People on the Move, including new hires at AKQA, Amazon, Kantar and more

The Drum 23 Feb 2021 12:00
Over the past seven days, we’ve seen hires and exits at Uber, Target, Amazon, Deloitte, AKQA and more / The Drum

​Another week another wave of senior appointments and departures at brands, agencies and media owners. Check out our global round-up of who is moving where (any why it matters) below.

Over the past seven days, we’ve seen hires and exits at Uber, Target, Amazon, Deloitte, AKQA and more.

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Amazon Studios has tapped Greg Coleman as its global head of franchise marketing. He will be tasked with overseeing the team in charge of TV and film fantasy and sci-fi originals – including the upcoming Lord of the Rings series. The marketing exec was most recently vice-president of worldwide marketing and franchise management at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Online used car marketplace Motorway has appointed Lloyds Page as its first chief marketing officer. For the past two years, Page has been marketing director at MoneySuperMarket, where he played an integral role in the brand relaunch and its ’Get Money Calm’ brand positioning.

Target has crowned a new chief marketing officer amid a management shuffle. The business announced a series of leadership changes this week, including tapping 14-year company veteran Cara Sylvester, who has held a number of buying roles with the retailer, as its new chief marketing and digital officer. Current chief marketing, digital and strategy officer Rick Gomez will take on a new role as executive vice-president and chief food and beverage officer.

Ex-SpaceX design director Hillary Coe has been appointed as principal of experience for AKQA and joins the North American leadership team, based in San Francisco. At SpaceX, she provided design and ’human experience leadership’ in collaboration with Nasa.

R/GA London has hired ex-AnalogFolk managing partner Rowena Vithlani as executive client services director, completing the agency’s new-look leadership team in the UK. Vithlani will take the lead on Interpublic agency’s senior client relationships while also looking to grow R/GA London’s client services team.

MediaCom has appointed Steve Ricketts as partner and UK head of e-commerce. Ricketts will lead the agency’s client development into Amazon and other e-commerce platforms, while also speeding up the development of its own social commerce offering. He was formerly a consultant for B&Q brand owner Kingfisher.

The News Media Association, which represents the UK’s local and national news media industry, has announced the appointment of Owen Meredith as its next chief executive. Currently boss at the Professional Publishers Association, Meredith has held a number of roles at the magazine and business media trade body, overseeing its public affairs work.


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