Movers & Shakers: Spark Foundry, Hatched Media, IPG

By AdNews | 13 September 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.

Spark Foundry names new CEO
Publicis Media has appointed Imogen Hewitt to the role of CEO of Spark Foundry. Hewitt joins the agency in December from her role as as group MD at Havas Media Group. She has previously worked as chief strategy officer at Havas Media and joint strategy director at Havas Creative Group. Hewitt also also previously worked at agencies Naked Communications and Spark’s sister agency, Zenith.

Former Amplifi boss joins Hatched Media
Adrian Roeling, the former president of Dentsu Aegis Network-owned (DAN) investment arm Amplifi, has joined independent media agency Hatched Media as managing partner. Roeling exited the business earlier this year following a restructure to the Amplifi business, which saw its media buying teams be reintegrated back into the three core DAN media agencies; Carat, Vizeum and Dentsu X. He has previously held multiple leadership roles for more than a decade with the holding group.

IPG elevates exec
Interpublic Group (IPG) has appointed Philippe Krakowsky to the role of global chief operating officer, a new role sitting just below the CEO. Krakowsky has been IPG’s chief strategy and talent officer for more than a decade and will now oversee the business operations across IPG alongside chairman and CEO Michael Roth.

Ex-Admatic and CHE duo launch new agency

Former CHE Proximity head of performance, James Shaw, and James Gilchrist, ex-Admatic managing director, have launched independent performance agency NorthSouth Advertising. The agency is focusing on the growing client demand for specialisation in the performance space. The pair have a combined 16 years experience in performance advertising in the UK & Australia and have worked on some of Australia's most recognised brands, including TAB, nib and Clarins.

Grey Group opens new role
Grey Group has appointed Nirvik Singh to the newly created global role of chief operating officer (COO). Singh has been chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa since 2016 and will retain this position. In the newly created, based in Singapore, Singh will lead the development of Grey's borderless integrated marketing model; identify acquisition targets and new capabilities and build its future-facing digital, social, shopper marketing and design practices.

SBS welcomes Melbourne sales manager
SBS Media has named Teri Lawson as its digital sales manager in Melbourne. Lawson has spent the past seven years working at businesses such as Vevo, Authentic Entertainment and Allure Media. She will focus on building relationships with key agencies and clients, programmatic growth and providing solutions to clients across the broadcaster’s portfolio, including SBS, SBS Food and SBS Viceland.

Ooh!Media hires government relations director
Ooh!Media has named public policy expert Dr Siobhan Marren as its director of government relations. Marren joins from the out of home industry group Outdoor Media Association, where she led the industry's response to issues around road safety regulations and content restrictions. She also has 20 years’ experience both locally and internationally across policy, advocacy, education and campaigning.

Myer picks MediaCom exec
Myer has nabbed MediaCom’s ECD Gemma Hunter as its general manager of marketing. Hunter had been with the media agency for more than nine years, previously as its global executive creative director. She has also worked at TBWA and MTV Networks Europe.

Indie agency nabs former Clemenger talent
Brisbane independent creative agency Nick Did This has added Rich Boland to the team as business director. Most recently at Clemenger Brisbane, Boland has worked both agency and client-side throughout his career. He has previously held both marketing director and managing director role.

Wavemaker promotes young talent
Wavemaker Australia has promoted Rebecca Drummond and Marco Del Castillo to strategy directors. Del Castillo has been with Wavemaker for close to six years, and Drummond for just under five years. They have been working as a strategy unit for the past two years and are both active members and contributors to boards within the network. Del Castillo sits on the Wavemaker Global Marketing Board and Drummond on the GroupM nCo board, GroupM’s Young Leaders Committee.

VMLY&R hires HR director
VMLY&R has hired Lucy Wilson as its regional director of human resources for Australia and New Zealand. Wilson is tasked with acquiring and retaining talent across the agency’s Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington. With more than 12 years of experience in HR, she was most recently director of people and culture at mobile adtech company Leadbolt.

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