Movers & Shakers: OMD, Holden, Google, SBS

By AdNews | 13 April 2018

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.

John Sintras resurfaces in Australia at SBS

John Sintras has resurfaced in Australia as chief audience and content officer position at SBS. Sintras exited IPG Mediabrands New York in June last year, where he was president of global business development and product innovation at the business. He was one of the many Aussie expats who left IPG Mediabrands following the shock departure of Mediabrands’ global CEO Henry Tajer. Read more.

OMD Melbourne's new leadership team
OMD has overhauled its leadership structure, promoting several senior staff to managing partner level and expanding the leadership team under new OMD Melbourne managing director, Dianne Richardson. OMD Melbourne general manager Antonia Glezakos and head of Coles and Target Alex Smith have been promoted to managing partners and join Sharon Cookson at that level. Strategist Henry Feagins has been promoted to head of strategy at OMD Melbourne, a rank that was previously vacant. Read more.

Reprise makes senior appoints across Sydney and Brisbane

Digital experience agency Reprise has made two senior appointments to its client and agency teams across both Sydney and Melbourne. Andrew Copeland will be leading Reprise’s operations in Brisbane, while Claudeen Martinez has been appointed to lead major client portfolios in the Sydney agency. Martinez will also be a key collaborator with other IPG Mediabrands agencies UM and Initiative. Martinez and Copeland will both report to Reprise head of Sydney and Brisbane operations Richard Conway. Read more.

Holden marketing boss Mark Harland departs

Holden marketing boss Mark Harland has departed the General Motors-owned business after 13 years. He will be replaced by Kristian Aquilina who is currently managing director of Holden and Isuzu in New Zealand. Under Harland's lead, Holden appointed a new agency in The Monkeys, shifted the automotive brand's focus to target women and scored the position of naming rights' sponsor of the NRL State of Origin. Appointed as executive director of marketing in 2016, Harland led the business through its transition from Australian manufacturing. Read more.

McDonald's marketer Mark Wheeler joins Google

McDonald's head of digital and marketing director Mark Wheeler has joined Google as head of large customer marketing and YouTube marketing AUNZ. He replaces Chris Dodson who has moved to the London office to lead YouTube's music and subscriptions marketing. Wheeler has been at McDonald's for since 2013 as head of digital, media and brand, adding marketing director to his title in 2014. Read more.

Josh Moore exits Y&R New Zealand

Josh Moore has resigned as the CEO of Y&R New Zealand and will leave the agency to “pursue a new opportunity”. Moore has been CEO of the agency since 2014, also taking on the regional CCO position when Ben Coulson exited in 2016. He initially joined Y&R New Zealand in 2011 as ECD. Jono Key, managing director Y&R New Zealand and Fleur Head, managing director Wellington, will now take on a dual leadership role. They will report into Y&R’s recently appointed regional CEO Pete Bosilkovski. Read more.

More moves at WPP as global chairman steps down

Longtime executive leader and former CEO at WPP media agency GroupM, Irwin Gotlieb, is stepping down as global chairman. Gotlieb is moving into a senior advisory role at WPP. He has served as GroupM’s CEO from its 2003 founding until 2012, when he transitioned to the global chairman role. There have been several moves locally and globally within WPP this year, most recently with the overhaul of Y&R ANZ leadership and several exits at WhiteGrey. Read more.

Kristina Luburic appoint GM at Ogilvy CommonHealth Australia

Healthcare specialist agency Ogilvy CommonHealth Australia, has announced Kristina Luburic’s promotion to the role of GM, Ogilvy CommonHealth Australia. Luburic’s appointment is part of an agency restructure that sees Gary Pattison pass on the day-to-day operations of the agency, but remain involved in all Health & Wellness engagements across WPP. Pattison will now focus more on the broader health and wellness portfolio. 

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