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Top 10 Hires of the Week

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Southpaw

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Following a successful run of pitch wins, Southpaw has made a trio of new senior appointments in the past month, to help drive the next phase of their business strategy and growth plans. Joining the agency as a Senior Creative, Barney Ashton brings with him the perfect mix of creative calibre and agency experience. After working at some of London’s top ATL and digital agencies (JWT, AMV and Saatchi & Saatchi London to name a few), gaining international experience across some of the world’s most progressive brands, Barney will be reporting into Creative Directors Craig Roderick and Glenn Smith and will be leading the day to day creative outputs across a select range of clients within Southpaw’s Automotive and Alcohol portfolios. To support the ever growing demand for strategic services, Southpaw has also appointed Nicole Kirkland as Senior Planner, who has experience of working with prestigious brands such as Western Union, Mizkan, Mondelez, Pernod Richard and Scotts during her time at McGarry Bowen. With expertise in FMCG, Nicole also spent time at TBWA\London, JWT London, Leagas Delaney, working with clients including Mars, Nestle Rowntree, Knorr, Baxters and Ferrero. Finally, Rob Goodall joins the agency as Business Director, bringing with him a wealth of experience across telecoms, consumer electronics and finance, from time spent at agencies such as SapientNitro and more recently iris Worldwide, where Rob worked across brands such as Barclays and Barclaycard and led the Global Samsung account.

 

Y&R

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David Patton is leaving Grey to become Global President at WPP sister agency Y&R, beginning the new position in January 2017 and reporting to Y&R global CEO David Sable. Patton has served as president and CEO of Grey Group EMEA since April of 2010, following two and a half years as Group CEO for Grey London. Grey Latin America president and CEO Alain Groenendaal will succeed Patton as president and CEO of Grey Group in EMEA, based out of London. The agency will name Groenendaal’s successor in the coming weeks. Before joining Grey London in 2007, Patton spent over three years as European senior vice president for Sony Electronics, following nine years as Vice President of Marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. That followed over three and a half years as marketing manager for Nintendo during the SNES’ heyday. Given Patton’s quick rise at WPP, he may be a prime contender as Sable’s eventual successor.

 

DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam

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DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam announced this week that Alistair Beattie will take on the pivotal role of Co-CEO. In his new position, Beattie will be responsible for leading the creative and strategic vision of the agency. Working closely together with Co-CEO Ivo Roefs, Beattie will continue to build on the ongoing success and international growth of the multi-award winning agency. Beattie will retain his role as EMEA President for Tribal Worldwide where he will continue to be responsible for the coordination and promotion of Tribal Worldwide across EMEA. Prior to this he was Head of Strategy for DDB Europe, working on key clients including VW, McDonald’s and Heineken. Earlier in his career Beattie served as Head of Planning at AKQA in London, where he was responsible for the strategic output across a wide range of clients including Sainsbury’s, Heineken, Unilever, and Xbox. He also has a background in design as partner of Me Company.

 

Taylor James

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Taylor James has announced Emma Ibbetson as the London studio's new Executive Producer and Pete Addington as the Head of 3D and Technology. Ibbetson will oversee the studio’s creative productions. She brings over 25 years of production experience across a diverse range of VFX, CGI, digital, animation, film and technology-driven projects and has established pipelines and workflows for production hubs around the world. She has collaborated on creative projects with partners in every global market including Audi, Vice Media/TCP, Working Title Films, Samsung, Sony, Guinness, Unilever, the BBC, The Serpentine Gallery and many more. Addington brings over 15 years of experience to the growing production studio. As The Head of 3D and Technology at Taylor James, he will be responsible for the overall direction of the 3D team, enhancing pipelines and pushing innovation and technology on a continual basis. He previously served as the Head of 3D Pipeline at Nexus for 5 years, where he oversaw animation systems, developed toolsets, and served as an advisor to the artists. He has worked on projects for Vodafone, Tropicana and Umpqua, and several iconic spots such as Disney's “Invade All Of The Humans” and the BBC's 2015 Christmas campaign.

 

Dentsu Aegis

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Dentsu Aegis Network US CEO Rob Horler has announced that the network has appointed industry veteran Patrick Venetucci as its first President of Operations and Integration. The appointment follows the tremendous growth of Dentsu Aegis in the US, including five acquisitions in the past six months, and positive momentum in both new business and organic growth. Venetucci is a senior executive with a track record of driving growth, profitability and innovation at global scale. He spent 23 years with Leo Burnett Worldwide, where, in addition to client responsibilities for brands like P&G, Philip Morris, and Samsung, he led corporate strategy, M&A, HR and enterprise technology as President of Global Operations. Following Leo Burnett, Venetucci left to found MobileAngelo Group, a technology investment and consulting firm devoted to advancing mobile platforms. Inspired to transform an industry, he initiated a global roll-up of mobile-app development companies across 10 markets worldwide. Most recently, he was a leader of digital transformation at IBM. With Dentsu Aegis, Venetucci is charged with leading operations and driving continued growth and innovation across Dentsu Aegis US, as well as developing and stewarding the holistic integration of acquisitions as part of the group’s broader focus and commitment to driving collaboration across its operating model. He will report directly to Horler.

