Movers and Shakers: News Corp, AdRoll, Clems

By AdNews | 10 March 2017

It's hard to keep up with all the moves across media, marketing and advertising so we've compiled them all in one place. Check out the Movers and Shakers from this week.

M&C Saatchi staffer exits

The employee at creative agency M&C Saatchi who was arrested and charged after making 3D printed guns and attempting to sell them online, has 'resigned' from the agency. Sicen Sun, aged 27, who was an advertising agency accounts manager at the global ad firm, caught the attention of NSW Firearms Squad last week after he created a post on Facebook trying to sell the imitation firearm. Responding to questions from AdNews, on Friday the agency confirmed that he had “resigned” within the 24 hours following the news. The UTS graduate and “former Apple computers techie” printed the firearm using 3D printers inside his Waverley home, that he shares with his girlfriend. Speaking on Channel Ten his girlfriend says he is innocent and that it's simply a hobby. More here. 

AdRoll MD promoted to APAC role

AdRoll MD Ben Sharp has been promoted to VP APAC. Sharp set up the Sydney-based AdRoll office three years ago and since 2014 has ramped up the performance marketing business and bolstered staff to a team of 35. The Allure Media co-founder is also chairman and founding member of the IAB Technology Council. In order to take a closer look at retargeting, programmatic advertising and performance marketing, AdRoll recently launched a State of Performance Marketing Report which found that programmatic continues to shine; full-funnel performance marketing holds value and email marketing has gone dynamic. Find out more here. 

News Corp chief technology officer Alisa Bowen exits

News Corp chief technology officer Alisa Bowen will leave the media company after four years. Bowen has been in the role for just over a year and at News Corp since 2013. According to an internal memo, she has landed a role at Walt Disney US as senior vice president of digital media. To replace Bowen, head of technology Dominic Hatfield has stepped up to the role. As a result of the departure, the digital product and platforms team becomes part of News DNA, as well as the consumer, circulation and marketing team. Read more here. 

Clems Sydney MD Perrett to chair Agency Circle as VCCP's O'Neill exits 

Clemenger BBDO Sydney Managing director Emily Perrett is to officially take over as chair of The Agency Circle, the industry-wide diversity initiative which launched last year. Perrett, who was promoted to Clems Sydney MD last year and was pivotal to the set up and launch of the initiative, takes over from Michele O'Neill, strategy director at VCCP, who is leaving the agency to return to Europe later this year.  It’s not yet clear who will fill the strategy roll at VCCP. Former Clemenger Sydney MD Andrew Holt took over as CEO of the agency at the end of 2016. Find out more here

The Monkeys appoints new head of planning

Planning director Michael Hogg has been promoted to head of planning at creative agency The Monkeys. Hogg has been with the Monkeys since 2013 and worked on MLA's 'You Never Lamb Alone' campaign which received four Gold Effies including the Grand Prix. Hogg also helped win the Qantas account and established a new brand platform for Ikea. Previously, Hogg spent time working as a senior planner at Fallon in London. More on The Monkeys here. 

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