We’re rounding out the week with new leadership adds at the top agency teams around the world.
AbelsonTaylor Group has hired Janet Barker-Evans as executive vice president, chief creative officer. Barker-Evans will drive the firm’s creative vision, develop and retain top creative talent and partner with other teams to deliver measurable business success to clients.
Acast boosted its U.S. leadership with new promotions to its executive team and advisory board. Greg Glenday was named chief business officer, Tiffany Ashitey was promoted to interim managing director, Richard Neto was named vp of sales, Gabriella Gregoris was named group business director of national performance and Stephen Smyk joined the U.S. advisory board.
Brave Bison appointed Hannah Baker as chief marketing officer. Baker will work to build the agency’s reputation as a new-age media, technology and marketing partner positioned to connect with digital natives and drive growth across business units.
Brunner promoted Dan Magdich to vice president, executive creative director. Previously the director of creative services, Magdich will now drive the agency’s creative product forward by leading all creative projects, progress and execution.
Independent agency Highdive has elevated Megan Lally from managing partner to CEO. As CEO, Lally sets the vision for the agency and drives its operations, overseeing growth, account management and strategy with her direct and human leadership style.
Jonathan Daly was hired as head of communications strategy at Johannes Leonardo. Daly brings over 15 years of experience spanning agency and in-house roles, which developed his knowledge of innovative media and go-to-market thinking for the top global brands.
Mark Allen & Co
J.P. Escobar was named vice president at Mark Allen & Co. The PR veteran brings over 15 years of industry expertise to service the agency’s marketing, media and tech clients.
John Mescall, one of McCann’s global executive creative directors and president of its creative leadership council, is leaving the agency. Mescall is well known as a creative leader known for “Dumb Ways to Die,” which won several Cannes Lions in 2013 for Metro Trains Melbourne.
Mediavine promoted Brad Hagmann to senior vice president of advertising technology. Hagmann will oversee ad technology, supply partnerships and ad operations within this new role.
Meyocks welcomed Beth Davis as its new public relations lead. In this role, Davis will oversee PR strategy for the agency’s client roster of food, agriculture, health and mentor brands.
Omnicom Media Group U.K.
Omnicom Media Group U.K. hired Hatim Ahmed as display assistant at MG OMD. Ahmed’s hire makes the 100th successful place in the agency’s program promoting accessibility in digital careers.
Rakish revamped its sales team with the promotion of Chiara Useche to head of sales and creative producer. It also changed its West Coast and Midwest representation to Hero Mgmt. and Nikki Weiss & Co., respectively.
Red Door Interactive
Sage Growth Partners
Sage Growth Partners made two new hires to expand its communication services and account support. Katy Gathright joined as account group director and Tom Sullivan joined as senior director of editorial services.
Creative agency Saylor has hired social strategist and producer Francesco “Chesco” Ferrara as its new senior content strategist. At the agency Chesco will leverage the experience he gained from conceptualizing and executing digital marketing campaigns for seasons 1-3 of “The Kardashians” on Hulu and “Welcome to Wrexham” on FX while overseeing the agency’s roster of clients including Prime Video’s comedy brand “Laugh Track” and Postmates.
Seedtag expanded its board amid international momentum and U.S. revenue growth. Brian H. Whipple was named a member of its board of directors and Uwe Weiss was named chairman of the board.
Shutterstock named Aimee Egan as its first global head of enterprise. Egan will lead the company’s enterprise function, including the sales, editorial, studios and business development divisions, aiming to drive growth at scale, craft innovative solutions and provide best-in-class customer experience.
Teikametrics made two new senior hires to expand its leadership roster. Ben Rey joined as chief revenue officer and Erik Ricard joined as vice president of services.
Waterhouse Brands brought on David Mickle and Ben Hewett to drive expansion into product branding. Mickle joined as chief client officer and Hewitt joined as managing director, creative and digital services.
Wolff Olins hired Julia Race as senior director of culture. Race will work to develop the company’s global culture and employee experience offer.
Wunderman Thompson named Audrey Kuah as its new APAC chief executive officer. Kuah will work to oversee the creative and strategic growth of the business across the APAC region.