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Movers & Shakers: July 2019

Movers & Shakers: July 2019

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This month saw Virpy Richter appointed as Awin’s chief financial officer and Karl Wood leave Webgains to become Piggy's MD, whilst Impact was busy as it hired nine new members of staff.

Global affiliate network Awin has appointed Virpy Richter as its chief financial officer to oversee the financial operations across the group and play a vital role in Awin’s strategic initiatives. She brings over 20 years of management experience and will join Mark Walters, Adam Ross and Peter Loveday on the Awin Executive Board. 

Karl Wood, who was previously UK commercial partnerships director at Webgains has now joined Piggy as managing director, EMEA. Pigg helps members save money with their apps and extensions. 

Furthermore, Rakuten Marketingannounced the appointment of Anthony Capano to the newly created position of International Managing Director. Having previously held the role of managing director of EMEA and APAC respectively, Capano will now cover all regions outside of US and Japan, including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Halfway during the month, Publicis Media announced the senior appointment of Mykim Chikli as chief executive officer at Performics UK. Chikli will be tasked with diversifying the products and services the agency provides for clients.

MediaCom UK promoted James Mackenzie to UK Exco, which will see Mackenzie focus on building MediaCom’s relationships and partnerships with media owners, enabling the company to deliver diverse work for clients. Since joining the agency two years ago, Mackenzie has led the investment team.

Native in-game advertising platform Bidstack appointed both Rob Dembitz as chief commercial officer, and Simon Gosling as chief marketing officer to help improve the company’s positioning, ensuring that clients and partners understand the value of solutions it offers.  

Meanwhile, mobile attribution and analytics company AppsFlyer welcomed David Llewellyn as EMEA marketing director who joins to spearhead the company’s next phase of growth. Llewellyn has more than 15 years’ experience and has worked at the likes of Amazon, Skyscanner and Shazam. 

Rubicon Project saw Sarah Harden join its board of directors. Harden is currently the chief executive officer of Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine and will continue to enhance Rubicon Project’s position in this dynamic market and strengthen the partnerships.

Artefact UK hired ex-Wavemaker Robert Gray as head of analytics. At Wavemaker, Gray was responsible for analytics and tech consulting across a number of key clients. Another senior hire from a large agency group stands testament to the opportunities data experts recognised in the company’s AI-first approach. 

Independent ad server Flashtalking made several front-line executive hires within its ongoing global expansion. The company has appointed top talent in Spain and France as well as Singapore, within its already established APAC presence. Juan Garriga has been hired as country manager having previously held positions at MediaMind and Sizmek. 

Impact attracted key hires as it continues its EMEA growth. There have been nine new team members for its customer success management, business development, partnerships, enterprise sales and HR department. Smita Pillai joins as senior customer success manager having worked in various senior agency-side roles in Australia and the UK for the likes of Wunderman and M&C Saatchi. The customer success management team further expands with four hires, Chaya Jethwa (Altitude) previously had a role in data partnerships and marketing EMEA, Tapad; Yumi Lewis (Forensiq) joins the team from Expedia; Sanchit Sareen (Mediarails) brings experience as customer success director for Idio and Richard McLean (Radius) joins from Rakuten Marketing. Three further hires have been made, with Sophie Clark, Nick Mennozi and Mundir Zeroug joining as business development representatives.

Channel Factory, a leader in YouTube brand suitability and ad performance revealed Maria Cadbury, Robert Bjork, Tomasz Teodorczyk and Julia Smith will be joining the European leadership team as it further expands operations across its European business.

Tag, the global creative production and sourcing partner to brands and agencies, welcomed Nancy Hill as its non-executive director. In her new role, Hill will help Tag deliver its promises for all of its clients and joins at an exciting time since Tag relaunched its marketing services brand in April. 

A number of key hires follow Adthena’s recent $14 million Series A funding, will support US expansion and development of the company’s leading search intelligence platform. Jennifer Cantu joined as VP of people; Sundeep Goel as VP sales, North America, and Vasanth John as VP engineering. 

In other news, Frank Teruel took on a new role as chief operating officer at ADARA, which is a newly created position at the company. ADARA serves leading travel brands by delivering critical intelligence that drives personalisation and relevance throughout the customer’s journey. Teruel has been charged to help the company rapidly expand the company’s business and operations around the globe.

International digital transformation business Kin + Carta has appointed John Kerr as non-executive chairman having previously been global vice chairman at Deloitte Consulting.

Digital experience agency Rufus Leonard announced named Laurence Parkes as CEO, who steps into the role following four years as chief strategy officer. He succeeds co-founder Neil Svensen, who will continue his role of co-founder and take on the new role of chair, following 30 years as chief executive.  

Nicola Short was named managing director at the UK’s biggest shopping influencer Redu and will help scale the business to its next level. Redu produces bespoke digital content across a multitude of channels, finding the best deals for its 1.5 million followers and connecting retailers to a money-conscious consumer base.

BURO.Global has enhanced its senior leadership team with the appointment of Reena Prashar as global digital director. Prashar is responsible for the product proposition, platform development and UX design for the upcoming UK flagship launch of its luxury lifestyle destination for affluent millennials, BURO 24/7. 

Lastly, connected experience specialist SharpEnd has poached Anthem MD Rob Hollands to bolster the senior leadership team as its first managing director. He’ll be responsible for the day-to-day running and management of the business and lead the agency’s planned expansion to fuel its next stage of growth.

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Joele Forrester

Joele is a journalist at PerformanceIN reporting news from the world of performance marketing, while also reporting live at events, writing feature articles and interviewing key industry players.

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