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Talent Tracker: Forty1, Ogilvy UK, Spoon Guru and more

Forty1, the employee engagement division of The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG), continues to expand its consultancy team with the appointment of Jason Frank as Senior Communications and Engagement Consultant from this month. Reporting to Richard Burton, Managing Partner of Forty1, Frank brings with him extensive knowledge and deep expertise of what it takes to engage a modern workforce. Frank was CEO of the London office in the global communications agency MSL for over four years and founded its specialist employee practice. In 2018 he made the career move from agency management to focus purely on consulting in the area he is passionate about – employee engagement.  More recently, Frank has spent the last two and a half years working as an independent consultant on strategic change and engagement programmes with major organisations across a variety of sectors. During his career, he has led complex global projects for some of the world’s leading organisations.

Global Advertising and Marketing group Ogilvy UK has promoted Victoria Day to Managing Director for Ogilvy Advertising, UK. Following her promotion, Day will focus on driving growth for Ogilvy’s advertising business in the UK. As Managing Director, Advertising, Day will also continue to champion the award-winning creative work undertaken by the team, as well as driving integration with the other businesses and developing Ogilvy’s content offering in the UK. In her new role, Day will be reporting to Fiona Gordon – CEO, Ogilvy UK and Antonis Kocheilas – Global CEO, Ogilvy Advertising. Day previously held the role of Managing Partner & Head of Account Management at Ogilvy. Prior to joining Ogilvy Day worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB Inferno, Elvis and adam&eveDDB running, amongst other things, the Waitrose, Google and Halifax accounts where she and the team created multiple award winning, and highly effective, creative campaigns.

London-based AI food technology start-up Spoon Guru is strengthening its leadership team ahead of the revised HFSS legislation coming into force in October 2022. Hires include a newly created Head of Health and Sustainability role alongside senior recruits across marketing, sales and strategic counsel. As a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the AfN, Johanna Bolinder has joined Spoon Guru’s team as the Head of Health and Sustainability. Bolinder will focus on providing expert guidance on a broad range of nutritional issues to build long term value including leveraging her deep understanding of scientific/regulatory affairs and consumer and sustainability trends. Additional new hires at Spoon Guru include Shruti Chawla as Vice President of Marketing, Justin Yaxley as EMEA Vice President of Sales, Trusha Pandya as Head of Sales and Vice President Americas and Nicola Davis, Vice President Customer Success. Shruti Chawla is an experienced marketing leader who has built a decade-long career working across the B2C & B2B space at both global enterprise technology companies and startups. Her passion for technology has proven to help her scale businesses in various verticals into successful and profitable organisations.

Justin Yaxley has worked for companies such as Unilever, Diageo, and Google. Yaxley will be bringing a wealth of experience in helping CPG and retailers to adopt modernising sales technologies. Trusha Pandya’s 15+ years of experience with top consulting firms, leading software providers in retail operations and store transformation have made her a strategy-focused sales and operations expert. She will focus on combining exceptional relationship building skills with a diversified background in all aspects of sales, logistics, product management and operations in domestic and international markets. Nicola Davis has worked with grocery retailers around the globe for the last 20 years specialising in supporting clients to leverage data to drive customer-centric experiences with a strategic focus across all channels. Davis will bring vast knowledge of customer insight analysis, personalisation, and driving value from customer data.  Leading the Customer Success team at Spoon Guru, Davis will be helping clients to achieve the maximum value from Spoon Guru’s services alongside creating strategic digital customer experiences.

ThoughtSpot, the Modern Analytics Cloud company, has announced it has named Damien Brophy as the Vice President EMEA. In his role, Brophy will be responsible for managing ThoughtSpot’s operations across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In particular, he will focus on helping ThoughtSpot customers unleash the power of their cloud data as the company’s new cloud offerings drive across all business sectors. Brophy brings over 17 years’ experience in business development and sales to his role at ThoughtSpot, including most recently leading ThoughtSpot’s UK & Ireland team. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Brophy served as the Regional Director for UK & Ireland at MongoDB, where he built the local go to market team. He’s previously held roles at PatSnap, GlobalData, Informa, and Experian.

Extreme Networks, Inc., a cloud-driven networking company, has announced Calvin Rowland has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Rowland brings over 25 years of experience driving business and cloud strategy, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services at F5 Networks. At Extreme, Rowland will be responsible for overseeing SaaS go-to-market initiatives and ecosystem programs, as well as leading cross-functional collaboration to help Extreme continue its SaaS portfolio momentum. Rowland will report to Nabil Bukhari, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer.

Analytic Partners, has announced the appointment of Andy Gallagher as Vice President of Client Engagement. Based in the London office, Gallagher will be responsible for supporting clients and growing the business both in the UK and across EMEA. He will report to Chief Client Officer Maggie Merklin. Gallagher has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and digital measurement.  He spent the last seven years leading a Media & Analytics Measurement Consultancy for Kantar in various locations including London, San Francisco, and New York. Prior to this, he spent eight years at media conglomerate NBC Universal in New York overseeing research and analytics in the News & Sports division.

The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) has announced Sajeeda Merali has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer.  A strategic leader with 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry, Merali has held senior positions with both business-to-business and consumer-facing organisations, with extensive experience in change management and strategy development. Merali joins the PPA from the New Statesman Media Group, where as Chief Revenue Officer she helped develop and drive new revenues around high-value digital opportunities, in addition to launching a commercial strategy for new brands in highly competitive markets. Prior to that Merali was the commercial leader of the Insider Publishing Division at Euromoney PLC.

Hootsuite, the leader in social media management solutions, is pleased to announce that Maggie Lower joined the company today as Chief Marketing Officer. In her role as a key member of Hootsuite’s executive leadership team, Lower will own the brand’s overall global strategy, demand generation, communications, and events. Prior to joining Hootsuite, Lower was the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Cision, the first Chief Marketing Officer at TrueBlue, has held marketing leadership roles at Alight and Aon Hewitt, and spent 15 years at Bank of America, building world class marketing teams.

Bought By Many, the international pet health business, has appointed Lidia Oshlyansky as its first Chief Product Officer. A human-computer interaction specialist, Oshlyansky brings over 20 years’ experience working for global tech brands including Spotify, Google and Nokia. Oshlyansky will join Bought By Many’s diverse Senior Leadership Team and will be the fourth woman on the now nine-strong c-suite team to support the next stage of the company’s journey as it expands its pet insurance, health and wellness offer.