Global influencer marketing agency Takumi has appointed Jim Meadows as chief strategy officer to lead Takumi X – a new creative arm ushers in the next generation of influencer marketing to craft the future of branded content.

Meanwhile, Influencer has named Rafael Franco as VP of product. The announcement comes after Influencer closed a £3 million Series A investment round, deployed by Puma Private Equity, with commitments to use the funding to drive new innovations within their award-winning influencer marketing platform.

In the performance marketing space, Peter Hamilton has stepped down as CEO of TUNE after 6+ years at the helm. He has now become advisor/board member, providing guidance and insight as the company enters its next phase from being acquired by Constellation Group.

Furthermore, Julie Van Ullen has become managing director/head of revenue at Rakuten Rewards, moving from her previous role as managing director, North America at Rakuten Advertising after an impressive few years.

Adverity has confirmed the appointment of Wes Nichols as non-executive Director to bolster Adverity’s global growth trajectory and track record in the software industry.

Pan-African communications and business consultancy APO Group has appointed of Fathima Ebrahim as VP of media relations.

Smart AdServer, an independent ad tech platform, has appointed seasoned programmatic specialist Murray Phillipson as VP demand EMEA to drive the growth of its demand offering.

Merkle has recruited Pete Stein as the new global lead for experience & commerce. This strategic role is responsible for developing, growing, and leading Merkle’s global Experience and Commerce capabilities, which will play an important role in delivering superior CXM services and integrated solutions.

In addition, the Dentsu Aegis Network firm has also appointed Azlan Raj to the newly created role of chief marketing officer for the EMEA region.

Over at Bristol digital marketing agency Loom Digital, Romy Gwilym has come on board as Loom’s newest PPC and biddable media manager. With five years of experience in paid media, Romy will be bolstering Loom’s wider Biddable Media team, supporting our clients across their PPC and Biddable social accounts.

Integrated marketing agency Jaywing has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Caroline Ackroyd as chief financial officer.

Bob Ivins has joined TVSquared as chief strategy officer. Ivins will help TVSquared continue to revolutionise the industry to ensure that advertisers can measure the impact of TV on business outcomes and reach the right audiences at scale.

Independent omnichannel sell-side advertising platform Magnite has confirmed Katie Evans has been named chief operating officer of the company. In this newly created role, Katie will be responsible for scaling Magnite’s global service operations and overseeing the company’s client operations, technical operations and business intelligence teams.

SaaS management platform Zylo has announced Cynthia Stoddard, Adobe senior vice president and chief information officer, to its Board of Directors, and Theresa ONeil has also joined as chief marketing officer.

LAB Group has promoted general manager of LAB, Andy Mason, to a new role as it establishes two specialist agency brands, Riverr and VERJ, and elevates its existing LAB agency brand to group-level in order to offer a single point of entry for clients.

Having started as a UK marketing manager at eBay, Alex Schultz joined Facebook in 2007, working up the ranks as an analyst. He has now been confirmed at Facebook’s new chief marketing officer in the US.

Lastly, having both worked at RevLifter, Chloe Hall and James Maley have both establish new positions as marketing manager at Increasingly and head of partnerships and Tradedoubler respectively.

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