Movers & Shakers: GroupM, SCA, CHE Proximity

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.

GroupM welcomes Seb Rennie again
Seb Rennie has returned to Australia after three years in Canada to take on his old role as GroupM Chief Investment Officer. Rennie left the local holding group in 2017 to take on the same role at GroupM Canada. While there, he was responsible for the rollout of GroupM’s new investment management technology and the launch of the Group’s addressable TV business Finecast and the group’s out-of-home Kinetic business. In his new role, his responsibilities include leading GroupM’s local Investment & Partnership function and maximizing the performance of the group’s media agencies.

SCA restructures the digital audio sales team
Broadcaster SCA has restructured its digital audio sales leadership team. In the reorganization following the launch of the LiSTNR app, the current head of podcast sales, Kim Norman, will take on the role of head of advertising, podcast and partnerships. She will be responsible for managing the business relationship between LiSTNR Original Podcasts and sales. Angie Stavros will report to Norman, who is moving from Group Sales Manager LiSTNR Podcasts to a new role as manager of commercial partnerships. Jonathan Mandel, currently Head of Sales and Operations in Streaming, has been promoted to the newly created role of Head of Sales and Operations in Digital. He will be responsible for growing the network’s digital revenue for SCA, with an emphasis on digital audio, social media, video and display.

Senior is hiring at CHE Proximity
CHE Proximity today announced the appointment of three new senior executives. CHEP’s new Head of Strategic Manufacturing, Tash Johnston, is from DDB Sydney and brings a wealth of experience with a number of clients including Optus, IAG, Volkswagen, Westpac, Virgin and IKEA. With more than 10 years of experience in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Grace Vizor will join the leadership team as Group Account Director on the Samsung account. CHEP’s new Creative Director, Pat Lukjanow, has experience working on both sides of the world for clients such as IKEA, Google, Volvo and Huawei. In addition to these three new appointments, Jess Coulson has been promoted to managing partner.

Havas Media’s first CMO
Francis Coady has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer for Havas Media Group. Five years ago he was asked to join the Havas Media Group to build the Havas Sports & Entertainment division and grow it into a multi-million dollar billing company. He has won major customers and produced award-winning campaigns for brands such as BUPA, Gillette, LG, NRMA, CGU, Virgin, Red Bull and most recently the extremely successful six-part digital first series THE LONG ROAD. for destination NSW.

Seven new commercial data leaders
Seven has named Dean La Rosa Head of Commercial Data and signed a new contract with Adobe for its 7REDiQ platform. La Rosa, who previously worked at Nine and Acxiom, will be responsible for identifying and delivering commercial data solutions to customers and partners. He is appointed as a Seven partner with Adobe to give customers the ability to identify new customers based on their enrolled user base.

iProspect renews Sydney leadership team
iProspect Australia has appointed three new executives and carried out a promotion on its Sydney team. Nicola Barnes joins iProspect as Group Investment Director. With more than 10 years of media experience, Barnes joins from Carat where she was Media Investment Director. Jason Smith joins iProspect as a customer partner. He has over 20 years of industry experience in London and Australia. Before that he worked with Ikon, Böhmen and Zenith in Australia. Chris Jahnsen also joins as a customer partner. Previously, he held senior marketing positions at Cairns tourism companies for the past five years. Prior to that, he spent four years at iProspect in Melbourne as Digital Performance Director. Sam Bremner has been promoted to customer partner at iProspect. During his seven years with the company, he has developed into a Senior Digital Strategist, Digital Director and now his current role as a customer partner.

ooh! media focuses on independent agencies
ooh! media has appointed Dani O’Meara to the newly created role of NSW Sales Director for Independent Agencies. O’Meara will assume the company’s strategic sales function and work with around 170 agencies. O’Meara previously worked at Your Money, Domain and Fairfax Media.

LADbible expands to New Zealand
The LADbible Group is expanding into New Zealand after having recently achieved success in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Australia. The new Auckland office complements the group’s recent additions to Australia and Ireland over the past two years. The newly formed team will be tasked with growing LADbible’s audience in New Zealand to become the largest publisher in the market within a year. As part of the expansion, Joseph Summers will take on the role of General Manager for the APAC region after the Australian arm has grown from the start-up to more than 28 employees. Summers will split his time between Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.

Gemba is expanding the area of ​​data services
The sports and entertainment agency Gemba has strengthened its up-and-coming data services division with new employees and customers. Gemba has appointed strategy, technology and data manager Mark Zucco as division manager – Data & Analytics. He will lead Gemba’s service offering in the areas of data strategy, data management and storage, business intelligence, outsourced data services, predictive analytics and other analytics-led products and software for the sports and entertainment sectors.

Quantcast hires the account management chief
Quantcast has named Jacquelyn Cowardin as Head of Account Management for Australia and New Zealand. Cowardin brings more than 15 years of experience to Quantcast from George P. Johnson AUNZ, where she has been Head of Audience Acquisition for the past two and a half years.

Stink Group creates new role
The Stink Group has named Dan Forman as Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created position, Forman will drive global growth and business strategy for both Stink Films and Stink Studios, with the aim of expanding the offerings of both companies to an even wider range of global customers. Forman brings over 20 years of industry experience to the Stink Group and was Commercial Director at BBH London, CFO at Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon UK & Nordics Group and most recently as SVP for global customer activities at WPP. There he was responsible for commercial delivery via the network’s main customers.

DesignStudio Appoints Global CEO
Global branding agency DesignStudio has promoted former APAC partner Mark Liney to the group’s CEO position, who is responsible for overseeing the Sydney, London and New York offices. Liney joined DesignStudio Sydney in May 2019, where he successfully built business across the region, working with clients such as Grab, ExpressVPN, Ant Group, the owners of China’s largest digital payment platform Alipay and Go1. In March he returned to the UK and was replaced by former Interbrand managing director David Storey. As part of the new leadership team, James Corney, CFO of DesignStudio, became Group Chief Operating Officer.

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