Movers & Shakers: Seven, McCann, GroupM

By AdNews | 7 February 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.

Seven brings in Nicole Bence
Seven West Media has appointed Nicole Bence as network digital sales director. Bence was previously commercial director at Seven’s publishing house Pacific. Her appointment comes following Seven’s decision to sell Pacific to Bauer Media, however the deal is still pending approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Ben Lilley takes over McCann
Ben Lilley is assuming ownership of McCann Australia, part of the Interpublic Group, after two years away from the agency. As part of the move, he will be reacquiring the agency he founded 20 years ago, SMART, which was acquired by McCann in 2011. He is also acquiring McCann’s Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast operations, and its PR business The Red Republic.

Antony Catalano joins new board
Antony Catalano and his business partner Alex Waislitz have joined the board of The pair became the largest shareholders in the company, which is the third largest real estate portal following and Domain.

SCA creates head of sport and partnerships role
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has promoted Trevor Crook to the newly created role of head of sport and partnerships. Crook, who has more than 18 years’ experience, was previously national head of sport sales at the radio network for two years. In his new role he will work on the monetisation and execution for brands across a variety of commercial assets. His remit will include major spotig properties including AFL and NRL broadcasts, Triple M Network, as well as metro and regional show partnerships.

News Corp nabs Uber talent
News Corp has appointed Michelle Wood as its head of executive communications. The appointment completes the company’s senior structure for its new communications unit. Wood was previously director of communications at Uber Australia and New Zealand.

Venessa Hunt promoted
GroupM has promoted Venessa Hunt to chief digital strategy officer from her previous role as digital strategy and investment officer. Hunt has been with the WPP group for four years, having previously worked at Nine and Yahoo7.

Gaming platform Twitch has hired Sunita Kaur as its first managing director for the APAC region. Kaur was previously Spotify’s managing director of Southeast Asia and vice president of revenue. In her new role, based in Singapore, she will support content creators, media partners, agencies, advertisers and publishers in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Clemenger BBDO grows team
Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has appointed Lea Egan as creative director. Joining from Anomaly in New York, Egan brings with her over a decade’s worth of experience for clients. Prior to Anomaly, Egan worked at DDB Melbourne, Publicis Mojo Melbourne and Droga5 Sydney. In Sydney, Clemenger has appointed Brona Kilkelly as senior planner. With close to 10 years of industry experience, Kilkelly has worked on some of the world’s leading brands both locally and in Ireland. Kilkelly kicked off her planning career as a lead strategist at Rothco Accenture Interactive, Dublin before migrating to Sydney where she worked for VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson in senior strategist roles prior to joining Clemenger BBDO.

Nicole Sheffield joins ABC Advisory Council
Nicole Sheffield, executive general manager at Australia Post and a former chief digital officer at News Corp Australia, is the new head of the ABC Advisory Council. ABC Chair Ita Buttrose: “Nicole’s extensive knowledge of the media and digital technologies, most recently at News Corp, and her experience at Australia Post building strong connections with regional communities will stand her in good stead understanding the needs and expectations of the ABC audience.”


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