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

This time we cover new creative direction for McCann London, a move from Google to Telefonica, a tense switchover at Tesco and a huge promotion at PepsiCo.


Bell Pottinger has made yet another senior media hire, bringing on board The Daily Mirror's business editor Clinton Manning. Former Marketing Week editor Mark Choueke also joined the firm just a few months ago as a director.

FutureBrand has appointed sister agency McCann London’s head of planning Jon Tipple as its chief strategy officer for Europe.

Immediate Media, formed late last year on the back of the merger between BBC Magazies, Origin Publishing and Magicalia, has promoted Andy Healy to publishing director.

McCann London has appointed Wieden & Kennedy's Rob Doubal and Lolly Thomson as its executive creative directors.

PepsiCo has appointed John Compton as its first president, with responsibility for global marketing. Compton has been with PepsiCo for 28 years, and has been promoted from his position as chief executive of PepsiCo Americas Foods. He has been replaced by Brian Cornell, who is the former chief executive of Sam's Club, a division of Walmart.

Starcom has lost its MD Matt James, who is leaving the agency after just 18 months in the role to pursue a “new challenge”.

Telefonica Digital has hired Google’s former global sales leader for agencies Simon Birkenhead as its first global advertising sales director. He’ll now be responsible for all ad sales within the company’s newly formed digital unit.

Tesco’s UK and Ireland chief Richard Brasher has left Britain’s largest retailer after group chief executive Philip Clarke said that he wanted to get more involved in the UK operation, telling press yesterday morning that "you can't have two captains". Brasher had only been in charge since March last year and has sat on the board for eight years, previously holding a series of senior executive posts in marketing, commercial and store operations.

Yahoo's SVP & MD EMEA Rich Riley is due to return to the US, after holding the position since November 2008. Though he’ll remain within the company, his new title is yet to be confirmed and details on his replacement are scarce. 

US-based Zeno Group, the sister agency of Edelman, has promoted Alan VanderMolen, head of its global practices and diversified insights businesses, to vice-chairman to oversee the expansion of Zeno and other North American agencies StrategyOne, Ruth and MATTER globally. 


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Vikki Chowney

Published 16 March, 2012 by Vikki Chowney

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

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