Movers & Shakers: Nine, Havas Media Group, Woolworths

By AdNews | 20 November 2020

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.


Havas Media Group’s new CEO
Virginia Hyland has been appointed CEO of Havas Media Group Australia. The appointment follows Havas' acquisition of her agency, Hyland, earlier this year. "I am excited about shaping the next chapter for the media business with innovation at its core.” Hyland takes over from Matt Houltham who departs Havas Media Group after more than four years in senior roles at the company.

Nine hunts for new boss
Hugh Marks is leaving Nine but he will stay until a new CEO has been found. Possible candidates to replace Marks include chief sales officer Michael Stephenson, the CEO of streaming platform at Nine Mike Sneesby, and chief digital and publishing officer Chris Janz. Tom Malone, who runs Nine radio business, is another possible candidate, as is Lizzie Young, managing director, group marketing and local markets.

Former Disney director joins Swingtime Creative
Amber Knight, a former Disney director and head of commercial, global brands & magazines, at the BBC Worldwide, has been appointed the director of business development and marketing at video production company Swingtime Creative. She will work with co-founders and managing creative directors, Kate and Nick Hansen. “I’m thrilled to be joining Kate and Nick as they embark on this exciting journey to expand the creative and innovative company they have so carefully built over the last 10 years,” says Knight. Swingtime Creative's client roster includes The Walt Disney Company, SBS, Temple & Webster, Ronald McDonald House Charities and REA Group.

Steve Allen joins Pearman
Media industry analyst Steve Allen has joined independent media agency Pearman as director of strategy and research. His media strategy for introducing Toyota’s Oh What A Feeling campaign to Australia is one of his highlights. “There is no one else in Australia with Steve’s ability and experience who could fulfill this role - we are excited to have him on board," says Dominic Pearman, managing director of Pearman.

Woolworths first head of branded content
Woolworths has appointed Keshnee Kemp to the newly-created role of head of branded content. Kemp previously worked at Pacifc magazines, now part of Are Media, as its first head of video. In her new role, she will lead a team of content experts to curate, produce and distribute branded content across Woolworth’s Australian Food business.

Blenheim Partners adds to team
Search firm Blenheim Partners has appointed Seph McKenna to lead its new purpose-built Media, Entertainment & Arts division. McKenna joins as partner. He was previously CEO of Screenwest and prior to that long-time head of production at Roadshow Films.

Bang names sales director
Data-first brand, digital and creative agency Bang has appointed Melanie Jeffress as its managing director. Jeffress was previously client services director position. Meanwhile, Katie Salmaggi joins Bang as sales director, coming from Holy Cow! Creative, and Bang’s founder Martin Mason steps into a CMO position with Bang’s parent company NEXTGEN Group.

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