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Once again we compile the most senior, surprising and influential job moves in the UK.

This time we cover several prominent hires for Apple from the British corner, a loss for MyDeco, a new direction for Npower and new blood at We Are Social.


Amazon has appointed former News International digital executive Alex Hole as advertising sales director.

Apple has hired John Browett, Dixons’ retail chief executive and also one-time Tesco.com head, to lead its retail strategy and the expansion of Apple stores around the world.

Apple has also appointed Robin Burrowes to lead the marketing efforts for the App Store in Europe. Burrowes has been at HMV, MSN, and most recently was the head of Xbox Live marketing in EMEA. He joins several other Brits in the gaming team at Apple, including former Xbox PR manager Nick Grange and former Nintendo PR manager Robert Saunders.

Future Publishing has brought in IPC's Keith Walker to take the newly created role of head of audience development for its games and film online properties.

LivingSocial, the deals site, has hired Nigel Clarkson as head of sales for the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Nordic region from his position as sales and marketing director at Primesight.

Mindshare has brought Nick Adams back to the fold, who is returning to the WPP-owned agency after three years at rival Aegis.

MyDeco’s Nicole Vanderbilt has stepped down from her role as CEO just three months after the company relaunched as a direct e-commerce store. Current director of e-commerce Peter Bakker will fill her shoes from April.

Npower has hired former AXA marketer Debbie Britton as director of customer marketing, with the charge of “rebuilding trust in the brand”.

The Hut Group has appointed Time Out’s marketing director Andrew Booth as its own.

We Are Social has brought in former associate director at Skive Tom Ollerton to be marketing director, alongside promoting Jim Coleman to managing partner. This will allow founders Robin Grant and Nathan McDonald to focus on the agency’s global expansion.

Vikki Chowney

Published 3 February, 2012 by Vikki Chowney

Vikki is head of community at TMW. You can follow her on Twitter or Google+

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