Movers & Shakers: oOh!media, TikTok, Foxtel Media

4 September 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.


oOh!media reveals Brendon Cook’s replacement
oOh!media has appointed Cathy O’Connor as managing director and CEO starting early next year. She comes from Nova Entertainment where she has been chief executive for 12 years. Before that she spent five years as managing dDirector of DMG Radio. Her appointment follows a global search for a replacement for founder and CEO Brendon Cook, who earlier this year announced his intention to stand down from the role after more than 30 years.

New Nova boss
Nova Entertainment has named Peter Charlton as its CEO, following news that current CEO Cathy O’Connor is leaving to join oOh!Media as CEO. Charlton, who has been chief commercial officer at the radio network since 2018, will take over on November 2. Charlton has been at Nova for eight years, joining in 2012 as group sales director.

TikTok boosts local team
TikTok has boosted its leadership team in Australia with three new hires across its commercial division. Hollie Lowe has been named head of customer solutions, Elisa Kelsall as head of partnerships and Andrew Cambridge as head of agency.

Foxtel Media shake-up
Foxtel Media has restructured its leadership and management team, resulting in the departure of chief sales officer David Roddick. Nev Hasan has been promoted to the newly-created role of executive director of agency sales. Meanwhile, Daniella Serhan, currently brand partnerships director, steps into the expanded role of entertainment sales and partnership director and Annie Griffiths joins the business as senior strategy consultant. As a result of the restructure, David Roddick and Jo Clasby, Sydney sales director, will depart the business.

Unruly names local boss
Unruly has named former IPG Mediabrands Singapore boss David Haddad as its managing director for Australia and New Zealand. Haddad replaces Ricky Chanana who departed in April to join Twitch Australia as its head of sales. With more than 17 years’ experience in the advertising industry, Haddad has worked across agencies in Singapore and Australia before landing his role as IPG CEO in 2018.

ARN restructures
ARN has restructured its business to bring together its trade and consumer marketing teams with its research and insights team to create a “customer-focused” strategy. As part of the shake-up, Lauren Joyce has been promoted to the newly created role of chief strategy and connections officer. In her new role, which will see her join ARN’s executive leadership team, Joyce will lead the newly created Connections Team, which will include the existing trade marketing and consumer marketing teams, alongside the research and insights team.

Southern Cross appoints Sydney sales head
Amanda Unwin has been appointed as head of radio sales for Sydney at Southern Cross Austereo. Unwin has been head of agency sales in Sydney for more than three years and has worked with SCA for more than seven years, starting as account manager, before being promoted to group sales manager. In her new role, Unwin will lead the Sydney radio sales team, overseeing agency sales, local sales and SCA’s creative services arm, The Studio, Sydney.

Taronga appoints former Nine marketer
Taronga Conservation Society Australia has named Karen Madden as its director of marketing, communications and fundraising. Madden recently worked at Nine Entertainment as its group marketing director and has also worked at brands such as Woolworths, Coles and News Corp. In her new role, Madden will focus on navigating the current tourism-based business impacted by the pandemic.

Principals expands insights offering
Branding agency Principals has appointed Elmira Gaynullina as its insights consultant. Gaynullina hire is part of an expansion of Principal’s insights offering. She has previously worked at Lab Insight & Strategy, Ipsos and GfK in Australia and London.

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