Movers and Shakers: R/GA, Apple, MediaCom, McCann

By AdNews | 9 June 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.

Havas Sydney bolsters digital offering with two senior hires

Havas Sydney has appointed Paul Bootlis joins as digital creative director and Yoann Bernex expands the digital technology team as technical lead. Bootlis returns to Australia after a stint in the US, most recently at AKQA, San Francisco. He has spent time working with brands including Google, Nike, Toyota, Cadbury and Pernod Ricard. He will report into joint ECD, Seamus Higgins. Bernex joins Havas Sydney with experience in front end development, database management, web service and source and deployment workflows. He will lead a team of front and back end developers, working on social network integration, mobile web apps and developing complex business intelligence systems for global brands. More on Havas here

R/GA expands APAC Creative Leadership

Bob Mackintosh has been named VP ECD at R/GA. He will be based in Sydney in the newly-created role, which will also include creative stewardship of R/GA’s Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo offices. Mackintosh spent 11 years at Host Sydney, most recently as executive creative director, overseeing campaigns for Air New Zealand, Coca-Cola, Lego, Pizza Hut, Ikea and Virgin Mobile. Prior to Host, Mackintosh was digital creative director of Tequila / TBWA Sydney, overseeing global campaigns for New Line Cinema, Nissan, Absolut and Sony Playstation. More on R/GA here.

Dentsu Mitchel hires Andrew Gough

Dentsu Mitchell has appointed Andrew Gough as client service director for the Victorian Government. Gough joins from OMD where he spent the past four years as business director. Gough has worked across many different advertising verticals including retail, automotive, insurance, governemnt media and communications. He has spent more than 20 years in the industry. Read more on Dentsu Mitchell here

MediaCom promotes Willie Pang to COO and Melbourne lead

MediaCom has promoted digital boss Willie Pang to chief operating officer of the agency and will become its Melbourne leader. Pang will be tasked with growing the business through product and new business development as well as a continuing to lead on MediaCom solutions nationally, including the digital, data and innovation portfolio. He will relocate to Melbourne to take up the role in July and will become the most senior leader of MediaCom's Victorian operation. MediaCom CEO Sean Seamer said that Pang has been instrumental in repositioning MediaCom and how it serves its clients to adapt to the digitisation of media and marketing during his 18 months as chief digital officer. Read more here.

Apple poaches Nova’s Andy Milne to lead Apple Music and iTunes

Apple has hired Nova Entertainment's Andy Milne to lead Apple Music and iTunes for Australia and New Zealand. Milne, who was head of creative services at Nova, left the radio network at the end of May to take up the post. He led a commercial innovation team to drive ideas that transcended traditional radio and led Nova Entertainment's push into podcasting in the last 12 months. He had been with Nova nine years, and has spent two decades working in radio from running promotions, to leading marketing and more recently commercial responsibility. More here

Google's Bart Jenniches exits for US role

After more than seven years at Google Australia, Bart Jenniches has accepted a new role to head of advertising for Daydream at Google’s head office in Mountain View, US. He will help define Google’s AR/VR relationship with partner brands and agencies. His most recent role was industry director for auto, CPG and media and entertainment, as well as the leading Google's brand business. Google Australia and New Zealand’s head of brand advertising, Richard Wolstenholme, will take on Jenniches' role. Wolstenholme has been with Google since 2011 and will transition into his new role from 1 July. Find out more here

McCann QLD hires MD

McCann Queensland has promoted Phillippa Netolicky from GM to managing director. Since joining in January 2016, she has increased full time staff by 200%. Netolicky joined McCann in 2010 as art director and has worked her way up the ropes, being promoted to creative director in 2012. Find out more here

Ex-Telstra marketer Andy Bateman joins Deloitte

Deloitte is further strengthening its business by hiring another well-known adland exec, in the form of ex-Telstra marketing director Andy Bateman. The move follows on from Network Ten's chief brand officer Matt McGrath joining Deloitte Australia as chief marketing officer last week. Facebook’s former MD Stephen Scheeler also recently resurfaced at PwC to lead mobile strategy. Bateman and top Telstra marketer Inese Kingsmill departed Telstra in March last year after a major marketing restructure under the reign of its CMO Joe Pollard. Both Bateman's and Kingsmill's roles were removed and Telstra's director of digital media and content Adam Good; IPTV head Eric Kearley and Telstra TV MD Ian Davis also left, just months before. More here

Dentsu Mitchell senior exec retires

Ron Phillips has retired from Dentsu Mitchell after over 12 years’ service on the Victorian Government and Nissan business. For the past 11 years Ron has held the role of Group Client Service Director on the Victorian Government business. Ron joined Dentsu Mitchell (then Mitchell and Partners) in 2005 to manage the Nissan account after spending 31 years with the Clemenger BBDO network. Dentsu Mitchell has also announced the promotion of Sylvia Pickering to the role of group client service director to lead the Victorian Government team at Dentsu Mitchell. Read more here

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