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Talent Tracker: Phillips 66, Gigamon, GWI and many more

Phillips 66 Limited has announced two new positions: Martin Smith joins as Retail Account Manager and Chamath Jayasooriya becomes Marine Sales Manager. Smith, who will be supporting the JET team in the Northern England region, previously worked for Imperial Brands as a Retail Development Representative working with a variety of customers across national accounts and the independent retail sector. Jayasooriya has been with Phillips 66 for five years and was previously Bench Analyst & Position Keeper within the UK Commercial organisation. Prior to that he worked in UK Marketing in the Supply group and is looking forward to re-joining the marketing team.

Gigamon has announced the appointment of Stuart Jones, Senior Director Service Provider, to support regional growth and enable communication service providers (CSPs) to manage, optimise and consolidate complex hybrid cloud environments. The hire forms part of the company’s dedicated recruitment drive as it continues to build out its world-class team in EMEA. Jones joins the Gigamon team with over 20 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications space, including positions with Splunk and Symantec. He has specific expertise in the challenges of converting to a cloud-first way of working and will provide best-in-class support to enterprises shifting to virtual 5G networks safely and securely. 

GWI, the audience insights technology company, has announced that it has appointed Rhiannon Staples as Chief Marketing Officer. Staples has over 15 years of experience building marketing teams for global, high-growth technology companies such as NICE Actimize and Sisense. She was most recently CMO at HiBob, a modern cloud-based HR platform provider. At GWI, Staples will lead the strategy and execution of GWI’s brand marketing, product marketing, client communication and demand generation to drive growth and enable customer success and satisfaction. She will be based in the US headquarters in New York.

Optimizely, the digital experience platform (DXP) provider, has announced it has named digital marketing veterans Shafqat Islam and Sebastiaan de Jong as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sales Officer, respectively. As established members of the Optimizely community, Islam and de Jong will play central roles as the company continues to reinvent how marketing and marketers work, from web experimentation to orchestrating the entire content lifecycle. Islam’s dedication to optimising the marketing experience dates back to his time as co-founder and CEO of Welcome (formerly known as NewsCred), the global leader in Enterprise Content Marketing from 2007 to 2021. Welcome created and led the content marketing platform (CMP) category (now known as the Optimizely Content Marketing Platform). He joined the Optimizely team as General Manager when Optimizely acquired Welcome in 2021. De Jong previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the EMEA and APAC regions and specializes in scaling, growth strategy, and experimentation. He joined Optimizely in 2018 to grow the EMEA region. After Optimizely was acquired by Episerver in 2020, de Jong built a strong team and drove consistent growth, going on to take on the expanded responsibility of the SE Asia and ANZ regions. 

Following rapid expansion into the UK and EU market, SHAREit Group, a global technology company specialising in digital content applications, has announced the appointment of Samana Al-Naqawi as its Director of Growth for Europe. The appointment will be crucial in supporting the company’s growth plans in key markets as it plans to expand across UK and Europe. Based in London, Al-Naqawi brings more than 10 years of digital marketing experience and has previously led successful global account management teams in EMEA, US, LATAM and APAC, ensuring global demand revenue goals and customer satisfaction are met and exceeded. Her promotion demonstrates SHAREit Group’s commitment to the UK and Europe, a market that is key to its strategic goals. Al-Naqawi’s role will be expanding on its verticals across Europe, focusing on e-commerce, fintech, foodtech, OTT, etc.

Anaplan, provider of a platform for business planning and decision-making, has announced the appointment of Dayne Turbitt to the position of Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Turbitt joins Anaplan from Dell Technologies, where he spent twelve years, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell Technologies’ UK business. Turbitt brings more than 25 years of technology leadership and operational excellence to the Anaplan team in EMEA, including a wealth of enterprise sales experience. Turbitt holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Chris Shadrick, Strategy Partner at Collective has been promoted to Chief Strategy & Growth Officer. The role is a newly formed position, in which Shadrick will be bridging the gap between strategy and new business to facilitate more growth and effectiveness across the agency. The position will see Shadrick continuing to lead accounts from a strategy perspective and maintaining client relationships, but with the added responsibility of further fuelling this growth across the whole agency. Shadrick will be accountable for organic and new business growth at Board level as well as the quality of Collectives’ strategic thinking and output as an agency. Shadrick’s responsibilities will be working closely with the Associate Strategy Director and Digital Strategy Lead as well as the Client Partners to help identify account growth opportunities and guide clients through this time of economic uncertainty. 

Real-time moderation solution provider has announced the appointment of its first Chief Revenue Officer, Roy Brockmann, to drive global growth and help existing and new customers address significant revenue shortfalls caused by online toxicity. Brockmann brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience, building, aligning, and managing teams in multiple successful start-ups and scale-ups. 

Elixirr’s organic growth strategy, which includes a commitment to promote from within, will see the firm welcome two more of their own to the partner team, Dan Coral and Rory Farquharson, effective October 2023. Both have been instrumental in the firm’s expansion in the US – which resulted in over 100% growth in FY 21 – and as partners they will continue contributing to the firm’s success worldwide. Farquharson joined Elixirr in 2015 and has since lived and worked in 4 of the firm’s central geographies: Johannesburg, San Francisco, New York and London. He has played a key role in Elixirr’s US growth story, from being the first person there on the ground to helping Elixirr’s US partners grow the team and client base to what it is today. In fact, his success building out the US business contributed to being named one of Consulting Magazine’s Rising Stars of the Profession for 2022. Coral joined Elixirr in 2021 from Accenture and is currently based out of the firm’s New York office. He has over 12 years of consulting experience, with deep expertise in data strategy and end-to-end strategy development, as well as integration management for complex M&As. Throughout his career, Coral has led large-scale transformational programmes for Fortune 100 companies across telecommunications, media and high-tech sectors, as well as the industrial and manufacturing space.

Independent integrated marketing agency, Cream, has appointed Harriet Salmon as Client Services Director to bolster the agency’s senior team and help grow their full service offering. In this new role, Salmon is responsible for ensuring quality of client services across the business, growing Cream’s client base, overseeing the running of key accounts, as well as looking after Cream’s PR and event strategies. Salmon joins Cream following eight years as Client Services Director at branded content agency, Contented Brothers, where she managed a variety of large-scale accounts and projects, including Aurora Healthcare, Open University and Grayling, M&C Saatchi launch. Prior to Contented Brothers, Salmon spent two years as an Account Director at Elephant Communications, developing and executing campaigns, leading client relationships, offering creative and strategic consultancy, and generating new business leads.

Max Ward has been appointed Head of Partnerships, reflecting the rapid growth, and increasing importance of partnerships within Anomaly’s core offering. Following on the heels of the recent appointment of Chris Neff, Global Head of Emerging Experience and Technology, and the launch of its media studio in New York, Anomaly is continuing to invest in talent focused on delivering even more innovative and effective engagement strategies for clients. The new role will ensure the agency can extend the full service offering to the breadth of its clients, covering – partnership strategy, creative expertise, entrepreneurial partner negotiation and management, production, and execution.