Key people moves across the industry.

Yahoo’s Jerry Yang has resigned from the board of directors nearly 17 years after co-founding the company in 1995 with David Filo. He served as a member of the board since March of that year and as CEO from June 2007 to January 2009. His resignation comes after the company appointed ex-PayPal president Scott Thompson as its CEO earlier this month (nma.co.uk 4 January 2012).

AKQA has appointed David Hunt as general manager of its Shanghai office. He will report to MD of San Francisco and Shanghai Stuart Sproule. Prior to AKQA, Hunt was BBDO Proximity China MD, where he was responsible for driving the integration of digital and traditional marketing services across all Chinese offices.

Adconion Media Group has promoted Robert Dighero to non-executive director and chairman of its Audit Committee. Dighero is a partner at Passion Capital and White Bear and has spent the past 15 years working with internet companies.

Rachel George has joined Denvir as project manager to help develop the company’s digital communications and brands. The marketing agency’s client list includes Tesco, Loch Fyne Oysters, Hall’s, Letts Diaries and Scott Group.

Albion has hired Tobais & Tobais lead interaction designer Jonty Sharples as UX design director. Sharples will lead the interaction, product, service and user experience design offering and champion user testing and prototyping techniques.

HarperCollins has named fellow News Corp employee Barnaby Dawes as first chief marketing officer. Dawes was overseeing marcomms for The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times and his new job will find him joining the board of the publisher and assume responsibility for leading its move towards digital literature.

Richard Marshall has been appointed to VP of technology and engineering at Upstream, where he will be responsible for responding to new customer projects, including migrating the company to cloud computing. Prior to joining Upstream, Marshall worked as global mobile product manager for Reed Exhibitions and founded four technology companies, including Rapid Mobile Media.

Online takeaway service Just-Eat has hired John Hughes as its new chairman. He takes over from Klaus Nyengaard, who continues as Group CEO. Prior to Just-Eat, Hughes held senior positions as Thales Group, Lucent Technologies and Hewlett Packard.

Microsoft has appointed former BBC head of marketing operations and partnerships Donna Hindson as trade marketing director for its UK Advertising & Online (A&O) division. Based in the company’s London office, Hindson will report to Microsoft Advertising and Online UK general manager Andy Hart.

Albert Read has been promoted to deputy MD of Condé Nast Britain. Read joined the company in 2006 as general manager and became publishing director of Wired three years later.

Charly Dove has joined digital agency Steak Group as marketing and new business director. She will report to the company’s co-founder and CEO Oliver Bishop. Dove comes from Haygarth, where she was head of new business.

Online video marketing network, Tremor Video, has appointed Tim Weber to VP of sales and business development for central and eastern Europe. Weber brings more than ten years of management experience to the company.

Dazed and Confused owner, The Dazed Group, has appointed Christopher James Birkinshaw as digital director. Prior to joining the Dazed Group, Birkinshaw worked for BBC Technology and most recently for SeaChange International.

Suzanne Rogers has been appointed director of business services for Shopzilla Europe, where she will launch marketing campaigns to UK, French and German retailers. Rodgers is the first of a series appointments to be made by the company in the coming month.

Harvey Sarjant has been appointed as RadiumOne director of business development as part of the company’s expansion in the UK and across Europe. As part of his duties, Sarjant will be responsible for developing RadiumOne’s product portfolio.

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Published 18 January, 2012 by NMA Staff

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