Digital marketing solutions and concepts provider iCubesWire announced Nishant Sharma as its chief business officer to strengthen the organisation. He will ensure a steady pace across business verticals and lead a digital marketing team.

GroupM named Ravi Rao as CEO at GroupM MENA, having previously been CEO at Mindshare MENA. He replaced Filip Jabbour who was appointed in 2015 when GroupM launched in the region and decided to step down. In addition, the company announced Carmelita Lubos as chief talent officer in the UK, a new role which was created in the UK leadership team.

Meanwhile, Tradedoubler appointed Nick Morris as vice president engineering. Morris joined the technical team in 2009 and held several positions in the company. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for the roadmap and strategy across all of Tradedoubler’s products and oversees the product management teams.

Performance marketing agency Merkle welcomed Anne Stagg as VP, client services for EMEA. As part of the job, Stagg will be responsible for the strategic direction of a portfolio of clients, predominantly across retail and travel. She will also extend the delivery for Merkle’s integrated data-driven services.

Over at Artefact UK, industry veteran Ryo Katsuki joined as vice president, data to lead up the data analytics, engineering and data science teams in the UK. He brings over 20 years of tech leadership experience to the company.

In other news, Jack Swayne joined m/SIX as CEO UK and EMEA from iProspect, part of the Dentsu Aegis network, where he was UK CEO.

Advertising platform Criteo appointed Geoffroy Martin to the role of executive vice president and general manager of retail media where he will be based in Paris.

OpenX increased expansion into the APAC region with a number of key investments, including the appointment of its regional leadership team and the hire of Andrew Tu as managing director, and Cheryl Tan as account director. Tu has been in-market growing the OpenX business since the start of 2019, and Tan joined OpenX from LinkedIn, where she championed the use of programmatic buying on LinkedIn.

Global strategy, innovation and communications firm Kin + Carta named Charlie Wrench as its first chief connective officer, where he will offer clients seamless digital solutions by curating bespoke team for each client brief.

Joanna Burton was named chief strategy officer at ID5 having previously been VP European strategy at video ad monetisation platform, SpotX.

Ex-Dare CEO Michael Olaye took the chairman role at connected experience specialist SharpEnd. As the agency celebrates its fifth year in business, Olaye will work with founder and CEO on the agency’s next stage of growth.

Neuro-Insight, a neuromarketing and neuroanalytics company that uses unique brain-imaging technology to measure how the brain responds to communications, has promoted Shazia Ginai to the role of UK CEO. She will replace the current UK CEO, Heather Andrew as she steps down from the business.

Lastly, Airship bolsters its senior leadership team for accelerated global growth having appointed a David King-Harris as vice president of sales EMEA. He’ll lead the company’s sales organisation, directing regional growth from the company’s new London office and its locations in France and Germany.