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Talent Tracker: Dixa, Canon UK & Ireland, Wavemaker and many more

Danish customer support innovator Dixa has announced Simon Højmose Kristensen as its new Chief Financial Officer. The hire is a significant milestone in Dixa’s own growth trajectory, as the company aims to build on its recent funding round and series of acquisitions. Højmose joins Dixa from ISS A/S, one of the world’s largest facility management and workplace experience companies, where he was Central & Southern European CFO with a focus on financial turnarounds, Covid recovery and driving compliance across the region. Prior to that, Højmose was CFO of Nuuday, the leading provider of TV, broadband and mobility services in Denmark, and SVP of Group Finance at TDC Group, where he worked for over 18 years. 

Canon UK & Ireland, has announced the appointment of Tracey Fielden as Country Director, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group (ITCG) of Canon UK and Ireland. In her new role, Fielden reports directly to Yusuke Mizoguchi, Senior Managing Director, Canon UK & Ireland, and will join the executive leadership team. Fielden will be responsible for driving sales of Canon’s ITCG products, further strengthening Canon’s brand position in the local market, enhancing cross-business unit collaboration, and continuing to strengthen Canon’s inclusive culture. Fielden brings over 20 years of Canon experience to her new role, having started with the company as a Product Manager in 2001. Her most recent role was as ITCG Marketing Director, where she was responsible for leading a high-achieving marketing team. Throughout her career at Canon, Fielden has taken an innovative and creative approach to inspiring her teams and winning the hearts and minds of customers.

Wavemaker has announced Radhika Radhakrishnan in the role of global Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to global CEO, Toby Jenner, Radhakrishnan will be part of the Global Leadership Team based in London. She will be responsible for finance, commercial, compliance and legal. Radhakrishnan will be tasked with creating and managing best-in-class sustainable commercial relationships for Wavemaker and their clients. Radhakrishnan’s career spans Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) where she held the dual roles of Global Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer BBH London. Prior to her six years at BBH, Radhakrishnan was Finance Director at 20th Century Fox UK and Chief Financial Officer Hachette Filipacchi UK now Hearst Magazines.

Mendix has announced that low-code veteran Nick Ford has been promoted to chief marketing officer at Mendix. Ford, based in London, was previously vice president of product marketing and chief evangelist at Mendix. He joins the C-suite leadership team for the low-code category leader as it drives low-code from a supporting role to the centre of the application development stack to fuel Mendix’s next phase of hypergrowth.

Above+Beyond has boosted its senior creative team with the hiring of Shez Lord as Creative Director. Lord, who previously worked at Wunderman Thompson as Associate Creative Director, will lead the Subway account. He reports to Dom Goldman, Chief Creative Officer. At Wunderman Thompson, Lord delivered work across HSBC, Nestle, First Direct, HSBC and BT. Prior to that, he was Associate Creative Director at The &Partnership for 3 years, working across its News International business with specific responsibilities for The Sun.

Bloomberg News announced the appointment of Allegra Stratton as UK Contributing Editor. She begins in her role today. As part of her role, Stratton will write Bloomberg UK’s daily newsletter The Readout, providing expert analysis of the day’s biggest stories targeted to a British audience. The newsletter will feature the best of Bloomberg – including the latest business and politics news as well as in-depth reporting from Bloomberg’s journalists in Britain and around the world. Stratton spent nearly two decades as a journalist, having served as Political Editor for BBC’s Newsnight and National Editor at ITV News, among other roles. In May 2020, she entered UK government, where she held the positions of Head of Strategic Communications at the Treasury, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, and government spokesperson for the UN Climate Change Summit COP26.

Global advertising technology company, The Trade Desk has announced the appointment of Clare Dyer as Vice President of HR, EMEA. Based in London, Dyer will be responsible for leading the company’s human resource strategy and operations across EMEA. Her team is responsible for developing and managing employee programs to further develop and grow the unique culture at The Trade Desk. Dyer brings an extensive background in HR leadership at some of the biggest brands as well as innovative start-ups across technology, publishers and advertising. Dyer founded Asima Coaching in 2019, before qualifying as an Executive Coach and pursuing her passion for employee engagement and coaching. Previously, Dyer served as Chief People Officer at Brandwatch where she was responsible for aligning people with strategic business ambitions. 

