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Trading places: this week's people moves

MediaCom promotes Claudine Collins to managing director, while UKTV appoints former PepsiCo marketer Simon Michaelides as head of marketing, all in BR's round-up of this week's people moves in advertising, marketing and media.

Claudine Collins: promoted to managing director at MediaCom

Claudine Collins: promoted to managing director at MediaCom

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David Charlesworth, head of sponsorship at Channel 4 and a 15-year-veteran, is to leave as part of the broadcaster's continuing round of job cuts from its commercial team. The news follows last week's announcement that the head of strategic sales and commercial marketing, Mike Parker, had also departed the network. (Media Week) 

OMD UK has hired Dave Hompe, Starcom MediaVest's group digital director for EMEA, in the newly created role of managing partner, digital. Hompe, whose sole client responsibility at Starcom MediaVest was Procter & Gamble, will lead the digital offering across OMD UK, working with Paul Wright, chief digital officer at OMD Group and Will Smyth, head of digital at OMD UK. (Media Week)

MediaCom has promoted Claudine Collins, its managing partner and head of investment, to managing director. Her promotion follows the announcement in October that Steve Bignell, the MediaCom chief operating officer, is leaving to join ITV as its sales director. (Campaign)

VivaKi Nerve Center, the digital research and development arm of VivaKi, has appointed MEC's Geoff Smith as head of activation. Smith was previously technology consultant director at MEC. Prior to that, he worked at GroupM as a digital operations specialist. (Media Week)

Andrew Mercer, advertising director at the Radio Times, is leaving the magazine after more than 10 years. He is thought to be leaving in the coming weeks. It is unclear if he has a job to go to or if he is to be replaced. (Media Week)

Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror, has appointed David Grigson, the former chief financial officer of Reuters, as its new chairman, with effect from August 2012. Grigson has been appointed as non-executive director and chairman designate and will take up the post on 1 January. (Media Week)

Miroma Group has appointed McDonald's senior marketing manager Richard Hirst as commercial director of Miroma Ventures, a new division incorporating non-barter interests. (Media Week)

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Bob Lord, the global chief executive of Razorfish, has been selected to replace Laura Lang as head of additional VivaKi digital agencies Big Fuel, Denuo, Digitas and Phonevalley. Lord will replace Laura Lang, who will take the post of chief executive of Time Inc. He will represent all five digital agencies on the Publicis board and report to Jack Klues, the chief executive of Vivaki. (Media Week)

Advertising

The Assembly, the creative agency, has hired SapientNitro client services director James Graham as its first managing director to support the agency's continued growth. Graham will work across The Assembly's clients, including auditor Ernst & Young, beer manufacturer InBev, and book publisher Penguin, and will take an active role in developing new business. (Campaign)

Marketing 

Kevin Peake, Npower's former marketing director, is joining Aviva as interim brand, sponsorship and corporate responsibility director. Peake left his role at Npower in August this year following a restructure of its operations. He will report to Anne Filatotchev, Aviva's UK marketing director. (Marketing)

UKTV, which owns the Dave and Watch TV channels, has appointed former PepsiCo marketer Simon Michaelides as head of marketing for its 10-channel network. Michaelides, who will join the broadcaster from Kantar Retail, is to be given full responsibility for marketing its three free-to-air and seven pay-TV channels, as well as its multiplatform offering and any other commercial activity. (Marketing)

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