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Trading places: this week's people moves

Matt James steps down as managing director of Starcom and McCann London hires Rob Doubal and Lolly Thomson as executive creative directors, in Brand Republic's round-up of this week's people moves in advertising, marketing and media.

Matt James: exits Starcom

Matt James: exits Starcom

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McCann London has ended its long search for creative leadership with the appointment of Wieden+Kennedy's Rob Doubal and Lolly Thomson as its executive creative directors. (Campaign)

Nick Fox, the chief client officer at DDB UK, is stepping down from his position. (Campaign)

Jon Tipple, McCann London's head of planning, has moved to sister branding agency FutureBrand as European chief strategy officer. (Campaign)

Feng Huang, the current creative director at Fred & Farid Paris and Gregoire Chalopin, the creative director of TBWA\Shanghai, have been appointed to lead Fred & Farid Shanghai, which will open in September. (Campaign)


veteran and UK and Ireland chief Richard Brasher is to leave in July due to group chief executive Philip Clarke's decision to get more involved with the UK business. (Marketing)

PepsiCo has appointed John Compton as its first president, with responsibility for global marketing as it drives "breakthrough innovation" and brand building throughout its global operations. (Marketing)


Matt James is to step down as managing director of Starcom to take up a "new challenge", after less than 18 months in the role. (Media Week)

Aegis Media's former trading director Steve Platt has teamed up with the managing partner of Rickards Media, David Rickard and Kevin Waller, to launch media consultancy Rickards3. (Media Week)

Arena Media’s chief operating officer, Paul Van Barthold, is leaving the agency after 12 years to pursue other interests. Arena's chief executive, Steve Booth, has appointed the managing director, Pippa Glucklich, as its new chief operating officer and Pedro Avery, the head of trading, as its new MD. (Campaign)

Admedia, the outdoor media owner, has promoted Phil Daniel and Mick Tedder to the respective roles of national sales director and commercial director as part of a management restructure after the exit of managing director Adam Mills. (Media Week)

Cream, the luxury specialist media agency, has hired Vizeum's head of online Neil Cunningham to be its head of digital. (Media Week)

Naked founding partner John Harlow has resurfaced at Australian shop The Brand Agency as director of communications planning. (Media Week)

Immediate Media has promoted Andy Healy to the position of publishing director. Healy will report to Andy Marshall, group managing director of Immediate Media, and be responsible for ensuring the ongoing success of the portfolio of magazines, websites and multiple brand extensions formerly within the BBC magazines Bristol stable, as well as 220 Triathlon. (Media Week)

Telefonica Digital has appointed senior Google executive Simon Birkenhead as its first global advertising sales director. (Media Week)

Yahoo's EMEA managing director Rich Riley is to return to the US, sparking a search for a replacement. (Media Week)

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