Movers and shakers: BBH, Clear Channel, Grey, Guardian Labs, Group M and more

Welcome to Campaign's weekly round-up of the hires, departures and promotions across the industry.

Matthew Dearden: steps down as Europe president of Clear Channel International
Matthew Dearden: steps down as Europe president of Clear Channel International

Matthew Dearden, the Europe president of Clear Channel International, is leaving the business as the outdoor company tries to become "more agile".

Dearden was the UK chief executive of Clear Channel up until 2014, having joined the company in 2010, during which time it introduced the UK’s first roadside digital network of two square metre HD screens in London.

He was replaced as UK CEO by Justin Cochrane, the former chief operating officer for Europe. Patrick Ugeux, the chief transformation officer at Clear Channel International, has also left the business. It is not known whether Dearden or Ugeux have got jobs to go to.

Bartle Bogle Hegarty has parted company with its deputy executive creative director Caroline Pay and has promoted Ian Heartfield, creative managing partner, and Anthony Austin, chief executive of Black Sheep Studios, to take over as joint deputy ECDs.

Pay joined BBH at the beginning of 2014 as managing partner and head of creative development and was promoted to deputy executive creative director in October 2014. It was her second turn at the agency. She had worked as a creative director on the Levi’s account ten years before, having established her creative career at Mother working on brands including Boots and Coca-Cola.

Pay was most recently responsible for running the Tesco account at BBH, creating the new campaign starring actress Ruth Jones.

Primesight has appointed Matt Teeman, the former EMEA commercial director at Bloomberg Media, as the out-of-home company's managing director. Teeman will replace Chris Forrester, who left Primesight to join Spotify as UK country manager.

Primesight said Teeman’s appointment would continue to help the company develop its product portfolio as one of the UK’s largest OOH suppliers, including its digital network.

New Grey London chief executive Leo Rayman has made his first appointments. Wayne Brown, Grey Possible’s managing director, has taken the new role of chief operating officer at Grey London. Matt Tanter, head of planning, has been promoted to chief strategy officer. Both report to Rayman.

Mofilm, the crowdsource platform majority-owned by David Jones' You & Mr Jones, has appointed Anna Watkins, managing director at Guardian Labs, as a partner. Meanwhile, Guardian News & Media has appointed Imogen Fox, The Guardian’s head of fashion, as executive editor – now the most senior position – of Guardian Labs. Guardian Labs creative director Alistair Campbell is also leaving.

Essence has recruited Jenny Bullis, managing director of Omnicom's Annalect UK and EMEA, as its first chief executive of EMEA. Bullis, a former marketer at Sainsbury’s, BT and ITV, will be in charge of nearly 300 staff in London.

Group M has appointed John Montgomery with immediate effect as executive vice president, brand safety, Group M Global, a new role that will see the WPP media group roll out best practices internationally that have been pioneered in the US.

Since 2015, Montgomery has been North American chairman of Group M Connect, the group’s worldwide digital organisation bringing together data, operations and technology across search, programmatic, social, mobile and all other real time and biddable media.

Montgomery will work with digital advertising and media trading staff at Group M’s agencies Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, Essence, Xaxis and regional companies across the world to create a set of global standards aimed at maximising brand safety for Group M’s clients in every market in which they advertise.

He will report to global chief digital officer Rob Norman. Regarding his replacement at Connect, Group M said it was "evaluating its options" and would make an announcement shortly.

TMW Unlimited has poached SapientNitro associate creative director Jamie Coggans to work across the Unilever account. Coggans joins the agency in the same role and will be partnered with Jeff Bowerman, the creative director behind its ‘Bigger Issues’, campaign, which scored a Cannes Lions Creative and Data silver for Unilever-owned Lynx and UK suicide charity Campaign Against Living Miserably. He will also work across the agency’s other accounts, particularly on bigger integrated and digital projects, and reports into chief creative officer Graeme Noble.

Exposure Digital has appointed YouTuber Emily Hartridge as content and influence manager, in a move it claims makes it the first UK agency to bring an online influencer in-house. Hartridge joins the agency as it establishes a best-in-class model for how agencies, brand and social influencers should collaborate.

In her new role, Hartridge will collaborate both with established names as well as the new generation of talent from across all social media platforms to help them produce work for Exposure Digital clients.

Social video broadcaster Brave Bison, previously known as Rightster, has made new key appointments as part of an ongoing development programme. Following Ashley MacKenzie’s return as chief executive in October after a brief spell at AMK Consulting, the company has appointed award-winning planner and adland veteran Simon Pont as chief strategy officer.

Pont, has formerly held CSO roles at both Vizeum and Starcom MediaVest and has also worked with West Coast-based brand consultancy Catalyst S+F. Brave Bison has also appointed Will Pyne, a multi-award winning creative and digital innovator, as chief creative officer. Pyne, who will run Brave Bison’s 30-strong studio, was formerly co-founder of creative agency Holler. Managing director and founding member, Ian Samuel, has also been promoted to chief commercial officer.

MediaCom has launched Blink, a dedicated department tasked with "harnessing the marketing innovation opportunity for clients when working with disruptive startups". It will have a core team of two: Head of Blink Justin Cross and deputy head Chris Anandan, but also utilise 30 start-up champions in various disciplines across MediaCom.

Blink’s work will involve partnering with clients to identify tech with the potential to improve their marketing, and introducing them to start-ups that are able to meet those needs. It has already worked with Tesco F&F, introducing the retailer to Topic DNA, which assists brands in understanding the typologies of their followers, using this information to improve targeting; and Picasso Labs, which provides performance insights across a brand’s visual content.

Initiative UK, the communications network within IPG Mediabrands, has named Jorge Seeliger as head of innovation. Seeliger joined from IPG Mediabrands, Spain and reports to Sally Weavers, managing director, Initiative UK.

Seeliger will be charged with driving innovation and creativity throughout the agency, with specific responsibility for Initiative’s client, Amazon. Before entering the media industry, he was involved in the start-up scene in San Francisco and London.

Global marketing consultancy R3 has appointed Nick Elliott as managing director of EMEA. His key focus will be R3’s Unilever business, in addition to R3’s EMEA expansion. Elliott has previously spent five years in an integration role within WPP, helping drive consistency and effectiveness across the holding group.

Chris Lewis, client partner at DigitasLBi, has joined Mullen Lowe Mediahub London as a client partner. He has been tasked with "leading senior client relationships and driving innovation" at the agency. Mediahub clients include Fage, Amazon Payments, Western Union, and CFA Institute.

James Bailey, head of business development at Maxus UK, is to become managing partner within the client leadership team at iProspect. The agency has British Airways, Sky, Diageo, British Gas and Kellogg's on its books.

Salad Creative, the Poole-based agency, has appointed Daniel Ward-Murphy as its first strategy director. Ward-Murphy was previously strategy director at nearby shop Thinking Juice in Bournemouth. At Salad he will sit on the agency's board, as well as overseeing strategy and planning, research and new business.

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