Talent Tracker: Who’s gone where

The digital industry isn’t really about technology. Even in these difficult times, it’s still about people. Talent, the hunt for talent and its retention are the bedrock of the industry. NDA’s Talent Tracker column provides a regular update on which companies are recruiting who and from where.

Austin Scott has joined Xandr, AT&T’s advertising company, as Head of Video Market Development for EMEA. In her role, Austin will accelerate the development and deployment of Xandr video-first propositions for broadcasters, publishers, marketers and agencies. 

Austin brings years of experience in video-first advertising technology and a market-specific mindset focused on collaboration, to drive a better video ecosystem. Most recently she built the demand channel partnerships for StickyAds.tv, a French video ad tech startup, which was acquired by Freewheel, a Comcast Company. Austin is also a leader in global strategic partnerships with proven accomplishments in sales and account management at SaaS companies. This includes automating demand channels in the US and internationally for a leading video supply-side platform.

The Fifth, a full-service influencer marketing and talent agency backed by News UK, has announced the appointment of Sam Coleman as Commercial Director. In the newly created role, Sam will lead the day-to-day commercial strategy and sales operations, as well as client services business for the rapidly expanding agency. His appointment follows the launch of The Fifth Talent last month.

Previously Head of Group Sales at LADbible, Sam’s 18 years’ experience in the media industry also includes positions at The Guardian, ESPN and Disney; leading on the launch of Disney Media Sales and Partnerships in the UK and launching The Guardian’s commercial sports proposition. 

Digital agency Organic has appointed Clare McCombe as the agency’s new Senior Paid Media and Analytics Consultant. Joining from Riverford Organic Farmers, where she was the Campaign Marketing Manager, McCombe will be working into Organic’s General Manager Charlie Lycett-Smith. Her new role will include helping deliver paid media insight, strategy and campaigns for Organic clients, whilst supporting the agency’s revenue growth, through working alongside the new business team to produce and execute a paid media strategy.

 Opengear, a Digi International company (NASDAQ, DGII, www.digi.com), and a provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, has announced the appointment of Mark Hughes to the position of Channel Manager for EMEA.

In this role, Hughes will head up efforts to expand Opengear’s channel landscape across EMEA, with the aim of recruiting five to six resellers in each of Opengear’s key country markets within the region. This effort is designed to reinforce Opengear’s presence in EMEA and will increase its core, strategic channel community to 50, with a number of other specialist relationships across EMEA.

UK independent creative healthcare agency, Seven Stones, has appointed Dan Russell as its new managing director. Bringing over ten years’ experience at AMV BBDO to the role, Russell’s previous client campaigns have won over 50 creative awards on brands such as Snickers, Sainsbury’s, TENA, Smart Energy GB and BT.

Impact, the global Partnership Automation organization, have announced the creation of a Chief Partnerships Officer (CPsO) role within their organisation. Michael Head, former General Manager of the Impact Partnership Cloudâ„¢, was promoted to fill the CPsO role, effective February 13, 2020. They also announced the appointment of Rob Perdue, former COO & board member of The Trade Desk, to Impact’s board of directors. 

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