Movers & Shakers: DDB, The Royals, NOVA Entertainment

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 12 July 2019

It's hard to keep up with all the latest moves across media, marketing and advertising, so we've made a list. Check out the biggest moves in adland this week.

DDB AUNZ promotes Damon Stapleton
DDB AUNZ has promoted Damon Stapleton to the role of regional chief creative officer across Australia and New Zealand. Stapleton previously held the role of chief creative officer at DDB New Zealand. He will remain based in New Zealand and spend the vast majority of his time in Auckland. In Australia Ben Welsh, Tara Ford and Anthony Moss will continue to lead the creative agenda as they do today, while Stapleton will focus on helping drive DDB’s strategy to be the region’s most effective creative network. In his career, Stapleton has won over 500 international awards including 60 Cannes Lions with 35 being won in the last five years at DDB NZ.

Stu Turner returns to Australia as ECD at The Royals
The Royals is continuing the expansion of its creative leadership team with the appointment of Stu Turner as executive creative director (ECD). Turner has won more than 100 local and international awards with Gold or higher at Cannes, D&AD, Clios, Spiked, Webby Awards, Effies and AWARD. Previously ECD at Havas Sydney, he helped create and lead campaigns such as The Riderless Bike, The Bottom 100 and The Palau Pledge. He returns to Australia after a stint as ECD at VML in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa. He was previously group ECD at DDB Melbourne.

NOVA Entertainment hires program director
NOVA Entertainment has appointed Ben Latimer to the joint role of program director for Nova 93.7 Perth and Nova 919 Adelaide, on an interim basis, following the resignation of Dan Underhill. Latimer has more than 17 years’ experience in senior content management roles across multiple broadcast platforms. He joined NOVA Entertainment in July 2017 as program director for smoothfm and most recently held the joint role of program director for Nova 96.9 Sydney and Nova 919 Adelaide. Peter Clay, head of programming NOVA 96.9 & smoothfm network, will take over responsibility for Nova 96.9 Sydney in the interim.

oOh!media's Adam Cadwallader is the new CEO of XTD
Out of home industry leader Adam Cadwallader has been appointed CEO of ASX-listed digital transit media company XTD Limited. The former oOh!media senior executive takes over from interim CEO Jason Byrne from 1 August. His base pay will be $301,125, with another $100,000 as a short term incentive. Cadwallader has been in the media industry for more than 25 years, the last 19 years spent in Out of Home where he was most recently group sales strategy director for oOh!media.

Gemba bolsters team with three senior hires
Specialist sport and entertainment agency Gemba has made three senior appointments within the team. Craig Roberts has been promoted to head of strategy and insights where he will lead the insights division along with his existing management of the agency’s strategy and venues and facilities divisions. Haydn Northover joins the Gemba leadership team as insights divisional manager, after working in research agencies including Nielsen, Kantar and Millward Brown. Hylke Hellinga joins Gemba from Holland, where he was recently behind major football stadium and leisure precinct redevelopment projects. Relocating to Australia, Hellinga has more than 15 years' experience advising on sport and cultural institution infrastructure projects.

Fairfax and Skyscanner executives join adtech start-up Publift
Australian founded adtech startup Publift has made a trio of senior hires including former Skyscanner, Fairfax and Private Media executives. Joining the business is former Fairfax executive Sandra Moynihan as head of commercial strategy. She has more than eight years’ experience within publisher ad operations. Pat McDonald also joins as commercial manager working with agencies and advertisers. McDonald started out his career on the agency side at PHD and has also worked with big publishers such as Moshtix and Skyscanner. In addition to Sydney hires, Publift has launched a Melbourne office, headed up by regional lead Nick Dunlop. Dunlop has more than 15 years’ experience working in operations teams for small to large publishers both in Australia and the UK.

Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton appoint group MD
Global communications and marketing solutions firm Weber Shandwick and brand experience agency Jack Morton have appointed Helen Graney as group managing director of both businesses. Graney’s joint leadership of both agencies will facilitate "enhanced" collaboration for clients. Graney will report to Baxter Jolly, CEO Asia Pacific, Weber Shandwick and Julian Pullan, vice chairman, president international, Jack Morton. With more than 20 years’ experience across integrated marketing, brand experience, and
event management, Graney has been managing director of Jack Morton since 2009.

Enthral nabs Carsales PR manager
Content marketing and storytelling agency, Enthral, is growing its earned media offer with the appointment of Sarah-Lucy Rice as senior publicity manager. Rice brings publicity experience across the media, technology and sport sectors to agency. She most recently managed consumer public relations for carsales and has worked for other companies as a PR specialist, including News Corp Australia, Tennis Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and SEEK. In her new role, Rice will be responsible for creating earned media strategies and getting Enthral’s client partners into culture through editorial coverage and partnerships. 

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