People on the move: Featuring Above+Beyond, Prophet, BBDO and more

This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.


Above+Beyond has appointed Karmarama’s planning director Matt Sadler as its first head of strategy.

In this new role, Sadley will head up the agency’s strategy team, strengthen its “agency for the audience age” plans and navigating its key accounts like Amazon, Betway, Meantime Brewing and Ornua.

OpenX has decided to shake up its EMEA business by appointing Dominic Trigg as vice-president for the region and the promotion of Richard Kidd to head of business development.

In their new roles, Kidd will be responsible for accelerating OpenX’s reach in the DACHA region, while Trigg will take the lead on their partner services business.

Jellyfish is heading to Barcelona in a move hat the agency said will ‘future proofing its business amid Brexit concerns’.

The new office will be overseen by Edward Ball, managing director EMEA of Jellyfish, with the day-to-day running of the agency being managed by analytics director Elias Nuevo, who moves from the agency’s London headquarters.

National Geographic
National Geographic has appointed Maria Maranesi as Vice President, Consumer Products, NGP Europe & Africa and Nathan Philpot as Director, Travel, NGP Europe & Africa.

Maranesi will lead on driving and transforming the consumer product division while Philpot will take on the role of developing and launching the branded consumer travel experiences across Europe and Africa.

Energizer Holdings, Inc
Energizer Holdings, Inc has announcee two new appointments at its European headquarters in High Wycombe, UK.

Johan Rasmusson has taken on the role of Vice President, Europe in the company’s International Leadership Team and working under him will be Jens Stimpel, formerly Business Director for the markets Poland, Central Europe, Spain, Benelux, Greece and Israel, as Business Director, North Europe.


Former Asia-Pacific chief executive at J. Walter Thompson,Tom Doctoroff, has been snapped up by Prophet as a senior partner.

With two decades of experience working with brands in Asia, Doctoroff will work between the company’s US and Asia offices and help Asian companies and multinational brands to operate and grow in Asian markets.

Bloomberg Media
Bloomberg Media has announced a new head of marketing and live events in the form of Serene Chew.

Chew has over 20 years of experience in media marketing and advertising sales development, and will be responsible for consumer marketing and live events as well as overseeing strategy, development, design and execution for Bloomberg Live events business.


BBDO has appointed Goodby Silverstein & Partners’ Kate Catalinac and DDB’s Corinne Goode as its new creative directors.

Their new role will have them both work across the agency’s expanding roster of clients.

Havas Chicago
Havas Chicago has brought in Paul Hirsch as the executive creative director.

Hirsch will partner with Drew Donatelle, executive creative director of The Annex and lead creative directors and the creative work of Havas Chicago.

Arnold are to lose global chief creative officer, Jim Elliot with the position remaining unfilled once he leaves.

The company shake-up follows a volatile period at parent firm Havas, which is undergoing a global restructuring that will see it streamline management to four regional chairmen.

Madras Brand Solutions
Madras Brand Solutions has appointed Mark Cerame as head of strategy.

Cerame will work from the New York office, where he’ll team with Madras chief creative officers Bill Davaris and Andrew Ladden and collaborate with Madras offices in London and India.

Blast Radius
Blast Radius has taken in Kevin Drew Davis as its chief creative officer.

Joining Blast Radius from DDB San Francisco, Davis will oversee all creative operations, brand strategy and experience design in the Chicago and Canadian markets.

Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil has announced two new executive-level employees in the form of Scott Murray and Dani Kollin.

Murray will lead Midnight Oil’s creative content team, having previously lead content teams at Herzog & Company and Buddha Jones, and Kollin, having experience in campaigns like Microsoft, Samsung Mobile, Hot Wheels and Matchbox, will lead the creative on the company’s SoftBank Robotics account.

Formula 1
Formula 1 has appointed Ian Holmes as Global Director of Media Rights and Kate Beavan as Global Director of Hospitality, Experiences and Packages.

Holmes will be leading a team responsible for the licensing of audio visual rights to third parties across linear, non-linear, full length and short-form content. Beavan will take on the role of continuing the growth of the “best in class” hospitality programme as well as driving innovation corporate and fan packages associated with the Formula 1 schedule.

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