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RKCR/Y&R has completed its senior management triumvirate by promoting Emily James to the role of Chief Strategy Officer. James, who was previously Head of Strategy, joins CEO Jon Sharpe and newly appointed CCO Jonathan Burley on the agency’s executive management team. Reporting to Sharpe, she will oversee and lead the strategic vision for the agency. She will be replaced in the role of Head of Strategy by Tamsin Djaba who joined RKCR/Y&R as Strategy Partner earlier this year from Droja5 and previously was Head of Innovation at Fallon London. James has worked at RKCR/Y&R for over ten years and has helped create award-winning campaigns for brands such as M&S, Virgin Atlantic and the BBC. She has Authored four award-winning IPA Effectiveness papers, including two Golds, for Virgin Atlantic and the Home Office, and two Silvers for Virgin Atlantic and TfL. She first joined the agency as a Senior Planner and was promoted to Head of Strategy in 2010. Prior to RKCR/Y&R she was at TBWA\London, Walsh Trott Chick Smith and IMP and worked on brands including Abbey, Thomas Cook and Masterfoods.



GreyShopper London has hired VCCP veteran Cressida Eatson-Lloyd as creative director and Mullen Lowe Singapore strategist Jessica Smith to bolster its senior team. Eatson-Lloyd, who has served as a consultant for various agencies in recent years, will work alongside the shopper outfit’s executive creative director Matt Spink on accounts such as McVities, Lucozade and Gillette. She was the 14th person to join VCCP and has led shopper marketing strategies for O2, McDonald’s and Hiscox. Meanwhile, Australian senior planner Smith will work across all the agency’s clients, with a particular focus on the international Procter & Gamble (P&G) brands - Gillette, Braun, Febreze - and Lucozade Ribena Suntory. She joins from Mullen Lowe Singapore where she spent three years. In her role at the agency, she was the planner on the global Persil account, which include the much-celebrated ‘Dirt is Good’ campaign as well as developing the strategies for several other FMCG brands such as Pantene, Barilla and Unilever’s anti-dandruff brand Clear. Previously, she was a marketer for P&G and had responsibility for Pantene’s key South East Asian markets.



Ben Davies brings his talents to Furlined, after nearly two decades of outstanding work at top creative agencies, Droga5 New York and BBH London. In his fourteen years at BBH, Davies worked on some of the industry’s most iconic campaigns for brands like Audi, Levi’s, Vodafone, and Johnny Walker. As Head of Broadcast Production at Droga5, Davies helped bring award-winning work to life for the likes of Under Armour, Hennessy, Toyota, Newcastle Brown Ale, Honey Maid, Chobani and Spotify, among others. As Executive Producer/Director of Development at Furlined, Davies will collaborate on projects across all platforms, working closely with Furlined’s directors and bringing added value to its clients. Through his work with these two top creative agencies, Davies gained recognition for his international industry expertise. Davies is currently serving as a Film Craft jury member at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and has also been a valued speaker at the Ciclope Festival in Berlin. Davies joins Furlined at a particularly pivotal point for the industry and the company.

Droga5 London


Droga5’s London office has announced the appointment of Chris Watling as the agency’s first Head of Production. Watling joins Droga5 London after 10 years with BBH London working across award-winning campaigns for Axe, The Guardian, Weetabix, British Airways, Audi and Barnados among others. In 2015, Watling’s success made him the obvious choice as Managing Director for BBH’s in-house studio, Black Sheep Studios. Working with CEO & EP Anthony Austin, Watling helped establish this new production unit and broaden BBH's creative output, including music videos for The Last Shadow Puppets and the critically-acclaimed short film “Home” starring Jack O’Connell. The film premiered at SXSW 2016 and will launch as part of UNHCR’s Refugee Week in June. In his new role with Droga5 London, Watling will lead delivery across the agency’s growing client roster. The agency now counts Vita Coco, Hobbs, and Unilever to the list.