 

MullenLowe China

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MullenLowe China has announced the appointment of Chief Creative Officer Cheelip Ong, who joins the MullenLowe China leadership team based out of Shanghai. Cheelip is a creative leader with 15 years of advertising experience, having helped creative departments in key APAC markets such as Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and China. Ong has successfully managed a diverse portfolio of global brands including SONY where he was the Asia-Pacific creative lead, CANON, Abbott, CIBA VISION, Skoda, Procter & Gamble, BMW, MINI, McDonald’s, SKII; as well as China’s technology leaders including BAIDU, Tencent, Xin.com and DIDI. In his previous role as Executive Partner and Chief Creative Officer at 180China, he helped the agency grow from 19 employees to 185 across two offices within three short years. Under his creative leadership the agency was awarded over 30 creative awards, including multiple Golds. The agency was named The World’s Leading Independent Agency in 2014 by Campaign UK and Best Digital Agency of the Year in 2014 and 2015 at the China Advertising Annual Awards.

 

Havas APAC

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Havas Creative Group has announced the appointment of Mike Amour to the position of Chairman and CEO of Asia Pacific. In this new role, Amour will be responsible for leading and driving continued collaboration and growth in one of the most dynamic regions for Havas Group. The appointment is a key milestone in the group’s ongoing efforts to build agile teams and integrated structures to deliver the most impact for clients. Amour will report to Andrew Benett, Global CEO of Havas Creative Group, and will be based in Singapore. Prior to joining Havas Creative Group, Amour was President, Asia Pacific at Starcom Mediavest Group. Previously, as CEO Asia Pacific at Project: Worldwide, Amour created a future-facing offer to drive growth beyond experiential marketing. Amour also led Grey Group Asia Pacific for four years as Chairman and CEO, where he oversaw significant growth, including acquisitions in China, India, and Vietnam. Prior to that, based in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris and Portland, Amour held senior management positions at McCann, TBWA, and Wieden + Kennedy. Amour will take over from Juan Rocamora, currently Chairman, Havas Creative Group APAC, who will retire at the end of the year.

 

Edelman

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Edelman this week announced that it has hired Martin Shaw as Performance EVP and appointed Stuart Edwards as COO for Edelman Digital Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (both newly created roles), effective immediately. Shaw joins from Maxus, where he was head of Digital for APAC, and will take charge of Edelman Digital APACMEA’s overall paid media offer and key data, analytics and reporting functions. Edwards, former MD of Edelman Digital Australia, will ensure the regional APACMEA business is optimised in terms of both efficiency and integration. Shaw will be based in Hong Kong, Edwards will be based in Sydney and both will report to Gavin Coombes, president of Edelman Digital APACMEA. Shaw, who started his career in the UK as a TV buyer, moved to China in 2009 for two and a half years where he ran OMD's business development, as well as the key Intel account, before settling in Hong Kong to head up Maxus' regional digital team; first for North Asia, then the APAC region. Prior to Edelman, Edwards worked at Profero, initially as the head of User Experience and Technology in Australia and then as managing director, Southeast Asia, where he built a multi-office, multi-million-dollar business virtually from scratch.

 

TBWA\India

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TBWA\India has announced the appointment of Abhinav Tripathi as Managing Partner (Creative). Tripathi and Parixit Bhattacharya, Managing Partner (Creative) will co-lead the creative function for TBWA and Digital Arts Network (DAN) India. Previously ECD at McCann Worldgroup Mumbai, Tripathi has worked across a diverse portfolio of clients including Saffola, Asian Paints, Reliance Life Insurance, TVS Motor Company, L’Oréal, and ESPN. His work has been celebrated at every major award show, including Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, D&AD, One Show, CLIO and LIA Awards; as well as being recognised for effectiveness at the Indian and APAC Effie Awards.

 

TBWA\Media Arts Lab

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TBWA\Media Arts Lab has appointed Brent Anderson as its new Chief Creative Officer, the first such change since 2009. Anderson, who was promoted to CCO at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA less than four months ago, will now be tasked with leading creative at the agency’s Apple-dedicated unit, taking over for Duncan Milner. Milner is moving into a role as Global Creative President, working on unspecified domestic and international accounts as well as on purpose-driven marketing arm MAL\FOR GOOD. TBWA\Chiat\Day LA plans to fill Anderson’s position in the coming weeks, with creative chairman Stephen Butler continuing to lead the agency’s efforts on that front. Anderson first joined TBWA\Chiat\Day LA back in August of 2005, as a senior art director working with brands including Nissan, Visa, PlayStation and Gatorade. Milner has served as CCO for TBWA\MAL for the past ten years and has been the top creative on Apple since the unit was conceived. Beyond their creative departments, leadership at both organisations will remain unchanged as Erica Hoholick and Erin Riley retain their positions as presidents of Media Arts Lab and TBWA LA.

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