Movers & Shakers: Accenture Interactive, Vizeum, OzTam

By AdNews | 15 November 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.

The Monkeys takes lead at Accenture Interactive
Group CEO and co-founder of The Monkeys Mark Green has been named as lead for Accenture Interactive across Australia and New Zealand. Green will retain his roles at the creative agency, which was acquired by the consultancy in 2017. Justin Drape and Scott Nowell, also co-founders of The Monkeys, have both been appointed to the newly created roles of co-chief creative officers for Accenture Interactive, Australia New Zealand. Both will maintain their roles as co-chief creative officers of The Monkeys.

Vizeum's new BMW client lead
Vizeum has appointment of Alastair Baker as client lead for automotive giant BMW. Baker has previously worked at Dentsu Aegis Network in the UK, where he was head of strategy at Dentsu X and also worked on the BMW Group account. He has experience working across media, creative and tech strategy.

OzTam readies for VOZ launch
TV measurement provider OzTAM has announced two new appointments and the broadening of two internal positions as its service continues to expand. Alan Heng takes on the newly-created role of technical services manager to support the development and delivery of OzTAM’s core services. Heng joins OzTAM from Connected Digital, where he was tech/performance lead. Also joining OzTAM is Mitchell Woods in the newly-created position of product manager. In this stakeholder relations role Woods supports VPM and VOZ product marketing, user interface, and product specification and development.

Imagination hires tech leader
Experience agency Imagination has welcomed Justin Baird as head of technology for the Asia Pacific region. Baird brings 20 years of technology consulting and agency expertise to Imagination. He has previously worked at Accenture Interactive where he was managing director of R&D Technology and Innovation. He has also worked at Hanson Robotics, led Innovation at Google and is a founding member of the Google Creative Council.

Val Morgan Digital prepares to launch
Val Morgan Digital has hired Amanda Bardas as executive editor to its soon-to-launch youth-focused site. Bardas has previously worked at Pedestrian’s PopSugar, and launched leading global title Who What Where. She joins former Pedestrian managing director Brian Florido and national sales director Adam Fischer.

News Corp’s new audio role
Del Fordham has been appointed to the newly created role of head of audio at NewsCast, News Corp Australia’s audio network. Fordham will lead the company’s audio network strategy, working to develop original content with its brands and editorial teams. With more than 15 years’ experience in audio, Fordham has worked at companies such as the ABC, Southern Cross Austereo and Nova Entertainment. He was most recently senior account director at Global Eagle.

Droga5 jumps to Leo Burnett
Leo Burnett has appointed Andrew Fergusson as executive creative director of its Sydney office. Fergusson returns to Sydney from New York where he has been with Droga5 for nearly four years, most recently as group creative director. Fergusson started his career with TBWA in Sydney, where he spent nearly six years before joining Droga5 when the agency launched in Australia prior to moving to New York.

Bastion Effect bolsters team
Integrated communications agency Bastion Effect has hired former One Green Bean social director Shirley Tat as its group business director. Tat, who was previously social director at Coca-Cola and Ogilvy, will be responsible for growing the agency’s footprint in Sydney and its social media focus nationally. She will work closely with the agency’s newly appointed head of Sydney, Broc Munro. The agency also promoted its Melbourne general manager Roxanne Millar into a national GM role on the eve of her sixth anniversary with the business.

Isentia promotes
Media monitoring company Isentia has appointed rising talent Russ Horell as chief commercial officer. He replaces Sean Smith who joined marketing, communications and printing group IVE as CEO Data-Driven Communications. Horell was most recently Isentia's country manager in New Zealand and the Queensland manager.

The Idea Shed expands team
Independent creative agency The Idea Shed has hired three senior level executives. Adrian Moore as head of digital from McCann where he was social media director. Prior to that he worked on client-side at Tabcorp and the Accent Group, as well as OMD Australia. Rita Sterne comes to The Idea Shed as senior art director, previously heading up her own studio and working at agencies including BMF and M&C Saatchi. Dan Adams also joins as senior account director. Prior to joining The Idea Shed, Dan led the Diageo account at brand activation agency Traffik.

Six Black Pens’ creative boss
CX agency Six Black Pens (SBP) has hired Joe Mayock as head of creative. He joins directors Oli Vickery and Chris Tappenden in overseeing delivery to SBP’s client base. Mayock has previously led teams at both local and global levels, working at agencies including Stone & Chalk and Momentum Worldwide.

Blis names MD ANZ
Blis has appointed Emma-Jayne Owens as the regional managing director for business in Australia and New Zealand. Owens will step into the position following the departure of Nick Ballard who leaves the role after five years with the company. Owens has previously led the commercial function of the Australian Radio Network & iHeart Radio and help leadership positions at Big Mobile, Mi9 Media and Austereo. 

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