Movers & Shakers: Twitch, DAN, Adobe

By AdNews | 9 April 2020

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.

Twitch nabs Unruly MD
Twitch Australia has grown its advertising sales team with the appointment of Ricky Chanana as head of sales for Australia and New Zealand. Chanana was most recently the managing director for News Corp's video adtech Unruly ANZ. Prior to that, he was the investment head at Maxus. He brings more than 15 years experience in buying and selling advertising, having held senior leadership positions on the agency side. He will be tasked with showing brands how to engage with young audiences, aged 16 to 34, through video games and interactive live experiences amid fast-changing trends in how Generation Z consumes media and avoids more traditional channels.

Wendy Clark exits DDB for DAN
DDB Worldwide president and CEO Wendy Clark has departed the network to take on the global CEO role at Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN). In her new role, she is tasked with leading 42,000 people across DAN's business outside of Japan and will report to DAN executive chairman Tim Andree. Clark takes over the CEO role from Andree who had filled the spot when former CEO Jerry Bulhman departed DAN in late 2018. Clark was with Omnicom Group's DDB for more than four years where she first led the North American business before being promoted to the global role. During her time with DDB, Clark was behind the set up of the network's bespoke agency, We Are Unlimited, for McDonald's in North America. She has nearly 30 years of experience and has previously held senior marketing roles for brands including The Coca-Cola Company and AT&T.

Ex-Salesfore exec joins Adobe
Adobe has appointed senior business leader Simon Tate as president, Asia Pacific (APAC). In his role, Tate will lead Adobe’s business across the region, reporting to Adobe president, international Paul Robson. Tate joins from Salesforce where he spent six years as APAC Senior Vice President, responsible for all market segments, geographies and products during his tenure. Tate’s experience spans across high growth companies and global brands, with the dynamic APAC region at the centre of his expertise.

Rakuten Advertising names APAC boss
Global media, advertising technology and consumer insights company Rakuten Advertising has appointed Stuart McLennan to the position of senior vice president of APAC. In the newly created role, McLennan will be responsible for leading the Rakuten Advertising business across the Asia-Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand. The role is part of the international leadership team reporting into managing director of international Anthony Capano. McLennan previously spent nearly a decade with Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) in the UK and across Asia in senior management positions, most recently as APAC media and performance lead.

Audience Precision appoints chief strategy architect
Media strategy consultancy and technology business Audience Precision has appointed Josh Sharp as chief strategy architect. Sharp has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, campaign implementation and management, digital and social media execution and account leadership. Sharp joins Audience Precision from a consultancy role at OMD. He has also worked as client services director at Maxus Global, group business director at Starcom and group business director at Mediaedge:CIA. On the client side, he was general manager – media operations and sponsorships at Telstra and has also worked in management roles at Initiative, Optimedia and Carat Australia.

BBC Studios promotes
BBC Studios APAC has appointed Matt Coe to head up a new Creative Hub that will provide seamless creative solutions for its premium branded services in the Asia and ANZ region. As head of creative, BBC Studios APAC, Matt will lead the Sydney and Singapore-based creative and production management teams to deliver creative content that will promote BBC Studios’ channels and programming across many valued partner platforms. Coe, who joined BBC Studios as head of creative ANZ in August 2019, will lead the linear and digital delivery of promotional material, encouraging viewing of bold, British and creative content on BBC channels and BBC Player.  

Tealium welcomes regional VP
Real-time customer data orchestration business Tealium has appointed Mark van den Haak as the regional vice president of sales Asia. Van den Haak will lead Tealium’s team of consultants, with a focus on markets in South East Asia and North Asia to support businesses looking to leverage the value of a customer data platform (CDP) in their customer experience and data strategy. Van den Haak brings more than 14 years of experience to the role, having previously held positions at Oracle Marketing Cloud, CBS Interactive, and most recently, Dynamic Yield.

Avid Collective makes senior appointments
Digital media network Avid Collective has made two additional senior appointments to the company’s commercial team. Tom Gunter, currently head of sales and partnerships, has been promoted to commercial director and is now responsible for the entire commercial function of the group. In addition, Leah Stalker joins Avid as a senior commercial manager and will report to Gunter. Stalker comes to Avid from WeThinkMedia, where she was senior partnership manager, representing the New York Times and CNBC International in Australia. She has also held senior sales roles with location data technology company Blis, and agency sales roles at SBS and Seven Affiliate Sales.

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