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 Twitter, Debenhams, Mars, Geometry and NBCUniversal.
Bruce Daisley, Twitter’s vice-president EMEA, has left the company after eight years. The exec plans to “take some time off” from the media world and apply his expertise to the fight against climate change. His last day at the London HQ was today (6 January).
Mars Food has appointed PepsiCo veteran Rafael Narvaez as its global chief marketing, research and development officer as it looks to drive growth for brands like Uncle Ben’s and Dolmio.
Debenhams has kicked off its make-or-break year by appointing ex-British Airways (BA) marketing buff, Abigail Comber, as chief marketing officer.
Robin McCammon, Adidas' former director of global sports marketing, has made the move to esports firm Excel, taking up its chief commercial officer role to build the team and carve out new opportunities for sponsors, despite having no direct experience in the space.
Outform has bolstered its EMEA senior team with the appointments of Keith Fleet as EMEA operations director, Jocelyn Morris as EMEA finance director, and Sorana Duca as EMEA marketing and communications manager.
Bauer Media Scotland
Bauer Media Scotland has appointed Gary Lamont to the newly-created role of head of creative for Scotland. He will be responsible for shaping the future for creative within the organisation.
Amid troubles, M&C Saatchi confirmed to The Drum that it had accepted voluntary redundancy from chief exec Giles Hedger and creative head Justin Tindall whose decision to quit follows the loss of the Natwest ad account.
Pandora has appointed former Bulgari and P&G marketer Carla Liuni as global chief marketing officer, as it marches on with a turnaround strategy to drive brand relevance.
Ivor Falvey, Dentsu Aegis Network’s global talent planning director has joined Wilbury Stratton as a director and the global head of media and entertainment Practice based in London. His role will involve leading the global media and entertainment practice as well as directing the London office during the business’ expansion.
The former chief exec of Publicis Media EMEA, Iain Jacob, has been appointed the chairman of Wooshii. Jacob's current board membership includes Cogora, Inskin, Ukom and Cinema First. He also sits on the advisory board of LoopMe and the digital advisory board of Save the Children UK.
S3 Advertising has appointed Sarah Mason as creative planning director. Mason has been brought into the agency to lead creative strategy and campaign planning.
Social Chain Media
Social Chain Media has appointed Adam Middleton as strategy director, Tom Whitlow as head of podcasting from Global Radio and Richard White as head of gaming from Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
Crown Talent & Media Group
Crown Talent & Media Group has appointed Jack Horlock as managing director of a new division, Crown Brands Live, to bring together a dedicated team who will focus entirely on live and immersive brand experiences.
Geometry has appointed Jesse Lin as its APAC chief exec. Lin will lead over 1,100 employees across 17 cities to deliver creative solutions and experiences. He will be based in Shanghai, reporting directly to global chief exec Beth Ann Kaminkow.
Omnicom Media Group
Omnicom Media Group appointed Justin Low to the role of chief communications officer for APAC - the first for the network in this region. Low will be responsible for elevating the network’s brand reputation, narrative and profile, as well as developing and implementing communication and marketing initiatives across its markets. He will be based in Singapore.
BBDO India has strengthened its Delhi management team, appointing Jazryk Gill as vice-president. She will be reporting to Nikhil Mahajan, exec vice-president and chief growth officer.
Mediacorp has appointed Tammie Tham to its board of directors, adding to her duties as chief executive officer of Ensign InfoSecurity.
AMC Networks has hired Evan Adlman for the newly-created role of senior vice-president of advanced advertising and digital partnerships. Adlman will work with both the AMC Networks ad sales and programming teams as the network embarks on a broader digital-first transformation as its traditional TV business slows.
Innocean has appointed Tim Murphy as chief operating officer. Murphy will be responsible for day-to-day operations and growth strategy. He will oversee the teams responsible for Hyundai Motor America, Genesis Motor America, and Kia Motors America work.
Analytic Partners has named Kathy Bachmann as general manager of the Americas. Based in the New York City office, Bachmann will establish and oversee the strategies for team, product and revenue growth in both North America and Latin American markets for Analytic Partners.
The former head of design at Verizon and chief marketing officer at Venmo, Neil Shah, has joined the new phone service app Sweet as chief product officer.
David Miami has added six new hires to amplify the agency’s impact and capabilities. Ricardo Honegger joins as managing director and Paula Vampre as global chief strategy officer - a new position at the agency. Alongside this, Sarah Dembkowski and Georgia Taylor join as senior creatives and Sergio Takahata and Joao Viegas join as art directors.
Abbey Berryman has joined NBCUniversal to lead our client partnerships efforts under Karen Kovacs with a focus on the automotive and insurance categories.
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