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 some of the biggest moves this week.
Ogilvy boosts data intelligence offering
Ogilvy Australia has appointed Mark Albert as chief data and analytics officer to further enhance its data intelligence offering. Albert will lead the data practice across the Ogilvy ANZ Network, servicing advertising, experience, PR and health sectors. Albert started his career as a data planner at OgilvyOne in London. He then went on to become founding partner and chief operating officers of Australian data and analytics agency, Torque Data, in 2002. Following the 2015 acquisition of Torque Data by Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program, Albert became head of data consult at Velocity.
DDB alumni takes CMO role at R.M.Williams
Chris Willingham, former managing director at DDB New Zealand, has joined R.M.Williams as chief marketing officer Willingham, with 25 years of international brand experience, joins the R.M.Williams’ senior leadership team to help drive the next phase of growth for the 89-year-old South Australian-based company. Before DDB, he was global director on Nike at Wieden + Kennedy, overseeing campaigns for the 2016 Olympics and 2018 World Cup. He also led BBDO’s Singaporean hub and spent nine years at Fallon in London where he was managing partner.
AANA's interim CEO
Julie Flynn has been appointed interim CEO at the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA). She is a former CEO of Free TV Australia and of Freeview Australia. The AANA has also started an extensive search for a permanent CEO to replace John Broome who chose not to renew his contract after four years.
TBWA NZ names Auckland MD
TBWA\NZ Group has appointed Paul Wilson to the role of managing director for TBWA\Auckland. Joining the agency in the midst of a rapid growth phase, Wilson will support the continued expansion of TBWA\NZ, partner with key clients and lead the development of the account management department and production offerings. Wilson joins from Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand where he spent the last nearly eight years in a number of roles including most recently as managing director. Prior to that, he has worked at Colenso BBDO, DDB New Zealand and Singleton Ogilvy & Mather (now Ogilvy).
IPG's Stuart MacDougall joins Match & Wood
Independent media agency Match & Wood has appointed former Initiative and IPG executive, Stuart MacDougall, to the newly created role of national performance director. MacDougall will lead the paid search and social performance for Match & Woods clients across both coasts. In his most recent role as paid media director at IPG Mediabrands, MacDougall worked across key accounts such as Officeworks, Kmart and RAC. Prior to this he led paid search for Reprise Perth, and also worked as a search specialist at Mediacom in Sydney.
Irene Joshy to lead Kantar's Creative Domain
Kantar has appointed Irene Joshy to lead Creative Domain in Australia. She brings more than 18 years experience in the wider Kantar business and most recently leading its creative development arena across Asia-Pacific. She is moving from Singapore to be based in Melbourne.
Howatson+White strengthens creative and design
Howatson+White has announced several new appointments including Leslie Sharpe as creative director and head of art and Caroline Gilroy as design director, further strengthening the agency’s creative offering. Demian Hamann also joins as senior designer and Elaine Li, Jared Wicker, Tim Smith and Giles Watson join as senior creatives. Sharpe has over a decade of experience and has previously worked at Droga5 (Sydney), Marcel (Sydney) and Bear Meets Eagle On Fire. Gilroy brings more than 15 years of experience in both traditional print design and advertising, having worked in Sydney, London, New York, and Melbourne. Most recently, she was design director at Re.
Microsoft’s Rashmi Vikram moves to Dentsu APAC
Dentsu international announced the appointment of Microsoft's Rashmi Vikram as chief equity officer in APAC. At Microsoft she was group diversity and inclusivity practice lead, responsible for delivering success by making inclusion a habit, with the aim of creating inclusive products and services for Microsoft’s customers. Before Microsoft, she was country head for India at Community Business, an NGO that champions inclusive business practices in Asia. Her other roles have included diversity and inclusion specialist at Thomson Reuters.
Hardhat accelerates Sydney growth
Independent creative agency Hardhat has appointed former WPP AUNZ group client director Kate Walker as general manager - Sydney, further accelerating the agency’s growth beyond its Melbourne headquarters. She brings a wealth of senior agency and client management experience, with previous roles including general manager at JWT Sydney (now Wunderman Thompson). Within STW Group (now WPP AUNZ) Walker also started and grew tculture and CX agency Human, that counted Accor Hotels, Medibank, NRMA and Westfield among its clients.
Shadowboxer team grows
Consultancy and venture studio Shadowboxer has bolstered it’s strategy and design team with five new hires. Julie Kerckhof joins as strategy director. She has previously worked at Accenture Strategy and Publicis Sapient. Stuart Aitken has been appointed as senior strategist and Kate Gilchrist as strategist. Both join from Clemenger BBDO. The three new strategists are joined by design directors Matthew Dodos and Anja Hoffmann, who both previously had design leadership positions at Isobar. The business now counts 10 full-time employees with another five expected in the next month, and another 10 before the end of winter.
Hootsuite exec joins Seismic
Sales and marketing platform provider Seismic has appointed Heather Cook as vice president, Asia-Pacific (APAC). Cook is charged with driving Seismic’s continued expansion and growth in Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) as well as key Asian markets. She brings nearly 20 years’ experience in business strategy, services, sales enablement, marketing and operations. She previously held executive management roles at marketing technology companies including Hootsuite, Marketo (now part of Adobe), Oracle, and Dell.
Goa appoints VIC sales manager
Queensland-based outdoor media company goa Billboards announced the appointment of a state sales manager for Victoria. Sarah Browne has more than 10 years experience in media. Her appointment follows recent hires of Emma Dixon (née Zammit) and Alex Hobbs in Brisbane, and Abby Stjernqvist in Sydney.
Visual Domain bolsters leadership team
Video production company Visual Domain has expanded its leadership team naming Adam Connolly as creative director, Dave Mallen as Melbourne director and Kade Robinson as Sydney director. Connolly has been with the company for eight years. He will now work closely with Mallen and Robinson to lead the company’s production teams across Sydney and Melbourne. Mallen, who began working at the company as an editor in 2013, has been promoted to Melbourne director. Robinson joins Visual Domain as Sydney director. He has written, produced and directed commercial, native and branded content for some of Australia's biggest media networks including the Nine Network, Southern Cross Austereo, Network Ten and Nova Entertainment.
Lumo adds new role
Lumo Digital Outdoor is strenthening its footprint in Australia with the appointment of Liv Collins as senior account director for the region. In the new role Collins will be responsible for managing client and agency relationships across the wider Australian region. Over the past three years Collins has played a key role in Lumo’s growth, managing a host of local clients. She has previously worked at Shopper Media in Sydney.
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