Movers and Shakers: Todd Sampson, Clemenger, Nova, BMF

By AdNews | 3 February 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.

Xaxis boss Esther Carlsen exits for Acxiom MD role

The boss of MediaCom's Australia's trading desk Xaxis, Esther Carlsen, will depart the business for an MD role at data tech powerhouse Acxiom, AdNews can reveal. Carlsen has been at MediaCom's programmatic ad platform for more than five years, reporting directly to GroupM CEO Mark Lollback. Prior to that she was head of sales at Yahoo7 for New South Wales and Queensland.Carlsen is not the only Xaxis staffer to exit, with Xaxis' head of client development, Richard Wheeler, also about to leave. He is set to join Dentsu Aegis Network's programmatic buying unit Amnet, as its GM NSW and QLD. Before Xaxis Wheeler spent eight years at MediaCom Sydney. More here.

Alice Manners poached by 303 MullenLowe for managing partner spot

After just six months at at one of Perth's leading agencies, Marketforce, the ex-IAB CEO has been head-hunted by another Perth shop. Full-service shop Marketforce, which owns media agency OMD WA ands itself is part-owned by Clemenger BBDO, hired Manners in August to the newly-created role of chief digital officer. She left the IAB in May. In her new role, Manners will collaborate closely with Andrew Livingston, who joined the agency in Sydney as chief media officer last month. Livingstone was previously COO at IPG media agency Initiative until December 2015. Find out more here.

IAG taps leading global ad executive to fill group CMO role

IAG has appointed former Saatchi & Saatchi New York boss Brent Smart to fill a newly-created group chief marketing officer role. Smart will be responsible for brand portfolio management and delivering a marketing strategy that places customer engagement at the heart of the group's brands NRMA Insurance, CGU, SGIO, SGIC and WFI in Australia, NZI and AMI in New Zealand. His role includes group-wide marketing, such as brand and portfolio strategy, media buying, direct digital media and search, marketing operations and marketing innovation. More here.

Atomic 212 hires first ECD as it ‘aggressively’ pushes into creative

Atomic 212 is “aggressively” building out its creative offering with the hire of its first ECD, Jonas Lembke. Lembke joins from Proximity, where he was for more than nine years. Atomic 212 CEO Jason Dooris says Lembke is one of the most exciting hires in the history of the agency as the firm makes an "aggressive new business assault with creativity at its core". Earlier this month ThinkTV brought on Atomic 212 to reinvent its brand image as it aims to keep the medium top of mind for marketer and media agencies. Read more here.

Al Crawford to exit Clemenger Sydney

Al Crawford, Clemenger BBDO Sydney executive planning director is leaving the agency after eight years. His departure follows hot on the heels of Paul Nagy's departure. Nagy, who was with Clems for 10 years and ECD for five, announced he was leaving in December. It's no known yet if Crawford is moving to another agency, but he will finish up with Clemenger in April. His replacement will be announced “in due course”. Read more here. 

Todd Sampson exits Leo Burnett ending 20-year career in advertising

Todd Sampson has officially stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at Leo Burnett, ending his 20-year career in advertising. Sampson was previously CEO of the agency for eight years, before handing the reigns to Peter Bosilkovski and Melinda Geertz in 2015. Since then he has been providing guidance for Bosilkovski and Melbourne CEO Melinda Geertz, but has not played a client facing role. On his exit, Sampson says he is confident his "job is done". More here.

BMF co-founder Warren Brown to exit

BMF creative founder Warren Brown is to leave the agency he co-founded in July 1996. Brown founded the agency alongside Matthew Melhuish and Paul Fishlock, which sold to Photon Group in 2007 - later rebranded to Enero in 2012.  He tells AdNews that it's been a "privilege and a pleasure" to build and grow the agency to where it is now. Brown adds that while he isn't planning to leave the industry at all, there's no way he's plotting to launch a new agency. Read more here.

Publicis Groupe taps creative chief Sadoun to succeed Lévy

One of the industry's worst kept secrets has been confirmed. Publicis Gropupe's creative chief Arthur Sadoun has been chosen to succeed Maurice Lévy as Publicis Groupe CEO and chairman in June, concluding a recruitment process that has taken several years. Sadoun will become only the third CEO of Publicis in its 90-year history. He will preside over the management board, which includes CFO and executive VP Jean-Michel Etienne, secretary general Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner and new member Publicis Media boss Steve King. More here. 

Key management appointments for Nova Entertainment

Stephanie Loupelis has been appointed head of commercial partnerships within the national Create team for Nova Entertainment. Prior to Nova, Loupelis held management positions at MTV Networks Australia as well as Ignite Media Brands. She has also received multiple recognitions in both the B&T 30 Under 30 and Media-I Awards . Marie Lacey will join Loupelis as Melbourne group sales manager. Lacey has over 10 years experience in media and joins Nova from Bauer Media Group where she held the position of group sales manager. Read more about Nova here.

Starts at 60 brings in new CTO and content director

Christine Seib will take on the position of content director, an award-winning, international journalist. Seib was recently based in Singapore as the APAC digital editor at CNBC. Liam McLennan will also join the team as chief technology officer, he previously led the Queensland delivery practice of software development consultancy Readify. Seib and McLennan will be joined by Sharyn Swanepoel as senior writer of the digital team as well as Daniel Leeman as UX/UI designer. More about Starts at 60 here.

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