Movers and Shakers: Toyota, Facebook, DDB, Fairfax

By AdNews | 17 February 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 of the week:

Facebook Australia MD Stephen Scheeler resigns

Facebook Australia and New Zealand managing director Stephen Scheeler has left the business. Facebook confirmed to AdNews that Scheeler had resigned, simply saying, “We confirm that Stephen Scheeler is no longer with the company.” Facebook's group industry director Paul McCrory will be the interim leader while the company opens up the search internally and externally. Scheeler was tasked with leading Facebook's growth and working closely with key brands, agencies and clients and he reported to Dan Neary, vice president of APAC. Find out more here. 

Mitch Waters to exit AOL MD role for The Trade Desk

MD of AOL Australia and New Zealand, Mitch Waters, will leave the business for a role at demand-side platform (DSP) The Trade Desk, AdNews can reveal. Waters has been in the top Sydney-based position at AOL for nearly two years, but had been within the company in its various forms for five years. He joined in 2012 and remained within the programmatic TV element of the business through the US$405 million AOL acquisition in 2013 and the Verizon Communications buy out in 2015. Read more here. 

Chris Janz promoted to new role at Fairfax

Fairfax Media has promoted Chris Janz to managing director of its Australian metro publishing division from his role as director of publishing innovation. Janz has only been in the role since August 2016, before stepping up into his new role, replacing Allen Williams who moves to MD of publishing transition. He was previously the CEO of Fairfax joint-venture partner, The Huffington Post. In an internal memo Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood said the move, which sees Janz responsible for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The AFR, secures Fairfax’s journalism for “not for a year or two, but the foreseeable future”. He also said several roles will be created to grow the new metro management team.
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Publicis Media gives agency MDs national CEO roles

Publicis Media has appointed new national CEOs for its Starcom, Zenith and Mediavest/Spark brands in Australia, as the group continues its transformation. Current Starcom Sydney MD Toby Barbour, who joined Starcom in 2013 as client services director and was promoted to Sydney managing director in 2015, now becomes national CEO of Starcom Australia. Also promoted is MD of Zenith Melbourne Nickie Scriven. Scriven, who joined Zenith in 2014 and was previously head of marketing and brand at AustralianSuper, is now national CEO of Zenith Australia. Read more here.

DDB restructures and names new MD

DDB Melbourne has named Kate Sterling as group managing director as part of an overhaul of its structure. Sterling was previously part of the DDB Group running the ANZ Bank business in Melbourne but most recently has been managing director at Penso. She replaces Dave Brown who has left the group. DDB Group Australia CEO Andrew Little says: “As part of our commitment to the growth and evolution of our business, we have undertaken a recent management restructure and Kate will succeed Dave Brown as Group MD. Find out more here.

Long-serving Toyota CMO Brad Cramb exits

Toyota’s CMO Brad Cramb will exit the business after 22 years, with Wayne Gabriel stepping up to lead the automotive brand’s marketing team. Cramb’s departure follows the closure of Toyota’s Sydney office and the consolidation of staff into its Melbourne residence, which was announced in 2014. Toyota says Cramb was unable to relocate to Melbourne and has since left the company. Cramb has been in the role of CMO since 2013, working across campaigns including the award-winning Toyota Landcruiser Emergency Network. Read more here.

Ve Interactive continues its aggressive ANZ growth

Hot off the heels of winning HP and Harris Scarfe, Ve Interactive has hired ex-Yieldify account lead Nancy Louka as account director ANZ. The hiring of Louka follows a slew of local account wins since it first announced its re-launch in October last year. The re-launch saw the conversion optimisation business move into the new HQ at Millions House, Sydney. More here. 


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