Movers & Shakers: Dentsu, LinkedIn, Nine

By AdNews | 29 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.

Dentsu CEO exits
Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) CEO Henry Tajer has exited the holding group after less than a year in the role. Chief financial officer Reg Davidson is also leaving the business. Tajer was appointed as CEO in January this year, while Davidson had taken on the CFO position six months ago. Angela Tangas will take over as CEO and Jerome Whelan as CFO.

LinkedIn nabs Foxtel Media marketer
LinkedIn has appointed Sarah Tucker to a new APAC head of marketing role for its enterprise marketing solutions division. Tucker, currently head of marketing and communications at Foxtel Media (previously MCN), will join the business in January 2020 and report to Danielle Uskovic, APAC marketing director for LinkedIn sales and marketing solutions. Tucker has more than 10 years’ experience developing marketing and communication strategies for Australian entrepreneurs, start-ups and media businesses, across the UK and Australia.

M&C Saatchi appoints Melbourne MD
M&C Saatchi has appointed Michael McEwan as managing director of its Melbourne agency. McEwan joins the agency after nine years at Ogilvy Melbourne, of which he spent the last five years as joint managing director. McEwan commenced his career at Y&R before spending nine years with Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne and BBDO Asia Pacific. With more than 23 years’ experience, he has worked with iconic brands across multiple categories.

Nine brings in former Sky News editor
Nine has appointed former Sky News national editor Greg Byrnes as its head of content for the Macquarie Media business. Byrnes will now handle all the on-air content for the radio business, of which Nine fully acquired earlier this year. In the new role, Byrnes will report directly to Nine’s head of radio Tom Malone, starting with the business this week.

Cummins&Partners' new strategist
Cummins&Partners has appointed UK strategist Brad Hill as senior strategist. He joins the Cummins&Partners integrated strategy department, which operates across brand, connections and CX. Hill joins from Home Agency in the UK where he spent more than eight years, including as head of strategy. During his time at the agency he worked across its UK and New York offices on brands such as Jaguar, LandRover and Bupa.

TorchMedia shuffles sales team
Transit media specialist TorchMedia has restructured its sales team, introducing a dedicated strategy department as well as bolstering direct and boutique sales. The new hires include Era Zancanaro as strategy director, Bryce Robson as direct and boutique sales director, and Adrian Eyre as direct and boutique account manager. Zancanaro has more than eight years in marketing and communications and has become a specialist in out-of-home media planning and buying. Robson, who will lead the direct sales team, has a digital and broadcast background. His most recent role being head of Intensify at Network Ten. Eyre joins the TorchMedia sales team with over 10 years in the online, digital and out-of-home marketing industry.

CommSec appoints marketing GM
Commsec has appointed Rebecca Darley as its general manager of marketing and strategy. Darley joins with experience from 5 years at Westpac group, IKEA and Vodafone, all of which were roles involving either marketing, strategy or communications.

Nine axes top commercial role
Macquarie Media’s head of commercial Mark Noakes has been made redundant by new owners Nine. The media conglomerate said the role was axed as part of an alignment between the Nine and Macquarie Media sales team.

Wunderman Thompson’s new Melbourne partner
Wunder Thompson has promoted Suzanne Sarkis to Melbourne partner. Sarkis has been with the company since 2017 and was previously working at Herbert Smith FreeHills. She returns from maternity leave next month to take on the role, while also retaining her role as head of customer relationship and marketing automation.

GQ Australia editorial shake-up
GQ Australia editor Mike Christensen is stepping down from his role to return to the UK. Deputy editor Jake Millar takes over at the helm. Christensen has been with the News Prestige Network magazine for more than seven years, and had been in the editor role since 2017. Christopher Riley, current senior editor of GQ Australia, will take on the new role of acting deputy editor of the brand.

Tony Hadley returns to SmoothFM
Singer, songwriter and actor Tony Hadley will return to SmoothFM’s weekend line-up on Sundays. From December 1st, Hadley will takeover the mic from 6pm throughout December. He will also be part of SmoothFM’s line-up on Christmas Eve from 6pm.

Edge brings in new creatives
Independent creative agency Edge has recently taken on Will Bassett and Callum Foot. Bassett has previously worked in account management on clients including Telstra, NRMA and Krispy Kreme. Art director Foot has worked freelance for The Monkeys and Infinity Squared on brands such as Sesame Street and Dominos. The duo will be put to work on clients such as Moccona, Nulon, Mitre 10 and Suncorp.

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