Ogilvy and Mather named Colin Drummond as head of planning in the New York office, charged with overseeing brand strategy. He will report to Colin Mitchell, worldwide head of planning. This is Drummond's second stint at Ogilvy & Mather. Previously, he served as chief strategy officer of Ogilvy & Mather in Los Angeles, leading strategic planning and positioning on American Express, Cisco, Beringer and ARCO. He also held strategy positions at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Mullen and AKQA. Most recently, Drummond was partner and chief strategy officer of Deutsch LA, overseeing the agency's planning and strategy group and working with clients like Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Volkswagen, Target and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. "Colin Drummond is one of the most respected names in the Planning world," said Mitchell. "He has led strategy on many definitive brand campaigns over the last decade and has also trained a cadre of planners who now populate some of the best agency departments in the world. We're delighted to have him back where he belongs."
Winsper named Gillian Lynch as vice president, managing director.
Cambridge Analytica named Kyle Smith as ad operations manager and Kyle Thomas as art director.
Becky Binns joined Zizzo Group as a digital media planner/buyer.
The Sawtooth Group promoted Kristi Bridges to president.
Brand Connections opened an office in Santa Monica, California, to be led by senior art director, Rich Edmondson.
Framestore added James Whitlam as executive producer, film.
Kargo named Edward Romaine as chief marketing officer.
iQ media hired Sefton Cohen as chief revenue officer and Ashley Deibert as vice president of marketing.
Adgorithms named Geoff Farris as chief revenue officer.
Sound Lounge tapped Taylor Maggard as marketing director and Ali Corsie as producer.
The Harman Group hired project manager Yan Huang and design engineer Oliver Pires.
RMG Networks hired George Clopp as senior vice president, chief technology officer.
Charlie Wilkie joined Upworthy as vice president of sales. Wilkie was a senior vice president of Guardian Labs, Guardian News & Media's content marketing studio.
Jeff Blackman has been named senior vice president, creative, Syfy and Chiller.
Furlined hired Ben Davies as executive producer and director of development.
Furia Rubel Communications hired Karen Preston-Loeb as project manager.
The Branded Entertainment Network hired Chris Karl as vice president, global client services.
RedPeg Marketing added John Piester as president.
Diana Miller was promoted to senior broadcast producer, “CBS This Morning” and Eva Nordstrom to managing editor.
MARU VCR&C named Amanda Ram as chief financial officer and Carlos Palacio as chief information officer.
Viamedia promoted David Solomon to chief revenue officer.
Christian Nguyen joins Glispa Global Group as general manager of the newly-established Singapore office.
RSA Films signed the Freise Brothers for commercial representation.
Bluemarlin promoted Sally O'Rourke to chief executive officer.
Town & Country hired Norman Vanamee as articles director, Whitney Robinson as style director, and Adam Rathe as senior editor, arts & culture. The magazine also promoted Danielle Stein to deputy editor and William Kahn to fashion market & accessories director.
Firewood Marketing hired Loni Knepper as chief financial officer.
McCann Worldgroup announced that Chris Macdonald, president of the New York office, has been promoted to president of McCann North America.
Mobile Roadie tapped Gino Padua as chief executive officer.
Cayan named Rachel Trueblood as senior vice president of marketing.
Cronin and Company promoted Adrianna Bigard to account executive; Kristen Ganci to interactive art director; Tracy Klimkoski to director, media and analytics; Elise Prairie to account executive and Nicole Stavol to senior interactive project manager. The agency also hired Michael Colianna as a web developer; Melissa Kiamie as an account coordinator; Julia Rosenfield as a management supervisor and Jess Rubin as an assistant account executive.
Kate Ryan was promoted to managing director of the U.S. at Diffusion.
Tool of North America promoted Oliver Fuselier to managing partner, live action.
Work & Co promoted Rachel Bogan to partner, product management.
Ed Ulbrich joined Deluxe as president and general manager, Deluxe Visual Effects.
Julie McNamara, who has led drama development at CBS Television Studios for the past 10 years, has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president, original content, CBS All Access.
