Coca-Cola has appointed former Ireland country manager Aedamar Howlett as its marketing director for the UK and Ireland - replacing Bobby Brittain, who has left the company to "explore new opportunities". Howlett spent 15 years at the soft drinks giant in various roles, before leaving in 2001 to become a freelance consultant, advising businesses including Kellogg’s Europe, Heineken and Telefonica. She rejoined Coke last year as country manager for Ireland within the GB&I leadership team.
Jamie Elliott, the chief executive at MullenLowe London, has stepped down from the post just months after the departure of Richard Warren, the group chief executive. Dale Gall, EMEA chief executive at MullenLowe Profero, will take over the role that Warren left in May. He will report to Alex Leikikh, global chief executive at MullenLowe Group.
Rufus Olins, the chief executive of Newsworks, has quit after four and half years to join the Co-operative Group as chief membership officer. He will sit on the executive board of the Co-op, the food to funerals group, and will be responsible for communicating with its eight million members and developing the base. The former journalist used to edit Management Today, a sister title of Campaign, and went on to become managing director of Haymarket Brand Media. He left in 2009 to become chief executive of the ad industry research firm WARC and joined the NMA in 2012.
Headhunting agency, The Longhouse, has appointed Helen Kimber-Jeffries, a former head of talent at RKCR/Y&R to the newly created role of managing partner. Kimber is the second senior hiring in recent times, with Alison Tindall from The Garden joining at the beginning of the year to lead the creative practice.
Carat Manchester has appointed a new group business director. Dani Briers, will join the Dentsu Aegis Network-owned agency from his role as managing director at PHD Manchester in the New Year. Briers, who also held senior roles at TBWA\Manchester, will be responsible for further developing partner relationships and driving performance across some of Carat Manchester’s key clients.
Digital marketing & product agency +rehabstudio has appointed Willem van der Horst as head of strategy in its London office. Van der Horst will be responsible for guiding the agency’s strategic direction and supporting brand clients to better leverage creative technology in marketing and product. Prior to rehabstudio, van der Horst worked with clients such as Toyota, Procter and Gamble, Sony Mobile, Shell, Unilever and Subway, at agencies including iris Worldwide and Saatchi & Saatchi, before moving to Possible Singapore as head of strategy and planning.
Lise McQuillin, head of original production and partnerships at Grey London, is moving to Fold7 as production partner. She will work on growing production at the independent shop, including Film 7, the in-house production company. She has also worked at the BBC, Red Bee and MTV, as well as Radical Media, Palma Pictures and Pink Films.
HotUKDeals, the UK’s social commerce platform and founding member of Pepper.com, has appointed Danny Munday as general manager. Before joining HotUKDeals, Munday spent six months in Asia building the partnerships function for CompareAsiaGroup and before that held multiple positions in his three and half years at MoneySuperMarket including head of home services and head of deals, vouchers and shopping.
Youth co-creation agency, Latimer Group has two new recruits, Claire Oldaker, the former director of client services at BBC Worldwide and former VICE Media digital director, Simon Voysey. Oldaker joins as head of client services, while Voysey will head up new business development and marketing.