We’re closing out the week with top hires, promotions and career shifts from the top agencies around the world.
9Rooftops announced a new team in the U.K. The team will play a pivotal role in crafting campaigns across the Americas, EMEA and APAC.
The AICP Show named Ralph Laucella, founding partner and executive producer at O Positive, as its 2024 AICP Show chairperson. Laucella has served two terms as AICP national board chairperson and is a long-standing member of the AICP labor committee.
Arnold made two new key hires in its account services and strategy departments. Andrew Krensky returned to the agency as managing director and Archana Mahadevan was named svp strategy director.
Assembly expanded its leadership team with two new strategy hires. James Wilde was named head of growth and marketing and Lizzy Herbertson was named commercial director in Europe.
Atomic London hired Nicky Vita as head of strategy. Coming from her previous role at VCCP London, Vita will lead the agency’s unified creative proposition.
Cut+Run is bidding farewell to Michelle Eskin after her 15 year tenure with the company. Eskin was instrumental in expanding creative offerings with the continued development of sister company Jogger.
Dive Billboards named Maria Girimonte as its new sales and partnerships lead for TikTok and Nextdoor. Girimonte brings experience in digital, content integration and digital OOH.
Exverus named Lisa Lindsay as its media director. Lindsay will oversee the media planning and buying team for brand clients Premier Protein and Dymatize.
Glimmer named Vanessa Hudson as its new head of global production for Glimmer studios. Hudson will lead global production, creative and strategy for Glimmer Studios, powering leading brands, agencies, media and entertainment providers.
Impero welcomed Elliott Starr as its new creative director. Starr will work across the agency’s key clients, including George at Asda, Jordan/Nike, Christian Aid and Absolut.
Full-stack media company Mecenas hired Andrew Polsky as executive vp of revenue and brand strategy. Polsky will work to position the company and its units into its next phase of sustained growth.
Meet the People
Agency network Meet the People hired Lu Hur as group chief financial officer. Hur will strengthen the executive management team throughout the company’s continued growth.
Meyocks appointed Kendra Kelly as its new operations lead. Kelly will lead human resources, information technology and risk management and facilities, as well as maintain his existing agency branding and marketing responsibilities.
Ogilvy Health named Renata Maia as chief creative officer. Maia will lead the creative products across departments, including brand development, strategy, experience and innovation, PR and influencer, medical education and market access.
Omnicom Media Group U.K.
Omnicom Media Group U.K. hired Kiran Bance as DEI director. Bance will lead DEI strategy and implementation across OMG U.K. operations.
Rapp U.K. hired Terence Vieyra as its new senior vp of people. Vieyra will lead a people team of 10, and will champion Rapp’s purpose of standing up for individuality.
Rankin Creative named Jess Ardizzone as creative director. Ardizzone will spearhead creative for Rankin Creative’s De Beers account.
Republica Havas promoted Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo to evp, brand strategy and consumer insights of Republica Havas Health. Lokpez-Cobo brings experience working for clients like Sanofi, Pfizer, Amgen and Merck.
Saylor is continuing to expand with two new hires. Emilie Sabath was hired as executive creative director and Silvia Magaña was hired as account director.
Seedtag named Kartal Goksel as chief technology officer. Goksel will drive the company’s technological direction and spearhead innovation efforts.
Simpplr hired Don Wight as chief revenue officer. Wight brings over three decades of experience in sales, customer success, business development, enablement and service delivery.
SponsorUnited made two new senior sales appointments. Debbie Colella was named svp customer success and Rajiv Khanna was named chief sales officer.
Team Lewis is growing its global analytics and insights group. Piper Dolan was named as svp, head of research, analysis and strategy, and Kurt Hauptman was named vp of analytics.
The Bliss Group
The Bliss Group appointed Emily Porro as senior vp and co-leader of the firm’s Impact practice. Porro will provide industry expertise from more than two decades of experience working to align organizations with strategic priorities and sustainable programs.
The Bloc hired Adam Hessel as head of creative and experience. Hessel will lead creative initiatives in North America and serve on the agency’s global creative council.
VCCP U.S. named Kenny Lloyd as its first director of culture and innovation. Lloyd will strengthen the agency’s position as the challenger agency through efforts in culture and innovation.
VML promoted Jeff Geheb to take on dual roles as global executive lead enterprise solutions and global chief experience officer. Geheb will lead the growth and leadership of the agency’s enterprise solutions offering.
Wavemaker U.K. named Sam Bird as its new managing director, content and brand experience. Bird will lead the development of agency content and creative capabilities, spanning content partnerships, innovation, sports and gaming.
Yahoo welcomed Jeff Rossi as vp, global agency partnerships. A former executive at Twitch, Spotify and Apple will lead and manage its agency strategy.
Zenith UK has named Richard Clay as its new chief strategy officer. The news follows that of Kush Bhardwaj, who was promoted to head of investment at the end of last year.