People moves for the week

Industry comings and goings include TBWA, DDB New York, Y&R, Bates CHI & Partners, Cheil, Razorfish, CP&B, and Grey

TBWA\Worldwide on Friday announced a new regional structure aimed at spanning global markets and a slate of executive appointments to support it. President and CEO Troy Ruhanen announced Keith Smith is now president — international, global markets. Perry Valkenburg becomes president, international – global operations. James Vincent and Emmanuel Andre also gained the title of president, international. 

DDB New York on Thursday added another executive to its fast-moving leadership team. Chief Production Officer Madison Wharton will create a new operational model and new integration capabilities for the agency, DDB said. She will report to DDB New York President and CEO Chris Brown.


Nils Andersson, Y&R China's president and chief creative officer, will be stepping down in the summer to join TBWA, also as president and CCO for Greater China. Y&R has promoted Ong Kien Hoe, currently group creative director, to executive creative director in order to fill the creative gap.

Graham Kelly, the former regional ECD of Isobar, is to join Bates CHI & Partners for a period of six months as what the agency terms a "guest chef." Kelly, a Scot with extensive experience in Asia, is the first person to officially take part in the initiative, which sees senior creatives join Bates CHI & Partners on a temporary basis to work on specific projects.

Logan Wilmont, executive creative director at Cheil UK, will leave the shop at the end of April. Wilmont joined the agency when it launched in London four years ago and he says that he has not yet decided on his next move.

Razorfish has appointed Nick Turner, the executive creative director at AKQA London, to the role of international executive creative director.

Lucky Generals has hired Yan Elliott, a co-founder of Fabula, as a creative partner.In his new role, Elliott will report to Danny Brooke-Taylor, the agency’s founding creative partner.

Matt Gooden and Ben Walker, the executive creative directors at Crispin Porter & Bogusky London, are leaving the agency. They will be replaced by Jay Gelardi, the digital executive creative director at CP&B Boulder. The news follows the loss of Milka, the London agency’s biggest client prior to its acquisition of The House Worldwide in 2014.

Cheil India has brought in Vaarunya Bhalla to fill in the newly created role of senior brand manager. Bhalla will work closely with Shiv Sethuraman, group president, Cheil India.

Grey Group India has appointed Vishal Ahluwalia as vice president and office head for its Bengaluru office. Ahluwalia will report to Sunil Lulla, chairman and managing director, Grey Group India.

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