It’s Friday, so Fri-yay! We’re back with the biggest hires, promotions, retirements and appointments at agencies worldwide. Dive in to see who went where this week.
Advertising technology company AiAdvertising appointed Jerry Hug, previously its director of operations, as CEO and a new board member for the company. Hug is recognized for being a driving force behind the original creator of AiAdvertising’s flagship campaign measurement platform.
Media intelligence agency Arm Candy hired Andy Von Kennel as its first president. Bringing with him over 20 years of experience in business development, client management and media strategy, Von Kennel will focus on driving growth and operations.
Day One Agency
Fiza Gujaran joined Day One Agency as its new executive vice president of people, culture and diversity. Reporting to co-founders Josh Rosenberg and Brad Laney, Gujaran will oversee recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, workplace culture, DEI infrastructure and process globally at the agency.
FutureDeluxe brought on former HavasSA CEO Iain Fergsuon as a non-executive chairman on its board, and former CEO of The Mill, Robin Shenfield, as non-executive director. The appointments aim to build on FutureDeluxe’s recent growth and investment.
Good-Loop, a company aiming to make digital advertising climate-friendly, made new hires and promotions to drive development of new solutions and client acquisition. Claire Gleeson-Landry was promoted to head of investment and sustainable media, Ross Butterfill joined as brand partnerships lead and Claire Dillon was appointed as head of people.
Alice Norcia joined Grey NY as its new executive vice president, communications. In this role, Norcia will lead all external and internal communication efforts and strengthen the brand’s market reputation.
GroupM appointed Nick Slaymaker as its deputy head of global investment. In this newly-created role, his goal will be to lead the company’s investment activation strategy and implementation.
Joaquim Salgueiro joined as a partner at TikTok brand factory Link Agency. In this role, he’ll lead Link’s newly-formed paid media team and drive the agency’s growth in the performance marketing industry.
Merkle appointed three new leadership roles to support the expansion of its Salesforce practice. Xavier Bocken was appointed as vice president, EMEA Salesforce practice lead, Jean-Marie Voegeli as Salesforce practice operation vice president and Nisrine Danaf as EMEA lead Salesforce practice development.
MG Empower appointed Raphaël Bouquillon as the managing director at its first U.S. brand in New York, opening later this year. Bouquillon was previously the vice president, group account director at Media.Monks, and will now lead the opening and long-term growth of MG Empower’s New York office.
Marketing, advertising and public relations agency Mower showcased impressive expansion with four new vice presidents and 18 promotions. The new and elevated employees will support the agency’s clientele in cities like New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston.
Upon the retirement announcement of its current CEO, Linda Dupree, NCSolutions has appointed Alan Miles, its current board chair, to become the new CEO. Additionally, Dan Malmed is joining the company as chief revenue officer.
Ogilvy Health welcomed Tyler Montague to its executive leadership team as executive vice president, client leader. Montague will lead development and maintenance of all relationships, activities and services relating to client accounts, while also holding ownership of client strategy and planning initiatives.
Kate Black was named the new president and partner at Pahnke Chicago. In this role, Black will lead the agency’s client roster and collaborate with CCO Susan Betteridge to provide strategic and creative expertise to brands in industries like CPG and travel.
Portal A promoted Kai Hasson from head of creative to executive creative director, and placed Lex Halaby in his previous role. The agency also promoted Jackson Adams from associate creative director to creative director.
Tampa-based agency PPK brought on Joanne Martin as its new group account director. In this new role, Martin will oversee the account team for the Florida Lottery, and work with interdisciplinary department heads to innovate on client offerings and quality of service.
SCS hired seven new team members to expand its brand transformation capabilities for companies like Vans, Warner Bros, Discovery and Spectrum Brands. The hires include Christine Lee as vice president people and culture, Todd Nolley as creative director, Tyler Hartsook as senior digital strategist, Danielle Richards and Brandon Wilhelm as media director and Sarah Romero as resource manager.
Spillt expanded its team with the additions of two new senior creative directors. Ryan Summers, a motion design luminary, and Brian Eloe, a live-action specialist, will work on innovative projects for brands including CNN, Discovery, ESPN and Netflix.
Tank Worldwide hired a new associate creative director to its health team in London. Natasha Beecher brings with her experience in health and creative consultation with top brands like Roche and Pfizer.
Kathy Hepinstall joined Publicis Groupe’s media, digital and communications agency, Team One, as its executive creative director. In this role, Hepinstall will focus on elevating writing across all brand clients, including Lexus, The Ritz-Cartlton and Ste. Michelle Wines.
The Creative Engagement Group
Katie Streten joined the WRG division of The Creative Engagement Group as the head of creative strategy. Previously the head of experiential strategy at VMLY&R Commerce, Streten will work to boost the agency’s “return to live” offering as demand grows around the world.
Reem Al-Basri was named the head of digital media strategy at Theorem, with the goal of expanding the agency’s DTC capabilities around the world. Al-Basri will work in the company’s London office and focus on growing global clientele in retail and DTC.
Andrew Godley joined True as its managing director, where he will report to the agency’s founder, Richard Parsons. Godley joins True from his previous role as managing director at The Red Brick Road, and will now work in his new position to drive exponential growth and build on the agency’s strategic and creative reputation.
Chris Actis joined True Media as its new president for U.S. operations. In this role, the industry veteran will lead the agency’s growth across four offices in Columbia, Missouri, St. Louis, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
Mathilde Lelièvre was appointed as Toluna’s new chief people officer. Lelièvre has worked with the company for over 17 years, most recently as chief operations officer, and will now be responsible for leading team engagement and delivering on client success.
Los Angeles-based production company Wild Gift added director/DP Antony Hoffman to its roster. Hoffman is an award-winning creative who has worked on campaigns with brands like Vodafone, Lamborghini, Audi and Adidas.