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Movers and Shakers: November 2015

Movers and Shakers: November 2015

Everyone’s eyes are on the 25th, but we’re taking it back a bit to bring you the latest bout of performance marketing appointments and departures from November.

Having taken on new CEO Rich Williams in place of co-founder Eric Lafkofsky, coupon site Groupon has undertaken some top-level housekeeping.

Having joined earlier this year as head of consumer product, Jay Sullivan has grabbed the title of chief product officer where he’ll be responsible for Groupon’s product and engineering.

Heading up North American services operations is Aaron Cooper, a senior veteran at the company having served as Groupon Getaways CMO, while new hire Jacob Hawkins enters to take on Cooper’s former post as head of North American goods.  

Agency-side hires

Over at the agencies, performance marketing specialist DigitasLBi has promoted Matt Steward to managing director of its UK arm. Steward joined the group less than a year ago following his departure from creative agency RKCR/Y&R.

Havas Media Group announced Mark Connolly into the newly created position of media performance and investment director to steer investment and solutions across the agency, leaving behind a post as CRO at AudienceScience.

David Skinner joined data-driven performance marketing agency Merkle as vice president of strategic alliances and partnerships in the company’s ‘Enterprise Solution’ group. Skinner was previously positioned at Rocket Fuel, where he held the title of global VP, partnerships.

Meanwhile Tim Kersen joined Archant Dialogue in the role of commercial director, at the same time leaving the position of head of business across Mail Brands.

Programmatic pickups

Bauer Media roped in former Mail Online programmatic account director, Ryan Skeggs, to lead programmatic trading and audiences.

The European media organisation also onboarded Stephane Folquet as digital agency manager.

Having served as managing director for UK and Nordics, programmatic platform DataXu promoted Chris Le May to senior vice president and managing director of Europe and emerging markets.

Over at the RadiumOne offices, Jonathan Tom was appointed head of mobile programmatic for the EMEA region, from a post as strategic director at Precise.tv. He’ll sit on the European executive board and report to European MD, Rupert Staines.

That brings us nicely onto mobile...

Mobile movements

Ad company Leo Burnett announced the departure of its head of mobile and social, James Kirkham, who also served as co-founder of digital agency Holler, which was acquired by the group in 2011.

Mobile ad company YOC brought in Adam Gilsenan, former head of trading at The Mail, as chief media consultant. His is a newly created role which will help to develop client and agency relationships.

And finally, leaving an eight-year stint at The Guardian as head of mobile and video advertising, where he helped reposition the national news outlet for smartphones and tablets, Lee Fels joins native ad and monetisation platform Teads as the group’s new UK publishing director.

That’s all for now, we’ll see you in 2016 for December’s movers, so make them known to us at content@performancein.com if you’d like to feature yourself or a colleague. 

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Mark  Jones

Mark Jones

Editorial Executive at PerformanceIN. Mark reports performance marketing news and manages PI's network of guest contributors.

Originally from Plymouth, Mark studied in Reading and London, eventually earning his Master's in Digital Journalism- before making his return to the West Country to join the PI team in Bristol.

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