Revolving Door Roster Updates: AKQA, Curious Plot, PHD Worldwide & More

By Kaila Mathis 

We’re rounding out the week with our favorite clips of new hires and promotions at agencies.


50,000feet named Turner Duckworth veteran Moira Seymour managing director of its London office to drive client and business development growth, while building and inspiring multi-disciplinary teams to lead brand transformation efforts for global clients.



Adam&eveDDB hired Charlotte Upton and Callum McDonald for its London office. The creative team comes from Colenso BBDO, where they worked with clients like Ant Nelson and Mike Sutherland


AKQA named Andrew Missingham as executive director of consumer insights. Missingham will harness his experience to illuminate consumer behavior and shape agency strategy in alignment with current trends.


Ambassadors welcomed two executives to strengthen its leadership team. Dolf Bekker was named creative partnerships director and Rebecca Bryant was named head of PR and communications.


Amplify named Johanna Worth as global head of luxury. Worth will work to build credentials in the luxury space and manage relationships with existing clients in the sector.


Azione named Amanda Linder as its managing director. Previously the executive vice president of the firm, Linder has helped grow its division 400% over the last seven years.


Cedara named Ariel Sande as vice president of global client partnerships. Sande will lead the enhancement of sales efforts and cultivation of relationships with leading global enterprises.

Curious Plot

Curious Plot is welcoming Daren Williams to lead its public relations and reputation management practice. As an industry veteran, Williams brings significant experience in food and agriculture.

Empower Media

Empower Media hired two respected industry veterans. Yating Sun was named evp, head of marketing science and Art Zambianchi was named chief operating officer.

Forsman & Bodenfors

Forsman & Bodenfors opened its first U.K. office. Johan Eghammer will serve as head of creative and Saiveer Joneja will serve as client director.

Heard City

Heard City made two promotions to expand creative capabilities. Jackie James was named head of production/executive producer, and Liana Rosenberg was named executive producer.


Iris brought on two new executives to strengthen its leadership team. Jill Smith was named global CMO and Jo Holliday was named global marketing director.


Koto expanded to APAC with a new office in Sydney, Australia. It appointed Damian Borchok as managing director APAC and Gerald Torto as senior strategy director.


Manifest named Ete Davies and Sarah Waddington CBE as non-executive directors. The two will work on Manifest’s continued expansion into advertising, branding and design.


Media.Monks named Joanna Cotton as its new managing director for its U.K. operations. The previous managing director, Martin Verdult, was promoted to evp EMEA to oversee the company’s client portfolio.


Mekanism’s Kirby Brooks Todd has been promoted to managing director, head of social and influencers.


Oliver created a new global artificial intelligence client council. The initiative was spearheaded by Simon Martin, Richard Stainer, Jason Bailis, Rodrigo Sobral, Peter van Jaarsveld, Rachel Hatton and Amina Folarin

Peapod Digital Labs

Peapod Digital Labs named Bobby Watts as svp of retail media. Bernadette Van Osdal was also named vice president of sales.

PHD Worldwide

PHD Worldwide is welcoming Guy Marks as its new CEO. Marks was previously the EMEA CEO for Omnicom Media Group.

Portal A

Portal A promoted Angela Chang to head of design. Previously art director, Chang has worked on content campaigns for brands like Target, Clorox, Lenovo and Google.


Sanctuary signed cinematic Australian director Dylan Duclos for representation in the U.S. Duclos is known for his photographic and surreal style, and has won multiple Vimeo staff picks and commercial craft awards.


SixTwentySix named Jonny Edwards as its new executive producer and head of production. Edwards previously held leadership roles at Herman-Scheer, 72andSunny and RSA Films.


Struck promoted Kevin Perry to chief operations officer. Perry will work to optimize the company’s business operations by reinforcing the delivery of world-class creative solutions, driving growth and improving financial performance.


TripleLift named Bob Coon as svp of U.S. sales. Coon will lead new sales development in relation to brands, agencies and DSP partnerships.


Wavelength opened a new office in London. Dan Bowen will lead the new location as U.K. managing director.