Movers & Shakers: Nine, SCA, Macquarie Media

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 22 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.

Nine names new sports boss
Nine has named Brent Williams as its new head of sport. He replaces Tom Malone who has recently been appointed head of radio, a role created by the acquisition of Macquarie Media. Williams has been the executive producer of TV Week Logie Awards for the past eight years. He has also worked across Carols by Candlelight, the London Summer Olympics, Vancouver Winter Games, and has filled the head of Tennis for Nine and the head of Cricket roles.

SCA adds CMO
Nikki Clarkson has been promoted to chief marketing and communications officer at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). Clarkson, currently head of marketing and communications, joins the executive leadership team in the newly created role. She has been with the radio business for close to 12 years and begins her new role January 1, 2020.

Foxtel appoints Brisbane director
Foxtel media, formerly known as MCN, has named Kat Frost as its Brisbane sales director. Frost replaces Kevin Hearn who exits the business in December after 13 years. With more than 20 years’ experience in the city, Frost has worked across publishers and media agencies, including Zenith, Mediacom and Nova Entertainment.

10 Daily expands team
Network Ten’s online platform 10 Daily has added Belle Stewart as commercial lead. In the newly created role, Stewart is responsible for driving sales and commercial revenue for the lifestyle and news platform. She has previously worked at Concrete Playground where she was senior business manager. She has also worked at Pedestrian Group as advertising and partnerships manager.

R/GA Australia appoints local boss
Victoria Curro has been named managing director of R/GA Sydney. Curro has more than 19 years’ experience, most recently working at M&C Saatchi’s LIDA where she was also managing director. She has also worked at Lavender, George Patterson, and served as managing director of McCann Sydney.

BBC Studios hires regional bosses
BBC Studios Asia Pacific has appointed two general managers to lead teams across the region. Fiona Lang, currently chief operating officer for Australia and New Zealand, has been promoted to the new role of general manager for the two countries. Ryan Shiotani, currently acting SVP for branded services across Asia, is promoted to the role of SVP and general manager for South & South East Asia. Shiotani, based in Singapore, leads the branded services, marketing, creative, content and affiliate sales teams in South East Asia and India.

Ex-News Corp talent takes on Canada
Former News Corp business development director Adam Natiq has been appointed to lead the expansion of Sydney-based agency ​Dijgtal. The agency plans to open an office in Vancouver, Canada next year. Natiq​ has more than 14 years of experience working in sales, advertising and business development in national and regional roles. He has worked with brands such as Google, Uber, Bupa, GSK, ING Direct and TAB.

Macquarie Media's long-time EP exits
Macquarie Media, now owned by Nine, national executive producer Michael Thompson is leaving the business following its acquisition by the media conglomerate. Thompson has been with the radio business for more than 11 years, starting at Ray Hadley’s program on 2GB. He has spent the past three years as Macquarie Media’s national EP.

DDB Sydney appoints production boss
DDB Sydney has hired Renata Barbosa as head of integrated content. Barbosa has more than 20 years of experience, working at agencies including McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT and Leo Burnett. In her new role at DDB, she will lead production for the agency across clients such as Westpac, McDonald’s and Foxtel.

Traffik’s new director
Brand activation agency Traffik, owned by Clemenger Group, has named Kent Boswell as its interactive director. With more than two decades of experience, Boswell has worked across Vivid Festival and MONA. In his new role, Boswell will oversee the agency’s work across augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and more.

The Social Club expands
Influencer marketing agency The Social Club has added several hires to its team. Sally Dunn, previously at Isobar’s Little Giant, joins in the newly created role of account director. Gyles Foster also steps into a new role, growth partnership manager. In another appointment, Charlotte Caines joins The Social Club as a campaign producer. Caines has previously worked at Mango as an account manager.


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