Movers and Shakers: VMLY&R, Oliver, MediaCom, Moneysupermarket

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

Pahl: joins VMLY&R from AMV
Pahl: joins VMLY&R from AMV

VMLY&R London has hired Justin Pahl, group chairman of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, as chief executive. Pahl will be responsible for expanding VMLY&R’s brand experience agency footprint and operations across the UK market, focusing on growing capabilities to deliver a fully integrated creative and digital offering to create connected brands.

Meanwhile, VMLY&R executive creative director Harsh Kapadia is leaving to return to its New York office. Kapadia, who joined VML London 18 months ago, is relocating for family reasons.

Oliver has appointed Richard Stainer, former chief executive of TBWA\London, to the role of chief executive, global clients. He will report directly to Simon Martin, founder and chief executive of Oliver and its parent company, Inside Ideas Group. Stainer joins from consulting group Odgers Berndtson, where he was partner and global head of media. Group has appointed Andy Hancock as chief customer officer, replacing Darren Bentley. Currently managing director of money and the publishing unit of MoneySavingExpert, Hancock has been at the group since 2014. He officially takes on his new position on 23 April.

Leagas Delaney has hired former Bartle Bogle Hegarty London head of strategy Dan Hauck as its first group chief strategy officer. Hauck joins from electrical vehicle start-up Arrival, where he was chief of marketing.

Richard Lawson has joined ITN Productions as commercial and operations director from FCB Inferno, where he was managing director. Before FCB Inferno, he held the same role at Anomaly, and was previously a managing partner at Bartle Bogle Hegarty.

MediaCom has promoted Kate Rowlinson and Christine Fang to its global executive committee. Rowlinson is managing director, worldwide hubs. Fang is global chief financial officer.

Bauer Media has appointed UK chief executive Paul Keenan and group managing director Rob Munro-Hall to global roles in its audio and publishing divisions respectively. Keenan will not be directly replaced. The UK radio business will continue to be led by Dee Ford, group managing director for radio.

Brand experience agency Wonder London has made seven creative hires (below): Quentin Segard, Jimena Cieza De Leon, Joel Atkinon, Venessa Reynolds, Ahmed Abokor, Sarina Da Costa Gomez and Tom Maxwell.

Takumi has promoted Adam Williams to chief executive. Williams joined the influencer marketing agency in January 2018 as chief revenue officer and was previously UK managing director at Spotify. He is succeeded as chief revenue officer by Cécile Douillard, formerly managing director at Quantum Advertising.

Home appliance company Beko has appointed Vijay Bhardwaj as marketing director. He joins from KP Snacks, where he spent eight years, with the last four as its head of marketing.

McCann Central has appointed Ollie Purdom to the newly created position of chief talent officer. He joins from Pitch Consultants, which he co-founded in 2007 and which has become a leading specialist recruiter for the creative industries in the Midlands and the north.

Integrated agency Lewis has appointed Leila Mountford as creative director. She was previously global creative manager at Amnesty International.

The Beyond Collective has hired Jess Rowntree as PR, social and influencer marketing partner. She was previously director at Ketchum.

Performance marketing agency Journey Further has launched a division called Conversion, offering conversion rate optimisation, user experience and analytics services. It has recruited Jonny Longden, previously head of ecommerce, digital and analytics at Principal Hotel Company, as managing director of the new unit.

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