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Movers and Shakers: March 2016

Movers and Shakers: March 2016

As we move into the second quarter of 2016, it’s time to volley off yet another round of job changes from the front line of performance marketing. Here are those that we spotted throughout the month of March, in Movers & Shakers.

Mobile marketing

Mobile ad company RNTS Media, which recently picked up Inneractive for $46 million, is bolstering its growth with the appointment of three independent directors to its supervisory board.

Those include Thorsten Grenz, president of Financial Experts Association e.V., Jens Schumann, co-founder of Zeal Network SE, and ad tech industry veteran, Crid Yu.

The merger between mobile video monetisation specialist AppGrade and mobile performance platform ClicksMob will see the former’s founder, Avishay Shoushan, take the reins of the new outfit as CEO. Meanwhile ClicksMob’s own chief executive, Chen Yahav Levanon, steps into an equally lofty role as the new company’s president.

Cross-device audience measurement solutions provider Verto Analytics announced two hires in March. Alison Murdock, from 6sense, joined as senior vice president of marketing and will step in at her new employer’s base in San Francisco.

The second comes with Michael Read, formerly of comScore Media, entering the Verto Analytics team as UK managing director, and tasked with growing the company’s new London office. Both report to CEO, Hannu Verkasalo.

European movements

Agile marketing specialist Kenshoo announced Thilo Heller as managing director for the DACH region. Prior to joining, Heller served as CMO at performance marketing platform IntelliAD, following a six-year stint at Searchmetrics., a leading video ad tech company headquartered in France, put Frederico Benincasa - co-founder of online advertising software company Purl - in the role of product director as part of its plans to increase the workforce from 100 to 130 by the end of the year. Benincasa’s time will be split between the group’s Paris and New York offices.

Following the opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, Dutch affiliate startup Saleduck’s CTO, Ben Rogmans, and commercial manager Rosanne Hortensius have upped sticks, leaving Amsterdam to supervise the launch of a new team in the Malaysian capital.

Mark Wright has swapped the title of managing director at Drawbridge to that of vice president of sales at people-based advertising company, Viant. He’ll now be reporting to Viant UK’s managing director, Katie Field.

Performance marketing agency 7thingsmedia announced the installation of Laurie Walton as client services director, joining the group with over ten years’ experience in client-facing roles at Ensighten, Tagman and NewsCred.

American muscle

The US-based performance marketing network Performics announced a batch of leadership changes. Amy Krauss and Josh Dwiggins have been promoted to the executive vice president roles in client solutions, reporting directly to Scott Shamberg, president of Performics US.  

Reporting to Krauss, Mary Matyas - formerly of iCrossing - and Sue McDonnell, have taken the same position for the east and central regions respectively.

US-based cross-screen optimisation platform VideoAmp took on Nick Chakalos as its first vice president of global TV and data partnerships, with the primary role of forming and managing partnerships across the ‘TV ecosystem’. Previously, Chakalos served as senior vice president of global distribution at Cognitive Networks.

Staying Stateside, mobile video ad platform LoopMe hired RocketFuel’s former vice president of strategic sales, Scott Shulman, for the role of vice president of sales in North America. Shulman helped to take his former employer from start-up through to IPO.

And finally, the North American IAB last month promoted long-time employee Chris Glushko from the role of senior director of marketing to vice president of marketing.

That’s all for now, we’ll see you next month for another round of job updates, so make them known to us at if you’d like to feature yourself or a colleague.

Or, if you're looking for a new role or would like to advertise a vacancy, cast your eye over the PerformanceIN Jobs page.

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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