Starcom MediaVest appoints group search director

Starcom MediaVest (SMG) has appointed Rian Carstens to the role of group search director.

Rian Carstens: group search director at Starcom MediaVest
Rian Carstens: group search director at Starcom MediaVest
Carstens will oversee both SMG UK’s paid and natural search teams, as well as bolstering search best practice across the EMEA region.

Prior to Starcom MediaVest, he was deputy managing director at search independent Net Media Planet, and, before that, was head of search EMEA at MEC: Interaction, where he was responsible for leading the account across 16 markets.

Carstens said: "SMG understand the value and the role that search plays for the agency, their clients, and the wider communications landscape. They’ve invested in building an outstanding team and have made incredible progress in the last 18 months."

Nigel Waring, head of SMG Performance, said: "[Rian will] be integral in leading locally and taking UK best practice wider across the network"

SMG’s search team currently manages paid-search campaigns for clients such as Honda, Bupa and Europcar.

According to Starcom MediaVest, its search team has doubled in size and trebled its revenue in the past 12 months.