Top 8 Hires of the Week

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Nadya Powell is joining the creative agency Sunshine, in the newly created role of Managing Director. She is expected to join from DigitasLBi agency Lost Boys in August. Sunshine has grown significantly since it was conceived of two and a half years ago. Its strength is in giving brands a place and purpose in popular culture across a breadth of media: from traditional and digital, to content and experiential marketing. It has grown to 50 full-time staff and attracted great talent and clients including: Baileys, Diageo, Google, Nike Foundation and Skype. Nadya will report to the three owner partners – Kit Hawkins, Al MacCuish and Gideon Simeloff. Powell is well recognised for her many achievements. For the past two years she has been in the BIMA Hot 100 which celebrates the biggest names in digital; was in the top 10 Most Influential people in social media marketing in the UK as part of The Drum’s Social Buzz countdown; and was named as one of The Hospital Club H100.

Nadya Powell is joining the creative agency Sunshine, in the newly created role of Managing Director

Kit Hawkins, CEO of Sunshine commented: “2015 is has been another exciting year for us with growing interest in our culturally-led vision and approach. There has never been a better time in our industry to be independent, entrepreneurial and optimistic – three qualities Nadya has in abundance. She brings world-class experience and we’re delighted that Nadya is joining the Sunshine team.” Powell added: “Sunshine is a rare breed in communications – entrepreneurial, independent and focussed on driving brand growth through cultural relevance. I am hugely looking forward to bringing my communications, innovation and leadership acumen to Sunshine and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Ogilvy & Mather


Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Tham Khai Meng announced this week the appointment of OgilvyOne EAME Joint Chief Creative Officers Emma de la Fosse and Charlie Wilson to O&M's Worldwide Creative Council. The award winning husband and wife creative team was behind the British Airways “Magic of Flying” campaign, which garnered multiple wins at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It bagged 8 Lions and a Grand Prix and was quickly dubbed “The future of billboard advertising” by the press and jurors.

OgilvyOne EAME Joint Chief Creative Officers Emma de la Fosse and Charlie Wilson have been appointed to O&M's Worldwide Creative Council

Tham, the Chairman of O&M's Worldwide Creative Council, noted; “It is said a creative team is like a marriage. Emma and Charlie take that thought one step further. This is the first time we've had a husband and wife on the Council. While they are probably not the only married creative team in the world, they are undoubtedly the most highly-awarded married creative team in the world.” De la Fosse added: “Charlie and I are honoured to join Khai and the Worldwide Creative Council, a band of artists, thinkers and sages with the ability to make a little mischief and magic to entertain and engage consumers on behalf of brands. We look forward to lighting some torches on behalf of creativity.”


M&C Saatchi Melbourne


David Dahan, Ogilvy’s Global Managing Partner on the groundbreaking Dove Worldwide account, has been appointed Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Melbourne. Prior to his time at Ogilvy in London, Dahan spent five years with BBDO in Singapore in various strategic and account leadership positions and five years at Lowe in Paris, working on a suite of iconic and award winning brands, including: Mercedes-Benz, Tiger, MTV, Dulux, Johnson & Johnson, Aviva, Toyota, Dirt is Good and Hellmann's.

David Dahan has been appointed Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Melbourne

M&C Saatchi Australia Group CEO Jaimes Leggett said: “David is simply world class. He has a brilliant strategic mind honed by global roles working with some of the world’s most famous brands. He has an incredible creative record and I have no doubt he’ll be a perfect foil for M&C Saatchi Melbourne ECD Paul Taylor.” Dahan added: “M&C Saatchi are pioneering thinkers who are able to challenge convention and respond to the ever-changing market in a way that allows them to deliver great, innovative work for their clients. With my creative partner Paul Taylor, we will push the team to always bring fresh perspectives, innovative solutions and brutally simple ideas to the table.”




San Francisco-based creative agency Eleven, has appointed Gary Stein as Group Director of Marketplace Insights, and Monique Verrier as Director of Creative Services. Both are newly created positions. In his new role, Gary will focus on expanding the agency's abilities to connect to consumers throughout their journey. Gary will report to Alison Fowler, Eleven’s Chief Activation Officer. Prior to joining Eleven, he was the SVP of Strategy at Sterling Brands and served in strategy and management positions at Isobar and iCrossing. In her new role, Monique will act as an advocate for Eleven’s creative teams, overseeing professional development, leading recruiting and resourcing efforts and providing mentorship for young creative leaders. She will report to Mike McKay, Eleven’s Chief Creative Officer. She previously managed creative departments at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

Eleven has appointed Gary Stein as Group Director of Marketplace Insights, and Monique Verrier as Director of Creative Services

"We are thrilled to welcome Gary and Monique to our team,” said Courtney Buechert, CEO of Eleven. “We’re growing steadily and this has allowed us to further build for strategic talent like Gary and Monique who can help us sustain this momentum. Their experience and positive vibe will be tremendous assets to our balance of creative, business, activation and strategic thinkers who work together to build brand movements for clients.” Stein said: “ Eleven, from the start, has been a different kind of agency. It lives in a world where design and brand, advertising and marketing, traditional and digital all meet and interact. I feel privileged to join at a moment where we can really leverage all this great talent and create great work for our clients. Verrier added: “Joining Eleven for me is best of both worlds. The chance to reconnect with an excellent crew of folks who I've worked with at Eleven and elsewhere in years past, coupled with the excitement of getting to know all of the unique, talented and creative people who contribute to Eleven's great culture and high caliber of work.”


