Staff Reporters
Jan 16, 2018

Move and win roundup: Week of January 15, 2018

Briefs on Cognito, JKR, Havas Media, CSM, FTI, Iris, BBDO, DentsuX, Impact Radius, SpotX, OMD, The Monkeys, and more, in our weekly collection of notable people moves and account news.

Campaign compiles a new 'Move and win roundup' as each week progresses. 
This edition will cover January 15 through 19, 2018. 
Catch up on past people moves and business wins

BMF promoted Alex Derwin from creative director to executive creative director, filling the role vacated by Cam Blackley, who went to M&C Saatchi in October. Derwin has led the ALDI creative account since joining from Clemenger Melbourne in 2015. He has 20 years of experience in the UK, the US and Australia.

Digital Invasion Films appointed Faisal Durrani, the former CEO of BBDO Pakistan, as managing partner.

Kerry, a nutrition solutions provider, has appointed Anu Noto-Menon as regional digital marketing manager for the APMEA region, based out of Singapore.

BBDO Pakistan promoted Irfan Fatmi, the group business director, to the role of CEO.

Communications agency Cognito appointed Prisita Menon as director, Asia-Pacific. She joined the firm in 2015 as an associate director, prior to which she had more than 10 years of experience in in-house and agency roles at EY, Ogilvy Public Relations and Singapore's Ministry of Manpower. 

ESPN announced that Mike Morrison, who has led the business in Asia Pacific since 2008, will return to the US as vice president, ESPN Business Development. Tim Bunnell, senior vice president for international programming, production and marketing, will add regional responsibilities to his functional roles and will now also oversee ESPN’s businesses in China and North Asia, including its relationship with Tencent. Charly Classen will expand his role to vice president and general manager for EMEA, South Asia and Australia/New Zealand, and will now manage Southeast Asia, Australia/New Zealand and India in addition to EMEA.

FTI Consulting hired Valsa Williams as senior advisor for public affairs in its Delhi strategic communications team. She brings 35 years' experience to the role, and will advise clients on public policy matters in South Asia. 

Cycle & Carriage (C&C) Singapore appointed Havas Media Singapore as its media agency of record. The agency will handle media planning and buying for six automobile brands the company retails—Mercedes- Benz, Kia, Citroën, DS, Mitsubishi and Maxus—with a focus on developing the group’s digital communications strategy. 

Independent creative firm Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR) has appointed Intan Mokhnar as managing director of its Singapore office.  Mokhnar comes over from the BBDO network where she most recently served as managing direcotor of BBDO Proximity Indonesia.  Mokhnar will work closely with former managing director Emily Kousah who will shift to a new position of regional director in Asia, also based in Singapore. 

Matthew Marsh has left his role as SVP Asia at sports marketing firm CSM after seven years and plans to explore further opportunities in Asian sports marketing, particularly in motor sport, surfing and winter sports. During his time at CSM the agency generated over US $50 million of sponsorship deals from brands including Budweiser, Gillette, Epson, Hisense, HKT, Mengniu and NTT Communications.

BBDO Asia appointed Andrew Chu as ECD of BBDO Vietnam. He joins from GREYnJ United in Bangkok where he was the only creative in the agency’s history to bring in three Cannes Lions in under three years, according to BBDO. He is returning to the BBDO Network, having previously worked at Clemenger BBDO Sydney.

Iris Singapore made four new creative appointments and two promotions. Diego Barboza and Zi Wei Tan were hired as senior creatives to work on accounts including Starbucks and Shell. Jenson Lee and Dominic Ho are senior visual designer and creative respectively, working for clients including MBS and Chang. Tasmin Vosloo was promoted to executive producer, and Jenni Stiebel promoted to senior producer.

Impact Radius, which offers a suite of products for analytics, ad fraud detection/prevention, and performance partnership marketing, appointed Adam Furness as the APAC managing director and Scott Brazina as CMO. Furness was previously APAC MD at RhythmOne (formerly RadiumOne), and Brazina was a VP at Dyn.

Dentsu X Singapore reported recent business wins with Huawei Singapore, Unicurd Singapore and NTUC Income, as well as an extended partnership with Disney Studios Southeast Asia.

Luxury travel operator Scott Dunn is making inroads into Asia with the purchase of Country Holidays, a leading private travel business based in Singapore but with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai. The deal will make the new business, which will continue under the Scott Dunn brand with new headquarters in Singapore, Asia’s largest private travel operator. 

Geometry Global Malaysia added below-the-line services for Digi Telecommunications to its existing remit of digital and PR services. The agency will handle retail communication for the telco's prepaid, postpaid, broadband and corporate offerings, including any B2B communications work. The contract took effect on January 1 and runs through to 2020, with an option to renew for another year.

Red Agency in Australia won the local PR and communications remit for Bio-Oil, a clinical product designed to heal scars and stretch marks. Red will handle strategy, media relations and influencer engagement. 

SpotX appointed Gavin Buxton as managing director for Asia. He has more than 17 years of experience in the digital advertising space, including roles at Microsoft, Turner Broadcasting, and LinkedIn, and joins from S4M. He is a board member of IAB Singapore.

OMD Melbourne appointed Sharon Cookson as managing partner. She joins from Ikon Melbourne, where she held the same title, and previously worked at OMD from 2007 to 2012. The appointment is effective in April, and Cookson will report to Dianne Richardson, who was appointed as MD last month.

Asahi Premium Beverages appointed The Monkeys as lead creative agency in Australia for its beer portfolio, including Asahi Super Dry, Cricketers Arms and Mountain Goat. Creative work is expected to roll out this year.

LT Group, which operates Asia Brewery, Tanduay Distillers, Philippine Airlines, Philippine National Bank, Eton, Agua Vida and Interbev, has chosen Publicis One's Starcom and Blue 449 in the Philippines to handle its entire media business following a pitch in November. 

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay appointed Havas Media Singapore as its media agency of record following a pitch. The facility includes a 1,600-seat concert hall and a 2,000-seat theatre and presents 3,000 performances annually. The agency will handle planning and buying, with a focus on developing the brand’s digital strategy.

ITWP Acquisitions, parent company of Toluna, acquired Shanghai KuRun Information Technology. The company's founders, Pan Hao, and Wang Changwei will remain chairman and CEO of KuRunData, respectively. The company maintains online and mobile panels of more than 5 million registered members. Toluna launched in APAC in 2011 and has offices in Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Sydney. 

GlaxoSmithKline promoted Ayeza Sumsam to senior brand manager of the skin health category in Pakistan.

Starcom MediaVest Group appointed Mohammad Zaidi as head of client relations and business development in Pakistan, marking a return to the Publicis Groupe after a year with Aaj TV.

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