Movers and shakers of the week

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 11 March 2016

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

Tabcorp names new CMO

Tabcorp promoted Claire Murphy to the role of chief marketing officer, a role which Murphy has been acting in for the last four months. As part of the promotion, Murphy will become a permanent member of Tabcorp’s senior executive leadership team. Read more here.

Signal poaches Coles programmatic head

Signal has appointed Coles head of programmatic Michael Twomey to lead the roll-out of Australia's first independent addressable media solution. Read more here.

M&C Saatchi names new general manager

M&C Saatchi promoted Mim Haysom to the newly created role of general manager, overseeing the operations of the advertising agency.

The creation of the role is the result of growth in the agency and will see Haysom run the advertising arm of the business, reporting to group CEO Jaimes Leggett. Read more here.

John Lehmann named editor of The Australian

John Lehmann has been named editor of The Australian, replacing Clive Mathieson who exited the publication last week after five years in the role.

Lehmann is a former editor-at-large at The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, recently returning to the Australian as deputy editor. Read more here.

Spotify bolsters Australian sales team

Spotify has announced two new hires across creative and account management with Matt Bryant being brought on as the company’s new client creative lead. Bryant joins Spotify from New York digital agency F Sharp where he spent the past three years working alongside Spotify in ANZ and throughout Asia. Read more here.

Judith Whelan named editor of Sydney Morning Herald

Fairfax has announced Judith Whelan as editor of the Sydney Morning Herald as the publication continues to restructure within its editorial staff.

Whelan was previously the SMH’s news director. Last month Fairfax announced the exit of The Age editor-in-chief Andrew Holden, as part of a major restructure that sees a shift towards digital role hires.

Former Google exec joins Mahlab Media

Mahlab Media has hired Fiona Hunt, former Google executive and Contiki managing and marketing director, to head strategy.

In her new role Hunt will work with clients to develop and implement their content marketing strategies across owned, paid and rented channels.

Jay Stevens exits Rubicon

Rubicon Project’s, general manager international, Jay Stevens, has exited the company. UK-based Stevens, who is well known across the ad tech space, had been with the business seven years – arriving from MySpace back in 2009. Read more here.

MediaCom hires head of talent

MediaCom has hired Michelle Mowle as head of talent, also promoting managing director Nicole Boyd to a national client service role. Mowle joins the media agency after a variety of human resources roles, including three years with Navitas, while Boyd has spent the past 15 years at MediaCom.

Affinity announces six new hires

Affinity has announced six new hires as the agency brings in two new clients; Flordis and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. Creative duo Martin Greguric and Nicholas Brown join the team, as well as Renée Stekel as business director.

Rounding out the new additions are Dhwani Mathur and Peter Chui, who join the team in account management and data science.

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