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

This time we cover a promotion at Asda, a shift in strategy at Ask Jeeves, a newly created role for Mindshare and a restructure at the top for TBWA/London.

Asda has appointed Stephen Smith as its global CMO, replacing incumbent Rick Bendel, who will now move to another global marketing role at Walmart. Smith joined Walmart in July 2011 as CMO for China. 

Ask Jeeves has lost its marketing director Sarah Bartlett, as its shifts all marketing for Ask.com’s Ask Jeeves UK service to be handled out of the US headquarters in Oakland.

Associated Press has named Gary Pruitt as its new president and CEO. Pruitt, currently chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Co., will join AP in July. He succeeds retiring AP President and CEO Tom Curley to become the 13th leader of AP in its 166-year history.

Criteo has hired Benoit Fouilland as CFO. Fouilland joins from SAP where he was senior VP and CFO for EMEA.

DataXu has appointed its co-founder and chief revenue officer Bruce Journey as international MD. He will be tasked with expanding the company’s global presence across EMEA, Latin America, and Asia Pacific and will be based in London.

Mindshare Worldwide has appointed Greg Brooks, formerly C Squared’s content strategy director, to the new position of global marketing director.

The NSPCC has brought in ex-Channel 4 sales strategist Mike Parker as an interim fundraising director.

Saatchi & Saatchi has poached Gavin Torrance and Danny Hunt, the associate creative directors at Dare, to join as senior copywriter and senior art director.

TBWA\London has lost its MD Andy De Groose, who leaves the agency after 18 months in the role. His responsibilities will now be divided between president, Robert Harwood-Matthews, executive creative director, Dede Laurentino and chief strategy officer, Zaid Al-Zaidy.

Upstream has appointed Andrew Littlefield as VP of online services. He moves from his role as CEO of Factory Games, a company Littlefield primarily self-funded and founded, which focuses on developing games for the iPhone market. 

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