Trading Places: this week's people moves

Saatchi & Saatchi's Leigh Thomas joins Dare as chief executive and Nick Mawditt leaves outdoor specialist Kinetic for rival Talon, in this week's round-up of people moves across advertising, marketing, media and PR.

Leigh Thomas: moves from Saatchi & Saatchi to Dare as chief executive
Leigh Thomas: moves from Saatchi & Saatchi to Dare as chief executive


Proximity London has poached Amanda Arthur from Havas EHS to become head of data, replacing Adam Williamson. (Campaign)

We Are Social, the social media agency, has appointed Graham Jenks and James Nester from OgilvyOne as its first creative directors. (Campaign)

Tribal DDB London has chosen Chris Baylis, executive creative director at Tribal DDB’s Amsterdam office, to become its executive creative director. The role was made vacant by the departure of Simon Richings. (Campaign)

Dare has appointed Leigh Thomas, the managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi, to the role of chief executive, replacing Lee Leggett. (Campaign)

GA London has hired the former managing partner of interactive marketing agency Possible Worldwide, Maggie Lonergan, to look after its global account with Unilever. (Campaign)

Andy Cairns, the former managing director of Inferno, has resurfaced at Bartle Bogle Hegarty as the strategic business lead in charge of the Barclays account. (Campaign)


Forward, WPP's content marketing agency, has rebranded as Forward Worldwide and hired Dawn Alford as its editorial director and Natasha Jackson as digital director. (Media Week)

Nick Mawditt, the global director of insight and marketing at WPP's outdoor specialist Kinetic, is leaving the company after five years to join emerging independent rival Talon. (Media Week)

Channel 4 has promoted David Amodio, an agency principal, to the new role of digital and creative lead, following the departure of Carl Read. (Media Week)


PepsiCo has appointed Tropicana marketing chief Peter Charles as marketing director of sister brand Walkers. (Marketing)

Nokia has parted company with its vice-president of global brand strategy and marketing creation, Steven Overman.  A spokesman said Nokia had "yet to make a decision on whether to replace him". (Marketing)


Susan Black has been made director of comms for Liverpool Football Club. Black has handled the role on an interim basis since the departure of Jen Chang in November, just six months into his spell as director of comms. (PR Week)

Edelman has named Michael Stewart, currently global director of comms at McKinsey & Company, as CEO of Edelman Europe following the exit of Robert Phillips last year. (PR Week)

Google is to appoint Jill Hazelbaker as director of PR and internal comms across EMEA and government relations in the EU next month. (PR Week)

Former Weber Shandwick high flyer Fiona Noble has resurfaced at Quintessentially Communications, as managing director. (PR Week)

TalkTalk has handed its top comms role to Alex Birtles after the departure of director of comms Mark Schmid to its comms agency, Good Relations Brand Communications. (PR Week)

West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust has poached Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust's comms director Antony Tiernan to fill a board-level comms position. (PR Week)

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