Hires of the Week

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Havas Media Group has announced the appointment of Damien Marchi as global head of content. This news follows the Group’s recent launch of the Global Music Data Alliance with Universal Music Group and its partnership with content marketing platform NewsCred.

 Marchi has over 15 years experience specialising in cross platform content production, commercialisation and marketing in TV and digital, across entertainment, drama and news. 

He has worked with brands such as RedBull, Air France, P&G and L'Oréal, and won an Emmy Award in 2006 whilst working for the production company Streampower in Paris on its interactive TV programme “CULT”. He also holds two Banff Awards (2010, 2011) for his time with FremantleMedia in London and also works as an advisor to the United Nations advising UNRIC, its Western European information bureau on digital communications. 

Marchi will work closely with Lucien Boyer, Global CEO of Havas Sports & Entertainment and Vin Farrell, global chief content officer for Havas Worldwide.

Havas Media Group has announced the appointment of Damien Marchi as global head of content

Dominique Delport, global managing director Havas Media Group, said: “2015 will be the year of content for Havas. We are going to innovate at scale and it's already started thanks to our friends at Universal and NewsCred. Multi device content marketing runs through Damien’s veins. He has always been at the forefront of global developments in content, working on some of the world’s most talked about shows. Data and content is at the core of what we do and Damien is a true all-rounded digital innovator. There is no doubt that he will help lead our teams through what will be an incredibly fast and interesting time for Havas and its clients in this space.” Marchi adds: “I began my career at a start up and to some extent feel like I have come home. The size and scale of Havas has not stopped it being an energetic and exciting to place to work. These two qualities will come handy as the global content market is at a turning point. On the one hand, business models in the industry are being seriously challenged and on the other hand, people have never had such as thirst for content. It’s an exciting time to be on the agency side - the historic meeting-place of stories, brands, platforms and producers. And with content at its core since its creation in 1835, Havas has all it takes to become the best of the industry.”


Havas Worldwide


Havas Worldwide has announced the appointment of Beth Pasciucco as Managing Director, Global Financial Services Practice Leader, and Global Client Lead. She will focus on developing innovative growth strategies, acquisition marketing, and brand and customer experiences across the financial sector and beyond, and will also have responsibility for key client relationships. Based out of the network's New York headquarters, she will be reporting to Havas Creative Group and Havas Worldwide CEO Andrew Benett. Prior to joining Havas, she was Managing Director and Head of Brand Management and Customer Experience at AXA.

Havas Worldwide has announced the appointment of Beth Pasciucco as Managing Director, Global Financial Services Practice Leader, and Global Client Lead

Benett said; “Our goal is to help our clients grow their businesses into the future, and we are always looking at new ways to do that. Beth's excellent track record in building brands in complex categories--including the financial sector--and her expertise in helping brands cultivate customer relationships, will be of great benefit to our clients.” Pasciucco, who began her career on the ad agency side of the business at Arnold Worldwide, a Havas Creative Group agency, added; “The move to Havas represents not just the next step in my career, but also a homecoming. Havas looks very different now, with its bold ambition to create the most integrated client offering available anywhere. This is a very exciting time to rejoin the agency, and I look forward to helping our clients drive growth as they navigate today's global landscape.”


DDB Canada


This week, Frank Palmer, Chairman and CEO of DDB Canada announced the appointment of Lance Saunders as the agency's new national president and COO, effective immediately. Saunders will replace David Leonard, who after a highly successful decade-long tenure at the helm of the company is moving to MacLaren McCann Saunders was the executive vice president (EVP), managing director, of DDB Canada's Vancouver office and will now be moving to Toronto to serve in his new role.

Frank Palmer, Chairman and CEO of DDB Canada announced the appointment of Lance Saunders as the agency's new national president and COO

Palmer is thrilled to see Lance take over the reigns of DDB Canada. He said; “Lance has a creative way of looking at business, which challenges our industry's traditional models. He has re-energised the culture within our Vancouver office, and this has resulted in business wins extending far beyond Western Canadian borders.” Saunders, a 30 plus year veteran in the advertising industry and a sought-after thought leader who is regularly called upon to speak at various Canadian universities and colleges, added; “I'm looking forward to working closely with each of our offices to strengthen our vision for the future, and to collectively produce outstanding work for our clients.”