Partners + Napier


Creative agency Partners + Napier NYC has appointed Ted Florea as its first chief strategy officer. In this role, Florea, who formerly served as head of brand strategy at Droga5, will be responsible for the strategic leadership of all existing PNYC business, which includes the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and ShopKeep. Florea served as a freelance brand strategy consultant prior to joining PNYC. Before that, he spent three years as head of brand strategy at Droga5. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients including Toyota, Kraft, and Netflix. For the past six months, he has served as a brand strategy consultant for the agency.

Partners + Napier NYC has appointed Ted Florea as its first chief strategy officer

Of his appointment, Florea said: “I’ve had the honour of working at some of the most creative shops in advertising, but in thinking about the future of our industry, I was looking for something more grounded in reality. I’m thrilled to work with the gang at PNYC, who share my passion for building brands from the ground up – brands built on solid, purposeful strategies designed to create real-world impact.”


Wunderman UK


Wunderman UK has hired Lauren Pleydell-Pearce as Creative Director. Pleydell-Pearce, the former Design Director at Fabric, will work across the agency’s range of clients. She will also assist on content, digital and social projects. She worked at Fabric for over four years. Whilst there, she was part of the team behind KFC's “It doesn’t count if” social media campaign, which won a slew of awards, including a British Arrows Gold in 2013. Before Fabric she was a Senior Designer at Razorfish working on clients such as NSPCC, Oxfam, SABMiller, Samsonite, Unilever and Audi.

Wunderman UK has hired Lauren Pleydell-Pearce as Creative Director

Pleydell-Pearce said: “We at Wunderman are putting powerful content at the heart of everything we do. I’m looking forward to crafting beautiful multi-channel narratives, ensuring they're relevant and interesting for our brands across digital, traditional and yet-to-be-invented spaces. I strongly believe you need to care as passionately about the small details as much as the big bang moments.” Chris Perry, the Chief Executive of Wunderman UK, added: “Lauren is a rare talent with a proven track record. She is a true digital professional and brings passion to the smallest design details with an understanding of how to simplify things so they really connect to people. Her hiring is part of our commitment to hardwiring data-driven creativity across the agency.”




DLKW Lowe has appointed Anna Vogt to the newly created role of Head of Planning. Previously Strategy Director and Partner at BBH London, Anna is a highly regarded planner with a strong track record in digital product and service innovation and a portfolio that has been creatively, commercially and culturally awarded. The appointment comes as DLKW Lowe continues to build on its growth and integrated account successes. Anna will report into Charlie Snow, Chief Strategy Officer. The appointment is effective immediately. She joins from BBH where she was a Strategy Director on flagship accounts British Airways and Clarks as well as Boden and Tele2.

DLKW Lowe has appointed Anna Vogt to the newly created role of Head of Planning

Anna explains: “DLKW Lowe is brimming with ambition and potential and the kind of energy that means serious business. I'm super excited to be on board and can't wait to help accelerate this journey.” DLKW Lowe Chief Strategy Officer Charlie Snow said Anna’s appointment was a critical moment for the agency: “I’m delighted that Anna is joining the team; she will be a key player in the agency as we continue to place strategy and innovation at the heart of our business. She is a brilliant strategic mind and a team leader who operates at the cross roads of business, creativity and technology.”


Cheil UK


Cheil UK has announced the appointment of Catherine Davis as its new chief growth officer for UK and Europe. Davis joins the agency from Grey London, where she was chief marketing officer. In her time at Grey London, Davis became known as the agency’s most successful new business and marketing director, winning an incredible 64 accounts since joining in 2009. Prior to Grey, Davis was marketing and PR director at CHINA NOW. Her CV also includes time at RKCR/Y&R, Burkitt DDB, Leo Burnett and TBWA. In her new role, Davis will be responsible for driving business growth across Europe with a specific focus on the UK market. She will report directly into Cheil UK’s COO Matt Pye.

Cheil UK has announced the appointment of Catherine Davis as its new chief growth officer for UK and Europe

Pye said: “Cat’s new business record at Grey speaks for itself. She’s a phenomenal appointment, and follows hot on the heels of Lotta Malm-Hallqvist as global growth officer. This underlines Cheil’s ambition to secure rapid growth with high-quality clients. It’s a really exciting time to be part of the Cheil network.” Davis added: “The opportunity to join Cheil – an agency with the ambition and passion to become a force to be reckoned with locally, regionally and globally, is one that was too great to resist. It’s an incredibly exciting agency to be at right now. I’ve had an incredible six years at Grey. It’s been fantastic being a senior part of their turnaround story and I’m now relishing a new challenge.”


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