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Talent Tracker: Ensono, Ogury, Permutive and many more

Ensono, an expert technology adviser and managed service provider, has announced that it has welcomed Jonathan Bumba as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bumba brings over 27 years of experience in sales and marketing within the technology industry, developing go-to-market (GTM) strategies for both small and large enterprises. Bumba will lead Ensono’s marketing team to develop and implement a personalized GTM strategy and build unique, provocative stories that showcase the allyship and expertise of the company. Prior to joining Ensono, Bumba specialized in building GTM strategies and teams for companies like Microsoft, where he served as the company’s first World Wide Sales Lead for Azure and served as CMO for Cloud Technology Partners, a premier cloud consulting firm acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 2017.  

Ogury has announced the appointment of Simon Porter as Global Head of Trading and Agency Partnerships. In his remit, Porter will develop and reinforce solid partnerships with leading international media agencies, many of which Ogury has been working with closely for several years – including GroupM, Dentsu International, Publicis Media, Havas Media, IPG Mediabrands and Omnicom Media Group. With more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in media and advertising companies, Porter is an industry veteran who held a number of local, regional and global positions. He first started his career in the UK at media and entertainment company Sky TV, before switching to the agency world by joining Walker Media (now Spark Foundry). Porter then went on to spend 7 years at Maxus – first as Head of Trading Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, then as Deputy Global Trading Director in London. Most recently, he worked at Dentsu as Global Trading Officer. 

Permutive, an audience platform purpose-built for publishers and advertisers, which enables media to be traded in a privacy-safe way, has hired Husna Grimes as VP of Global Privacy. Grimes will head up the company’s global efforts to lead the publishing and marketing industries into the responsible web. Grimes brings a breadth of privacy experience to Permutive, having previously co-founded Pure Privacy, a company offering privacy consultancy and advice across multiple industries, including health tech, media production, events and adtech. Grimes focused on helping companies ethically handle and use personal data within their businesses. Prior to Pure Privacy, Grimes worked as Channel 4’s principal data protection lawyer for seven years. 

Media and insights platform Hawk has made three senior promotions within its team as it continues to expand to meet the growing demand for its cross-channel advertising and insights technology. Jennifer Richards has contributed to the company’s commercial success for more than six years and progressed from sales manager to key account director; she will step up to become group commercial lead, overseeing the multidisciplinary teams that works with Hawk’s key agency clients.  This sees her support UK commercial director, Shanil Chande, as his role broadens to reflect Hawk’s growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) partnerships and increasing activity with international agencies. Matthew Stark is to take up the position of senior manager in the company’s new platform solutions division, launched to enable Hawk’s growing number of self-serve clients to benefit fully from the technology.  Stark and his team will ensure self-serve users are fully trained and up-to-date on product tools and features; they will also act as a direct link to Hawk’s product development operation so that users have the option to help shape the platform based on their practical experience. Nadia Nuseibeh will take on the role of client development manager, having played a key part in Hawk’s ongoing expansion into a platform that offers insight as well as ad activation.  Her team uses Hawk’s unique technology to provide relevant reports and insights so that clients can optimise the effectiveness of every campaign and ensure each one delivers on its specific objectives. Responsibilities include developing custom attribution models and helping agencies leverage Hawk’s brand survey tool and InStore Impact measurement technology.

London-based B2B sales and marketing agency Punch! is excited to announce two new hires as it moves to its next stage of growth. Laura Ose joins as an account director while Andreas Hansson joins as a motion graphics designer. Their arrival builds on the agency’s ambitious growth plans as it seeks to expand its global client base, which includes businesses such as Expleo, Iron Mountain and Michelin. Ose has more than ten years’ experience in sales and marketing for brands and agencies. She will lead on developing and delivering B2B campaigns to boost brand awareness and drive business growth. With a degree in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, Hansson joins Punch! after three and a half years working for a creative agency specialising in healthcare.

