Movers & Shakers: Bastion Banjo, Havas Media, WPP AUNZ

It’s difficult to keep up with the latest developments in media, marketing, and advertising. That’s why we made a list. Check out the biggest moves in Adland this week.

Wunderman Thompson boss joins Bastion Banjo
The independent Australian communications agency Bastion Collective has appointed Michael Godwin as CEO of their creative agency Bastion Banjo in Melbourne. Godwin joins from Wunderman Thompson (formerly JWT) where he has been the Managing Director of the Melbourne office for the past decade. Godwin has nearly three decades of experience in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and London. In Godwin’s new role as CEO of Bastion Banjo, Melbourne, he is tasked with building a creative agency that will help complement the existing Bastion offerings on the Melbourne campus.

Havas Media creates a new role
Havas Media Group has appointed Alex Wollacott as its newly created Performance Director. Prior to that, Wollacott spent six years in the digital space of Omnicom Media Group, Resolution Australia, where she worked in search, social, programmatic and SEO areas and led a team to deliver digital strategies and implementations to world-class media clients. In her most recent position as Activation Accounts Director, she led digital activation channels for technology, FMCG, finance and leisure clients.

WPP AUNZ appoints HR chief sentence
WPP AUNZ has named Lisa Sheehan Chief People Officer, replacing Elissa Good-Omozusi, whose departure was announced last November. Sheehan has been in the role on a contract basis since November. She will lead the employee and cultural function in the corporate function of WPP AUNZ and over 60 brands with immediate effect. She previously founded and managed the independent HR company Incite Consulting, including as Chief People Officer at and iSentia. In her new role, Lisa will work closely with WPP AUNZ CEO Jens Monsees as a key element of the leadership team leading the company’s ambitious ongoing transformation strategy.

Cartology expands the media offer
To support the growth of Cartology’s brand activation offering, the team led by Willem Paling has appointed Rebecca Penn as Senior Activation Sales Managers and Natalie Bosnich and Paul Bertelle as Activation Sales Managers. Penn joins Cartology from the independent agency Lionize, where she was the digital director responsible for building the digital team and delivering a market-leading digital strategy for social programs, technical, digital and data. Previously, Bosnich was a senior sales consultant at Quantium, working closely with key FMCG brands to enable data in media environments, interpret data to identify trends and marketing opportunities, and measure campaign performance. Bertelle has extensive media company experience focusing on ad tech, e-commerce, data, programmatic display, and video advertising. He joins Cartology from Gumtree where he led the private marketplaces business.

The new platform manager from Shopper Media
Shopper Media has named James Poole as the newly created head of the platform, with a focus on improving the performance of the DOOH (Digital Out-of-Home) network. Poole previously led digital functions and content management at Woolworths’ Cartology and previously worked at JC Decaux and Adshel in the field of digital solutions delivery.

Ogilvy strengthens the creative department
The Ogilvy Australia Network has expanded its creative department in Sydney by appointing three new creative teams after a period of growth for the agency. Maddie Batkin-Walkerden and Leora Zuckerman join the agency as art directors, while Cal Harmer joins as junior art director – along with copywriters Baxter Atkins, Isabella Smith and newly appointed junior copywriter Sarah Brighton. Atkins, Smith and Brighton are alumni of Ogilvy Australia’s Goliath program, which the company will reinvest and apply for in the fourth quarter of 2021.

GPJ appoints ECD
The Australian and New Zealand experimental marketing agency George P. Johnson (GPJ) has appointed Adrian Goldthorp as Executive Creative Director. Goldthorp is a multi-award winning creative who joins GPJ as Senior Creative Director after nine years with Imagination. With more than 25 years of local and international experience, Goldthorp has worked with brands such as Samsung, Telstra, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and Jaguar Land Rover. He has creatively led projects such as the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience and Samsung Vivid. Goldthorp will be based out of GPJ’s Sydney office and lead the agency’s creatives in Australia and New Zealand.

InMobi doubles the presence of ANZ
Global martech company InMobi has strengthened its operations in Australia and New Zealand with the appointment of Aimee Jenkins as sales director and the promotion of Nicholas Robson to a newly created national role as director, agency and strategic client. Jenkins joins InMobi from Kargo, a mobile-only adtech company, where she was NSW’s sales director. She previously worked at Mamamia as a business development manager. Robson joins the newly created role of head, agency and strategic clients ANZ after spending less than a year as the sales director for InMobi, NSW and QLD.

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