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Unlimited Group appoints Michael Richards from VCCP as Group MD

Unlimited Group has announced the appointment of VCCP’s Michael Richards as group managing director. The recently restructured and rebranded group has appointed Richards to focus and join-up its seven core disciplines and capitalise on the opportunities afforded by this new positioning. In his previous role as international managing director at VCCP, he also managed accounts for eBay and Paddy Power. Prior … Continued

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WPP could sell stakes worth billions

WPP is to sell stakes worth billions of pounds that it holds in a wide range of companies, as the world’s largest advertising group looks to refocus after the departure of founder Sir Martin Sorrell. The company has what analysts have called a “hidden treasure trove” of assets that are not part of its core business, such as a 9% … Continued

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Diffusion PR continues expansion by opening Los Angeles office

Integrated PR & Communications agency Diffusion has opened an office in Los Angeles, giving the firm operations on both U.S. coasts. The agency’s Los Angeles operation will be a team of 7 led by Diffusion President Ivan Ristic, US Managing Director Kate Ryan and supported by Ashton Galstad, a new addition to the Diffusion team. Previously Ashton worked at Grayling … Continued

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360i Promotes President Jared Belsky to CEO

Jared Belsky, who has served as 360i’s President for the past five years, has been promoted to CEO. In his new role, Jared will assume full operational and strategic responsibility for the agency. Sarah Hofstetter, who has served as CEO of 360i for nearly five years, will become Chair of the agency. Together Jared and Sarah, in partnership with 360i … Continued

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Wavemaker has named Jason Dormieux as its first ever global chief transformation officer and the chairman of its UK arm.

Wavemaker today announced that Jason Dormieux has been named as the company’s first Global Chief Transformation Officer, and Chairman of Wavemaker UK. Paul Hutchison has been named Wavemaker UK’s CEO and Anna Hickey has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for the company. Commenting on the appointments, Tim Castree, Wavemaker Global CEO said, “Jason’s knowledge and expertise in creating and … Continued

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UK ad spend reaches record £22.2bn in 2017

Advertising spend in the UK hit a record high of £22.2bn in 2017, according to the latest figures from the Advertising Association and Warc Expenditure report. The Expenditure Report, which is the only source that uses verified advertising revenue figures gathered from across the entire media landscape, rather than relying solely on estimated or modelled data, put annual growth at … Continued

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The&Partnership London wins HouseSimple account

The&Partnership London has been appointed as the agency of record for HouseSimple, the award-winning online estate agents, following conversations with multiple agencies. The&Partnership will create a relaunch for the HouseSimple brand, which launched 10 years ago, comprising a new logo, design, brand identity and livery for the brand. They will also create an above-the-line campaign for the brand, spanning TV, … Continued

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Framestore Promotes James Razzall to President, North America Advertising

Framestore has promoted James Razzall to president, North America advertising. He was previously managing director of the company’s L.A. office, where he will continue to be based in his new role. James joined the business in 2000 in London, rising the ranks as a producer before embarking upon the company’s first US expansion to New York in 2004. He proved … Continued

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Saatchi & Saatchi London unveils leadership line-up

Saatchi & Saatchi London has promoted Sam Hawkey and Larissa Vince to the roles of chief operating officer and managing director respectively. Sam, who has been promoted from managing director, will lead the agency’s vision and direction, and have responsibility for its commercial performance. Larissa has been promoted from chief growth officer, and will continue to lead growth and new … Continued

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Jo Sutherland replaces Rick Hirst as Carat UK CEO

Jo Sutherland, managing director at Dentsu Aegis Network’s mobile agency Fetch, is rejoining Carat UK as CEO. Since joining Dentsu Aegis Network in 1999, Jo has had an impressive track record of senior leadership roles within the group, most recently as managing director at Fetch, but prior to that within media agencies Carat and Vizeum. She will report to Matthew … Continued

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