McCann Worldgroup


McCann Worldgroup announced that John Mescall has been named President of its Global Creative Council, an expanded creative role charged with helping the worldwide network to marshal creative resources across all of its regions and disciplines. Mescall retains his responsibilities as a Global Executive Creative Director. Mescall was Executive Creative Director of McCann Australia before he was promoted and moved to New York to join Reilly’s top global creative leadership team in 2014. He is best known for his creative work on “Dumb Ways to Die,” the Australian Metro Trains campaign. This month the campaign was named the “Best of the Decade” at the 2016 Asia Pacific Tambuli Awards. McCann is ranked as one of the Top 5 most creatively awarded global networks and #2 overall digitally in this year’s Gunn Report. This month it was the No. 1 creatively awarded network in Latin America’s FIAP and EL SOL awards, as just the latest in the top creative awards that it has been winning around the world over the last few years. McCann is also ranked in the Top 3 among the most awarded global networks both at the One Show and for creative effectiveness according to the 2016 Global Effie Effectiveness Index.

Havas Worldwide


Havas Worldwide today announced the appointment of Michael Keany in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer, Americas, effective June 27. In this role, Keany will be responsible for developing and expanding Havas Worldwide’s digital capabilities in North and South America, with a focus on developing strategic partnerships, identifying new lines of business for Havas and its clients, and scaling digital products and services. Keany is a seasoned digital leader and business builder with over 25 years of experience. He joins the agency from McKinsey & Company, where he served as Vice President and co-founder of McKinsey Academy, a platform as a service (PaaS) start-up focused on digital professional development. Most recently, Keany led Digital Quotient (DQ) and Digital Capabilities (DC), two new ventures that focus on digital transformation. Previously, Keany worked at three iconic digital design innovation firms: Schematic, Method, and Code and Theory, where he was first EVP of Strategy and Marketing Development and, later, CEO.

Havas Australia


In a strategic move to bolster the agency's leadership team, the Havas Village has today announced the internal appointments of Dan Smith to MD of Havas Worldwide Sydney and Ben Sjogren to MD of Havas Media. The creation of the new roles reflects the significant growth of both agencies over the past 12 months, with the total headcount of Havas Village in Sydney now over 240.

Smith has been pivotal in the growth of Havas Worldwide Sydney from an agency of 75 to more than 130 people over the past three years. He previously occupied the role of client services director and for the past 18 months has lead a team of over 50 on one of Australia's most high profile integrated accounts, Defence Force Recruiting (DFR). Smith and Sjogren will be working together closely in the coming months to continue the development of the Havas Village approach, bringing together the best minds and resources to approach new and existing client challenges. 
Sjogren joined Havas Media in 2013, guiding the business from its start-up status to a leading force in the industry with over 60 staff. Sjogren has continued to drive the agency's operations and growth trajectory and has presided over a number of major account wins including QBE and Douwe Egberts. 

Innocean Australia


Innocean Australia has made two new senior appointments. Scott Davis joins as head of strategic planning and Philip Sherar joins as group account director, leading the Hyundai account.

Davis comes from MJW Sydney, where he was head of planning. Prior to that he was head of planning at Leo Burnett Sydney and was part of the leadership team that saw Leos become one of the most awarded agencies in Australia for campaigns including Bundaberg Watermark and Canon Photochains. He has also occupied senior planning positions at BMF and Clemenger. Sherar joins from Havas London where he was global group director for Reckitt Benckiser. Sherar is no stranger to Australia having run the VW account at DDB Sydney from 2001-2004. He began his love for automotive advertising at BMP/DDB in London in the 1990s, working on VW during the golden years, where he first worked with Innocean Worldwide's global chief creative officer, Jeremy Criagen. Sherar also spent time at TBWA London on Nissan.

Geometry Global UK


Geometry Global UK continues to grow a world class team of talent with the arrival of Andy Dougan as Head of Experiential and Growth. He joins on 27 June from leading brand experience agency ENERGY where he was formerly Managing Director. To further fuel Geometry’s mission to inspire people to buy well, UK CEO Sarah Todd has briefed Andy to deliver distinctive, engaging and motivating experiences wherever it makes sense on the purchase decision journey. That includes physical branded environments, retail, and via relevant partnerships. Andy has led experiential across some of the world’s leading brands including: Shell, Debenhams, Vodafone, Walt Disney, BMW, LVMH, Jumeirah, Emirates Airlines, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Xbox, Andy joins us on 27 June. Andy’s arrival follows the recent appointment of former HeyHuman Operations Director Steve Cooper as Head of Creative Services, Geometry Global UK.


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