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Helder Santo Joins Wunderman as President of New York Office

Helder Santo is departing R/GA to join Wunderman as president, New York beginning June 18. With an over 15-year history working with some of the world’s most iconic brands, Santo has extensive experience combining creativity, data and technology to deliver results for marketers. Reporting to Seth Solomons, CEO Wunderman North America, Santo will be responsible for overseeing some 250 workers … Continued

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Weber Shandwick UK Head of public affairs and corporate finance Jon McLeod bows out after 21 years

Jon McLeod, the chair of Weber Shandwick’s UK corporate, financial and public affairs practice is leaving the company after putting in place various new hires in the areas he oversees. A former journalist on Public Finance magazine, McLeod joined Weber Shandwick in 1997 and went on to hire John Bercow, then a special adviser to Virginia Bottomley. In recent years … Continued

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Publicis Media moving to iconic former BBC Television Centre

Publicis Media today announced it is moving its six media agency brands and supporting practices, with more than 2,000 staff, into the BBC’s iconic former home in West London. Following a £1.5billion makeover by the developers Stanhope, Mitsui and AIMCo, Television Centre is at the heart of a revitalised media hub and it is a fitting home for a dynamic … Continued

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Tim Armstrong tipped to succeed Sorrell at WPP

Tim Armstrong a former Google executive who turned around the struggling internet giant AOL has been tipped to succeed Sir Martin Sorrell as chief executive of WPP. WPP, which is seeking to replace Sir Martin following his departure last month after a board investigation into an allegation of personal misconduct, is exploring a range of external options for the role, … Continued

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Purplebricks appoints Wavemaker to handle their UK media account

Purplebricks has appointed Wavemaker UK to handle all of its media planning and buying in order to extend the reach of its market-leading hybrid estate agency offering. This move follows a strategic review of its marketing and a UK-wide tender process. Purplebricks, which has grown to become the UK market leader within the hybrid-estate agency category, will leverage Wavemaker’s full-service … Continued

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Dentsu Aegis Network Hires Industry Veteran Michael Russell as Chief Growth Officer

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed Michael Russell chief growth officer for the U.S. region. Russell is now responsible for business development in the U.S. and will report to Nick Brien, CEO Americas. A 20-year industry veteran, Russell joins Dentsu from Edelman Financial, where he served as interim CMO. Before joining Edelman he spent over two years with iCrossing in roles … Continued

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Martin Sorrell vows to ‘start again’ after quitting WPP

Speaking at the Techonomy Conference in New York today, Sorrell firmly said he would “start again”, adding: “I’m not going into voluntary or involuntary retirement. I love the industry.” Sorrell stood down as chief executive of the world’s biggest advertising group after 33 years in April following a company investigation into undisclosed allegations of personal misconduct, which he denies. WPP … Continued

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McCann Worldgroup Promotes Chris Macdonald and Nannette Dufour

McCann Worldgroup today announced it has named Chris Macdonald and Nannette Dufour to new leadership positions. Macdonald has been promoted to President, Advertising & Allied Agencies, and Dufour to President, Global Clients & Business Leadership. McCann Worldgroup CEO Harris Diamond, stated,  “Nannette and Chris will work along with Bill Kolb, who is president, diversified agencies, to further drive creative marketing … Continued

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Ashley Highfield resigns as CEO of Johnston Press

Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield has resigned after seven years in the role. Highfield is said to be stepping down for family reasons and to fulfill career plans to become a non-executive director. Highfield said: “I have been privileged to lead Johnston Press during a period of unprecedented turbulence in our industry. Since 2011 we have grown our overall … Continued

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Ben Cronin appointed as Global Head of Publicis Media Sport and Entertainment Practice

Publicis Media is elevating Ben Cronin to global head of the group’s Media Sport and Entertainment, replacing Robin Clarke, who has decided to leave the business to pursue a new opportunity outside of Publicis Media. Based in London, Cronin will look to further accelerate the sport and entertainment practice. Belinda Rowe, global practice lead for content, said: “Ben has been … Continued

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