People on the move including MediaCom, John Lewis, Premier League, Coca-Cola and Calvin Klein

The Drum 08 Oct 2019 11:50
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This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.

This week includes moves from MediaCom, John Lewis, D&AD, Tesco, the Football Association, STV, Gyro, Coca-Cola and Calvin Klein.


MediaCom has promoted Steve Gladdis to EMEA chief strategy officer. Geoff de Burca will succeed Gladdis as MediaCom UK’s chief strategy officer.

John Lewis

As of next February, John Lewis and Waitrose will have a new marketing boss in Paula Nickolds.

Premier League

David Pemsel is departing The Guardian's chief executive role to take on the same mantel at the Premier League. Pemsel, who was previously linked with the Channel 4 top job, succeeds Richard Scudamore following his departure from the football body last year.

The English Football Association has appointed Kathryn Swarbrick as its new commercial and marketing director.

Tesco has announced a changing of the guard after long-serving chief executive Dave Lewis unexpectedly tendered his resignation, clearing the way for his appointed successor Ken Murphy to step up to the plate.

Guinness World Records (GWR) has appointed Stine McNeillis as head of marketing EMEA and APAC for its creative consultancy. McNeillis will be responsible for driving awareness for GWR’s commercial services across its key regions.

As part of a restructure of 4Sales - the commercial wing of Channel 4 - it is trebling the headcount of its integrated sales team to talk clients through the power of advertising on the medium.



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VaynerMedia Singapore has appointed VJ Anand as its executive creative director and senior-vice president as it seeks to expand its business in Asia Pacific.

Watatawa has appointed Alan Rusbridger as senior advisor. He was formerly editor-in-chief of the Guardian and currently serves as chairman of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Principal of Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University.

AnalogFolk has appointed Stephen Pill as its strategy director for Asia. Pill joins after eight years at Fitch.

CHE Proximity has hired Darren Warren as director, brand, as it looks to further bolster its brand strategy capability.

Jenmon Yuen-Jenkins has been appointed chief exec of Grey Group Hong Kong. She will report to Adam O’Conor, regional chairman and chief exec of Grey Group, Greater China. In her new role, Yuen-Jenkins will be responsible for driving the agency’s growth.

Lone Thomsen has departed her role as head of media and connections strategy at the Coca-Cola Company to work full time at the Meatless Farm Co as chief marketing officer, following two years’ consulting for the plant-based brand.

Marie Gulin-Merle has quit her duties as chief marketing officer at fashion brand Calvin Klein and chief digital officer at clothing company PVH Corp to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere.

Deutsch North America chairman and chief executive officer, Mike Sheldon, has informed parent company InterPublic Group (IPG) of his plans to leave the agency at the end of the year.

FCB has named Tyler Turnbull as its North America chief executive as part of a new structure that will aim to bring more unity to its office in the region.

The Trade Desk has appointed Sandeep Swadia as the company’s first executive vice-president, chief data and trust officer.

Heritage PR and marketing firm Edelman has named Matthew J Harrington its global president, on the 67th anniversary of the firm’s founding by Daniel J Edelman.




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