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People on the Move, including new hires at Mars, WPP, The Many and more

Over the past seven days, we’ve seen hires and exits at Mars, WPP and The Many

​Another week another wave of senior appointments and departures at brands, agencies and media owners. Check out our global round-up of who is moving where (any why it matters) below.

Over the past seven days, we’ve seen hires and exits at Mars, WPP and The Many.

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Mars Wrigley UK has welcomed Adam Grant, the former regional general manager at Danone Belgium, as its new UK general manager.His appointment is a significant move for Mars as it is the first time the UK business has onboarded an external hire for the GM role.

Clinical stage pharmaceutical company Ascension Healthcare has appointed Ben Vertannes as head of global marketing.Most recently Vertannes was the nutritionals category lead for brands such as Berocca, Redoxon and Sanatogen at Bayer AG, and previous to that held various senior marketing roles for Novartis, Wella and Pfizer.


The Many has welcomed Amber Justis as head of creative – a newly minted position for the independent agency following a year of growth. Justis steps into the role to oversee the creative and design departments, furthering the agency’s expansion.

Carat India, the flagship media agency from the house of Dentsu International, has appointed Ashish Singh as vice-president of planning.In his new role, Singh will report to Anita Kotwani, chief exec of Carat India, and will lead the agency’s digital mandate for the north and east of the country. He will focus on developing and leading client relationships for Carat in addition to helping the agency deliver enhanced digital solutions to clients.

WPP has announced the appointment of Dave Rolfe to the new role of global head of production for WPP and Hogarth.Rolfe, who was most recently head of production for global business marketing at Facebook, will be responsible for executing a strategy that elevates the role of production in delivering creative excellence across WPP.

DentsuMcgarrybowen UK has pinched Sue Higgs from Grey London and Paul Cohen from Adam & Eve/DDB to take on the joint role of executive creative director.Higgs and Cohen will both be based in London and have been appointed to expand the agency’s creative department.

Nicky Bell, former head of global client partnerships at R/GA, has jumped ship to Facebook, taking on the role of vice-president of Facebook Creative Shop.The former chief exec of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand will be based in LA.

Charlene Charity has been named as head of strategy at Digitas UK as the agency looks to take its customer engagement capability to the next level, building on its successes last year. She takes up her new role this month, with a brief to lead Digitas’s strategy team and develop the agency’s customer engagement strategy offering.

Miami-based agency Alma has announced four new promotions within its executive leadership team in the shape of Michelle Headley, Angela Battistini, Leo Peet and Angela Rodriguez. The promotions come on the heels of a year in which the agency saw significant new business growth, adding 11 new brand partners and effectively growing its roster by 44%.

Global socially-led creative agency We Are Social has promoted Lauren Underwood to the role of global communications director. Previously communications director for the agency’s London office for eight years, she will now be responsible for raising awareness of We Are Social to a global audience, through PR, social media and content.


TVSquared, the global leader in cross-platform TV ad measurement, has announced that former Kantar Media global chief exec Andy Brown has accepted an advisory role with the company. Brown will provide strategic counsel to TVSquared’s board and executive team.

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