People on the move including Etsy, Uber, Seat, Channel 4, 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.

This week includes moves from Etsy, Uber, Seat, Channel 4, and more.

Unlimited Group

Agency network Unlimited Group has asked former Procter & Gamble, Kellogg’s and Beam Suntory head Tim Hassett to serve as its new chief exec in a move designed to further reposition the business as a client-first agency.


Uber’s chief marketing officer Rebecca Messina is to exit the company after just nine months in the role, with current policy and communication chief Jill Hazelbaker set to take over her responsibilities. Her departure came alongside that of Barney Harford, Uber’s chief operating officer.


Etsy, the online marketplace, has confirmed its appointment of e-commerce specialist Ryan Scott as its first chief marketing officer as it positions itself to drive further growth.


As Susanne Franz departs Seat to join sister company Audi as head of brand communication and content marketing, Audi's Jason Lusty is transferring across to replace her as global marketing director.

Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare has confirmed the elevation of its former UK sales director Helen Warren-Piper to the post of general manager, a direct replacement for incumbent Deri Watkins who has been promoted to regional president of Mars Pet Nutrition Europe.

News UK

News Group Newspapers managing director David Robinson is to depart the role later this year. During his nine-year tenure at The Sun publisher News UK, spanning betting, gaming, marketing and sales roles, Robinson has made the decision to move on.


The chief exec of Omnicom-owned Hearts & Science, Frances Ralston-Good, has quit to join MediaCom. The exact nature of her new role has not been disclosed.

Channel 4

BT’s group chief brand and marketing officer Zaid Al-Qassab has departed the telecoms giant to take up the chief marketing officer post at Channel 4.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Matthew Hook has announced he is leaving Dentsu Aegis Network, 17 years after he joined in 2002. He has not said where his next move will be but is taking time out in between.


Grey's chief strategist, Matt Tanter, will join Mother as head of strategy. He has been with Grey since 2013, which he joined from Isobar.


Futurice has appointed David Mitchell as managing director of its UK office as it embarks on the next phase of growth.


Scibids has launched in the UK market with the appointment of Matt Nash as UK managing director.


Nicole Taylor is returning to the DDB network as chief exec of C14torce. Based out of Barcelona, she will lead C14torce and the Seat partnership.


Richard Kirk joins Zenith UK as managing partner, strategy and data. Kirk, who arrives from Amazon, will work closely alongside with managing partners Sannah Rogers and Jon Stevens and head of investment David Mulrenan.


Radiocentre has promoted George Butler to head of marketing. Butler joined the industry body for commercial radio as marketing executive in 2016.


Quantcast has appointed Matthias Matthiesen as senior privacy counsel based in Dublin. Matthiesen will be responsible for creating, advising and enforcing global privacy and data protection policy for Quantcast.

We Are Social

We Are Social has promoted Lisa Bain to the newly-created position of global chief people officer.

DDB China

Allen Lee has been appointed as chief creative officer at DDB China. He was previously chief creative officer at 180 Shanghai.


Scott McBride has been appointed global chief business officer at Shuttlerock. He joins the creative platform from IPG Mediabrands, where he held the role of chief digital officer, Asia-Pacific.


MediaMonks has bolstered its senior APAC team. Former W+K Sanne Drogtrop is joining as head of production, Tobias Wilson as vice-president of growth APAC and Erick Alonso as business director, based in Singapore.

Dentsu Aegis Network

George Patten has been appointed as regional operating officer for Dentsu Aegis Network APAC, as part of the continuing transformation of the business, to enable a more seamless and cohesive approach to client service that is data-driven.


Mirum Indonesia has appointed Daniel Hagmeijer as managing director, to replace Daniel van Leeuwen. Formerly head of brand experience design, Hagmeijer has been part of the Mirum family since 2013.


Eyeota has appointed Phoebe Ang as its chief financial officer. Based in the Singapore headquarters, Ang will partner with chief exec Kevin Tan, to spearhead exponential and international growth in the coming years.


Ogilvy has appointed Gavin McLeod as executive creative director of its Sydney office. He was most recently executive creative director at AKQAin San Francisco.


Wavemaker has promoted Henry Wang to chief product officer. In his new role, Wang will lead the ongoing product-driven transformation of Wavemaker China.


21CB has expanded its leadership team. Colin Chow will serve as partner to lead growth, develop strategy and cultivate talent.


Uber's chief operations officer, Barney Harford, and its chief marketing officer, Rebecca Messina are to leave the company.


Michael Sebastian has been named editor-in-chief of Esquire Magazine. He will succeed Jay Fielden who took over in 2016.


Dagger has announced the hiring of Liz Heard as senior director of strategy & insights. Heard has toggled in roles from agency to client-side, with stints at Delta Air Lines, AT&T, 22Squared and most recently Omelet in LA, where she served as brand director. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of Dagger’s strategy team.

McAlister’s Deli

McAlister's Deli has hired a chief marketing officer, Natalia P. Franco. In her new role Franco will be responsible for leading, developing and executing marketing strategies and programs.

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