Grey Group Asia Pacific


Mimi Nicklin recently joined Grey Group Asia Pacific as vice president, GSK, spearheading the nutrition and oral health businesses for the brand. 

Nicklin is an internationally experienced strategic communication and brand-marketing professional known for building ideas in the emerging markets. She comes from a communications and advertising background and was part of Grey from 2006 to 2010, with roles based in both Europe and Asia. 

Nicklin said; “With my emerging market experience and expertise in Asia and Africa previously, I am excited to bring a new perspective to the GSK team and to be working alongside them to build stronger consumer brands in this region.”


MacLaren McCann Canada


McCann Worldgroup has announced the appointment of David Leonard as CEO at MacLaren McCann Canada. Leonard joins the agency from DDB Canada, where he was President and COO. He will oversee all of MacLaren McCann's operations across Canada, succeeding Doug Turney, who is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities within the industry and education arena. Leonard has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles across Canada on both the agency and the client side of the business. Following his arrival at DDB Canada as President of the Toronto office in January of 2005, the agency was named Strategy Magazine's "Agency of the Year" five times. In 2010, he was promoted to President & COO of all of DDB Canada's operations.

McCann Worldgroup has announced the appointment of David Leonard as CEO at MacLaren McCann Canada

Luca Lindner, President, McCann Worldgroup, said; “David is a talented leader with a deep understanding of the industry and the Canadian marketplace. He is ideally suited to lead our Canadian operations and we look forward to his leadership in driving our clients' businesses forward.” Commenting on joining McCann, Leonard said; “McCann has got great momentum in so many markets around the globe, including the US, and MacLaren McCann has such an amazing Canadian heritage as a creative leader and influential force in this country. I'm extremely pumped at the opportunity to take the helm.”


OMD Sydney


OMD has announced the promotion of Dan Robins to lead the OMD Sydney digital team as head of interactive. 

Reporting to Bailey, Robins will take overall responsibility for the OMD digital output in Sydney as well as the continuous development of OMD’s digital product.

 OMD CEO Peter Horgan said; “Dan has been instrumental in developing the industry leading work we have been doing with Telstra in the digital space and he has also been leading our digital performance product over the last 18 months. He is the ideal choice to run the Sydney digital offering. Dan’s promotion further emphasises OMD’s stated approach to nurture talent and promote from within.” Robins added; “These are exciting times for digital at OMD. The journey the agency has been on over the last couple of years to beef up our digital offering and embed digital practitioners into the business management teams has put us on a strong footing to tackle the shift in communications to be ever more digitally minded. This coupled with the array of data and technology solutions we have at our disposal both locally and from Omnicom globally, mean OMD is well set for the future.”




180LA has named Rafael Rizuto and Eduardo Marques as their first-ever executive creative directors. The appointments follow year-over-year growth from the Santa Monica based office. Rizuto and Marques most recently worked as Creative Directors at Pereira O'Dell San Francisco, after a successful 2-year tenure at Ogilvy & Mather Brazil. Rizuto and Marques will report directly to Chief Creative Officer William Gelner while managing creative direction across all disciplines for agency and client work. As two of the world’s most-award advertising professionals, Rizuto and Marques have led campaigns like Hellmann's Recipe Receipt; Coke's Happiness Refill; Whopper Face for Burger King, AirBnB's #Birdbnb (Home to You), Solving #SochiProblems and Views (Airbnb's first global campaign). Both were ranked on the Cannes Report 2012; Rafael was the #6 Art Director in the world and Eduardo the #1 Creative Director. Eduardo was also ranked #8 Copywriter on the list. According to the Big Won Report 2012, Rafael was ranked as the #9 best Art Director in the world. They each have received 100+ international awards.

