Movers and Shakers: Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, Carat

By AdNews | 7 April 2017

It's hard to keep up with all the moves across media, marketing and advertising so we've compiled them all in one place. Check out the Movers and Shakers from this week.

Saatchi & Saatchi NZ hires Toby Talbot as first chief creative officer

Ex-DDB chief creative Toby Talbot is returning to Saatchi & Saatchi for a newly created role in its Auckland and Wellington offices. He takes on the chief creative officer spot and starts later this month. Talbot has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, holding top creative roles at both DDB Sydney and Whybin\TBWA NZ. Last year he left DDB after a two year stint for a managing partner position at boutique agency, Assignment Auckland. Read more here.

303 MullenLowe Perth shuffles leadership

303 MullenLowe has made a number of changes to its leadership line-up in its Perth office with the creation of a new executive management team. Derry Simpson has been elevated to group managing director and Al Taylor has stepped into the role of chairman. In addition to Simpson, Taylor and ECD Richard Berney, the 303 MullenLowe executive management team includes Todd Baker, John Linton, Paul Larking, Brad Hyde, Peter Liddell and Mike Naylor representing a broad range of disciplines in the agency. The moves follows the exit of Alice Manners.

DDB Sydney draws global talent

DDB Sydney is going beyond North Bondi and Surry Hills and seeking out global talent to join the industry with its latest hires from Argentina. Creative duo Nicolas Smith (senior art director) and Damian Martinez (senior copywriter) have crossed the Pacific to join the Sydney team. Sian Binder and Dave Govier have also joined the agency as creative partners on McDonald’s. Binder jointly ran Coca-Cola at Ogilvy Sydney, while Govier has freelanced at The Monkeys, Cummins and Leos.

Lavender ramps up strategy with new hire

CX agency Lavender continues to expand its team with the appointment of Damian Sharpley as strategy director, reporting to strategy partner Nick Andrews. With experience on client and agency side, Sharpley has worked across financial services, IT, professional services, telco and automotive in both B2B and B2C roles in Australia and the UK. Key roles include head of marketing business at Bankwest, integrated marketing lead Australia & NZ at Accenture and head of global brand communications at ANZ. At Lavender, he will lead strategy across the Westpac Banking group portfolio.

Yahoo7 head to rule Carat's marketing

Carat Australia has appointed head of brand at Yahoo7, Andrea Rule, as its new CMO. Rule replaces Adriana Colaneri who left in February for an MD spot at Dentsu Aegis Network’s full-service global content agency, The Story Lab. Rule held the Yahoo7 spot for five years and is now tasked with heading up Carat’s marketing function. Her remit will include brand positioning, trade marketing and contributing to new business development nationally. Carat CEO Paul Brooks credits Rule’s ‘unique and versatile skillset’ as integral to the decision, with Rule having worked across agency, publisher, and client-side over the course of her career. Rule starts her new role on 19 June, and will be based out of Sydney.

Omnicom's m2m appoints digital lead

Omnicom media agency m2m Sydney has appointed Brian Seal as head of digital. Seal brings 17 years of digital experience in the UK and Australia in performance digital marketing. Most recently he managed a team of 15 at pure play digital services provider APD. “Brian is a fantastic addition to the m2m team. His knowledge and breadth of experience across a range of industries will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow our business," m2m managing director Wendy Gower says.

Keshnee Kemp named editor of Cosmopolitan

Bauer Media has appointed Keshnee Kemp as editor of Cosmopolitan following the exit of Claire Askew. Kemp has a long-standing history in media, at Pacific Magazines’ Famous title, Nine and most recently as the director of a digital solutions and video production start-up, K Initiative. She makes a return to Bauer having previously worked as senior writer for NW magazine. Kemp will start in the role next week.

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