Movers & Shakers: AWARD, Initiative, IMAA, PHD, oOh!media, WiredCo.

By AdNews | 9 February 2024

It's hard to keep up with all the latest moves across media, marketing and advertising, so we've made a list. Check out some of the biggest moves this week.

Ogilvy’s CCO Liz Taylor jury president for the 45th AWARD Awards

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors (AWARD) has invited Liz Taylor, global chief creative officer of Ogilvy, to be jury president at this year’s AWARD Awards. Since starting as Ogilvy’s Global CCO in 2021, she has been responsible for overseeing the network’s creative product across 131 offices in 93 countries, spanning the company’s five business units: advertising, PR/social/influence, experience, consulting and health.

Carat's Steph O’Donnell joins Initiative Melbourne as head of investment

Media agency Initiative has appointed Steph O'Donnell to the newly created role head of investment Melbourne, also joining Melbourne’s senior leadership team. Reporting directly to chief partnerships and investment officer Paige Wheaton, O’Donnell’s immediate remit is to craft and lead the market’s investment product across the entire investment ecosystem.

IMAA adds four to leadership team

The Independent Media Agencies of Australia (IMAA) has appointed Jenna Lambert, owner and MD of Media33 (Victoria); Jessica Bray, head of media and product at Audience Precision (NSW), Mike Wilson, chairman of Hatched and Michael Petersen, founder and client strategist at Pivotus (QLD), to its leadership team for 2024. They join existing IMAA leadership team members The Advertising Room CEO Melissa Roberts, Glide Agency CEO Es Chandra and AFFINITY chief brand officer Angela Smith.

WiredCo. appoints Joe Stuart to creative lead

WiredCo. has appointed Joe Stuart creative lead. Stuart has spent the last 10 years working in London at M&C Saatchi and Octagon, and more recently at Wellington-based agency EightyOne, where he led and played an incremental role across various creative work for some of the world’s biggest brands including Expedia, Jim Beam, Hyundai, and Cisco.

oOh!media hires the NRL's Andrew Every to accelerate digital transformation

oOh!media has appointed senior NRL executive Andrew Every to the newly created role of chief strategy and transformation officer, working to accelerate the outdoor media group's digital transformation. Every, joining oOh!’s executive leadership team, will focus on identifying areas of strategic growth across its core business and adjacent markets to lead the industry to a digital first future. 

Elyse Foley returns to PHD as Sydney head of planning & effectiveness

PHD Australia has appointed Elyse Foley Sydney's head of planning and effectiveness. Foley will be responsible for PHD’s planning community and replaces Alex Williams, who exits the role for a new opportunity. With more than a decade of client leadership experience and a strong planning background, Foley returns to PHD from Initiative where she had been a group business director and head of employee experience.

Claxon appoints Brian Collins head of growth

Full-service Independent Claxon has appointed Brian Collins to the new role of head of growth, reporting to chief growth officer Jade Axford. Collins also joins the agency’s senior leadership team. Collins’ immediate remit is responsibility for new client partnerships – globally - across the agency’s entire integrated service offering, as Claxon moves onto the global stage via an ambitious acquisition and expansion strategy.

NielsenIQ names new Pacific MD

NielsenIQ Pacific MD, Megan Treston, will transition to a regional role as APAC consumer panel service (CPS) product lead. Treston has been at NIQ for 25 years, having previously served in roles related to client service and retailer services. Pete Sheridan will take over as MD for the Pacific, overseeing NIQ’s combined FMCG, tech and durables businesses across the region. Sheridan joined NIQ in November of last year as director - retail FMCG for ANZ.

Davy Rennie appointed CEO of Digitas Australia and Balance

Publicis Groupe ANZ has appointed Davy Rennie CEO of digital agency Digitas Australia and digital commerce company  Balance. He replaces Digitas CEO Adrian Farouk who is leaving after 11 years.  James Horne, who co-founded Balance 16 years ago, has departed following his earn-out. Balance was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 2021. Rennie joins after more than six years as national managing director of digital agency Tribal DDB. He was previously at Deloitte Digital as customer experience strategy and design director.

Solstice Media names Nicole Dale event and partnerships manager

Solstice Media has appointed Nicole Dale  event and partnerships manager, with journalists Charlie Gilchrist and Isabella Kelly also joining the South Australian-based national publishing company. Dale brings more than 15 years of marketing experience, having most recently worked in project marketing for the Department for Trade and Investment.

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