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Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including Domino's, Virtue, BBC Creative, Nike and Salesforce


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

August 6, 2019 | 13 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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This week includes moves from Domino's, Virtue, BBC Creative, Nike and Salesforce.

EMEA people are on the move

Ogilvy UK

Charlie Wilson is to depart from his role as chief executive creative director at Ogilvy UK. The creative, who has been with the business since 1998, has not announced his next step, but staff have been told he is leaving to "explore new opportunities".

BBC Creative

The BBC has nabbed another agency creative to join its in-house creative agency, BBC Creative. Hailing from Wieden+Kennedy Portland, Helen Rhodes will take on the newly created role of deputy executive creative director.

Verizon Media

Group M's director of digital consultants Lindsay Wiles has been snapped up by Verizon Media. She will be head of programmatic in the UK, in a newly created role.

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

Alex Grieve has been promoted to chief creative officer at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. He will succeed Paul Brazier who is chairman.

TMW Unlimited

Digital agency TMW Unlimited has snapped up Razorfish’s Chris Mellish as its chief executive. Mellish clocked 14 years at Razorfish and was previously with Blackbook. The agency said it was attracted by Mellish's ability to scale small agencies.


Vice's burgeoning in-house agency Virtue has bolstered its creative output with the appointment of Morten Grubak as executive creative director for northern Europe.


Lab has appointed Mark Parsonage as first chief technology officer as it looks to its next phase of growth. With 22 years of experience in technology roles, Parsonage’s previous positions include head of IT operations at Camelot and head of e-commerce development at BT Expedite.


Sex toy retailer Lovehoney has appointed Sarah Warby as chief executive. She has been tasked with driving Lovehoney's next phase of growth, as it's co-founders step down from day-to-day running of the company.


The former executive producer of RSA films, Melody Sylvester, has been appointed by Engine as its first head of film. She has been tasked with leading its audiovisual production, including running the company's content studio.


Larissa Vince is leaving her role as managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi to join Now, taking up the role of chief exec.


Domino's Pizza is engaging ex-McDonald's marketer Emily Somers as its first chief marketing officer, despite plans to set up her own consultancy. The newly-created chief marketing role will cover sales, brand marketing, new product development and innovation. Somers will report to Domino's chief executive David Wild.

Above & Beyond

Tom Munckton is joining Above & Beyond as creative director, design and branding. The hire comes as the independent creative agency looks to further develop its branding offering and deliver world-class design and art direction to all its clients.

Grey London

Grey London has bolstered the creative department with the hiring of creative director duo Roberto Kilciauskas and Pedro Rosa. Since moving to London four years ago, they’ve spent time at MullenLowe, Ogilvy and Mother.


Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia will join Salesforce as chief executive for UK and Ireland. She will lead the company’s UKI business. Gadhia was previously chief executive of Virgin Money from 2007 to 2018.


Iris has made a raft of new hires. Rory Natkiel joins as strategy director on KFC and Adidas. Raj Thambirajah also joins as strategy director to lead the strategy on Starbucks. Ally Waring joins as a senior strategist.


Impero has appointed Emily Winterbourne to the role of managing director. Winterbourne joins the agency from FCB Inferno, where she was chief marketing officer.


Wyatt's managing director, Karen Bernie, has been promoted to the agency’s chief executive officer. She will take on the strategic role in long-term vision and planning. Succeeding her as managing director is Mark Fones.


Sophie Kerbegian and Nicky Vita have been appointed as VCCP’s heads of planning. The move follows the departure of Cat Wiles who will be leaving to pursue a new international opportunity.

MullenLowe Group

MullenLowe Group UK has appointed Siobhan Brunwin as people director. She will be responsible for building on MullenLowe Group’s culture. Brunwin joins MullenLowe Group UK from m/Six where she was the people and culture director for two years


BMB has hired Melanie Arrow as its head of strategy. Arrow joins from BBH London, where she was group strategy director and partner.

APAC people on the move


Essence has appointed Kunal Guha as senior vice-president, product, APAC. He will be based in Singapore, reporting to Richard Mooney, global chief of product Operations. In this newly created role, Guha will lead Essence’s full-service product offering across APAC.


GroupM Australia has appointed Cameron King as its chief technology and transformation officer. King will lead the media group’s strategy on digital, technology, and data with functional oversight of GroupM’s proprietary technology businesses Xaxis, Plista and Finecas.

