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Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including M&C Saatchi, Birds Eye, TikTok and Coca-Cola


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

December 17, 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 M&C Saatchi, Birds Eye, TikTok, and Coca-Cola.

EMEA people are on the move

M&C Saatchi

Lord Maurice Saatchi has resigned from M&C Saatchi - an agency he co-founded alongside three of his fellow directors, amid a year of profit warnings, lost clients and a “cock-up in the accounts department”. Lord Michael Dobbs, Sir Michael Peat and Lorna Tilbian all quit the company’s board alongside Saatchi.

Birds Eye

Birds Eye has appointed Sarah Koppens as marketing director. She will succeed Steve Challouma, who has moved up to the role of general manager.


The mobile bank, Varo, has hired of former Rover vice-president of marketing Halle Hutchison as chief brand officer.

Electric Glue

Independent media agency Electric Glue, which launched five years ago, has promoted strategist Darius Karbassioun to the role of managing director.


Lisa Spinks has been appointed as Creature's first managing director. She will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency.


TikTok has promoted Richard Waterworth to general manager for the UK to oversee TikTok's UK operations.


Karmarama has promoted Laura Vipond to managing partner, new business – a role that will see her focused on driving further opportunities for the business.

Peter Dolukhanov, group chief technology officer at Karmarama has left to launch a technology consultancy, Decoded Consultancy.

Channel 4

Channel 4 has brought all its communications and corporate affairs activity together in one combined department, which will be led by James MacLeod in the new role of director of communications and corporate affairs.


SMP has expanded its global senior leadership line-up with the appointment of Jason Kidd as client partner in its Dublin office.

APAC people on the move


Superson has appointed Anne Karumo and Shi Ho as client partners for the Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore.


Nathan Jackson has been named head of sales at Outbrains's APAC operations. In his new role, he will drive the strategic commercial and programmatic leadership and deepen industry knowledge of native advertising.

WE Communications

WE Communications has added three sector leads to its Singapore leadership team: Alicia Eu, head of corporate; Sophia Hsu, head of technology; and Sahana Prabhakar, head of healthcare. These appointments further position the agency to drive growth and expansion in the market.

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Grey New York

Justine Armour has been named chief creative officer of Grey New York. She is the first in that position since 2017 when Andreas Dahlqvist left his position to return to DDB.​

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase has named its chief marketing officer, Kristin Lemkau, as head of a new US wealth management division, leaving a question mark hanging over the parent company’s marketing leadership.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut US’s chief brand officer, Marianne Radley, has left the company after 22 months in the job, the company has confirmed.


Two years after deciding to axe its global chief marketing officer role, Coca-Cola has U-turned with the appointment of a new marketing boss. The president of the company’s Asia Pacific business, Manolo Arroyo, has taken on the position of chief marketing officer as part of a new integrated global structure that will come into effect on 1 January.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Nick Brien is to step down from his role as chief exec of Dentsu Aegis Network Americas after two-and-a-half years. Jacki Kelley, president and chief client officer, has been named as his successor.

McCann Worldgroup

McCann Worldgroup has promoted Devika Bulchandani to president of McCann North America. She has been president of McCann New York and retains that office leadership role.


Huge has appointed Fura Johannesdottir to the role of chief design officer. In this role, she will be responsible for the agency’s design leadership across 13 international offices.

Erich & Kallman

Erich & Kallman has added to its leadership team by naming Jill Garrison as its first chief operating officer.

Hogarth Worldwide

WPP company Hogarth Worldwide has appointed long-time executive Mauro Baz to the role of chief marketing officer for the Americas.

The Richards Group

Stan Richards, founder and creative director of The Richards Group, announced his successor in Glenn Dady, who joined The Richards Group 39 years ago and has led creative direction. He will take the helm of daily operations effective 1 January.


Allyson Paisley has joined agency DNA in Seattle as a creative director.


Framestore has welcomed Anna Borysewicz as senior producer for integrated advertising in the company’s New York office.


SMP has expanded its global senior leadership line-up with the appointment of Glen Mellinger as client partner in its New York office.

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