180LA has named Rafael Rizuto and Eduardo Marques as their first-ever executive creative directors

William Gelner, CCO of 180LA, said; “Besides being two of the most highly awarded creative directors in the world, they bring an amazing amount of passion and energy to everything they touch. Their unique global perspective will be invaluable to us as more and more of our clients are looking for big, international ideas that travel and get the world talking.” Rizuto added; “180LA is a great agency that I have always admired, and they are living a great moment right now. I'm thrilled to be part of it,” whilst Marques said; “180 has a powerful history. I am very honoured to be part of the new chapter they are starting to build right now.”




Global media agency Carat has appointed former MEC Group Strategy Director, John Paul Cadman as Head of Strategic Planning, to lead the agency’s planning output. Cadman will be tasked with ensuring consistent delivery of effective, creative and best-in-class media planning across all the agency’s clients. JP will report into Chief Strategy Officer, Dan Hagen and also work closely with the heads of Innovation, Digital and Insight to continue to build the agency’s overall proposition. He joins from MEC where he was leading J&J’s strategic planning across Northern Europe before being seconded to J&J as maternity cover for the Head of Media, Northern Europe.

Carat has appointed former MEC Group Strategy Director, John Paul Cadman as Head of Strategic Planning

Dan Hagen, Chief Strategy Officer at Carat, said; “As we continue to redefine the business value that media delivers for our clients, it is vital that we have clear and strategic leadership across the planning teams enabling us to take full advantage of all the opportunities offered by a convergent media landscape. JP’s in-depth understanding of clients’ needs combined with his strong agency-side background will help us drive excellence at scale across the agency. His UK and European experience will be extremely valuable in helping us deliver business value through media to our clients in an increasingly globalised world.” Cadman said: “I am really excited to join an agency that I’ve always admired and respected for both the work they deliver and their new business record. Carat has a strong leadership team shaping the future of the agency and I am pleased to be onboard to help them deliver their vision.”





David Angelo, Founder and Chairman of independent creative agency David&Goliath (D&G), announced this week the appointment of Mike Geiger as Managing Partner, Chief Digital Officer. In this new position, Geiger will report to Angelo and will be responsible for developing world-class digital strategy, creative, integration and content production. The hire is a key part of D&G’s growth plan and further bolsters the agency’s executive leadership team following a string of recent promotions, including Colin Jeffery as Chief Creative Officer, Brian Dunbar as President and Seema Miller as Chief Strategy Officer. It also comes on the heels of three new business wins for the agency – LG Mobile, Jack in the Box and ZICO Coconut Water.

David Angelo announced this week the appointment of Mike Geiger as Managing Partner, Chief Digital Officer

Angelo said; “Over the past year, we have been assembling nothing short of an all-star leadership team. We are ecstatic to have Mike join our team as he brings a wealth of top notch digital and integrated expertise to the table. His entrepreneurial style and big thinking are a perfect fit for our Brave culture as we continue to seek out brands in need of overcoming marketing goliaths.” Gieger added; “I’m really excited to return to an independent creative agency like D&G where I can be closer to the people and the work. At the end of the day, my passion is finding and cultivating great talent, building teams and creating breakthrough work. When I first met with David and the rest of the team, we just clicked – we had the same values and vision for how to run a business. I can’t wait to get started.”




MediaVest has announced the appointment of Gareth Jones to the newly created position of head of strategy.

 Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in media and communications in both the UK and Australia, and joins MediaVest from his most recent position at MCN as national strategy manager. At MCN, Jones played a key role in driving insights to deliver innovative concepts and great opportunities for clients.

 MediaVest general manager Sue Squillace said; “There is no better time for Gareth to join MediaVest. The last six months have been about consolidating and transitioning the business that we have and we are now ready to take the next step in our journey.” Jones added; “I am looking forward to working with the MediaVest team, agency partners and media owners to use strategic insights to drive a future-focused vision for clients."


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