This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key hires below.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail and General Trust has announced that chief executive Martin Morgan is to retire at the end of 2016, allowing time for a successor to be found for the role.

Morgan joined DMGT in 1989, rising to the post of chief executive in 2008.

The Drum

The Drum has expanded its U.S. coverage to the West of America with the appointment of Doug Zanger as its North American editor-at-large.

Zanger, who most recently led content creation at Advertising Week and Advertising Week Europe, has been tasked with the evolution of The Drum’s coverage of media and marketing, with a focus on Western North America and will be based out of Portland, Ore.

The UN

Mariarosa Cutillo, who has served as Italian fashion brand Benetton Group’s corporate social responsibility manager since last January, is leaving her role at the company to join the United Nations Population Fund as chief of strategic partnerships. She will be based in New York.

The UN Population Fund helps women who are at risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth complications and supports maternal health in some of the world’s poorest areas.

Taco Bell

Marisa Thalberg, who joined Taco Bell last year as chief brand engagement officer, has been promoted to chief marketing officer.

She replaces Chris Brandt, who has left the Mexican fast-food chain to pursue other professional opportunities, according to Taco Bell.

In her new role, she will oversee all product and brand marketing as well as consumer engagement. Before joining Taco Bell, she served as vice president of corporate digital and content marketing worldwide at Estée Lauder Companies.


BT is marking the tenth anniversary of its Openreach brand by naming Clive Selley, chief executive of BT technology, service and operations, as incoming Openreach chief executive – replacing Joe Garner who is set to depart for Nationwide Building Society.

A specialist in network technology and digital infrastructure Selley has overseen BT’s roll out of fibre broadband which has seen network speeds double since 2012.

Lost Boys

Lost Boys has appointed Engine's global integrated business partner, Jonathan Akwue, to the new role of chief executive, UK.

Akwue joins the social and content agency, part of the DigitasLBi family, after nine years at Engine, where he was responsible for launching and establishing Engine’s content marketing and production studio Moment Studio in the UK.

His appointment signals the next phase for Lost Boys, which opened for business at the end of 2014.


Fold7 has tapped Adam & Eve/DDB’s international creative director Simon Learman to head up its creative department.

He will join the independent agency this week.

His three year tenure at Adam & Eve/DDB saw him lead the creative shop's global Unilever account, prior to which he hold posts at McCann London and Ogilvy & Mather.


Cheil London has appointed former Karmarama's Caitlin Ryan as executive creative director.

Ryan, who first joined Karmarama in 2013 as group executive creative director, will oversee the creative shop's output across all clients and report to group chief executive Paul Hammersley.

Her appointment follows Karmarama's appointment of Nik Studzinski as chief creative officer, replacing the firm's founder Dave Buonaguidi who left last summer. Ryan starts the role today (14 January).


Havas Worldwide has appointed Todd Martin as regional digital director and as the lead for its digital acceleration, technology and innovation unit Havas Drive.

Martin, who reports directly into Havas Worldwide Asia Pacific chairman Juan Rocamora, will be based in the agency’s office in Singapore, as well as spending time at Havas Worldwide Bangko where Havas Drive is based.


UK chief executive of ad agency Wunderman, Chris Perry, has resigned from the company.

Perry, who joined Wunderman in March 2015, has decided to leave in order to pursue other interests, according to the agency.

Mel Edwards, the EMEA chief executive of Wunderman and its UK chairman, said that Perry "leaves with the agency’s thanks and best wishes".


Publicis Communications has announced that it is now up and running, with Leo Burnett’s global chief creative officer Mark Tutssel chairing the newly-formed organization’s creative board.

The announcement comes after Paris-based Publicis Groupe announced a restructuring last year that saw the ad holding company reorganize into four new groups – Publicis Communications, Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Healthcare – in an effort to better serve clients.


Possible has named Pablo Marques as its executive creative director for London in the first significant hire to be made under Daniel Chu’s tenure as chief creative officer.

The creative agency has now completed its executive management team which includes London chief executive officer Neil Miller who will partner with Marques at the creative agency.

Marques joins Possible from R/GA, BBH, and Wieden & Kennedy where he served as creative director, overseeing work for a range of clients including Honda, Google and Nike.

Fingerpaint Marketing

Creative agency Fingerpaint Marketing has hired Bill McEllen to lead its New York office headquartered in Saratoga Springs.

McEllen most recently served as president of healthcare communications shop McCann Torre Lazur. He joined McCann Torre Lazur in 2003 as vice president-management supervisor.

In his new role, he will oversee Fingerpaint’s global expansion while driving new client growth. Aside from its New York shops located in Saratoga Springs and Albany, the agency also has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Villanova, Pennsylvania.

The Talent Business

AKQA’s international talent director Andy Wardlaw is joining The Talent Business’s London office as managing partner as the global executive search firm aims to improve its ability to provide clients with the best ‘creative tech’ leaders.

He will also play a key role in opening The Talent Business’s Los Angeles office. The company currently has offices in London, New York, Singapore, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Berlin.


Atomic London today has hired Polly Dedman as its first managing director.

Dedman arrives from Mr President, where she was head of account management and new business, she has also held posts at Adam&Eve/DDB and Dare Digital.

The appointment is Atomic’s third in a series of strategic hires as the agency sets itself up to continue its growth since its formation in 2012.

BBH Sport

BBH Sport, the sports marketing arm of BBH London, has hired Luisa Fernandez, and Will Nicholls in the newly created roles of managing partner, sponsorship and talent and managing partner, advertising.

Fernandez joins from British Airways where she was global sponsorship and events manager, while Nicholls is a BBH graduate who is re-joining the firm after spending time as managing partner and head of account management and Saatchi & Saatchi London.

He has over 15 years in creative agencies as well as client side experience at Nokia where he spent two years in global sponsorship and entertainment.

BBH Sport launched in January 2014 in order to bring  the strategic and creative skills of BBH to the growing world of sports marketing.


DigitasLBi has appointed Lars Glenne to the new role of head of media strategy, UK.

Glenne joins from Starcom MediaVest Group, where he was digital strategy director, leading development for all global P&G brands.

In his new role, he will work with DigitasLBi’s clients to develop and implement media strategies, reporting to Paul Dalton, who joined the agency as chief media officer, international in 2015.

Media IQ

Media IQ, an analytics and technology company that provides insights to media agencies, has undergone a recent shakeup of its leadership team, appointing ex-group managing director of Bauer Media Richard Dunmall to the role of chief revenue officer.

Additionally, Media IQ has also announced that its former chief strategy officer Paul Silver has transitioned to the role of chief operating officer as the company continues to expand its headcount in new territories across North America and Europe.

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