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Talent Tracker: Jungle Creations, eDesk, Publicis Media, Criteo and more

Jungle Creations has appointed Charley Sutton from Barcroft Studios as Head of Development of its original programming and branded content division, Jungle Studios, to oversee the development of premium social-first content formats for its portfolio of media brands. Formerly Series Producer at Barcroft Studios, Sutton oversaw the launch of new shows, leading series development, casting, production, edits and publishing. Prior to this, as Barcroft’s Deputy Head of Editorial, Sutton was integral to launching two of the company’s biggest shows – ‘Love Don’t Judge’ and ‘Brand New Me’.

eDesk has appointed global SaaS marketing expert Fiona O’Connor as it expands its worldwide footprint. Heading up eDesk’s marketing, the former J2 Global senior marketer is responsible for leading all the company’s marketing strategic programs including brand, go-to-market implementation, partners, demand generation and insight for growth acceleration.  Prior to O’Connor’s role at J2 Global as Global Head of Marketing – Voice Products, she led marketing teams in SaaS, audio software and ICT organisations through roles at Vodafone in Ireland, Germany and the UK, Digicel in the Caribbean and South Pacific and DTS including Ireland and the US.

Publicis Media has announced the appointment of Bianca Best to the newly created role of Head of Digital for EMEA within its trading and investment division, PMX. Best joins from MediaCom, where she launched a pivotal new business division holding the role of Global Managing Director of BLINK Consultancy, working with global brands such as Mars, Coca-Cola, Sony and Uber to accelerate digital transformation agendas. During her time at the WPP agency, Best also held the role of Interim Chief Digital Officer, UK. As part of the PMX Global Digital Leadership Team, Best will be responsible for growing and developing Publicis Media’s digital offering across the region, focusing on three pillars of Design, Build and Implementation. She will also manage client relationships at the most senior level to inject valuable strategic design thinking to help drive their own digital transformation.

Searchmetrics, which provides software and services for search and content optimization, has promoted Lillian Haase to Chief Marketing Officer. Moving from Europe to the US, Haase will be based in the company’s new Chicago office from where she will oversee global marketing. Haase, a marketer with 13 years’ digital marketing experience, was previously Searchmetrics’ Marketing Director for EMEA before being promoted to SVP Global Marketing, helping to drive greater success in the marketing function and contributing to company growth by improving systems and teamwork within the organization.

Thinkbox has appointed Anthony Jones as its new Head of Research. He will start the role in early October. Previously, Jones was Head of Insight at the Association of Online Publishers (AOP), where his successes included delivering the innovative “Context Matters” study, which provided an improved understanding of the memory impact of different editorial environments, and orchestrating the publisher side of the multi-award winning 2020 ISBA/PwC/AOP Programmatic Supply Chain Transparency Study. Prior to the AOP he held senior research and insight roles at a number of major media organisations in a career spanning three decades, including Aegis Media, where he was Global Head of Research, ZenithOptimedia and Royal Mail.

Digital agency Rawnet has announced its expansion with new appointments to its team. Joining the team is Luke Tibbets, Rawnet’s new specialist Marketing Strategist. In this role, he will be responsible for optimising and enhancing email marketing, plus marketing automation amongst clients and new business leads. Kathleen Wilson has also been appointed as Senior Project Manager, bringing over a decade of experience in delivering projects against scope and budget. She will also be managing Rawnet’s growing client portfolio and projects with multiple teams and stakeholders across the agency.

Criteo S.A. has announced the appointment of Manuela Montagnana as Chief People Officer. In this role, Montagnana will lead the company’s People team, driving talent strategy and playing a key role in defining the future of work for Criteo’s global workforce of more than 2,500 employees. Montagnana replaces Denis Collin, who held the role for three years and will assist in the transition. Montagnana brings more than 20 years of experience as a people executive, leading global teams in the manufacturing, service and technology industries. She has a proven track record of accelerating performance through human capital management in a transformation context in both highly matrixed organisations and those undergoing hyper-growth. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Head of Human Resources for Product and Engineering at Compass, where she was the business partner to the Chief Technology and Chief Product Officers.