Movers & Shakers: Foxtel, Vizeum, SpotX

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 19 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.

Foxtel loses two more marketers
Foxtel director, content marketing, Jo McAlister and Carly Loder, the chief sales and marketing officer at Foxtel’s Kayo have both departed the business. Six senior marketers have departed the business in the last 12 months. McAlister herself had only been in the role of just over a year, joining in May 2018 after a GM marketing contract role with The Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA). Loder was appointed to the sports streaming platform in February last year from Fox Sports. Previously she was at Westpac’s BT Financial. 

Ashley Earnshaw appointed CEO of Vizeum
Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) has appointed Ashley Earnshaw as CEO of Vizeum Australia. Earnshaw had most recently been chief investment officer with the holding group's investment arm Amplifi. He takes over as leader from Stephen Deane, who exited the business earlier this year to join Harcourts as its CMO. Reporting to Henry Tajer, CEO DAN Australia and New Zealand, Earnshaw will represent Vizeum on the DAN ANZ Board.

Former SpotX boss joins Domain
Domain has appointed Christopher Blok as its new programmatic sales director. The move by the online classified business, which is majority-owned by Nine, is part of its plans to improve programmatic advertising capabilities following its transition to a full programmatic offering last year. Blok had previously been SpotX’s country manager for five years and has 15 years’ experience across the media and digital industry. In his new role he joins Domain’s adtech team to lead its commercial development and programmatic offering in the market. He’s also tasked with building out Domain’s media business and growing its programmatic and sales and account management teams.

MCN creates new customer engagement director role
Multi Channel Network (MCN) has appointed senior marketing executive Toby Dewar in the newly created role of customer engagement director. He starts at MCN on 5 August after three years at Westpac where he was most recently head of group media, social and digital tech. He was responsible for leading the media and brand strategy, we well as investment levels across multiple brands – Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank SA, BT and RAMs. Prior to Westpac, Toby was general manager – media, sponsorships and awards at Telstra, and ANZ media and sponsorship manager for McDonald's. He also spent more than ten years in media and creative agencies, including client director roles at Ikon, UM and DDB.

DDB Sydney promotes Matt Chandler to deputy ECD
DDB Sydney has promoted Matt Chandler to the newly created role of deputy ECD. Chandler, who is currently creative partner at DDB Sydney, has been at the agency for more than five years. During this time, he has played a role in shaping both the creative on accounts like Westpac and McDonalds. In his new role, Chandler will support ECD Tara Ford in the day-to-day running of the business, assist in attracting in nurturing young talent, and continue to develop a strong culture of collaboration within the creative department and wider business.

Rakuten Marketing hire Aussie as global MD
Anthony Capano has been appointed managing director (MD) of international at digital advertising business, Rakuten Marketing. Capano has been promoted from his previous role as MD of EMEA to now cover all territories outside of the US and Japan including Asia-Pacific and Latin-America. As the former MD of APAC, Capano launched Rakuten Marketing to the Australian market in 2012 and facilitated the company’s expansion into Singapore and across the greater Asia-Pacific region in 2017. In early 2018, he was promoted to MD of EMEA and has since spearheaded operations and successfully positioned Rakuten Marketing as a leading advertising solution across the EMEA market.

Ubiquity Lab snares Mindshare's Shaun Polidano
Marketing consultancy Ubiquity Lab has welcomed Shaun Polidano as an equity partner to lead the business’ growing data and digital offering, in the role of chief digital officer. In his former position as digital performance director at Mindshare, Polidano was recognised as a "search trailblazer", delivering award-winning insights for brands including Bupa, Ford, Mondelez, BP and General Mills. Since launching in August last year, Ubiquity Lab has partnered with clients including AustralianSuper, HCF, Soho Flordis International, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Hodges and Vision Australia. 

SCA names new content director
The Gold Coast’s Hit90.9 has announced Ali Longhurst as its content director taking over from Corey Kay as he moves into his new position of Gold 92.5 content director. Having been part of the 90.9Sea FM breakfast teams throughout 2015 to 2017, Longhurst comes back to the Gold Coast with many years’ experience as a producer. She comes from her most recent role as senior producer of Melbourne’s Fox FM with Fifi, Fev and Bryon.

Edge bolsters strategic offering
Independent agency Edge has bolstered its planning team with the appointment of Milica Djurovic as senior planner and Adelaide Day-Collett as junior planner. Djurovic began her career at JWT Sydney before moving to 303MullenLowe where she led planning for key accounts including TK Maxx, Citibank, Netflix, Fujitsu and Audi. Day-Collett initially applied to join Edge’s intern scheme before being offered a full time role. Djurovic and Day-Collett join planning director Kent Pearson, senior planner Victor Marx, and junior analyst Luka Maric reporting into executive planning director Richard Parker.

Unbnd strengthens leadership team
Australian creative technology company Unbnd has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of David Loughnan as managing director. Based in Sydney, Loughnan will be responsible for driving growth for Unbnd through strategic partnerships and new client acquisitions. He will also explore licensing opportunities for Unbnd’s patented mixed-reality platform. He brings more than 18 years’ experience from working in both London and Sydney. He most recently led the Interactive department at Clemenger Group’s activation agency, Traffik. Unbnd has also appointed Aron Du-Shane to the role of marketing director. He has worked with organisations including eBay, George Weston Foods and Brand New Media.


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