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Sep 20, 2021

Move and win roundup: Week of September 20, 2021

Howatson+Company, AKQA Japan, Agnes Media, Reprise, Slik, Galaxy Racer, InMoment, The Mavericks India, MullenLowe, Blis, 72andSunny, Tug, Havas Creative, Redhill, Leo Burnett Australia, Isobar India, The Monkeys Aotearoa, Cummins & Partners, Enormous, Stagwell, Brainchild Communications Pakistan and more, in our weekly collection of people moves and account news.

Campaign compiles a new 'Move and win roundup' as each week progresses. 
This edition will cover September 20 through 24, 2021. 
Catch up on past people moves and business wins

Levi Slavin, former CCO of Colenso BBDO, will join Howatson+Company as chief creative officer.
In 2017, Slavin moved from New York to New Zealand to run ColensoBBDO and before that he was at BBDO New York. His work on The Message — an eight-episode original branded podcast — won two Gold Lions for GE. Slavin will commence his new role in January 2022.

Yohei Adachi has been appointed as creative director for AKQA Japan. He was previously with Weiden+Kennedy. Yohei’s appointment is effective immediately

Agnes Media has appointed former Qantas marketer Jan Consul as senior performance manager. Consul will lead the programmatic trading and social management at Agnes Media. He will work alongside Riya Mukherjee who was recently appointed as senior performance manager to lead performance planning.\

Reprise has appointed Glen Conybeare as global president of Reprise Commerce. The ecommerce business unit was launched in late 2020 and onboarded 20 new clients in the first half of 2021, the company said. In the newly created role Conybeare will be tasked with continuing to scale the business, which the company said is expected to achieve double-digit growth in 2022. Conybeare takes on the role from within the Reprise network, where he was managing director of UK-based performance agency StickyEyes. 

Sydney-based independent creative agency Slik has made four hires across management, creative and production. Sarah Wood joins in the newly-created role of general manager, from an 12-year stint at experience design agency Imagination. Randle Juan joins as senior art director, from the same role at The Station Agency. He has formerly worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and Naked. Juan will be teaming up with senior copywriter Sophia East, who joins from CX agency MercerBell where she spent seven years working on end-to-end campaigns for clients including Qantas, Toyota, Allianz and American Express. Finally, Kyle Blanshard joins as head of production. Blanshard recently returned from the UK where he spent over 12 years working in management roles at production houses and creative agencies such as Warp, Gramafilm and Pulse.

Esports organisation Galaxy Racer has hired Zoey Ng as regional marketing manager for Southeast Asia. She will lead marketing initiatives for both Galaxy Racer and Nigma Galaxy, the competitive esports division of Galaxy Racer. Ng previously handled the social media presence across Yahoo Esports Southeast Asia and FSL, Southeast Asia’s premier women gaming circuit. Prior to this, she was a marketing exec at Singapore-based esports consultancy agency SelectStart.

InMoment, which provides customer survey and enterprise feedback management solutions, has hired Eric Weight as VP solutions consulting to support the company's expansion across Southeast Asia and Japan (APJ). In the last three years, InMoment has opened offices in Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, in addition to launching a Singapore data centre in August 2021. Weight has over 25 years of experience designing and deploying CX solutions. He was most recently head of consulting at Nice Satmetrix, based in the US.

The Mavericks India has won the national communications mandate of the electric mobility brand Ultraviolette. As part of the engagement, The Mavericks will provide integrated communications and end-to-end campaign planning and execution across all media platforms, and overall strategic counsel for the brand. 

Simran Gill joins MullenLowe Singapore as an associate planning director, leading the brand and communications strategy for Republic of Singapore Navy and Infocomm Media Development Agency. Gill has held senior planning and strategy roles at BBDO Singapore where she led the regional strategy for ExxonMobil and Rexona, and Dentsu where she worked on a number of regional and government accounts including Shiseido and Land Transport Authority. She will report into Mark Haycock, group head of strategy. The agency also hired Jonathan Ng as account director, responsible for driving account direction and integrated execution with clients Republic of Singapore Navy and Dulux as well as supporting new business opportunities. He joins from DDB Singapore and reports into Roan Ebrahim, group business director.