Twilio, the customer engagement platform that drives real-time, personalized experiences for today’s leading brands, has announced two new hires. Reeny Sondhi joined the company as Chief Digital Officer, and Amy Holcroft joined the company as Chief Privacy Officer. Sondhi joined Twilio from Autodesk, where she served as Chief Security Officer. She was responsible for driving the company’s security and trust strategy for infrastructure, products, and services. Before Autodesk, she led security engineering for EMC, now part of Dell. She made a transition to security after years in product management, launching multiple hardware and software products. Sondhi serves on the board of Rapid7, a growth business in cybersecurity, and has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. Previously, Holcroft was at HP Company and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where she was a privacy leader for 13 years. As HPE’s Chief Privacy Officer, she led an international team of attorneys and compliance professionals managing global privacy and information governance programs on a global scale. Holcroft brings deep expertise in navigating and implementing complex compliance initiatives to address privacy regulations in the ever-changing technology and service provider industries. Holcroft is also involved in UK-based charitable organizations as a trustee for both the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and Educating Kids Outdoors.

Shutterstock, Inc. (the “Company”), the global creative platform for transformative brands and media companies, has announced Jason McClelland is joining the Company’s leadership team and Executive Committee as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), and Christopher ‘Skip’ Wilson is joining as the Company’s Vice President of Brand Marketing. As CMO, McClelland brings over two decades of experience, including leadership roles at SaaS leaders Adobe and Salesforce, as well as serving as Chief Marketing Officer at hyper-growth startups Algolia, Domino Data Lab, and Heroku. At Adobe, McClelland held leadership roles that helped Adobe’s transformations: first with building their Marketing Cloud business, the industry’s first end to end marketing platform for CMOs; and then second with building Adobe’s Creative Cloud SaaS transformation. Wilson comes to Shutterstock from Peloton, where Skip led Peloton’s Global Brand and Communications for their Commercial business. 

Huboo – one of Europe’s fastest-growing fulfilment technology providers – has appointed Paul Bennett as Chief Marketing Officer to propel its brand profile and support its global roll out plans. In his previous role at the AXA Insurance Group, where he worked for 25 years, Bennett led the insurance provider to become the number one insurance brand for ten consecutive years and more than doubled the value of the AXA brand to $12bn. In his new post, Bennett is tasked with leading international growth and account-based marketing during Huboo’s fast-paced expansion. He’ll set a universal brand vision and measure marketing performance at a campaign and channel level.

LastPass has announced that Karim Toubba has joined the company as its Chief Executive Officer. The cloud security veteran will lead LastPass as it separates from GoTo, formerly LogMeIn, and increases investment to create an even more seamless user experience, modernise go-to-market functions, and continue to build industry-leading password and identity management solutions for the company’s customers. Toubba, who served as CEO of Kenna Security, which was acquired by Cisco in July of 2021, brings over 25 years of security leadership and executive management in technology companies to his new role.

Toast, the award-winning full-service TV commercials and content production agency, has announced the appointment of Sophie Bell as Managing Director. Bell will be looking to expand partnerships, attract more large brands to Toast, particularly with a focus on B2B and internal communications, and she will spearhead Toast’s ambition to be at the forefront of sustainable video production. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as Managing Director at Lonelyleap, where she worked with acclaimed brands such as Google, The National Trust, The World Economic Forum and Nokia. Bell will lead Toast’s sustainability drive with an in-depth deep dive into the company’s current carbon footprint and will draw up an industry best practice guide with a special focus on tackling the primary sources of video production emissions, such as lighting, power and transport of equipment. 

