Movers & Shakers: Toyota, SCA, M&C Saatchi

28 January 2022

It's hard to keep up with all the latest moves across media, marketing and advertising, so we've made a list. Check out some of the biggest moves this week.

Toyota appoints chief marketer
Toyota Australia has appointed Vin Naidoo as chief marketing officer. The 20-year Toyota executive steps into the new role after a two-year international assignment as general manager of sales and marketing operations with Toyota Motor Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. Naidoo joined Toyota Australia in 2002 and has since held a variety of positions across Toyota's after-sales, product planning, national fleet, national sales, and NSW regional operations.

Nova Entertainment hires sales director
Nova Entertainment has appointed Rhys Mugdan as Sydney agency sales director. Leading the agency commercial team, Mugdan will be responsible for the commercialisation of Nova’s extensive audio assets, providing Nova’s trademark creative solutions and new media opportunities for clients. Mugdan joined Nova as group sales manager in 2021 with a background as a government senior policy advisor.

This is Flow names new boss
Matt Papasavva has been promoted to managing director of This is Flow as the agency triples in size over the past 18 months. This is Flow has moved to new offices in North Sydney and appointed 11 new staff in the last three months. Papasavva joined Flow two years ago as digital lead, following a leap in the agency’s digital offering when all online services were brought in-house. He has previously worked at Ticketek with responsibility for leading the digital marketing efforts for the majority of sporting clubs and codes across Australia.

SCA appoints innovation product manager
SCA has appointed Mitch Secrett as innovation product manager. Secrett will work closely with SCA's investments in the audio technology space, including Frequency, the US-based dynamic creative optimisation company working with SCA on LiSTNR and its radio brands. Secrett has more than a decade of experience in audio production and audio technology.

TBWA\Melbourne's new hires
TBWA\Melbourne has made a series of appointments and promotions within its strategy and planning team. Virginia Pracht joins the agency as co-head of planning to lead the agency’s strategic outputs. Pracht has more than 15 years’ experience working in creative agencies and was previously working as head of strategy at Ogilvy Melbourne. Meanwhile, Eloise Liley has been promoted to co-head of planning. Liley joined the agency in 2020 and has been part of jumpstarting the collective’s refreshed strategy department, as well as being part of the agency’s most recent major win, NAB.

M&C Saatchi Sydney bolsters creative team
M&C Saatchi Sydney has made five key hires to bolster its creative team. As part of the changes, William Campion joins the agency as junior copywriter, Julian Lock as craft designer, and Billie Gurr as junior art director. Claire Kirby also joins as junior copywriter and Jake Rowland joins as junior art director.

Edge brings in creative duo
Independent creative agency Edge has appointed David Arns and James Gillespie as its senior creative team. The duo have spent the last eight years working at agencies including TBWA and R/GA, with the bulk of their time together most recently at The Works. Arns and Gillespie have worked on brands such as Google, Krispy Kreme, Samsung, Subaru, H&R Block, and Greenpeace. 

Man of Many expands
Men’s lifestyle publication Man of Many has made a series of promotions and a new hire to its branded content team. Nick Hall has been promoted to editor-in-chief, Denise Barnes to head of branded content, and Tim Fernandes to senior sales and partnerships manager. Additionally, Clelia Niyikiza has been appointed to the new role of account associate within the branded content team.

SCA makes multiple promotions
SCA has made two senior promotions in its content team with new roles that provide a focus and strategic direction to Hit Network national shows and Hit and Triple M key regional centres. Sonder Novak-Booth, currently executive producer of Hit Network’s Carrie and Tommy Drive show,  joins the ranks of SCA’s content directors nationally and is promoted to a new role as content director - national shows. Additionally, Mickey Maher, currently head of music for SCA across the Hit and Triple M networks, will extend his responsibilities to also become group content director – provincial, working closely with the local content directors in SCA’s key Gold Coast, Newcastle, Hobart, and Canberra markets.

Now We Collide grows
Independent creative agency Now We Collide has welcomed seven new members to its team, including Michele Marquet and Rowena Rasmussen who join as account manager/producer. Shayne Carter has been appointed producer after relocating to Sydney from the UK. Now We Collide’s creative division has also grown two-fold with the additions of senior editor Josh Groom, senior designer Tim Prosser, production coordinator Matilda Teernstra, and junior designer Leila Polito.

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