Trading Places: this week's people moves

Justin Billingsley returns to Europe for Saatchi & Saatchi, PizzaExpress marketer Emma Woods goes to Merlin Entertainments and ITV hires Endemol's Claire Heys, in this week's round-up of people moves across advertising, marketing, media and PR.

Justin Billingsley: appointed chief operating officer for Saatchi & Saatchi in EMEA
Justin Billingsley: appointed chief operating officer for Saatchi & Saatchi in EMEA

Advertising

Dare has appointed Sean Thompson, the executive creative director at Arnold Worldwide in Amsterdam, to an equivalent position, replacing Flo Heiss. (Campaign)

Jennifer Black, Fallon's client services director, is leaving the agency to join start-up shop Fabula as an equity partner. (Campaign)

Justin Billingsley, the regional chief executive and chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Greater China, has been confirmed in the role of chief operating officer for the network in EMEA. (Campaign)

David Bainbridge, the chief executive of Elvis, has quit the company to set up his own educational content business. It is understood that Bainbridge left after plans to expand the Dare and Citizen agencies in the US, which he would have led, were shelved. (Campaign)

Toby Gunton, the chief digital officer for WCRS, has been hired by media agency OMD UK as its first head of innovation. (Campaign)

Marketing

PizzaExpress group marketing director Emma Woods is set to leave the Gondola Group subsidiary to join Alton Towers operator Merlin Entertainments as its first ever group marketing director. (Marketing)

Chris Jansen, managing director of British Gas Services, is leaving after six years at the company. (Campaign)

Media

ITV has hired Claire Heys, the director of brand partnerships and licensing at Endemol UK, to the new role of director of commercial brand partnerships. (Media Week)

David Dinsmore has been promoted to editor of The Sun, succeeding Dominic Mohan who takes a newly created role as strategic advisor across Europe for the new News Corporation. (Media Week)

PR

The Financial Times has promoted Darcy Keller to the role of global comms director, replacing outgoing Emma Gilpin-Jacobs. (PR Week)

Manchester Airports Group has appointed Tim Hawkins, formerly director of regulation and planning at Stansted Airport, as corporate affairs director. I(PR Week)

Santander UK head of government relations and public policy Emmeline Owens is to join MHP's public affairs team as a director. (PR Week)

Huntsworth has hired Bob Pickard, a former Edelman and Burson-Marsteller executive, as Asia-Pacific CEO. (PR Week)

 

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