Movers & Shakers: M&C Saatchi, VMLY&R, MCN

By Paige Murphy | 17 May 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.

M&C Saatchi chairman Tom Dery retires
M&C Saatchi chairman Tom Dery is retiring after 24 years with the agency group, helping found its operations within the Asia Pacific. He exited his role as managing director at DDB Melbourne in 1995 to help establish the M&C Saatchi startup in the Australian market. In 2008, he was appointed worldwide chairman, working in the role for nine years alongside CEO Moray MacLennan and in 2016 became chairman of M&C Saatchi Australia. Dery and fellow M&C Saatchi veteran Tom McFarlane were admitted to the AdNews Hall of Fame in 2018.

VMLY&R Melbourne adds new senior hires to team
WPP AUNZ-owned agency VMLY&R Melbourne has bolstered its leadership team with several senior hires following a period of strong new business growth and creative expansion. Sarah Bailey and Jon Kenyon have been appointed to the newly created roles of managing partners, with Kenneth Chan joining the team as strategy director. Bailey brings 15 years' experience with her, previously a managing partner at DDB and head of business at Ogilvy. Kenyon has been a senior leader at VML for several years running the agency’s largest transformation and innovation pieces of work. Chan will lead Melbourne's strategy offering for all things non-DFR and support both current work and new opportunities for new and existing clients.

David Roddick named MCN's newest sales boss
MCN has appointed former Adshel sales boss David Roddick as the businesses newest chief sales officer. Roddick joins MCN following the departure of former chief sales officer Nick Young, who left the Foxtel sales house to join Nine earlier this year. Roddick had spent the last five years as sales and marketing director at out of home media owner Adshel, which became part of oOh! Media at the end of 2018. He will be responsible for the management of MCN’s salesforce in Australia, and will be tasked with leading and leveraging the "reinvigorated Foxtel platform" across TV and Digital. He will also be responsible for MCN’s newly launched out of home division.

Wavemaker bolsters search offering with new national roles
Wavemaker Australia has boosted its digital and precision marketing capabilities with two promotions, including the creation of a new role with an eCommerce focus. Jonathan Orchard has been promoted from search director to the new job of national head of SEM and eCommerce. He has more than 10 years digital marketing experience \in the UK and Australia with expertiese in new technologies, search, customer acquisition and retention. Jake Whitten has also been promoted from SEO and CRO director to a broader role as national head of SEO and CRO. Whitten's expertise lies in search engine optimisation, conversion rate optimisation and analytics with a background in web development.

MediaCom Melbourne GM exits in organisational restructure
MediaCom Melbourne general manager Rob Moore has exited the company in what is part of a wider restructure within the organisation. Moore had been with the business for more than two years where he was managing partner until May last year when he was promoted. MediaCom AUNZ CEO Willie Pang told AdNews that the departure was in line with operational changes happening within the company's Melbourne team. Prior to his time at MediaCom, Moore worked with Roadshow Films for more than six years and also held stints at Starcom, Universal McCann and Carat.

CHE Proximity nabs Ben Shepherd from PwC
Ben Shepherd has been hired as chief media officer as CHE Proximity continues to deepen its consultancy capabilities across the agency. Shepherd joins from PwC where he was director of the firm’s media practice and a founding member of its CMO Advisory Practice. In his new role, he will lead CHE Proximity’s media practice across Australia and work in partnership with CHE Proximity’s leaders across creative, data, technology and CX. Prior to his time at PwC, Shepherd was head of strategy and innovation at OMD Australia and has held stints at Theordore & Partners, Junkee Media and Maxus.

Myer marketer exits for Viva Energy
Viva Energy Australia has appointed former Myer senior marketer Andrew Egan as general manager of marketing. Egan worked with Myer for more than two years as group general manager or marketing where he led the omni-channel brand management across marketing, digital, loyalty and data which was closely aligned to customer insights. Egan's career spans both agency and marketing, including tenures at JWT and Ogilvy, working across multiple sectors including; retail department stores, aviation, FMCG, publishing, liquor, insurance and financial services.

Live Nation appoints new brand and marketing boss
Ticketing and events business Live Nation has revealed plans to boost its local presence with the appointment of Greg Segal to the role of president of brand and marketing partnerships ANZ. Based in Sydney, Segal will take on the newly created position as he leads the current brand partner program which includes integrated and ‘always on’ partnerships with leading Australian and New Zealand brands. Segal had been operating in a similar role since 2013, following Live Nation's acquisition of his own business, mixitup, which he launched in 2006.

Online Marketing Gurus strengthens partner program with new hire
Search and digital agency Online Marketing Gurus (OMG) welcomes Jean-Pierre (JP) Naim to the role of Director of Partnerships and Alliances at OMG. The newly created role in the fast growing company will see JP nurture the ecosystem of over 200 partners OMG currently collaborates with, work closer with current partners and develop new partnerships locally and globally. JP brings over eight years experience in the digital space, with a focus on eCommerce. His most recent roles were at Paypal, Zip Pay and Brighte.

Cummins&Partners snares rising star to join the strategy team
Cummins&Partners has added young talent to its strategy team, bringing in up-and-comer Annie Little from the UK. In her five years in the industry, Annie has worked at world class UK agencies BBH and W+K, across clients including Barclays, Virgin Media, Unilever, Uber, TK Maxx and Cravendale. Little says she was attracted to the agency's "creative strategic thinking" for clients such as the Red Cross Service and ASIS. She joins C&P after taking a year out to work a season in the ski fields of Japan. 

Medallia boosts APAC region with new VP
Customer experience management business Medallia has named Gavin Selkirk as its new vice president and general manager for the APAC region. Based in Sydney for his new role, Selkirk spent eight years as a lieutenant in the Australian Navy before beginning a career in IT spanning 25 years. He brings with him a diverse set of experiences ranging from being the first employee in Asia for a European-based software company, to operating as CEO for ASEAN with systems integration company Fujitsu. He was most recently president of Asia Pacific and Japan for BMC.

MiQ grows Sydney sales team
Independent marketing intelligence company MiQ has appointed Stuart Parker and Rhiannon Brown to two newly created sales roles off the back of continued growth within the ANZ market. Parker joins the team as sales director for independent and boutique agencies, bringing 14 years of experience in the media industry with him. He has held senior sales and management roles at Newscorp, and CarAdvice. Brown has been appointed as group sales manager, joining MiQ from Fairfax (now Nine) where she was NSW agency director. She has worked in sales and management positions at InLink, Bauer, and MCN.

Bold updates team with new hires
B2B creative communications agency Bold has grown its Sydney team with the appointment of former Misfits Media editorial director Richie Kenzie and Dede Stewart. Kenzie joins the agency as editorial director. Stewart started as senior account executive with Bold in November, joining the business after more than a year living in Japan. The new hires come with the news that Bol  has been apppinted to deliver media relations, content and strategic communications advice to audience insights and measurement platform Quantcast. Rachael Townsley, Quantcast Head of Marketing Asia-Pacific, said: “We look forward to working with the Bold Media team as they help us drive growth for Quantcast through content and communications across the APAC region.”                   

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