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Talent Tracker: Terminus, Distinctly, Vevo and more

Terminus has announced enterprise tech veteran Gavin Dimmock as its Vice President and GM of EMEA. Dimmock will lead the company’s international expansion efforts as demand for Terminus’ leading go-to-market platform continues to accelerate. Dimmock brings more than 25 years of experience in scaling enterprise tech companies in the EMEA market to Terminus. Prior to Terminus, he most recently helped scale Sitecore across EMEA, led the Northern Europe function at Marketo and operated as an Executive Board member at Oracle Corporation in the UK.

GENIE has announced well-travelled industry expert Matt Groves as its new Chief Commercial and Operations Officer, hand-picked to add to their dream senior team line-up. After announcing advertising legend Sir John Hegarty as Chairman in April, Groves represents another coup in terms of experience brought into the company, having worked in the creative industry for more than 2 decades, including leadership and board level roles at the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, Fallon, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Mother, unit9, Edelman and McCann-Erickson. More recently, Groves has focused his efforts on helping businesses to understand how AI and automation can transform their internal and external operations, making him a perfect fit for team GENIE. 

Distinctly has three new starters joining their team. Joining their PPC team is Meera Patel. Patel is graduating from the University of Sussex this year with a degree in Psychology and already has three years of marketing experience under her belt. Patel will be supporting the growing PPC team at Distinctly, managed by Rob Laver who has been with Distinctly for 5 years. Joining their Digital PR team as a Digital PR strategist is Holly Goldstein. Goldstein has over 4 years of previous experience in online marketing, digital recruitment, account management and for the past year has worked as a Digital Earned Media Executive at RVU. Finally, joining their SEO team is David Westby. Westby is currently undertaking a Masters in Digital Marketing at Robert Gordon University and has over 2 years of experience in the world of SEO. Westby’s most recent role was as a SEO consultant at Brainlabs where he regularly wrote blog posts about SEO alongside his day-to-day work.

OLIVER has re-hired Alistair Vines. Vines built the foundations of his career at OLIVER between 2011 and 2018 as a global new business director. He returns to the leading in-house solutions provider as Senior Vice President of Group Solutions following two years at MediaMonks, where he held the role of Vice President of Growth and was responsible for securing major new accounts spanning FMCG, automotive, luxury retail and entertainment.

Music video network Vevo has announced that Richard Brant will join the company as Advanced TV Director UK & International. Brant will join the team on the 14th of June from Dentsu Aegis Network, where he spent two years building out its overarching CTV proposition and vision as Director of AV Product. During this time, he launched Dentsu’s flagship end-to-end TV offering and drove cross-agency awareness of the benefits of CTV. Prior to this, he spent six years in various roles at Sky, where he was responsible for driving impressive YoY growth for Sky AdVance, which uses Sky’s TV and ad viewing data to help advertisers carry out campaigns in the digital domain, both within and outside of Sky’s services.

Amplify has appointed four new strategists in line with agency’s ongoing expansion and diversification. Adam Thompson joins as Strategy Director, with a remit to help lead Amplify’s growing retail specialism. Before a spell at FutureBrand UXUS, Thompson was Head of Strategy at Winkreative, where duties included leading the global repositioning for Lexus. Maria Kivimaa is appointed as Senior Creative Strategist after leading strategy for Nike at AKQA. Having also worked on projects for adidas originals, Bvlgari, Hypebeast and Warner Music, Kivimaa specialises in creating cultural relevance across music, fashion, new luxury, sport and youth culture. She is also the Founder of next-gen men’s mag DECENT, which aims to explore what it means to be a man in 2021.

Rosie Copland-Mann takes the post of Creative Strategist. In her previous role at Rehab Agency, she helped brands leverage creative technology to build meaningful experiences and audience relationships. Copland-Mann has worked with Estée Lauder, Facebook, HBO, Nike, Spotify and Warner Media; and is the Founder of Ok, and?, a media outlet that examines the intersection of culture, tech and brand. Pippo Khalwa becomes Amplify’s Junior Creative Strategist, after working on Nike’s You Can’t Be Stopped campaign at AKQA. Having interned with Tom Goodwin, Khalwa has also worked on projects for Facebook, Youth Music and Nominet.