Avantgarde Group has announced the appointment of Dr. Lesley Anne Bleakney as the global brand experience Group’s new Managing Director. With a doctorate in cultural studies and a specific focus on Leadership Empowerment, Employer Branding, Cultural Identity and New Work, Bleakney will also take over the Talent & Culture department as Chief People Officer (CPO). In her new role, Bleakney will be responsible for growing the talent across the Group – including developing current employees as well as finding new, fresh talent. She will also focus on leadership empowerment and defining Avantgarde’s culture across the Group. Bringing with her more than ten years of experience in human resources, Bleakney was most recently Human Resource Director at global premium clothing brand Lacoste where she was responsible for the Central and Northern Europe region.

Brewer Pinter has expanded its senior team with two significant hires. Ted Charalambides joins the London-based brewer as Growth Director. Previously at Pact Coffee – the largest speciality coffee subscription service in the UK – he will be responsible for creating and executing the customer acquisition strategy at Pinter. Elsewhere, Charalambides will lead the revamp of the Pinter website to further enhance the customer journey both pre and post-purchase. Charalambides will also oversee Pinter’s consumer and trade PR and develop the marketing team – all with a view to finding, acquiring and retaining new Pinter customers. Mike Miglore joins Pinter as Community Director after roles at the likes of News UK and Hope For Justice UK. In the role, Miglore will be responsible for Pinter’s 16,000+ community of brewers, focusing on customer strategy, data & analytics and value management including engagement, retention, loyalty and customer care. 

Teads, the Global Media Platform, has announced a series of senior new appointments and promotions across North America as the company scales its business operations and solutions. Jennifer Werner joins the company as VP Southeast to lead Teads’ mid-market sales teams for the East, covering the Southeast, DC, and Boston markets. Neala Brown joins as VP of Insights, and will be responsible for identifying business-driven, strategic insights through research, analytics, measurement, and data. Also joining Teads is Matthew Harris as VP Multicultural. Harris brings with him more than 20 years of experience to oversee Teads multicultural practice as part of the company’s focus on responsible advertising in premium, brand-safe environments. Charles Lucterhand joins as VP of Strategic Accounts to manage client relationships and verticalized solutions across strategic accounts. Lastly, Marc Sutter, VP Enterprise Sales who will be responsible for leading commercial and product strategy for Teads Ad Manager.

Digital learning and skills specialist, THRIVE, has appointed engagement expert Sacha Harvey as its new Head of People & Culture to help harness its unique culture and drive forward the company’s ambitious people engagement strategy. Harvey joins with more than 15 years’ experience in learning and development roles across the retail and hospitality sector. Most recently, she worked as People Director at Rum Kitchen, a THRIVE customer, where she pioneered new people strategies utilising the THRIVE platform. Other previous roles include Head of Learning and Development at Byron, where Harvey led the L&D team through a major transitionary period, as well as senior leadership roles specialising in training at Harris + Hoole, Just Giving Inc and Arcadia Group.

Verasity, a blockchain-based ad tech solution built to prevent ad fraud across online video content through its patented ad stack VeraViews, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dan Hodgson as Director of Business Development. Hodgson will lead the business development of VeraViews which is removing ad fraud from video advertising in order to increase advertiser trust and value for all in the industry. He brings a wealth of experience to Verasity, having previously co-founded the Independent Publishers Alliance, acting as Publishing Commercial Lead for the Rail Delivery Group, and serving as Agency Account Manager for the internationally renowned Haymarket Media Group for five years.

Exiger, a global risk and compliance SaaS company, has announced that Matt Hibbard has been named its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Hibbard joins Exiger’s leadership team reporting to Chief Executive Officer Brandon Daniels and will be instrumental in establishing the company’s long-term financial management strategy, driving ARR and profitability as Exiger continues its global expansion. Known for being an exceptional business operator, Hibbard has extensive experience leading the financial operations of high-growth SaaS businesses including buyouts raising equity and debt capital, driving two successful IPOs and other exits. At Exiger, Hibbard will be responsible for leading Exiger’s global financial operations, including accounting, financial reporting, audit, tax, M&A and capital planning functions.