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Marketing People on the Move

People on the move including Uber, The Guardian, Adobe, Netflix, and Time Out


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

January 21, 2020 | 10 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 Uber, The Guardian, Adobe, Netflix, and Time Out.

EMEA people are on the move


Uber's head of marketing EMEA, Patrick Stal, is to the leave the company after two years. He has not announced where he is heading.

United Nations World Food Programme

The former chief strategy officer, EMEA at VMLY&R, Saul Betmead-de Chasteigner is to join the United Nations World Food Programme as chief marketing officer.


Jan Gooding has been appointed the non-executive chair of the brand purpose agency, Given. Gooding is already chair of PAMCo, president of the Market Research Society and chair of LGBT equality charity -Stonewall.

Publicis Media

Publicis Media has appointed Mandy Rayment as director of communications for the UK. In her role, Rayment will be responsible for leading all internal and external communications for Publicis Media and its agencies.

Media Bounty

Francois Boshoff has joined Media Bounty as its new creative director. He will oversee the creative output of the agency's existing client base, while also supporting the agency’s ambitious growth plans.

The Guardian

Guardian Media Group (GMG) has shown some out-of-the-box thinking with the appointment of Annette Thomas, a neuroscientist and academic publisher, as its new chief executive.

Havas Media Group

Matt Adams is to leave his current role of chief exec UK and Ireland at Havas Media Group, following three years in the role. Havas is currently undertaking a search for his replacement.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Thomas Le Thierry, global president at Vizeum has been appointed the chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Media, EMEA. Le Thierry will remain in his current role until March, after which he will begin to transition into his new role, with a final completion date of 1 October.

Leagas Delaney

Leagas Delaney has appointed Sarah Glover as creative director. Glover, most recently creative director at VMLY&R, will work in partnership with Lucy Collier, fellow creative director at Leagas Delaney.

Jungle Creations

Jungle Creations has appointed the former chief operating officer of Burberry Group and ex-chief exec of BBC Worldwide, John Smith, as chairman.

Wunderman Thompson

Wunderman Thompson has appointed Naomi Troni to the newly-created role of global chief marketing officer and chief growth officer. Troni will be responsible for all global marketing, new business and communication of the Wunderman Thompson brand.

72andSunny Amsterdam

72andSunny Amsterdam has promoted Rey Andrade to executive creative director. Andrade’s new role will see him oversee the creative talent and output for the Amsterdam office alongside Carlo Cavallone.

Bluestripe Group

Bluestripe Group has appointed Patrick Herridge as chairman as the group. Herridge joins from MWWPR UK where he was managing director and latterly chairman.

We Are Social

We Are Social has promoted group creative director Gareth Leeding to executive creative director in the UK. Leeding was the first creative hired by We Are Social in 2012.


Twitch has hired Damian Burns as the company’s first-ever EMEA managing director. He will be based in Twitch’s London office and focus on supporting growth of the Twitch community to benefit content creators, media partners, agencies, advertisers, publishers, and developers.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Orla Moran as managing director of its consumer packaged goods practice.

Publicis Health

Publicis Health has appointed Jennifer Shirley as president of Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness. Shirley replaces JD Cassidy who has assumed the role of executive vice-president, client engagement strategy for Publicis Health.


SYZYGY has appointed the strategist Matthew Cox, to develop client strategies and to drive insight-led digital services. Matt Brown and Matt Wills have been promoted to director of media and director of design and build, respectively.

APAC people on the move


Quantcast has hired Sonal Patel to lead South East Asia in a newly-created role for the business.

Grey Group

Grey Group India has promoted Ketan Desai from president of north and west, to group chief operating officer, Grey Group India.


Adobe has appointed Simon Dale as managing director of its Southeast Asia business operations. In his new role, Dale will be responsible for leading Adobe’s accelerated growth.

Havas Group Indonesia

Havas Group Indonesia has hired Fariz Azlan as executive creative director. In this role, Azlan will lead the creative team and drive the next phase of growth for Havas Group Indonesia.


Pomelo has brought in Anders Heikenfeldt as chief retail officer. Anders will be leading the company’s retail expansion plans across Southeast Asia. He will also be responsible for developing Pomelo’s omnichannel strategy and establishing seamless experiences across its retail network and online platform.

Universal Music Japan

Universal Music Japan has named Ichiro Tamaki as corporate executive. He will be responsible for responsible for digital strategy, data analytics and platform partnerships.

DDB Mudra Group

DDB Mudra Group has brought Preetham Venkky on board as the president of 22feet Tribal Worldwide. He will also serve as the chief digital officer for the DDB Mudra Group.

FCB Malaysia

FCB Malaysia has promoted its creative group heads, Tjer Wang and Mandy Chock, as creative director and creative strategist respectively. Its senior art director, James Voon, has been elevated to the role of creative group head.

VMLY&R Malaysia

VMLY&R Malaysia has appointed Raymond Ng as executive creative director. In his new role, Ng will be responsible for enhancing the agency’s creative service offering and leading its creative team.

The Trade Desk

The Trade Desk has appointed James Bayes as general manager of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Bayes will lead the company in ANZ, with a particular focus on deepening partnerships with broadcasters and growing revenue in connected television.

people on the move america


Subscription box service FabFitFun has found its first chief marketing officer in Louisa Wee, formerly the vice-president of marketing strategy, analysis and programmatic media buying at Netflix.

Time Out

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

Juniper Park\TBWA

Juniper Park\TBWA has hired Dustin Rideout, as its chief strategy officer. Rideout will lead strategy across the agency’s North American client roster, and report directly to chief exec Jill Nykoliation.

FCB Chicago

FCB announced the promotions of three executives within the Chicago office. Fernando Espejel has been named chief technology officer, while Michelle Stoessel has been appointed chief financial officer. In addition, Eric Chun has been promoted to executive vice-president, managing director of strategic analytics.


AudienceX has hired Brian Ko as chief commercial officer. In his new position, Ko will oversee the sales, strategy, client services, and marketing teams.


WorkReduce has hired Rowan Vasquez as chief data officer and Kelly Lawler as head of sales.

St John & Partners

Full-service independent agency St. John & Partners (SJP) has made two key hires to its creative department - senior art director Heather Raines and senior UX designer Sabreena Katz.


Dana Stalker has been named a new creative director at Swift, with Google Hardware her main account.


Digitas continues to expand its creative leadership bench through two newly-created roles: Nathalie Huni joins the agency as executive vice-president, head of design, North America, and Dwayne Koh joins as senior vice-president/executive creative director, West Coast region (San Francisco, LA & Seattle).


Full-service creative agency Observatory announced that it is hiring former Phenomenon creative Linda Knight as chief creative officer.

Tribe Global

David Balfour has been appointed the vice-chairman of Tribe Global. In his new role, Balfour will liaise with teams across the globe to support the network’s growth strategy and diversity ambitions across both existing and emerging markets.


Branding and design agency Character has hired Amir Ouki in its New York office from Collins and Anna Boyarsky joins Character in San Francisco from Mekanism. Both will hold the title of Head of Growth for their respective offices.

Grupo ABC

Grupo ABC starts 2020 under the leadership of Cristiano Muniz, who will replace Guga Valente as head of the holding company.

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