Movers & Shakers: Carsales, Seven, Unilever

By AdNews | 6 December 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.

Simon Ryan steps down from Carsales
Simon Ryan is set to step down from his role as Carsales' managing director commerial after a year in the role. Ryan joined Carsales last year, following his shock exit from agency holding group, Dentsu Aegis Network, where he had held several executive roles, including ANZ CEO. His exit follows structural changes to the business, which sees Ajay Bhatia take on the newly created role of managing director Australia, responsible for consumer, dealer, media and OEM.

More Seven redundancies
Another round of executives has exited Seven as the TV network restructuring continues. AdNews understands Jenny Hosie, director of integrated sales, Red, Rainer Rhedey, chief technology and information officer and Darren Kerry, director of product and technology have all departed. Kerry, a Seven representative on the board of Freeview, had only been in his new role for nine months. AdNews understands there have also been further redundancies throughout Seven's digital teams in recent weeks.

Unilever names Keith Weed replacement
Unilever has named EVP of Unilever Middle Europe Conny Braams as its chief digital and marketing officer. Braams steps into the newly created role following the departure of former chief marketing and communications officer Keith Weed. Weed stepped down in May this year after more than eight years as its top marketer. Braams has spent the past 30 years with the consumer goods company, working in marketing roles across Europe and Asia.

R/GA hires executive technical director
R/GA Australia has appointed Ciaran Park as executive technical director across its Sydney and Melbourne offices. Park's background spans creative coding, systems, tools and solution definition, R&D and prototyping. Park joins from AnalogFolk where he spent three years as technical director. Prior to that he held roles at TMW Unlimited in the UK for three and a half years and four years with former digital production studio Specialmoves.

Mindshare search boss joins King Kong
Digital marketing agency King Kong has appointed Mindshare’s Adrian Epstein as head of digital account management. In his new role, Epstein will oversee the company’s portfolio of clients as well as manage 14 of the company’s account managers. He will be responsible for delivering on King Kong’s obsession with ROI and client retention, as well as growing its existing portfolio of clients. Epstein was previously head of search at Mindshare, and before that was the head of SEM and social for Atomic212. He has previously worked for a number of marketing companies locally and internationally, including Dentsu Aegis’ Columbus and Cogent Elliot.

Freshworks bolsters leadership team
Customer engagement software company Freshworks Inc is strengthening its leadership team in Australia with director of solutions engineering Vijay Shankar. He joins from Chennai to support Freshworks Australia general manager Sreelesh Pillai in Sydney. Shankar, who is one of Freshworks founding team members, will be leading and scaling the Australian Sales Engineering and Onboarding team as Freshworks continues to invest in new AI features and offer a more seamless experience for customers via its Customer-for-Life Cloud.

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