Movers & Shakers: WPP, SCA, Quantcast

By AdNews | 21 May 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 some of the biggest moves this week.

WPP AUNZ CEO departs
WPP CEO Jens Monsees has decided to step down as CEO as the company transitions from a public company to a fully integrated business within WPP. Monsees has been CEO since October 2019 and has led the company through a ‘transformation’ to build its capabilities in experience, commerce, data and technology. A new WPP leader will be appointed and in the interim the business will be led by the agency brand leaders, supported by WPP AUNZ chief financial officer Chris Rollinson and other members of the central team, through an executive committee chaired by WPP chief operating officer Andrew Scott. 


Tom Robinson promoted to managing partner
MediaCom announced the promotion of Tom Robinson to managing partner of MediaCom Creative Systems, a new division within the MediaCom network. MediaCom Creative Systems brings together media with data and tech-enabled creativity to drive brand relevance and accelerate growth for its clients. Following a successful launch in the US and Australia, Creative Systems is being rolled out globall

SCA's senior digital audio strategy appointments
New positions at SCA with a new sales leadership structure for digital audio, following the launch of LiSTNR. John Musgrove is head of research and measurement. Abi Wallis is head of sales insights and campaign strategy. Jasmine Beech is client insights and effectiveness director.

SpotX boss joins Quantcast
Global advertising technology company Quantcast has appointed Ilda Jamison as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand. Jamison will join Quantcast at the end of June and will report to Quantcast APAC managing director Andrew Double. Double will continue to lead the broader APAC business and will focus on market expansion across the region. Both Double and Jamison will be based in Sydney. Jamison is currently managing director ANZ for SpotX, which provides a global video advertising and monetisation platform to bridge the gap between linear TV and digital video. Prior to this she has worked for Oracle, MediaMath, AppNexus, Microsoft, AOL and Fairfax Digital.

Ex-MercerBell boss takes on advisory role
Blended Digital has announced that Julie Dormand has joined the agency as strategic advisor. Dormand has previously worked client-side as a marketer. She also ran MercerBell as an independent agency and then as part of the third largest communications group in the world, Publicis Groupe. She is currently running Dormand Consulting, is secretary of the board for ADHD Australia and is a regular speaker, committee chair and has been a board member of the industry body, ADMA.

Westfield's Reid Nakou joins The General Store
Reid Nakou has joined independent marketing agency The General Store as head of retail and design after almost 11 years with Westfield and Scentre Group. Reid has been at the heart of some of the best retail environments, including Westfield Chermside, shortlisted for Best Shopping Centre in the World at the 2018 World Architecture Festival, the multi-award-winning Pacific Fair and game changing Westfield Newmarket in Auckland.

Liz Taylor returns to Ogilvy
Ogilvy has named Liz Taylor as global chief creative officer. Taylor has been in the industry for more than two decades and is one of the industry's most-awarded creative leaders. She will be responsible for overseeing Ogilvy’s creative product across 132 offices in 83 countries and spanning its five business units. Most recently, Taylor served as global chief creative officer for Leo Burnett and chief creative officer for Publicis Communications North America. There she was a founding Partner at Le Truc, a new business model threaded across the Publicis Groupe. She previously held several roles at Ogilvy including global executive creative director before departing in 2016 to become chief creative officer at FCB Chicago.

Danika Porter returns to Tasmania
Danika Porter, the former communciations director at Are Media, is joining casino and hotel operator Federal Group as head of marketing communications. The appointment, which she describes as "an awesome new gig in my dream industry," means she returns to her native Tasmania from Sydney.

Paper Moose's new head of strategy
Independent creative agency Paper Moose has appointed James Sykes as head of strategy, making the next big leap in its expansion plans. He spent 15 years in WPP’s European creative, design and media agencies, then a stretch as CMO Asia Pacific and Latin America at Beam Suntory.

M&C Saatchi adds creative duo
M&C Saatchi Melbourne has further bolstered its creative offering, bringing art director Jake Blood and copywriter Josh Thompson on board. Blood and Thompson have worked in agencies across Australia and New Zealand, picking up awards at Cannes, D&AD, Axis, AWARD and One Show. Heading over to New Zealand at the start of 2018, they found success with clients such as Toyota, Sky Sport, Westpac and Pak'n Save. They have now returned home to join the Melbourne agency.

Kojo names head of clients and marketing services
National creative studio Kojo has announced the appointment of Andrew Fotheringham to the newly created role of head of clients and marketing services, based out of the company's Adelaide studio. Fotheringham was most recently the general manager - marketing and communications of Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission, and was responsible for the promotion of South Australia’s premier major events including Tour Down Under and Tasting Australia. Prior to that, he held several senior client management roles with agencies CumminsHybrid, KWP! and Showpony.

DDB alumni join indie
Independent creative agency Dig has hired senior creative team Anna Paine and Owen Bryson. Dig was formerly known as Channel T. This hire sees the team reunite with ex-DDB creative partner David Joubert who was recently elevated to the role of national executive creative director.

Akcelo opens its doors in Canada
Australian brand experience and innovation company Akcelo has opened its doors in Canada with TikTok, the Tribeca Film Festival and a multinational e-commerce retailer as foundation clients. The Vancouver based Akcelo team is being led by senior marketing executive and Canadian native, Jason Carnew. Carnew has held senior roles across integrated agencies including BMF, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington, Havas Sydney, Y&R and Haystac.

New CEO at WPP's Cannings
Luis M. Garcia is the new CEO of Cannings Strategic Communications. He replaces Renée Bertuch, who is leaving after eight years, including six as chief executive. Garcia has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications and before that as a journalist, editor, and senior political advisor. He is also the author of the book Child of the Revolution: growing up in Castro's Cuba (Allen & Unwin, 2006). 

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