Movers and Shakers: Spotify, Samsung, Google, Twitter

By AdNews | 26 May 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.

Samsung CMO exits

Philip Newton, who leads marketing for Samsung Australia, is exiting after two years in the role. Newton, who is corporate vice president and chief marketing officer, joined Samsung in 2010. He took over as CMO in 2015 when his predecessor Arno Lenoir left. He will leve on 9 August and Samsung is currently searching for a replacement with a new CMO expected to be named in the coming weeks. More here

Havas Village Melbourne hires eight new staff

Village Melbourne has hired eight new staff across Havas Melbourne and Red Agency Melbourne. The new starters follow the appointment of Damian Royce as Havas Melbourne ECD earlier this year. Art director Zoe Yeoman and copywriter Liam Travers join as a duo bringing experience working across a range of clients including Optus, Coles, Target, Renault and Jetstar. Yeoman, who is a former Cannes Young Lions finalist, and Travers, who ranked Top 10 at AWARD School, will work closely with Royce.

The Hallway hires former OMD group strategy head

Independent agency The Hallway has hired Mat Rawnsley as strategy director. Rawnsley has over 20 years experience, most recently at OMD Sydney where he was group strategy head. Rawnsley has worked in both media and creative agencies, including three and a half years as head of media and comms planning at The Monkeys. Rawnsley will lead the strategic thinking across The Hallway's clients, which include Google, Disney, UNSW and NSW Government, as well as overseeing the agency's programmatic and analytics offering. More on OMD here

Former R/GA MD Jon Holloway starts superannuation venture

Five months after his exit from R/GA, former MD Jon Holloway has finally revealed why he left advertising. The outspoken creative took to LinkedIn to announce his new startup business, Zuper Superannuation. The venture aims to modernise superannuation and give people more control of the fund. Read his post here

Spotify eyes acquisitions with latest WPP hire

Spotify US has hired an executive tasked with helping it buy other companies, according to a report in Recode. The music streaming service is bringing on Sheila Spence, a long-time M&A specialist at ad giant WPP, as its vice president of corporate development in the US. Spotify is preparing to go public via an unconventional public listing later this year or early next year, at a reported valuation of $13 billion, which could give Spence cash to play with. Read more here.

Y&R Brisbane hires Maxus Malaysia boss Glynn Honey

Y&R Brisbane has appointed Maxus Malaysia managing director Glynn Honey as a managing partner. Honey, who led the Malaysia media agency for more than two years, will work alongside current GM Fiona Caird. Honey has an extensive career in digital and was previously MD of M&C Saatchi’s digital agency, Mark. He was also the MD of Isobar back in 2009 and has led digital and media strategy for blue-chip clients, including Google, Optus, Commonwealth Bank, Red Bull, HSBC and Heineken. Find out more here

Initiative hires brand and content partnership lead

Initiative has appointed Sian Thomas as head of brand and content partnerships. The role, which takes effect on 12 June, is a part of Initiative's repositioning towards being a 'cultural branding' agency. Thomas will be based in Melbourne but work on clients nationally. She is head of mobile and technology at IPG Mediabrands mobile solutions agency Ansible Melbourne. Thomas has previously worked as creative solutions director at events and sponsorships agency Ensemble and was a digital strategy and integration manager at Yahoo7. More here

Twitter's Karen Stocks reappears at Google

Former Twitter MD Karen Stocks has secured a return to Google where she will lead the measurement solutions team in the US. Stocks will relocate to the US to take on the role in June. Stocks left Twitter in October last year after more than three years in the role. Prior to that she spent more than five years in a variety of roles at Google, including managing director of mobile and social solutions for the Asia-Pacific region. Stocks has also worked at Vodafone for 12 years. Read more here

Showdown hires former Twitter developer Paddy Laws

Gaming company Showdown has hired former senior global client development manager from Twitter, Paddy Laws. Laws joins in the newly created role of product marketing manager. His role will be to grow all three areas of Showdown's business, across gaming media solutions, the creators and influencer production and the Throwdown Esports league. Previously Laws spent time at Twitter in brand development, with previous roles in the UK at Playstation Marketing and YouTube product team. More on Twitter here

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