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Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including BBC Studios, AB InBev and Jaguar Land Rover


By Ellen Ormesher, Senior Reporter

January 14, 2020 | 8 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 BBC Studios, AB InBev, Jaguar Land Rover and many more.

EMEA people are on the move

BBC Studios

BBC Studios has appointed Nicki Sheard as its chief commercial officer.

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover’s customer experience director, Fiona Pargeter, has departed the business less than two years after she was put in the newly-created position amid a major restructure.

DS Automobiles

Former Renault CMO Bastien Schupp has confirmed his departure from the French vehicle manufacturer to head up marketing and communications at DS Automobiles.

AB InBev

Budweiser Brewing Group UK and Ireland, the beer arm of AB InBev, has appointed Rowan Chidgey to lead marketing for brands including Budweiser, Corona and Beck’s in the UK.

ESI Media

Jon O'Donnell, managing director of ESI Media, the commercial wing of the Independent and Evening Standard, has announced his departure from the business.

Guardian Media Group

Guardian Media Group has appointed Annette Thomas, a neuroscientist and academic publisher as its new chief executive. She will lead its push for financial stability by leveraging her experience in scientific journal publishing.


Havas International has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Maylis Crassard as managing director of its Parisian hub.

IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands has created a new global client-facing role for Caroline Foster Kenny. She becomes global president of client solutions, as well as UK and Ireland executive chairman and chief executive. Christian Johansen takes on the position of chief executive for the EMEA region.

Dentsu Aegis Network

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.


Kantar has announced the appointment of Ian Griffiths as chief financial officer. Meanwhile, Chris Morley has been appointed as managing director UK, Ireland, and USA, for the Worldpanel division and Dom Boyd joins as managing director, offer for the UK Insights division.


UM has appointed Enyi Nwosu to the new role of chief strategy officer. Enyi joins from his position of partner and head of strategy at Mindshare.


Charlie Parkin, director of fundraising at NABS, is to leave the organisation after 12 years of service.


R/GA has announced that Neda Whitney has been promoted to vice-president, managing director of client services and Fielding Jamieson has joined R/GA Ventures as strategy director for the Global Sports Ventures Studio.


MSL UK announced the appointment of Jo Grierson as its new UK managing director.

Bauer Media

Bauer Media has appointed Rebecca Frank as KISS content director. Meanwhile, Bauer Media Scotland has announced the appointment of Gary Lamont to the newly created role of head of creative for Scotland.

Leagas Delaney

Creative communications agency Leagas Delaney has announced the appointment of Gareth Davies in the newly created role of UK managing director.

Ultimate Asset

Maria Cadbury has joined global digital recruitment specialists Ultimate Asset, in an advisory capacity.


Tag has announced the appointment of ex CEO of Hogarth, Kevan Thorn, as its chief strategy officer.


Which? has appointed Neil Caldicott as its new director of brand and communications.

Unlimited Group

Unlimited Group has announced the appointment of Caroline Farley as managing director of Fever Unlimited.

APAC people on the move


Dentsu Webchutney, the creatively-led digital agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), has named Gautam Reghunath as its new chief executive officer.


WATConsult the globally awarded hybrid digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, Heeru Dingra will be the chief executive officer of the agency and Rajiv Dingra the current CEO shall move on to the role of chief mentor and advisor for WATConsult.

IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands has announced the appointment of Ben Kwan to chief executive officer of IPG Mediabrands Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Wunderman Thompson

Wunderman Thompson has appointed Noel Yuen to lead the HSBC business in Hong Kong.


Nissan has announced the appointment of Blanca Garcia as vice president, communications for Nissan in Asia and Oceania.

Huge Singapore

Huge, a global experience agency, part of Interpublic Group, has announced that Ben Skelsey has been appointed to the role of group vice-president.

people on the move america


Former Taco Bell global chief brand officer Marisa Thalberg is to take on the role of executive vice-president and chief brand and marketing officer at DIY chain Lowe's.

Time Out

Time Out Group has named Sumindi Peiris as chief marketing officer as part of ongoing efforts to grow its global brand team.


Oracle has hired a longtime Amazon executive, Ariel Kelman, as its new chief marketing officer.

Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Motor Group has announced it has appointed Pamela Cohn as vice-president to lead the group’s global strategy and operations at its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division.


Ogilvy has appointed Jessica Apellaniz as the new regional chief creative officer for Ogilvy Latina.


Forbes has announced the appointment of Nina Gould to chief product officer and Vadim Supitskiy to chief technology officer.

Allen & Gerritsen

Advertising agency Allen & Gerritsen has announced that it has promoted Darshan Sampathu, the leader of the agency’s analytics practice, to the role of executive vice president.

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