Movers & Shakers: dentsu, Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, Are Media

By AdNews | 3 September 2021

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.

Ben Welsh leaves DDB

DDB Australia’s chief creative officer Ben Welsh is stepping down. “After five amazing, action-packed, never-a-dull-moment years with DDB, I’m going to call it a day,” he says. Welsh joined DDB in 2016 from M&C Saatchi, where he spent almost 20 years as executive creative director, and then creative chair across Asia.

Les Timar is the new CEO of Clemenger

Robert Morgan, after 23 years as CEO of the Clemenger Group, is handing over to Les Timar. The changeover happens January 1. Morgan will continue as chairman. Timar has been with the Clemenger Group for 23 years and is currently the CEO of GRACosway.

New CMO at dentsu ANZ

Dentsu ANZ has appointed Annalise Brown CMO. She will be responsible a brand portfolio including Carat, iProspect, dentsu X, Merkle, BWM Isobar, Haystac, Cox Inall, MKTG and SMG. Brown has held the roles of CEO at Frank (part of the enero Group), MD of Bang PR (M&C Saatchi), MD of Porter Novelli Australia (Clemenger Group), as well as roles at Splendid Communications Group and Spin Communications.

Bohemia hires ex-Carat investment lead

Jimmy Dau has been appointed national partnerships director at Bohemia. He brings 17 years' media investment experience across categories including government, FMCG, entertainment, telco, alcohol, finance, QSR and retail.

Nine's Carolyn Keegan joins Havas Media

Havas Media Group has appointed Carolyn Keegan to the new role of ad operations director.  She joins from Nine, where she spent two years as team lead – campaign operations, responsible for premium campaigns and performance activity via 9Optimum.

Half Dome appoints a head of operations

Catherine Smith, a former head of product for dentsu’s Amnet, has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of operations at Half Dome. Smith was most recently a senior account executive at Amazon. Half Dome co-managing partner and head of growth, Joe Frazer worked closely with Smith at Amnet for more than five years.

Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney promotes producer

Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney has promoted senior TV producer Michael Demosthenous to executive producer – head of TV/content. A multi-disciplinary producer with degrees in Media Screen Production and Law, Demosthenous has produced award-winning work recognised by Cannes Lions, D&AD, Effie, New York Festivals, One Show, Spikes, WARC and The Webby Awards. He is also an award-winning writer/director.

Reprise's Andy Copeland moves to Cummins&Partners

Andy Copeland is the new chief data & technology officer at Cummins&Partners. He leaves IPG Mediabrands’ Reprise after almost four years. His most recent role was head of ecommerce.

Ogilvy hires seven creatives for Melbourne

Ogilvy Melbourne has added seven creatives to the creative department, including award-winning copywriter Oli Brock and art director partner Eli Swart. Brock and Swart most recently worked at Leo Burnett, where they reunited after working together at Isobar seven years ago. Their brand experience includes Australian Defence Force, CUB, Kraft Heinz, Jeep, Mars, NAB, Specsavers and 7-Eleven.

Are Media's new editorial directors

Publisher Are Media has restructured its six weekly titles, creating three editorial director positions to run new divisions reporting to group publisher Fiona Connolly. Erin Holohan, editor of Woman’s Day, has been promoted to celebrity editorial director. TV Week editor Amber Giles will lead the entertainment group. Kate Kirsten, editor of Take 5, becomes editorial director of the real life division.

Scroll Media expands local team
Scroll Media has expanded its sales team in Australia with a number of senior hires. Adam De Roma and Tom Drinkwater join the team and will be based in Sydney. Meanwhile, Terry King joins in Melbourne and will be consulting across the network. Scroll Media handles digital advertising sales and operations with a focus on branded content, integration, and programmatic advertising sales. The company represents platforms such as Healthline, Reuters, Gameloft, Rugbypass, and Accuweather.


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