BBDO Hong Kong

BBDO has appointed Tony Harris as chief exec for BBDO Hong Kong with regional management responsibility over the Visa business across Asia. He was formerly chief exec of BBDO Japan.

Happy Marketer

Emily Han has been appointed partner for client engagement at Happy Marketer. She will focus on supporting clients in their digital marketing journey. Her core role will be to implement best practices in account mapping and client management.


Tealium has appointed Chris Russell as managing director of Australia and New Zealand. He joins Tealium from InfoTrust where he was head of sales for Australia.


Pieter-Paul von Weiler has joined GrowthOps as its first chief strategy officer. In this newly-created role, von Weiler is responsible for helping the board and executive team to develop and execute strategic initiatives.


MRM/McCann has hired Bryce Whitwam as its new China chief exec. He was previously chief exec of Wunderman Greater China.

people on the move america


Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble is set to lose Craig Stimmel, its head of digital media and global partnerships to Snap. Stimmel, a veteran of over eight years at the business, is poised to enter the social sphere as Snap’s new head of brand partnerships next week according to Business Insider.


Bacardi is courting external execs to lead global marketing on it's Grey Goose and Patrón brands, following the resignation of incumbent Lee Applbaum. Applbaum, who was brought in to also head up Grey Goose after a successful run with Patrón, will leave the Bermuda-based company on 31 August.

The Advertising Club of New York

The Advertising Club of New York has tapped Lee Nadler as its latest board chair. Nadler, head of marketing consultancy Sherpa Marketing, takes over from Mari Kim Novak.

Taco Bell

After a four-year scale up the corporate ladder to global chief brand officer, Marisa Thalberg has decided to step down from Taco Bell’s marketing responsibilities and move to parent company Yum Brands as its strategic advisor.


Sportswear giant Nike is shaking up its marketing team with a raft of new appointments and promotions. Adrienne Lofton will take up the role of vice-president of marketing for North America, to be joined by Nike veteran Nicole Hubbard Graham who takes up the role of vice-president of global category.

Marketing exec Gino Fisanotti has been promoted as Nike’s first vice-president of global brand creative while David Creech makes the switch from vice-president of design at Jordan Brand to become vice-president of brand creative for North America. Martin Lotti, former vice-president of global brand design is taking on Creech’s former remit.

Wunderman Thompson

Wunderman Thompson has bolstered its North American leadership team with a series of new appointments. Melissa Dorko has been appointed chief growth officer, North America. In addition, Liz Valentine, chief executive officer of Swift, has been appointed chief executive officer of Wunderman Thompson West, and Carrie Philpott, formerly of Huge Atlanta, has been appointed president of Wunderman Thompson Atlanta.

Mars Wrigley

Mars Wrigley has named experienced marketer Cathryn Sleight as president of business development with an aim of recognizing and developing strategies to follow snacking opportunities globally. Joining after nine years from Unilever, where she was finally executive vice president of foods, Sleight will report to Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley.

Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett Chicago has named Jordan Doucette chief creative officer. Doucette was most recently executive vice-president/executive creative director at the agency. She is the creative lead on the Kellogg Company and Miller-Coors.

Human Design

Digital/advertising agency Human Design has hired David Smail as a creative director. This is the third senior hire for the agency in a month. In June, Scott Bain joined as strategy director and Daniel Clarke was hired as managing director of the new LA office. Smail will work on Nike, Twitter, Google and across all agency accounts and supervise the design team.

Energy BBDO

Energy BBDO announced that Josh Gross and Pedro Pérez have been promoted to co-chief creative officers. They succeed Andrés Ordóñez who is leaving the agency to pursue another opportunity. Gross and Pérez were most recently executive creative directors.


LiveIntent has appointed industry veteran Jessica Muñoz as vice-president of product marketing. Muñoz comes to LiveIntent after serving as the director of product marketing at MediaMath.


Discovery has promoted Robert Voltaggio to executive vice-president, ad sales revenue and planning. In his new role, Voltaggio will continue to lead the development and implementation of key sales strategies, yield optimization and sales operations.


Shutterstock has announced that Rachna Bhasin, founder and chief executive of EQ Partners and a co-founder of Pacifica Investments, has been appointed to the company's board of directors and will serve on the compensation committee of the board.


Christine Cotter has joined Mirum as its vice-president, social media. Cotter will lead Mirum’s social practice, working out of its Chicago office.

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