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Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including Virtue, FCB, Legoland, M&C Saatchi, and AT&T


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

August 27, 2019 | 7 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 Virtue, FCB, Legoland, M&C Saatchi, and AT&T.

EMEA people are on the move

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

WPP's UK country manager, Karen Blackett, has been appointed as a trustee for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's charity foundation.

Merlin Entertainment

Merlin Entertainment has appointed Matthew Williams as global brand director for Midway Attractions. The hire comes in the wake of Ash Tailor's appointment as Legoland's brand chief.


Britvic’s global category director for kids drinks, Ash Tailor, is to join Legoland to lead the amusement park’s global marketing and brand growth.


Advertising platform Cavai has hired five new employees to its global team. Ed Preedy, Fabian Bjørne-Larsen, Dan Jones, George Seed and Julia Smith have joined the company, assisting its expansion across the Nordics and Europe.

Group M

Jürgen ​Blomenkamp is stepping down from his role as chief executive and chairman of GroupM Germany, one of the nation's largest media buying agencies.


MightyHive has appointed Simon Harris as head of sales, EMEA. Harris will help both existing and prospective clients in programmatic media operations, data strategy and analytics.

Integral Ad Science

Integral Ad Science has appointed Chance Johnson as chief revenue officer. Johnson most recently served as the senior vice-president of sales for Amobee.

APAC people on the move

M&C Saatchi Aeiou

M&C Saatchi Aeiou has appointed Chengua Yang as its chief exec in China. Until recently, Yang served as the chief exec of Publicis Shanghai and Guangzhou for close to 12 years.

Dentsu Hong Kong

Dentsu has promoted Adrian Tan to head of strategy and planning. Tan will report to Popo Hu, managing director of Dentsu Hong Kong.

Dentsu India

Dentsu India has tapped Asheesh Malhotra to head its Mumbai office. He will report to Simi Sabhaney chief exec of Dentsu India.


After launching into the China market, Rapport has appointed Jennifer Zhu as managing director of the regonial office.

Lion & Lion

Lion & Lion has hired Iris Peng as managing director to work in the agency's newest market - Taiwan. She has previously held the position as country marketing manager for Cisco Taiwan.


Cadreon has appointed Micaela Soyza as campaign director for Cadreon Malaysia. In this role, Soyza will focus efforts across all IPG Mediabrands client pods.


Adphorus has appointed William Chan as sales director, APAC. Chan will be based in the company's Singapore office.

Dentsu One China

Yuichi Toyoda has been appointed as chief exec for Dentsu One China. In his new role, Toyoda will lead the team to drive integrated and strategic solutions.

MSL Malaysia

Umesh Nair has been appointed managing partner of MSL Malaysia. Nair will lead the operations for MSL.

people on the move america


WPP owned GroupM has extended its leadership shake-up with the elevation of Steve Williams as its global chief operating officer at its data and measurement division Essence, with Jason Harrison replacing him as North America chief executive.


AT&T chief executive officer John Donovan – whose remit includes overseeing the telecom giant's over-the-top (OTT) TV business – is to retire.


Virtue, the agency born from Vice, announced its new global leadership team, with the hiring of Rob Newlan as global president, Krystle Watler as managing director, North America, and Simon Mogren, executive creative director, US.


Laura Forman has been hired by the creative agency David&Goliath as its chief strategy officer. She joins from TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, where she consulted as the North American strategy lead on Nissan.


BBH New York has bolstered its creative team, hiring Brooke Kaylor as head of integrated production and Marta Ibarrondo as group creative director.

Wunderman Thompson Canada

Wunderman Thompson Canada has appointed Jeff Dack as chief executive, a newly-created role. He will move from Carat Canada, where he holds the same role.


Patrick Byrne has resigned from his role as chief executive at Overstock, 20 years after he founded it. Jonathan Johnson will serve as interim chief exec.


FCB appointed Bryan Kane as president of FCB Canada. In this newly-created position, Kane will oversee all operations for FCB Toronto, FCB Montreal and FuelContent.

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