Movers & Shakers: The Monkeys, Houston Group, Carat

29 October 2021

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.

The Monkeys nabs CHEP creative directors
Sam Dickson and Cam Bell join The Monkeys from CHE Proximity, where for the past five years they progressed from a young creative team to creative directors. Dickson says: “We’ve had our eye on The Monkeys ever since we were juniors.” Bell says: “So it’s no surprise we can’t wait to team up with an already exciting creative department.”

Seven's new head of Convergence Audience Trading
Seven West Media has appointed Alex Tansley head of Convergence Audience Trading. In the newly-created position, Tansley will be responsible for developing and delivering Seven’s strategy across dynamic and converged audience trading solutions through CODE 7+, CRM and developing new operating models and products. Tansley has previously held senior positions at MCN, Foxtel Media and, most recently, at Seven West Media as revenue strategy manager. 

Carat Perth expands team
Carat Perth MD Jim Groves announced three new appointments for the agency. Lana Blanchard joins as client partner, Alan Bayliss as client director and Sam Giuffre has been promoted to group investment director. Blanchard's principal remit is to lead the agency’s key national client Alinta Engergy.

We Are Social appoints Caitlin Hislop head of strategy
Socially-led creative agency We Are Social has appointed Caitlin Hislop head of strategy and Sarah Macrae editorial director. Hislop joins from Tribal DDB, where she worked with key agency clients including Kmart, Westpac and Volkswagen. Macrae was five years at Are Media (previously Bauer Media), where she was head of commercial content, working with brands such as CommBank, Dyson, Diageo and Google on digitally-led content solutions.

Houston Group appoints Nick Foley
Brand strategy and design consultancy Houston Group announced the appointment of senior brand expert Nick Foley to the newly-created role of head of consulting. This appointment coincides with two senior Houston promotions including Stacey Wren, from studio manager to chief of staff, and Gretel Maltabarow, from account director to senior account director. The new roles are effective immediately. 

Cyril De Baecque joins Imagination Australia
Global experience design company Imagination announced Cyril De Baecque’s appointment as production director of Digital Content in its Sydney office. De Baecque will report to Imagination Australia managing director Antony Gowthorp and will be responsible for driving growth and establishing Imagination as a centre of excellence for premium content production. De Baecque was previously EP at experiential agency VANDAL Sydney, working on global projects including world-class TV automotive commercials and feature films.

From CHE Proximity to funeral care disruptor
Bare appointed Dom Megna, previously at CHE Proximity, as head of brand & creative. Megna stepped into the newly-created role at Bare. The consumer startup uses technology to disrupt the funeral sector.

Speed makes leadership additions
Independent media agency Speed has appointed Kaylene Tunney as head of planning and client management. Tunney steps into the newly-created role from Spark Foundry where she was group client partner for the Westpac account. Additionally, Steph Marshall has been promoted to the role of head of business analytics and performance.

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