joining RTL AdConnect as digital sales director from RTL Group’s Multi-Platform Network (MPN) in the Nordics and United Screens, to lead the international digital sales team. She will oversee the development of sales of RTL AdConnect’s digital media offer.

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Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis Network is adding new positions to its executive team to focus more on creativity. Dick Van Motman, previously the global president of Dentsu brand agencies, has been named global chief executive officer, creative and Mcgarrybowen co-founder Gordon Bowen has become chief creative officer.

It has also named Nicholas Rey as chief network development officer and So Aoki as chief corporate planning officer.

BBDO New York

BBDO New York announced that Vishal (Vish) Dheiman has joined the agency in the new role as head of tactical innovation. In this role, he will help lead the agency further within the tech and innovation space. He was most recently an executive producer for interactive production and innovation at 72andSunny NYC.


Taj Alavi is to join Uber as senior director and global head of marketing communications. Alavi is helping the company "tell the next chapter of the Uber story".

The Guardian

The Guardian US has appointed Michael Balabanov as senior vice president of sales. Reporting to The Guardian US and Australia chief executive Evelyn Webster, Balabanov will oversee the US advertising sales and marketing operation.


Merkle has appointed Peter Randazzo as global chief technology officer. In this role, he will report to John Lee, Merkle’s chief product and data officer.

Firewood Marketing

Firewood Marketing has promoted Amy Michael to chief revenue officer. In this new position for the agency, Michael will be working closely with the rest of Firewood’s leadership team to expand its services and offerings to new and existing clients.


Buzzoole has appointed Melissa Lee as global operations director, Jane Roy as vice president of the Americas, Manola Pegoraro as global chief finance officer, and promoted Sarah Whitfield to global chief marketing officer.

Lucky Generals

Lucky Generals has promoted Nik Upton to group chief operations officer and Tom Howes to UK chief operations officer following its recent expansion into the US. The creative agency opened the doors to its New York office earlier this month.


PebblePost has appointed two new executives - Cathy Mulrow-Peattie as lead general counsel, privacy officer and secretary, and Bridget Gola as senior vice-president of performance, measurement and analytics.

Mirim US

Mirum US has made a series of promotions. David May, who was vice-president for client engagement, has been promoted to senior vice-president sales and marketing. David Painter, formerly managing director, Chicago has become managing director, Chicago, LA and Northwest Arkansas.

The chief commerce activation officer role has been taken by Jay Mathew who has transitioned from chief operations officer, Mirum shopper. Joyce Zincke, previously head of operations, has become chief operating officer.


Shutterstock has appointed Stan Pavlovsky in the newly created role of co-chief operating officer and head of strategic operations, responsible for overseeing product, marketing and technology.


Eyeota has hired Chris Suh joins as senior vice-president of corporate development and strategy and Don Lee joins as vice-president of global platforms.


Innovid has promoted Ken Markus to chief client officer where he will focus on partnering and supporting Innovid’s expanding client roster.


Crunchyroll has hired Julia Renda as its head of marketing, and Mary Franklin as its head of events.

Carat USA

Carat USA has hired two executive positions: Louisa Wong will take the role of chief operating officer and Diane Harrison has joined the agency as senior vice-president, human resources.


IAB has named Scott Schiller as one of the trade group's executives-in-residence.

Wunderman Thompson

Joe Crump has been named chief executive officer of Wunderman Thompson New York.

Coley Porter Bell

Coley Porter Bell has appointed Jenn Szekely as managing partner in the US. Szekely will report directly into Coley Porter Bell chief executive Vicky Bullen and will be responsible for building the agency’s profile, growing the business, and developing Coley Porter Bell’s US team.

Walker Sands

Walker Sands, a PR and digital marketing agency, promoted Annie Gudorf to vice president of PR. She took the lead for Walker Sands’ expansion in Seattle and will now be taking initiative on Walker Sands’ continued growth on the west coast.


Los Angeles independent creative agency Dailey announced the promotion of Dailey veteran Marcus Wesson to chief creative officer. Wesson was previously executive creative director.


Independent marketing services agency AHA announced the addition of two key executives to its senior leadership team. Giuseppe Lipari has joined the agency as creative director and Melanie Vega-Adamson was named senior director, brand, a new position.

Forsman & Bodenfors

Mike Densmore has been promoted from president to chief executive officer of F&B New York. He will continue to focus on expanding Forsman & Bodenfors’ client portfolio while driving the agency’s collaborative and fluid interdisciplinary ways of working.

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