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Trading places: this week's people moves

Mark Lund's Now completes its management line-up by poaching Dare's Melissa Robertson, while Trinity Mirror fattens its digital unit by hiring Chris Ellis, in BR's round-up of this week's people moves in advertising, marketing and media.

Melissa Robertson: leaves Dare to become managing director at Now

Melissa Robertson: leaves Dare to become managing director at Now

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Leo Burnett London has promoted Katie Lee to the new role of marketing director. Lee will take on responsibilities for new business, internal communications, PR and the Leo Burnett brand, as well as continuing in her current role as deputy head of account management. (Campaign)

Lbi has appointed Kristin Ruby, global director for JWT, as client partner. Ruby replaces Laurent Ezekiel, who takes on the new role of worldwide client services director for LBi. (Campaign)

An Abundance, the direct marketing start-up founded by Chris Ward and Amanda Phillips, has appointed Simon Darwell-Taylor as its creative partner. Darwell-Taylor, Arc Worldwide's former executive creative director, is taking an undisclosed stake in the agency. (Campaign)

Amsterdam Worldwide has appointed 4Creative's senior art director Joseph Ernst as creative director. Ernst, who has worked for Channel 4's in-house communications agency for three-and-a-half years, will work across Amsterdam Worldwide's international clients, including Intel and Pernod Ricard. (Campaign)

Adam & Eve has appointed DDB London's Leo Rayman as its first planning director. Rayman, who is the integrated strategy director on DDB's Volkswagen business, will join at the end of this month and will report to strategy partner, David Golding. (Campaign)

Now, the start-up agency founded by Mark Lund, John Townshend and Kate Waters, is to appoint Dare's Melissa Robertson as its managing director to complete its management line-up. Robertson was the managing director at MCBD before its merger with Dare earlier this year, and serviced its Waitrose client alongside Jeremy Carr and Ken Hoggins, who will also join Now. (Campaign)

Wieden & Kennedy London has recruited Brian Cooper, a creative director at Dare, to take up the role of global executive creative director on its Nokia account. Cooper, who reports to executive creative directors, Tony Davidson and Kim Papworth, will lead creative across the Nokia business. (Campaign)

Proximity London has poached OgilvyOne's deputy managing director Chris Slough for the same role. He joins in the summer and will report to chief executive Mike Dodds. (Campaign)

Marketing

 

Insurance giant RSA is restructuring its marketing department following the decision of chief marketer Clare Sheikh to leave the company. As a result of her departure, RSA has promoted More Th>n marketing director Pete Markey to the position of chief marketing officer across RSA’s UK business. (Marketing)

Global Ethics, owner of the One brand, has recruited Anita Kinniburgh as its new marketing manager. Kinniburgh will report to Ashley Stockwell, global brand and marketing director. (Marketing)

PepsiCo has carried out a marketing reshuffle, shifting its Quaker Oats UK marketing director Hayley Stringfellow to the role of marketing director for Gatorade and sports nutrition UK and Ireland. Stringfellow moves from her role as marketing director at Quaker and Snack A Jacks, and will report directly to Andy Williams. (Marketing)

New Look's chief marketing officer Nick Cross has left the company after less than six months in the role. Cross will be replaced as CMO by marketing director Guy Lister, who has been promoted as a result of the departure. (Marketing)

Media

 

Stuart Bowden, the deputy managing director of Vizeum, is returning to his previous agency, MEC, where he will become managing director. Bowden’s move is part of a wider restructure, after the promotion of the former MEC managing director Steve Hatch to the post of chief executive in February. (Campaign)

Aegis Media has appointed former PHDiq head John Murray as president of the network's Digital Action Group. Murray will be based in London and report to Mark Cranmer, Aegis Media global executive director and chief executive of the Isobar digital network. (Media Week)

Trinity Mirror has hired former IGN international managing director Chris Ellis to the newly created role of managing director, digital, for its nationals division. The company revealed it was recruiting for the role seven months ago, when it set up a new digital unit, led in the interim by publishing director Matt Kelly. (Media Week)

Mindshare Worldwide has appointed Gary Armitage to the position of European head of business planning. Armitage will lead a central team of business planners working across Mindshare’s global Unilever, Rolex, Kraft, Nike, Diesel and HSBC businesses. (Media Week)

Ged Weston, the national sales director at outdoor media owner JCDecaux, has resigned from the company to take the summer off and pursue other opportunities. Weston, who has spent a combined eleven-and-a-half years at JCDecaux and its predecessors Titan Outdoor and Maiden Outdoor, expects to return to the media industry later this year. (Media Week)

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