Global b2b marketing agency alan. has announced digital & consumer agency veteran Michael Richards as its new managing director as part of a top-level hiring spree to support ambitious relaunch growth plans. His appointment comes as alan. agency, part of the Raconteur Group, looks to triple its size in the next three years. Richards has a long and storied career in helping both independent and networked advertising and digital agencies grow. Having started his career at Ogilvy and then Saatchi, he moved to Grey to run their global P&G, Mars & GSK accounts, as well as being European Group CMO. He built his own top 25 agency, WFCA, which he sold to Porta plc before joining VCCP as international MD and then Unlimited as CEO. He joins alan. from digital agency Feed where, as Group Chief Growth Officer, he helped develop the business for its recent sale to Dept. Also announced is Daniele Pulega, who is appointed as Creative Director at alan. agency and joins from his role as Creative Director at McCann Group Worldwide. He will report into Chief Creative Officer Benedict Buckland and his role will be to expand alan’s conceptual creative offering for its growing client list.

Board International, the Decision-Making Platform provider, has announced the appointment of Paul Smith as Chief Financial Officer. Paul Smith is the former CFO of IFS, the Swedish enterprise software company, where he played a key role in helping to transform the business from a traditional perpetual license and on-premise company with in-house sales and implementation capability, to a SaaS cloud business with over 50% of implementations and 25% of sales conducted via partners. During Smith’s 10 years with the company, he completed and integrated over 15 acquisitions and helped scale operations to 54 countries and 4,000 staff, achieving leadership status across priority markets. An expert in financial leadership and investment for technology leaders, Smith has taken two technology companies, through the IPO process to successful listings on the Nasdaq, as well as preparing and selling other businesses to private equity investors and trade buyers. 

Secondmind has appointed automotive industry expert Yasuhiro Harada as a strategic advisor to the company. Harada, who brings a deep understanding of the current challenges and future direction of the automotive industry, will provide Secondmind with guidance on the automotive industry’s expectations for machine learning and help shape the company’s product roadmap. Known in the industry as ‘Mr Model-Based Design’ following his many years at Mazda leading various development innovations including its pioneering model-based design, Harada brings a wealth of experience to Secondmind. At Mazda he served as General Manager of the division responsible for the development of cutting-edge Integrated Control Systems, and also served as Principal Engineer providing technical guidance across Mazda’s multiple R&D divisions. Harada also served as the First Committee Chairman of the Planning and Management Committee of Japan Automotive Model-Based Engineering centre (JAMBE), an organisation established by the Japanese automotive industry. A fellow of the Engineering Academy of Japan, Harada holds 169 patents, is the author of “Model-Based Development for Creation for the World’s Best” and “Model-Based Development through Practical Training” and is a Representative Director at i-Models, a leading automotive consulting firm.

Mobius Labs, a provider of next generation, artificial intelligence (AI) powered computer vision solutions, has announced the appointment of Jeremy Deaner as Chief Operations Officer. Reporting directly into Mobius CEO Appu Shaji and based in London, Deaner’s key focus will be to align the science, product and commercial teams, and help accelerate the company’s growth trajectory. Deaner’s brings more than 25 years’ experience to Mobius Labs having successfully grown software companies internationally. He has extensive knowledge in one of Mobius Labs key target markets, film and broadcast, and was previously the CEO of AmberFin, spearheading the company’s journey from a start-up to a global pioneer before it was acquired by Dalet.

Harris Beber has been appointed Waze Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Beber was previously the CMO at Vimeo. Harris Beber will lead global marketing, partnerships, and communications at Waze. Beber has more than 20 years of experience building and scaling mission-driven consumer and technology brands and is passionate about using storytelling to drive emotion. Joining Waze most recently from Vimeo, where he helped scale Vimeo’s community of 260M+ video professionals, businesses, and brands and helped take the company public in 2021. While at Vimeo, Beber grew the marketing organisation from 30 people to more than 100 people and helped increase total company revenue by 400%.  Forbes named him one of the 50 Most Innovative Marketers Transforming Business in a Changed World.

BayWa r.e. is delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Ikin as joint Managing Director of its UK Operation Services business, who will work alongside Natasha Kumar. Ikin has had an impressive career journey over the course of 24 years, including 14 years in the renewables industry in a range of roles working for an Investor, Operator and Manufacturer. Based in BayWa r.e.’s Milton Keynes office, Ikin brings extensive management experience to the business and will focus on accelerating the growth strategy, building on success to date.