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Trading places: this week's people moves

Asda marketing chief Jon Owen quits after just a year, Xfm bags a Beastie Boys and Mike Moran departs CBS Outdoor, in BR's round-up of this week's people moves in advertising, marketing and media.

Publicis Modem's new executive creative director, Alix Pennycuick

Publicis Modem's new executive creative director, Alix Pennycuick

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Creature, the Seattle-based independent agency that boosted its UK offering in February by hiring the Mother creatives Ben Middleton, Stuart Outhwaite and Ed Warren, has further strengthen its London team hiring the Glue Isobar group account director, Dan Shute, as partner, and the WCRS&Co director of delivery, Danny Bush, as director of delivery. (Campaign) 

Publicis Modem has promoted its creative director, Alix Pennycuick, to the role of executive creative director. The agency had been without an ECD since the departure of Pablo Marques in August last year. (Campaign) 

Devilfish, the boutique creative agency, has hired the CHI & Partners creative Ed Edwards as its first executive creative director. (Campaign) 

Archibald Ingall Stretton founding partner Steve Stretton is restructuring the agency and streamlining its board. The revised structure will feature just three other board directors: the commercial director, Steve Watford; the strategy director, Sarah Stratford, and the creative director, Geoff Gower. They will report to Stretton, who will take on an international role and focus on new business. (Campaign)

Partners Andrews Aldridge has poached CMW London's managing director, Martin Nieri, to become its new chief executive. Nieri will join PAA in the autumn to replace the founder, Phil Andrews. (Campaign)

101, the agency founded six months ago by former Fallon partners, has made several senior appointments. Johan Dahlqvist, the creative director at TBWA\London, has been appointed as a creative director. He will be joined by the creative team of Fred Wood and Stef Forbes, who previously worked at Mother, JWT and Beattie McGuinness Bungay. Clare Hutchinson joins as senior strategist from BSkyB, where she was the head of acquisition strategy. Ross Farquhar has been hired as brand leader from Diageo, where he was senior brand manager for its rums division. Jack Waters has been appointed as project manager from Bartle Bogle Hegarty, where he was account manager.(Campaign)

R/GA London has appointed George Prest, the former DLKW Lowe executive creative director, as its executive creative director. (Campaign)

Engine has appointed Jonathan Peachey, the chairman of its strategy consultancy Transform, to the newly created role of group chief operating officer. Peachey will work alongside group chief executive Peter Scott and group finance director Peter Harris, to expand Engine's global offering through acquisitions in Asia and the US. (Campaign)

Ogilvy UK chairman Paul O'Donnell has been elected as the new chairman of the UK chapter of the International Advertising Association. O’Donnell will replace Michael Toedman on 1 July. (Campaign)



Sian Jarvis, the Department of Health's (DoH) director general of communications and architect of its Change4Life healthy living campaign, is to leave the department after 12 years' service. Jarvis will not be directly replaced when she departs in September. However, the DoH said it is seeking a director of communications. (Marketing)

Asda marketing director Jon Owen has quit after a year in the post to join clothing brand Very. Owen left the supermarket giant this week to become the director of, the online clothing brand owned by Shop Direct Group. He had been with Asda for five years. (Marketing)

Aviva is searching for a UK marketing director following the departure of Gary Price amid a shake-up of the insurer's marketing department. Price, who left the company last week, is not believed to have another job to go to. He was appointed to the role in December 2009, having joined Aviva in 2005 as director of customer experience for the UK's life business. (Marketing)



CBS Outdoor has parted ways with managing director Mike Moran and commercial director Mark Chippendale, and appointed commercial director Jason Cotterrell country director for the UK. Moran joined CBS Outdoor as managing director in February last year. Chippendale joined as commercial director in August 2010. (Media Week)

Nando's, the chicken restaurant chain, is to sponsor a new Saturday evening show on Global Radio's Xfm, presented by DJ and Beastie Boys member Mix Master Mike. (Media Week)

Peter Magnani has been appointed president of global account management at Omnicom Media Group EMEA. He moves to the post from his role as director of international clients for the EMEA region. (Media Week)

Rob Atkinson, managing director of Clear Channel Outdoor UK, has been promoted to the new role of chief operating officer. (Media Week)

Centaur Media has confirmed a wide-ranging restructure of its publishing business that includes axing the print versions of two of its biggest titles, Design Week and New Media Age. Up to 60 jobs losses are expected. NMA publisher Andy Oakes was among the first to announce his departure via Twitter after six years at the company. The editor of Pitch, its adland focussed digital property, Sonoo Singh, has also left. (Media Week)

Graham Duff, the former EMEA president for Interpublic's Mediabrands division, has resurfaced as European managing director of Miroma after 18 months' sabbatical. (Media Week)

OMD Group UK has hired Paul Wright, the former Sky Digital Media director of sales, as chief digital officer. Wright, who will lead digital across OMD UK and Manning Gottlieb OMD, takes over from Matt Simpson, who has been promoted to the role of head of digital, Omnicom Media Group, EMEA. (Campaign)

MediaCom has made three new appointments to its board. Louise Peacocke, formerly digital director for P&G at Starcom, has been appointed digital director; Katie Grosvenor, associate global marketing director, has been appointed marketing director, replacing Nigel Robinson who has moved to MediaCom’s international team to head up the Shell account globally. (Campaign)

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