Webby Media Group (the team behind The Webby Awards) is launching a new research and insights division and tapped Angela Carola to head the group.
Adform hired Jay Stevens and Oliver Whitten as chief revenue officer and chief operating officer, respectively.
Droga5 London hired Chris Watling as the agency's first head of production. He joins the agency, following a 10-year stint at BBH London working on campaigns for Axe, The Guardian, Weetabix, British Airways, Audi and Barnados. In 2015, Watling was named managing director for BBH's in-house studio, Black Sheep Studios. He helped establish the new production unit and broaden the agency's creative output, working on music videos for The Last Shadow Puppets and the short film "Home," starring Jack O'Connell. In his new role, Watling will lead delivery across the agency's client roster, which includes Vita Coco, Hobbs and Unilever.
Barkley hired Kyle Jones as group creative director in charge on the Applebee's account. Jones joins the agency from Venables Bell in San Francisco, where he worked on Audi and Reebok. He's well-known as the group creative director at TraceyLocke who helped create the Simpsons Kwik-e-Marts for 7-Eleven, when 7-Elevens became Kwik-e-Marts to promote The Simpsons Movie. Prior to Venables Bell, Jones worked on the Microsoft, Dominos, and Kraft accounts at CP + B. "Kyle has a lot of experience convincing big, seemingly traditional clients to do innovative, creative work," said Jason Elm, executive creative director at Barkley. "Coming up with a great idea is the easy part these days. The real challenge is selling it in and flawlessly producing it. Kyle has a track record of doing just that."
VML Chicago hired Sean Burns as executive creative director. Burns joins the agency from FCB Chicago, where he worked as a senior vice president, creative director, on brands like Kmart, MillerCoors, Hillshire, Cox Cable and Janssen. Prior to FCB, he was a vice president, creative director at Grey New York. Burns helped memorable work for Kmart, including "Ship Your Pants" and "Jingle Joes." He will serve alongside current managing director and executive creative director, Jeremy Schutte. In addition, Erik Peterson has been hired as North American director, optimization and acquisition. For more than 20 years, Peterson has consulted in the digital marketing industry. Rob McCutcheon was named a strategic technology lead, working across VML's Gatorade account. McCutcheon previously worked as director of customer experience strategy for Team Detroit and as a senior strategy manager for Razorfish in New York. Lastly, Hilary Murdock was promoted to group director and head of strategic planning. She helps drive consumer insights and digital strategy across the Kimberly-Clark and Kellogg work. Murdock has been with VML since 2014 as strategic planning director and prior to that worked on the KFC account at FCB Chicago.
Erik Vervroegen joins TBWA\Chiat\Day New York as executive creative director, and will serve as global head of art for TBWA\Worldwide. This marks a return to TBWA for Vervroegen, who launched his career at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris and later led the agency's Paris office as president and executive creative director. Most recently, he was worldwide chief creative officer for Publicis Worldwide. While there, Vervroegen oversaw the creative within the holding company's network of agencies throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the global creative work for Ray-Ban. Prior to Publicis, he was executive creative director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, where he created work for Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dikies and the AIDES "Protect Yourself" campaign. Vervroegen also worked on brands like PlayStation, McDonald's, Nissan, The New York Times, BMW, Excedrin and Land Rover. "He is an incredibly talented, creative icon in our industry, and he has an unmatched passion for everything he sets his sights on," said Chris Garbutt, TBWA\Worldwide's global creative president and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York's chief creative officer. "He'll help make New York a creative force to be reckoned with. We're thrilled he's decided to return to TBWA."
Elisa Silva joined SS+K as director of client services to oversee the agency's brand roster and account management team. She will partner with chief creative officer Bobby Hirschfeld and focus on talent management and department collaboration. After several years in production, Silva moved to the agency side at Wieden+Kennedy's WK12. She also spent time at 72andSunny LA, JWT, Translation and most recently Barton F. Graf. Silva will report to Kate Rothen, who was recently promoted to chief operating officer. Rothen has been a partner with the agency for several years and previously served as head of account services and director of social media.