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Talent Tracker: Joint, Immediate Media, dentsu, GREAT, timeTo, Isobel , Wonder and more

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Independent creative agency, Joint, has hired Sam Jones as its New Business and Marketing Director to help drive Joint’s new business goals and expand its portfolio of clients. Jones will be Joint’s first new business hire since the company started in 2012. He joins following a four-year tenure at Cheil Worldwide owned agency, BMB. He started in 2019 as a New Business & Marketing Manager, before being promoted to New Business & Marketing Director, overseeing key new business wins including: FREE NOW, LTA, Bonne Maman, Breast Cancer Now and Farrow & Ball. Prior to BMB, Jones worked at Wieden+Kennedy and as Marketing & Club Manager for Oystercatchers.

The Government Communication Service has confirmed the appointment of Kate Taylor Tett as the new Director of the GREAT Britain & Northern Ireland campaign. Taylor Tett’s appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process led by Gatenby Sanderson with hundreds of applications from within Government and the private sector. As Director, Taylor Tett will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the GREAT campaign which promotes the UK as a world-leading destination for business, tourism and education in over 150 countries. Prior to her new appointment, Taylor Tett was Deputy Director of GREAT in which role she led the successful rebranding of GREAT with the new brand proposition ‘See Things Differently’. The campaign invites an international audience not only to see the UK in a fresh light but also highlights the UK’s creativity and innovation, resulting from a diversity of viewpoints, opinions and experiences. Prior to joining GREAT in 2020, Taylor Tett was Marketing Director at House of Fraser and also spent ten years at AMV BBDO.

Pippa Glucklich, CEO of independent media agency Electric Glue and past President of WACL, will become Chair of timeTo in 2024 with a mission to ensure senior leaders take the issue of sexual harassment seriously and that people take more personal responsibility. timeTo is the industry initiative founded in 2018 by WACL, NABS and the Advertising Association. She takes over from Kerry Glazer, also a past President of WACL, who has served as the chair since 2019, steering the organisation through a host of impactful initiatives, developments, and campaigns which have seen instances of reported sexual harassment drop and a greater understanding of the issue within the industry. As the new Chair, Glucklich will build on Glazer’s legacy in emphasising the success of the timeTo training programme as a tangible, action-oriented approach. Glucklich also aims to put a central focus on communication, ensuring the right industry structures are in place, and that leaders have the tools and means to implement the training and support materials offered by timeTo into businesses seamlessly. Glucklich also intends to prioritise making people aware of their own individual responsibilities as members of the industry, and that we all have an ongoing duty to respect each other. 

dentsu announces a strategic senior global hire, with the appointment of Hamish Kinniburgh as Global Chief Strategy & Consultancy Officer, Media, dentsu. Based out of London, UK, Kinniburgh will join the global media executive leadership team, where he takes on the responsibility of elevating the strategic output of client teams worldwide through its network of global media agencies; Carat, iProspect and dentsu X. With an over 20-year track record of driving business outcomes for the world’s biggest and newest brands across USA, EMEA and the UK, Kinniburgh has proven himself as strategic marketing leader. Prior to joining dentsu, Kinniburgh held the Global Chief Consultancy Officer position at Mediabrands and also the Global Chief Strategy Officer at UM in New York.

Amelia Shepherd, most recently MD of experiential marketing agency TRO, is joining Wonder, the business campaigns and experience agency whose clients include Google, Canva and Visa, as Director of Growth. Shepherd’s role will involve driving Wonder forward by unearthing new opportunities while helping to further build the agency and its reputation. Working closely with Wonder’s senior leadership team, Shepherd will also share her expertise with the wider Amplify group’s Global Culture, Reputation and Growth (GCRG) team. In her last role as TRO’s MD, where she worked for over a decade, Shepherd helped shape the business through a period of change by enhancing its product offering, redefining its business development approach and nurturing the team. Her input helped the agency win notable awards including Agency of the Year. Shepherd also draws on her over 15 years of industry knowledge to be an active Elevate ambassador and mentor.

Independent creative agency isobel has hired Clara Burns as its new Social Media Director. Burns joins from global communication’s agency Grayling, where she helped to build the social team. She has also worked in the global digital team at Edelman, and has worked with a wide range of brands, including HP, Bose, Huawei, Alibaba and Capgemini. isobel has seen significant growth in social, across a range of clients, and earlier this year won the pureplay social pitch for Landsec’s Retail Outlets. 

IMPACT+ –a global pioneer in helping marketers reduce the environmental impact of their digital ad campaigns – has hired Yann Le Roux as its new VP of Sales and Partnerships. Digital advertising veteran Le Roux, who has over two decades of experience working in leadership roles within the global ad tech market for companies including Integral Ad Science, Havas and Matiro, will be responsible for planning and executing the company’s global commercial strategy. Before joining IMPACT+, Le Roux spent almost eight years as a director at Integral Ad Science, where he launched the company’s Paris office and led the company’s operations in Southern Europe. Le Roux also co-founded France’s first-ever ad trading desk, Matiro – a pioneer in the RTB revolution – which was acquired by Numberly/1000mercisGroup in 2013.  

Customer acquisition specialist esbconnect has appointed Ross Lafayette as Sales and Partnerships Director, targeting growth in the wake of its management buyout earlier this year. Adept at creating digital solutions across channels and formats, Lafayette will focus on helping some of the UK’s most-loved brands to grow, enrich and engage their audiences through robust first-party data strategies. Having worked in the fast-changing field of adtech for almost 15 years – concurrent with his sporting career – Lafayette was previously a Enterprise Account Executive at Branch.io, supporting a range of clients utilising the MMPs powerful cross-platform and attribution capabilities.

Immediate Media Co, the special interest content and platform company, have announced the appointment of Dan Hutson as Managing Director of Nutracheck, the subscription-based weight management and dietary improvement platform. Hutson has over a decade of senior cross-functional leadership experience, working across data, insight and product and tech in customer-first businesses. With a background in launching and scaling digital experiences, Hutson joins Nutracheck from Constellation Automotive Group where he was Group Product and Design Director, leading the discovery and delivery of new products and innovations across UK and Europe to solve customer problems. Hutson previously held senior data, digital and product roles at Compare the Market, helping customers save on their households bills.