Movers and Shakers: News Corp, Vodafone, Omnicom

By AdNews | 20 January 2017

It's hard to keep up with all the moves across media, marketing and advertising so we've compiled them all in one place. Check out the Movers and Shakers from this week.

Carsales CEO exits

Greg Roebuck, who started Carsales as a small start-up in 1997, has left the company. Beginning his career as a software developer, Roebuck turned the once boutique business into a leading auto mobile classifieds with a capitalisation of close to $2.7 billion, now 50% owned by News Corp. His role will be taken over by Carsales chief operating officer, Cameron McIntyre. It is yet to be seen how the change up will impact future company decisions and strategies.

Joe Hildebrand joins News.com.au as editor-at-large

Studio Ten co-host and journalist Joe Hildebrand has joined News.com.au as its editor-at-large. Prior to joining News.com.au, Hildebrand was opinion editor and columnist at The Daily Telegraph, as well as a columnist Herald Sun. In his new role, he will analyse news stories and inject his own voice into the News team. He will continue with his role at Studio Ten. At the end of last year former Mamamia editor-in-chief Kate de Brito jumped ship to News. Find out more here.

Vodafone axes CMO role as it merges marketing and sales

Vodafone has removed its CMO position and will merge its marketing and sales into one team following the departure of CMO Loo Fun Chee. Loo Fun Chee has been in the position for less than two years and will relocate back to Malaysia for family reasons. The teclo company has promoted its director of sales, Ben McIntosh, to the newly created role of consumer business unit director. Vodafone CEO Inaki Berroeta says the move will see sales and marketing activities unite under McIntosh to poise the business for future growth. Read more here.

Omnicom poaches from Fairfax for chief investment officer

Omnicom Media Group (OMG) has poached Kristiaan Kroon from Fairfax to be the network's chief investment officer. Kroon replaces Tony Harradine who was promoted to the chief investment role of OMG Asia Pacific at the end of last year. Kroon was previously head of national agency sales and commercial partnerships director at Fairfax for just over 12 months. Kroon started his career in media in the UK with News International and then spent five years at Trinity Media Group. Find out more here.

Milan steps up to the mark 

Publicis Media has a new head of tech – former Vivaki director of programmatic solutions, Milan Markovic. Sydney-based Markovic, who previously worked at Adconion before joining Vivaki in 2013, is now responsible for the development of biddable technology partnerships and solutions for Publicis Media agencies Zenith, Performics, Starcom, Mediavest/Spark. In 2015 Publicis-owned Vivaki was restructured as it looked to evolve the agency trading desk model. It decentralised the trading desk, Vivaki Audience On Demand, and reassigned its employees to new jobs within the holding company's media agencies. Read more here.

Nine hunts for new directors

Nine Entertainment Co directors Elizabeth Gaines and Holly Kramer have given their resignations to the board. Gaines' exit follows her appointment as CFO at Fortescue Metals Group and Kramer has retired to allow her to restructure her board portfolio. The board has commenced a search for additional directors the replace the pair. More here.

GM Channel Seven Adelaide revealed

Seven West Media has appointed of Andy Kay as general manager of Channel Seven Adelaide, following the resignation of Tony Davison last week. Kay will return to his hometown of Adelaide to take on the new role – in addition to his current role as general manager of Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Kay joined Seven in 1984 and held a number of key roles in the Adelaide newsroom for 13 years before taking on his current role. Kay will begin his new role on 1 February. Find out more here.

Deepend hires new MD

Deepend Sydney has appointed Hamilton Jones to the role of managing director. Jones is an industry heavyweight, previously working at Isobar, UM and TheFarm for clients, including Coca-Cola Johnson & Johnson, Adidas and HSBC. With his digital knowledge, Deepend is confident in Hamilton’s expertise to fuel further growth for the independent agency. Read more here.

HP Australia marketer Darren Needham-Walker exits for global role

HP Sydney-based head of marketing South Pacific, Darren Needham-Walker, has been promoted to a worldwide marketing position out of San Francisco. Needham-Walker, who previously spoke at Google's Brandcast event and called YouTube fandom 'marketing gold', had been working at the computer giant brand in Australia for more than seven years. His roles included CMO personal system group; country marketing leader imaging and printing group and more recently the head of marketing for the personal systems and services. More here.

Tajer's US gang breaks – Lomas poached by Amazon

Former Cadreon Australia MD Marc Lomas was one of many plucked from Down Under to relocate to the US alongside Tajer. However, 15 months into his stateside gig, and just a month after his Sydney MD replacement Jess White arrived in new York, Lomas has been poached by global online goods and streaming giant Amazon. His new job, as global head of client services, programmatic self-service, is based in NYC. Speaking to AdNews, Tajer wished him well.
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