Movers and Shakers: Spotify, IPG, Amazon, APN Outdoor

By AdNews | 4 August 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.

IPG Mediabrands names Fiona Johnston as UM CEO

IPG Mediabrands Australia has appointed Fiona Johnston as CEO of UM Australia. She will take over in October and replaces Ross Raeburn, who took the reins of Mediabrands' mobile marketing business Ansible this month. Johnston has broad experience in the media and marketing space with senior management positions in executive consulting, media and creative agencies, including a senior executive role at MediaCom. Previously she was chief marketing and business development officer for MediaCom, helping drive the agency’s growth and annual business planning, including business development from new and existing clients. More here

Country manager for Amazon Australia revealed

Amazon Australia has confirmed its new country manager of Australia operations will be Rocco Braeuniger. Putting industry speculation to bed, with some saying the likes of of ex-IPG Mediabrands boss Henry Tajer and former Myer deputy CEO and chief customer officer Daniel Bracken could be in the running, the role has been taken by German-born Braeuniger who joined Amazon in 2006. AdNews revealed earlier this week that Amazon was also hunting 230 office staff Down Under; as it eyes the music streaming market, AI and more. More here

APN Outdoor CEO Richard Herring exits after 22 years

APN Outdoor has confirmed its CEO Richard Herring will depart the company in September. News of his retirement was first revealed by The Australian. The move comes just a few months after APN Outdoor and Ooh!Media’s failed merger, which, had it been successful, would’ve meant the stepping down of Herring as CEO and would've see Ooh!’s Brendon Cook become CEO of the joint company. He has been at APN Outdoor for 22 years and held the role of CEO since 2004. Read more here.

Spotify names ex-Pandora boss Huxley as MD

Spotify has named Jane Huxley, former boss of rival Pandora, as managing director of its Australian operations. As the MD of Australia and New Zealand Huxley will be partnering with all functional leads in the region to develop and execute a strategic plan for the market. Huxley has spent time working for Microsoft, Vodafone, Fairfax, and Pandora, in Australia and internationally, and has had roles spanning systems engineering, sales, marketing, channel management, CEO. Huxley left Pandora six months ago, ahead of the streaming service closing its Australian business in June this year. The top spot at Spotify has been open since May when former MD Kate Vale exited the position. More here

Clems Melbourne taps McCann London

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has appointed AJ Coyne as group business director responsible for leading the agency’s Mars account. Coyne joins from McCann London where he ran the global Pandora Jewellery and Xbox business. Prior to McCann, he worked at Ogilvy & Mather leading the Philips grooming and audio business. Clems Melbourne managing director Paul McMillan says Coyne is testament to the agency's goal of having an “unfair share of the best talent in the world”. Coyne says: “There are few agencies worth crossing to the other side of the world for, but Clemenger BBDO Melbourne is certainly one of them”. More on Clems here.

MullenLowe Group restructures APAC leadership

MullenLowe Group has expanded MullenLowe Profero APAC CEO Vincent Digonnet’s role. Digonnet joined the MullenLowe Group network in March of this year leading their MullenLowe Profero digital transformation business in Asia. He took on additional duties as MullenLowe Group North Asia CEO, and in the process restructured the Group offering in China and Japan. Digonnet will take on the wider Asia Pacific CEO role immediately and will be reporting to global CEO Alex Leikikh. Digonnet takes on leadership of the South & Southeast Asia region from Joe George, who recently announced he is stepping down after 26 years in the MullenLowe Group network. More on MullenLowe here

PepsiCo's marketer Tami Cunningham resurfaces at Blackmores

Blackmores has appointed Tami Cunningham as marketing director. It is a new role for the vitamins and supplements brand and she will lead marketing and digital strategy. Cunningham was formerly marketing director at PepsiCo, but AdNews understands she left the role several months ago having been in the top spot less than a year. She had been appointed to replace Jenni Dill who moved to McDonald's to replace Mark Lollback when he took on the GroupM CEO role. Cunningham has also held marking roles at Mars, Lion, Suncorp and Foxtel. More here

Adshel bolsters automation offering with new hire

Adshel has appointed Steve Geelan as its new head of platform sales to strengthen the company’s automation offering. The newly created role will see Geelan develop the transactions, campaign planning and content delivery of the company. Geelan will also work on product marketing, commercial, sales, systems, digital operation and audience intelligence teams. Geelan has previously spent time at EyeCorp, Mi9 and was most recently general manager at Site Tour. More on Adshel here.

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