Movers and shakers: Mark Buckman returns and a Dentsu departure

By AdNews | 29 April 2016

Adland is full of big moves at the moment. Here are the movers and shakers of this week:

Mark Buckman returns to Sydney for Foxtel MD spot

Former Telstra CMO Mark Buckman will join Foxtel as the MD of customer and retail in June. He returns to Australia after a brief stint in London as chief strategy office at Accenture Interactive.

Buckman will be responsible for Foxtel's sales and marketing functions, including customer service operations. This involves develpoing Foxtel's brand and ensuring this is visible at all customer touchpoints. Read more here.

Snapchat names former News Corp sales director as Australia GM

Snapchat has named former News Corp NSW sales director Kathryn Carter as the general manger for its Australian business, as the messenger app looks to grow its commercial operations in this market.

Carter will start in early Q3 while a team of three execs is already on the ground. She has a background in media agencies with three years at MediaCom running its Prestige team. Carter also has experience in luxury brands from a stint at The National Magazines Company, where she ran sales across its luxury portfolio. Read more here.

More Dentsu shake-outs – Vizeum MD departs

After more than four years as MD at media agency Vizeum, Nick Behr has left the Dentsu-owned business. Behr, who moved from ZenithOptimedia in London to a MediaCom spot in Sydney back in 2004, launched Vizeum in the Australian market in 2012 after the acquisition of the Mitchells Communication Group by Aegis Media. Read more here.

Claire Askew named Cosmopolitan editor

Bauer Media hasannounced the promotion of Claire Askew to editor of Cosmopolitan, following former editor-in-chief Browyn McCahon's exit in February. Askew has been deputy editor of Cosmo for more than two years. She was also deputy editor of the UK edition and has held senior editorial roles on Woman’s Day and Cleo.

Deb Bibby exits Bauer

After 11 years at Bauer Media Deb Bibby, editor-in-chief of real living and Homes+ has resigned to "pursue new opportunities".  Publisher of Bauer Media's specialist division, Cornelia Schulze says Bibby will remain with the company until June and her replacement will be named in due course.

AOL’s new sales director

AOL has announced the appointment of Stephanie Famolaro as sales director Australia and New Zealand, a promotion from her previous role as head of platform sales for AOL Platforms. Her appointment further strengthens the gender balance in AOL’s leadership team in Australia and New Zealand, which includes attribution APC head of data Nikki Retallick and programmatic TV senior director Yasmin Sanders.

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