Movers and shakers: Geometry, Havas Helia, Group M, Karmarama, Duke and more

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

Elspeth Lynn: the creative chief has joined Geometry Global UK
Elspeth Lynn: the creative chief has joined Geometry Global UK

WPP veteran Rob Norman is to retire as its chief digital officer. Norman has spent 31 years working for media agency CIA, its subsequent incarnation MEC and parent company Group M and played a leading role in their growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

Former FCB Inferno creative boss Elspeth Lynn is to join Geometry Global UK as executive creative director. Lynn, who left FCB Inferno London last month during a creative team reshuffle, replaces Geometry UK chief creative officer Juan-José Posada, who returned to Latin America to become Geometry’s global chief creative officer, LatAm.

Havas Helia's Tash Whitmey is leaving after six years as chief executive to become to run Tesco's customer loyalty marketing team. Whitmey will join the UK’s biggest supermarket next year to take on the newly-created role of loyalty and membership director, where she will lead on Tesco’s Clubcard loyalty scheme.

M/SIX has made two new senior hires. Anna Foster joins from TMW Unlimited, where she headed up the agency’s data function, as its new global chief data and customer officer. MEC EMEA’s chief financial officer Adrian Parris is the other newcomer, joining as global chief finance officer.

Gyro UK has promoted managing director Kate Howe to the newly-created post of chief executive, as part of a management reorganisation. Beth Freedman will take on the newly vacated post of managing director. She joins from Saatchi Saatchi Pro where she was client services director. Ian Bell has been appointed chief strategy officer of Gyro, joining from Carat where he was global strategy partner. Meanwhile, David Harris, Gyro’s executive creative director, has been appointed chief creative office.

Duke executive creative director Jo Tanner and chief strategy officer Steve Stokes have left the agency, citing disagreements with chief executive Neil Hughston as the main reason. Hughston said replacements would be sought in due course.

MC&C Media has promoted deputy managing director Robin Trust to UK managing director, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Mark Jackson. MC&C said Jackson is leaving the agency to pursue "other opportunities that are of interest to him". He joined the agency in February last year after seven years at PHD, where he was latterly business director – deputy head of performance. Trust joined the agency in 2013 as business director. The agency has also named ex-Razorfish managing partner Rob Watt as its new international managing director. Watt joins from online rewards platform, T.B. Seen, where he held the position of managing director.

Karmarama has hired Kaihaan Jamshidi (left) and Nikki Stammers to join the strategy department. Both will be joining the agency as strategy leads, reporting into Will Hodge (right), head of planning. Jamishidi joins from R/GA where he was a strategy director, while Stammers is joining from DigitasLBi where she has was creative strategy director.

TMW Unlimited has named Matt Lambert as its new business development director. Lambert joins from Partners Andrew Aldridge. Prior to this he was the new business director at Lida between 2013 and 2017.

The IPA has appointed former investment banker and respected adviser David Clasen as its new finance director.  He will join the IPA on 2nd January 2018. Clasen has held positions at KPMG, Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank, Cazenove &Co. and  JP Morgan Cazenove.

Bristol Media has appointed Kate Gorringe, creative director at Mr B & Friends, to its board of directors to represent the design sector and champion women in the creative industry. The board of the industry-led organisation, which is made up of members from various areas of the creative industry, meets bi-monthly to facilitate collaboration and growth within the region. Gorringe will be charged with both reporting on her observations within the design sector and supporting the path of women in the creative fields.