Movers and Shakers: Spotify, Ten, OMD, Sizmek, SCA

By AdNews | 19 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.

GroupM names Lindsay Pattison chief transformation officer

GroupM has appointed Lindsay Pattison as chief transformation officer. She will lead change initiatives across GroupM and its agencies as well as other WPP companies. Pattison was named global CEO of Maxus in October 2014 and was previously global chief strategy officer and UK CEO for Maxus. Her prior experience includes roles at Young and Rubicam, PHD Media and Sony Ericsson. Pattison was named to Ad Age’s 2015 class of Women to Watch and served two terms on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council focused on the Future of Media.

Facebook’s new MD is former boss Will Easton

Facebook's hunt for a new MD has landed with a familiar face. Will Easton will return as managing director of the social media company's Australia and New Zealand business in September, filling a leadership void left by Stephen Scheeler's departure. Multiple local Australian media, including AdNews, were briefed on the appointment on Tuesday afternoon.Easton led Facebook's ANZ business for two-and-a-half years before taking up a post as Facebook’s head of emerging markets for Asia Pacific. He was replaced by Scheeler, who suddenly exited the business in February. More here.

Spotify hunts new MD; Kate Vale to exit

Spotify's MD for Australia and New Zealand, Kate Vale, is set to depart the music streaming giant. The company said Vale has decided to leave Spotify to pursue opportunities outside of business. Vale joined the company in 2011 to launch Spotify’s Australia and New Zealand operations, where she built out a team from scratch that it says “has driven tremendous successes to Spotify’s global business”. A search for her replacement will start immediately. Read more here.

AANA boss Sunita Gloster accepts senior role at Ten

AANA CEO Sunita Gloster has accepted a role as chief commercial and strategy officer at Network Ten and will be leaving the advertising industry body in August. Gloster will be responsible for network strategy and digital and commercial partnerships, reporting to Network Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson at a time when the network is undergoing a transformation program. Gloster has held senior executive roles in Australia and internationally, including 11 years in London working for major brands at leading advertising networks. More here.

OMD hires Gibson and Pacey to key strategy roles

OMD has appointed Gavin Gibson national chief strategy officer and Peita Pacey as head of strategy for OMD Sydney. Gibson has worked for OMD across the region as the strategy lead for APAC and was global VP of marketing for Chinese tech company HTC. In his new position, he returns to OMD Australia and will lead strategy across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, working alongside teams to evolve the agency's strategic output. Pacey returns to OMD after a two-and-a-half year stint at Carat where she held a similar role. Find out more here

New Videology MD

Following the departure of Videology MD Sarah Wyse in January, the video advertising company has hired former Adslot business strategist Sky Reidy. Reidy has more than 15 years of experience across media agency, publisher and technology environments spanning Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the UK and the US. Prior to Adslot she was global product manager for Facilitate Digital, a marketing technology company acquired by Adslot in 2013. She was also a founding member of Mindshare Australia’s digital team. Sam Moles has also been named commercial director for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Videology, Moles was sales director for Adaptly. More here.

Xaxis creator joins Sizmek

Sizmek has revealed its Asia-Pacific general manager as Kees de Jong. Kees de Jong created, formed and was employee number one for GroupM's Xaxis in Australia, starting with the group in 2011. He built Xaxis into an 18-person strong team over a two year period. He has since consulted to a number of media owners, data companies and programmatic TV companies. The move follows the August 2016 buy-out of Sizmek by US private equity firm Vector Capital. De Jong will be responsible for managing the company’s operations across the Asia Pacific region, including customer engagement, sales development and innovation, strategic planning, and revenue growth. He is an experienced business builder in tech-and service-based environments and has previously held senior management positions at Facilitate Digital (now Adslot) in Australia. Find out more here.

SCA Perth appoints Gina Hogan as general manager

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has appointed Gina Hogan as the general manager of its Perth office. Hogan will oversee the day-to-day operations of Mix 94.5 and Hit 92.9. As part of a team of general managers led by SCA's chief operating officer John Kelly, Hogan will lead Perth's collaboration with SCA's national executive team to implement the company initiatives at a local market level. Hogan has spent time in management and corporate sales and previously worked on content direction for media companies across radio and television. Hogan will begin 17 July. Read more here.

Ogilvy Brisbane MD joins from Facebook

Ben Lightfoot has been named as the MD of Ogilvy Brisbane. Lightfoot joins from Facebook, where he was head of large advertising marketing for APAC. He joins a list of agency execs who have exited Facebook after a short stint at the digital giant. Lightfoot replaces Russ Vine, who has led the Ogilvy Brisbane business for the past 18 months, after local shop JuniorCru merged with Ogilvy Australia. Fox said following the 18 months of integrating the Brisbane office into the broader Ogilvy family, Vine was keen to move on and find his next challenge. Read more here

LinkedIn promotes Matt Tindale to country manager for Australia and New Zealand

LinkedIn has promoted former marketing solutions senior director Matt Tindale to country manager for Australia and New Zealand. He has been with the company since 2013 as a director of marketing solutions before moving to head of enterprise four years later. He will now have a dual role and continue to serve as head of enterprise for LinkedIn marketing solutions in the Asia Pacific region. Tindale is replacing Clifford Rosenberg who was in the role for almost six years. Read more here.  

Jeremy Crooks joins Pitney Bowes

Jeremy Crooks has joined Pitney Bowes Global Ecommerce as Australia and New Zealand managing director. Crooks has spent time in sales, digital marketing and online advertising and has more than 20 years of experience in ecommerce in Europe and Australia. He's previously spent time at Google, Yahoo! and Criteo. Before joining Pitney Bowes, he was a founder and MD at Go! Group Australia. He also serves as a member of the NSW advisory board at The Fathering Project.

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