Trading Places: this week's people moves

Steve Booth becomes executive chairman of MC&C and Joanna Shields is to step down as chief executive of Tech City UK, in this week's round-up of people moves in advertising, marketing, media and PR.

Steve Booth: appointed executive chairman of MC&C
Steve Booth: appointed executive chairman of MC&C


Matthew Hook, the chief strategy officer at Carat, has been promoted to managing director. (Campaign) 

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has hired Neil Clarke and Jay Phillips, creative directors from CHI & Partners, to the same role at the agency. (Campaign) 

Steve Booth, the former chief executive of Havas Media's Arena, has been named executive chairman of media and data specialist MC&C. (Campaign)

Publicis Chemistry has made three senior hires, including Andrew Brooks, a global group director on Reckitt Benckiser at Havas, as a managing partner, to lead the EE direct marketing account. It has also hired Laura Holme as its head of new business and Patrick Dent as a business director on EE. (Campaign)

Now has recruited Melanie Portelli to run its Butlins account, as well as being responsible for new business and PR as marketing director. (Campaign)

ICrossing, the search agency, has hired Tim Bax, the former head of content at Proximity London, as its first creative director. (Campaign)

Bartle Bogle Hegarty has hired Lindsay Nuttall, the BBC's former head of marketing for BBC One, drama and entertainment, as its joint chief digital officer. (Campaign)

Caspar Schlickum, the managing director of EMEA at Xaxis has been promoted to chief executive of EMEA, Xaxis. (Campaign)

Geometry Global UK, WPP's global shopper activation agency, has appointed Adrian Nicholls, a business lead at CMW, as its head of digital. (Campaign)

Mother has promoted Chris Gallery and Katie Mackay to joint heads of strategy, replacing the chief strategic officer, Dylan Williams, who quit to join Publicis Worldwide last week. (Campaign)


Joanna Shields is stepping down from her role as chief executive of Tech City UK, the body for promoting growth in the capital's technology sector, and taking up a non-executive role with the London Stock Exchange. (Marketing)


Maker Studios, the online video giant in the US, has appointed René Rechtman, former chief executive of AOL Be On, as president of international. (Media Week)

Antonio Alonso, who has been chief executive of CBS Outdoor International since 2009, is leaving the company following the completion of its sale to Platinum Equity and its rebranding to Exterion Media. (Media Week)

The Telegraph Media Group has removed the editor roles from its Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph brands in an editorial restructure that has seen daily editor Tony Gallagher exit the company. (Media Week)


ICAP's comms head Brigitte Trafford has left to join former client Virgin Media as chief corporate affairs officer in March. (PR Week) 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Mark Hamilton as an associate director in its issues and crisis team. (PR Week)

Justine Bower has been appointed as a group publicity manager for television company UKTV. (PR Week)

MoneySuperMarket has brought in’s Sharon Flaherty as its head of PR and social media. (PR Week)

Bell Pottinger has brought in automotive specialist Will Powell as the agency seeks to exploit a resurgence in the UK car market. He joins in a new role as partner, from automotive specialist Influence Associates. (PR Week)