Movers and Shakers: Google, Instagram, Amplifi, M&C

By AdNews | 5 October 2018

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

Clemenger BBDO appoint new national group production director

Clemenger BBDO has appointed Olivier Klonhammer as national group production director taking responsibility for Melbourne and Sydney’s integrated departments. Klonhammer joins from 180 Amsterdam, where he was head of integrated production at the Dutch agency, prior to which he spent 11 years at Wieden + Kennedy working on brands including Nike, EA Games, Heineken, PlayStation and Coca Cola. This change comes as Clemenger BBDO re-design and build production capabilities.

Google News Lab hire Nic Hopkins

Google has appointed Nic Hopkins to the position of Google News Lab lead in Australia & New Zealand. In his new role he will drive the News Lab’s work alongside newsrooms and publishers to support and grow digital journalism through training, editorial tools, research and industry partnerships. Hopkins worked as a cadet with The Advertiser and held a number of editorial roles with The Australian, The Times and with News Corp. The appointment follows Google’s announcement in March that it expanded the News Lab to Australia and New Zealand as part of the Google news initiative.

Adam Mosseri announced head of Instagram as founders depart

New head of Instagram Adam Mosseri has replaced co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Mosseri began his career as a designer, managed his own design consultancy, and then joined the Facebook design team in 2008. Since then, he moved into product management and spent time leading the news feed product and engineering teams. His new role will have him oversee all functions of the business including engineering, product and operations as well as recruiting a new executive team.

Amplifi strengthens leadership team with GM appointments

Amplifi has appointed Ivo Kavelj as general manager in Victoria and Lou Romeo as general manager in NSW and Queensland. Kavelj has worked in media for 26 years, most recently at Initiative as general manager. Romeo has been with Dentsu Aegis Network since 2016, joining as head of investment and activation at Carat Sydney and more recently as head of media investment for Amplifi I&S. The newly-created roles come as an attempt to bolster the leadership of Amplifi’s investment and solutions division.

Medium Rare appoints editor-in-chief

Medium Rare content agency appointed Justine Cullen as editor-in-chief of its David Jones’ content portfolio. Cullen will be responsible for developing and implementing content strategies for David Jones across a number of platforms, including Jones and Mr Jones magazines, digital and social content campaigns for key categories, and seasonal catalogues.

Tess Midgley joins M&C Saatchi Melbourne

M&C Saatchi Melbourne has added to its creative team with the appointment of Tessa Midgley. The senior copywriter moves across from McCann Melbourne. She has previously held roles at DDB and AJF Partnership working with a range of categories and brands including Porsche, Westpac, Lion, Telstra, L’Oreal, Tigerair, Victorian Racing Club, WorkSafe, Red Cross Blood Service, ahm, Melbourne University, Bakers Delight and AGL.

Choice hotels appoints GM marketing

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac in Asia Pacific has announced Kari Hunter as its new general manager of marketing. Hunter will be responsible for directing the marketing strategy and raising the brand profile for all of the Choice Hotels brands in the Asia Pacific region including the Ascend Hotel Collection, Clarion, Quality, Comfort and Econo Lodge. A travel and tourism specialist, she has more than 15 years’ marketing experience in the industry, most recently as general manager of marketing for the Belgravia Health and Leisure Group where she oversaw the marketing strategy and function across eight brands and more than 160 facilities. Hunter has begun her new role and reports directly to the company’s CEO, Trent Fraser.

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