Q1 is officially in full swing with a significant new round of hires and promotions this week at agencies around the world.
Acoustic named Mark Cattini as its new CEO. After serving on the company’s board of directors since May of 2022, Cattini joins to evolve its digital experience for customers.
Sarah Todd was hired as client strategy and integration lead at adam&eveDDB. Todd will lead transformation and future fit marketing solutions for clients across the agency.
American Association of Advertising Agencies
Ann Rubin was appointed executive vice president, marketing communications and events at the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s). Rubin will build out a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for the organization while also elevating event programs and offerings to its 600 members nationwide.
Arketi Group made three new appointments to strengthen its creative and account management teams. Jason Andrews was named creative director, Lauren Bovard as senior account executive and Laura Burr as assistant account executive.
Billion Dollar Boy
Sophie Crowther was named European director of Billion Dollar Boy’s new community management division. With over eight years of industry experience in the APAC and EMEA regions, Crowther offers unique expertise in the global creator economy.
Biscuit Filmworks signed Lance Oppenheim for U.S. commercial representation. Oppenheim is an acclaimed filmmaker known for crafting documentaries that blend nonfiction storytelling humor with heightened, cinematic formalism. Oppenheim is currently producing docu-style projects with HBO, Elara Pictures, FX/Hulu and The New York Times.
Erin Allsman was promoted to agency president at Philadelphia agency Brownstein. The first non-family member to hold the president title at Brownstein, Allsman will oversee agency operations and strengthen its future as a destination for top talent to flourish and best-in-class brands to accelerate their growth.
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP) made two new appointments to its leadership team. Thomas Simmons joined as chief financial and operating officer and Trina D. Arnett joined as head of marketing sciences.
Brian Huss was hired as vice president of product at Buzzer, a new mobile platform that delivers short-form access to the best moments in live sports. Huss will lead product strategy, development and growth and lead a team of product designers, managers and researchers.
Brandon hired three new additions to its media team. Talia Patterson joined as media buyer and Rawan Elbadawy and Alyssa Baumbick both joined as media coordinators.
Camp Lucky welcomed flame artist Laychin Lee to its creative post and production studio. Laychin is an established CG, VFX and finishing creator with past clients including Frito Lay, RAM, Home Depot, Acura and Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” music video.
ColinKurtis Advertising welcomed Rita Siedlaczek as its new senior account director. Siedlaczek will oversee key accounts, empowering the agency to better identify and manage client needs while also pursuing business development opportunities.
Cornett hired Jamon Deaver as director of marketing. With over 15 years of marketing experience, Deaver brings expertise across strategy development, copywriting, art direction, public relations, creative ideation and execution.
Carlos Camacho was named chief creative officer at David Bogotá. Camacho will return to Colombia after leading creative offices in Asia and Europe and will work to strengthen the agency’s creative work and increase collaboration across the network.
Engine Digital hired Norma MacDonald as vice president design. MacDonald will lead and grow Engine Digital’s design group, guide design operations and drive exceptional work across the agency’s client portfolio.
Fort West made a series of new senior appointment to increase its business capabilities and offerings. Stacy Garnard was named managing director of operations, William Chamberlain as senior director of integrated marketing, Noel Van Dyke as director of talent and culture and Heather Jones as director of public relations and influencer marketing.
Golden LA, a multidisciplinary creative studio skilled in live action, design, and visual effects, welcomes director and photographer Jimmy Marble to its roster. Marble’s has made commercial shorts for Target, Pinterest and Marc Jacobs.
Josh Krichefski was named CEO, EMEA and U.K. at GroupM. Krichefski will lead GroupM’s business strategy, operations and growth across EMEA and the U.K.
HotJar made three new executive hires to support its global expansion. Celine Maher joined as chief revenue officer, Mattia Santin as chief marketing officer and Marta Abalos as vice president of people and culture.
Olivia Hamilton-Russell was named head of web3 growth at Invisible North. Hamilton-Russell will oversee new business expansion, with a key focus on securing new web3 clients.
Jellyfish appointed Dervilla Kelly as its chief solutions officer for client growth. Having held previous positions at Mindshare, WPP and IPG Mediabrands, Kelly will support the company’s efforts in growth, client management and marketing to drive product adoption and activation fro new and existing clients.
Amy Merchant was named head of account management at Laughlin Constable. Coming from her previous role as managing director at Havas Chicago, Merchant is the first executive hire under LC CEO Anthony Romano.
Angela Voss was named CEO at Marketing Architects. Voss has been at Marketing Architects for 15 years, serving in a variety of roles across the agency, including most recently as chief client officer.
Nichelle Sanders was appointed managing director at Mojo Supermarket. In this role, Sanders will oversee day-to-day operations and agency growth.
Ken Gibbs was appointed editor in chief at Money20/20. Gibbs comes from his previous role as global head of social media marketing at Spotify and will now focus on building Money20/20’s global audience engagement across channels and mediums.
Rikke Wichmann-Bruun was elevated to CEO at MRM U.K. just 11 months after joining the agency as managing director. In this new role, Wichmann-Bruun will continue to lead the agency’s focus on client-centricity and relationships.
PriceWeber announced five new company shareholders. The new additions include Steve Kozarovich, Mike Nickerson, Donna Lee, Michelle Stevens and Tamara Davis.
Jessica Balter was named chief marketing officer at Publicis Toronto. Balter will lead agency efforts to expand business opportunities across North America.
Siegel+Gale hired Steve Susi as its new director of brand communications. Susi comes from his previous role as executive creative director at Amazon.
Siteimprove made new appointments to its executive leadership team in an effort to strengthen its focus on growth, innovation and customer success. Izabela Misiorny was promoted to chief marketing officer, Elliott DeLoach was hired as chief financial officer, Eric Gorney was named executive vice president of global sales and Kara Kovack was promoted to senior vice president of commercial operations.
The Marketing Practice
The Marketing Practice hired Jeff Johnson as its new managing director over North America. With over 20 years of leadership and marketing experience, Johnson will focus on growing the agency’s U.S. division.
VaynerMedia EMEA made two new senior hires to strengthen its media and partnerships departments for 2023. Ed Turner, formerly global agency lead at Twitter, joined as vice president of media EMEA. Sarah Cabey, formerly business director for Drum OMG, joined as vice president of client partnerships.
Wolff Olins hired Markus Nonn as its associate creative director, environments to boost its team of experience designers. Additionally, the agency brought on Shradha Bhatia as strategy director, bringing strong experience tackling complex brand challenges.
Renata Maia was named global chief creative officer for Wunderman Thompson Health. The appointment marks Maia’s return to WPP, where she previously spent much of her career at VMLY&R and Grey.