Blis, a programmatic advertising partner, announced Emma-Jayne Owens as managing director of Asia-Pacific. Owens has already been operating as MD for Australia and New Zealand since November 2019, but her scope of work now includes Singapore, the Philippines and India. Additionally, Alicia Placer has been promoted to head of partnerships & programmatic APAC, Henry Susanto to head of operations APAC, and Jack Dellecoste takes a new role as head of client services, ANZ. 

72andSunny has named four senior hires in Australia. Genevieve Hoey joins as a creative consultant, and has experience at the likes of Alto NY, R/GA, and Weiden+Kennedy. Designer Michael Kleinmann will return to Australia after five years at Droga5 in New York. Strategist Daniel Cook joins following 20 years  of experience in agency strategy roles in Auckland, London and Sydney and 13 years of broadcasting strategy within the BBC, ITV and ABC. Finally, Job van Dijk joins the creative team and has held previous creative director roles at KesselsKramer, Taxi and Anomaly. 

Digital marketing agency Tug has been appointed by restaurant booking platform Dish Cult to optimise search across key markets including Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland. The agency will manage SEO for the client, providing technical optimisation and guidance along with best practice guidelines for implementation. 

Havas Creative Group India has announced the appointment of Amish Sabharwal as senior executive creative director and creative head of digital experience. Sabharwal will be based in Gurugram and report to Ravinder Siwach, national creative director, Havas Creative Group India. He will lead the Havas integrated creative digital team with a focus on the digital-first agenda of Reckitt. He moves from Grey Group India where he was ECD.

Redhill has been appointed to launch Kimpton Kitalay Samui, Thailand’s second hotel under IHG’s Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. The agency is tasked to plan and execute a launch strategy for the property.

Leo Burnett Australia has promoted Kate Silver to the role of general manager, Leo Burnett Melbourne from her previous role as chief client partner. She will continue to play a role in leading the team across key client partnerships for brands including HBF, Vitasoy, Twinings, Transurban and City of Melbourne, whilst focusing on evolving the agency’s core creative culture, capabilities and services under the revitalised HumanKind operating system.

Isobar India has promoted its chief business officer, Rahul Vengalil, to the role of managing partner. Vengalil will report into Heeru Dingra, chief executive officer (CEO), Isobar India group. 

New Zealand clean energy company Meridian appointed The Monkeys Aotearoa, part of Accenture Interactive, as its new creative agency of record, effective October 1. A foundation client in New Zealand, Meridian’s appointment marks the second account win for the agency off the back of announcing ASB and since launching the Auckland office in August.

Lazada has hired NTUC Income's Marcu Chew as group CMO, replacing Mary Zhou. (Full story

Cummins & Partners named Kirsty Muddle, founding partner and managing director of Cummins & Partners Sydney, as chief executive officer of its Australian operations. Former CEO Chris Jeffares departed the agency last January to join his family brewing business, Stomping Ground. In addition, Andy Copeland joins as chief data and technology officer. Paul Murphy is chief media officer, Mark Hooke is chief financial officer and Sean Cummins remains as global chief creative officer. In addition, Matt Rose has been promoted to general manager in the St Kilda office.

Thunes, a Singapore-based provier of payment solutions, appointed Irina Chuchkina as its first global chief marketing officer. Before joining Thunes, Chuchkina led global brand, communications, and social media marketing for Rapyd, another fintech company. (Full story)

Sheryl Marjoram is leaving McCann London, where she has been chief executive since 2019, to return to her home country of Australia, to become chief executive of DDB Sydney. She will leave McCann at the end of 2021. (Full story)

Indian creative agency Enormous has joined Stagwell's global affiliate network. Stagwell and Enormous will collaborate on market-level clients and global brands looking to connect with the Indian consumer. Enormous is an insight-led content and creative agency specializing in multimedia campaigns, business consulting, and helping startups connect with the mid-market to fuel growth.Clients include DishTV, Motorola, IDFC and Jubilant FoodWorks.

Al Shaheer Foods, a Pakistan meat producer, appointed the MediaVest team of Brainchild Communications Pakistan (BCP) to handle online and offline media following a review that began in May. The agency will be in charge of media for the 13-year-old halal food provider's new frozen foods business unit. BCP maintains a non-ownership franchising agreement with the Publicis Groupe to use the trademarks of Starcom and MediaVest.

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