Trading places: this week's people moves

James Murdoch's switch to a New York-based News Corp role and top level changes at Publicis Worldwide lead BR's round-up of the industry moves in advertising, marketing and media.

James Murdoch: switching to News Corp US
James Murdoch: switching to News Corp US



Richard Pinder, the chief operating officer of Publicis Worldwide, has left the advertising network after five years in the role. His departure without a job to go to makes room for the appointment of Jean-Yves Naouri as the executive chairman of Publicis Worldwide. (Campaign)  

Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Laurence Quinn and Mark Norcutt as creative directors on its Toyota account. They join Saatchis from JWT. (Campaign)  

Tim Allnutt, the managing partner of MCHI, is leaving the full-service media and creative agency to launch a business outside of the advertising industry. (Campaign)  

Proximity London has made a raft of new hires to strengthen its strategic capabilities after a series of new business wins. The direct and digital agency has hire four planners – Phil Lewis, Vaughn Hartman, Melani Parsons and Thomas Bunnell. In addition, the agency has appointed Andy Morris as technical director. (Campaign)  



Mars Food UK managing director Rob Hughes is to leave the business after 10 years, prompting a reshuffle of senior management. Hughes will be replaced by Emma Evison, who was previously UK food finance director. Evison's role will be taken by Kerry Foods sales and marketing executive Tristan Butt. (Marketing)  

Virgin Group's top marketer, Catherine Salway, is to leave the business, prompting a search for a new head of brand. Salway will depart at the end of April to start her own marketing business. (Marketing)  

Microsoft is on the hunt for a new global marketing chief after Mich Mathews, who oversees a budget of more than $1bn, announced she will retire after the summer. Mathews has been with the company for 22 years. (Marketing)



Thinkbox, the commercial marketing body, has appointed OPera research director Neil Mortensen to the position of research and planning director, replacing David Brennan. Mortensen will join Thinkbox in July. (Campaign)  

M4C, the Group M agency dedicated to the planning and buying of the Government's paid-for communications, has promoted Peter Kemp to the role of managing director. The move follows Government reassurances that the future of M4C is secure. (Campaign)  

Interpublic's media division Mediabrands has restructured its global operations into three "clusters" and handed more regional responsibility to Jim Hytner, EMEA president of UM. (Campaign)  

Hearst has promoted Simon Horne, currently chief financial officer and general manager of NatMag, to the newly-created role of CFO, general manager and senior vice-president, at Hearst Magazines International. (Media Week)  

James Murdoch, currently boss of News Corp's European and Asian operations, is leaving the UK to take on the role of deputy chief operating officer and chairman and chief executive of international operations, based in New York. Murdoch will retain direct responsibility for the company’s operations in Europe and Asia. (Media Week)  

Digital agency iCrossing has strengthened its new business team by hiring three business development directors after a series of wins. June Robinson joins iCrossing from Cake Group. Patrick King joins iCrossing from PMA Digital. SilerDisc's business development director Ben Myall also moves across to iCrossing. (Media Week)

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