Movers & Shakers: Seven, M&C Saatchi, Wavemaker

By AdNews | 13 December 2019

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.

Pacific CEO becomes Seven's digital boss
Gereurd Roberts, currently CEO of Pacific Magazines, has been appointed to the vacant chief digital officer role at Seven West Media. Roberts will commence in the role following the completion of the proposed sale of Pacific Magazines to Bauer Media, expected to close by the end of this calendar year pending regulatory approvals. He will be responsible for broadcast operations, digital product and technology, and information technology and will report to Seven CEO James Warburton.

Maurice Saatchi quits M&C Saatchi
M&C Saatchi co-founder Maurice Saatchi is among four directors to step down from the board of directors at the advertising agency following profit downgrades, an accounting issue and a falling share price. The other directors are Michael Dobbs, Michael Peat, and Lorna Tilian. The company last week issued a second profit warning, saying that full year global profits will be significantly below forecasts made in September due to "weaker than expected" trading and higher costs. M&C Saatchi was founded in 1995 by Maurice and Charles Saatchi.

James Boardman returns to Wavemaker
Wavemaker Australia’s former national head of strategy James Boardman is returning to the agency to take up the newly created role of national strategy partner. Boardman is rejoining Wavemaker from Bohemia Group, where he has been national strategy director for close to a year. Prior to Bohemia, he spent eight years with Wavemaker and previously MEC, in London and Sydney. He moved to Australia in 2014 and led the roll-out of Wavemaker’s approach to understanding people’s decision-making processes – Wavemaker Momentum – across Australia and New Zealand.

Clemenger BBDO Sydney boosts client services
Clemenger BBDO Sydney has appointed Simon Starr to client service director. Starr brings more than ten years of industry experience, working at some of the world’s most successful agencies. He has worked with brands including Google, Uber, Lion Nathan, Meat & Livestock, Optus, Diageo, and more. 

The Monkeys' Michael Hogg joins Emotive
Integrated creative agency Emotive has appointed Michael Hogg to managing partner and head of strategy. Hogg joins Emotive after six years with The Monkeys, where he held the position of head of planning for the past three years. Prior to The Monkeys, he held planning roles at Fallon London. Hogg will lead the strategy function at Emotive and take on a broader leadership role across the team as managing partner, with a focus on growing the agency and the creative culture.

Hilton appoints APAC marketer
Hilton has named Julie Nestor as vice president, marketing and eCommerce in Asia Pacific (APAC). In her role, Nestor will drive the marketing and eCommerce strategy for the region. Nestor was most recently at eBay as chief marketing officer for Australia where she was responsible for retaining eBay’s position as the top online marketplace in the country and launching eBay’s first paid membership program – eBay Plus. Prior to eBay, Nestor spent more than a decade at American Express where she was responsible for launching the first Apple Pay service in Australia, establishing loyalty programs with leading airline companies and upmarket retail brands, and developing tailormade experience programs for cardmembers.

JCDecaux's new GM of people and culture
JCDecaux Australia and New Zealand has appointed Alissa Bartlett to the role of general manager, people and culture. Bartlett joins JCDecaux with a wealth of experience in creating and driving high performance cultures. She was previously Global Head of Talent and Culture at international mining conglomerate Sibelco, where she worked for almost seven years. In her new role at JCDecaux, Bartlett will lead the outdoor advertising company’s people and culture program, following the integration last year of APN Outdoor into JCDecaux to create a much larger organisation across Australia with 520 employees.

oOh!Media sales team refreshes
oOh!media has refreshed its sales leadership team in Queensland to continue driving growth in one of the company’s key markets. Comprising a mixture of skills and significant industry experience, the new-look team sees Elizabeth Whipp and Ally Foster promoted to group sales leaders. Tony Thorpe will continue to lead the direct sales team, while Leanne Lakoumentas transitions into a newly created role as trading manager, operating across the entire marketplace. Amy Sams, in her role as national sales operations manager, rounds out the leadership team.

Marketo boss moves to Tealium
Tealium has appointed Will Griffith as vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). Griffith previously served as the managing director of Australia and New Zealand at Marketo, an Adobe company. He brings with him extensive industry and leadership experience including setting up the first APJ office for marketing automation vendor, Eloqua, where he was instrumental in expanding the offering across ANZ, India, ASEAN, China, and Korea.

Seedoh eyes international expansion
Seedooh is actively targeting Europe, the US and Asia for its next growth phase after consolidating its business in Australia. To focus on these international growth priorities, the company has created two new roles. Seedooh’s director of confidence, Kenta Shimizu, has been appointed SVP North America, while Joe Copley becomes MD Europe and APAC. 

Streem scores customer lead from Isentia
Streem has signed Tess Fezzuoglio to be its new senior customer lead, as competition in the media-monitoring sector continues to intensify. Fezzuoglio’s departure from Isentia comes one month after the exit of chief commercial officer Sean Smith to become IVE Group’s CEO of data-driven communications. Staff numbers in Streem’s Sydney office doubled in 2019, and the company also expanded into Melbourne.

Principals launches human-centred design business
Branding agency Principals has launched a new human-centred design accelerator called AlphaLab. Led by multi-disciplinary design practitioner Dan Bradley, AlphaLab will build upon the agency's strategy, insight and creative capabilities with experience design and rapid prototyping. Bradley has relocated to Melbourne to join the agency and head up the division after running Perth innovation consultancy Eliza. There he worked with a range of clients including Bankwest, RAC BetterLabs, Optus, Silverchain and NERA. Prior to his time at Eliza, he was creative director at Meerkats.

Seismic bolsters local team
Sales abnd marketing enablement platform Seismic has named senior hires in sales, marketing and technical roles, based in Australia, bolstering its local and Asia Pacific (APAC) operations. Richard Kulkarni joins Seismic as Vice President for Asia Pacific to oversee region-wide business operations. He is joined by Sarah Hayward who was named senior director for global accounts ANZ, and Joseph Halavazis and James Shands who were both appointed as senior director for enterprise sales ANZ. The company has also hired Iris Chan as marketing director for APAC.

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