N-able (formerly SolarWinds MSP) has announced it has named Jeff Nulsen as its new chief marketing officer. Nulsen, who has previously held senior leadership positions at Bluehost and Vistaprint, brings a deep expertise in the marketing and product fields to N-able, along with a keen understanding of the small-medium enterprise sector. Nulsen will be responsible for amplifying the N-able brand and continuing to grow its partnerships with MSPs. 

Managed services provider, Timico, has announced several strategic changes to its Senior Management Team. Having joined Timico in December 2019 as Chief People Officer, David Jones has been promoted to Managing Director of Corporate and SMB, where he will be responsible for customer relationship management and in driving organic sales growth of 10% CAGR over the next 2 years. To hone its customer centric approach, Timico has also announced the appointment of Jon Portlock as its new Customer Solutions Director. Portlock joins Timico from Exponential-e, where he was Head of Cloud Services, and boasts extensive experience in working closely with organisations to transform IT operations and enable competitive advantage, having joined Timico.

Clearco has added two seasoned executives to its leadership team. Sarah Clark, who led Paypal’s growth across EMEA and has held senior roles at Barclays Bank, Virgin Group, Sainsbury’s, and British Airways, has joined as UK Head and Clearco’s first international country manager. At Clearco UK, Clark will bolster and expand Clearco’s presence in the United Kingdom, building a stronger brand presence and more meaningful relationships with UK-based founders. Longtime Clearco advisor and investor Ruma Bose, serial entrepreneur, former president of Chobani Ventures and the Chobani Foundation, and international best-selling author has joined as Chief Growth Officer. Bose is a seasoned business executive with a track record of helping operationalize the international expansion plans of US brands. Bose is also a global leader in helping companies achieve business goals while having a positive impact on society.

Channel Factory has appointed three key female leaders to oversee product operations, EMEA marketing efforts and business growth. Jessica Littlemore brings 18 plus years of experience to the team and will serve as the Marketing Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Littlemore’s diverse background includes overseeing high-profile events and digital strategy for global brands. Littlemore will assist with Channel Factory’s global marketing efforts helping to expand business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Emily Deere will lead Channel Factory’s product development pipeline as its first vice president of product operations. At Channel Factory, Deere will execute the development of product lines from start to finish, enhance current products and help Channel Factory on its mission to empower brands with more conscious and inclusive advertising solutions. Chelsea Jacobsen has joined Channel Factory from Ogury to run the Midwest region as the VP of Central Sales. Jacobsen brings over ten years of media and technology sales experience helping to grow small ad tech startups as well as top-tier advertising publishers. In her new role she will focus on driving business growth while creating strong, lasting relationships with some of the top digital agencies and brands in the world.

UK start-up business Numerous has announced the board appointment of a leading figure from the global technology sector to help it create a new data-sharing economy, benefitting both consumers and quality brands. Ian Carrington, who joins Numerous as a non-executive director and strategic adviser, spent more than 17 years at Google, including six years in his latter role as the tech giant’s EMEA Managing Director of Performance Media Solutions. He additionally served as Chief Executive Officer of Google Shopping Europe from 2017-2019 as a dual role. Earlier in his career, Carrington was head of Business Development at search engine pioneers Alta Vista and was a Sales Manager with AOL Time Warner. 

Digital marketer Danni Johnson has been awarded a senior leadership role at digital marketing agency Xpand, just 18 months after joining. Johnson, who first joined the Saltaire-based agency in November 2019, has been promoted to digital marketing manager following a fast-track management programme. In December 2020, she commenced the six-month programme after founder Jag Panesar saw potential in her abilities to inspire, support and lead a digital marketing team. Having successfully completed the programme – and exceeding targets – she was awarded the position on June 3rd, 2021.

Cavai, the conversational advertising cloud has appointed Andreas Akesson as commercial director for Spain, Portugal and Latin America, to spearhead further growth in these regions. Akesson will work out of Barcelona, having already enjoyed a highly successful partnership with Cavai as a reseller, at B4Bind. A true industry veteran, Akesson was involved in the first Spanish search engine, Olé, as well as developing Autoscout24 Spain, and founded his own media agency, Active Internet Consulting SL, having helped a number of leading digital companies to enter Spanish, European and South American markets with great success. He will now lead the commercial development for Cavai in the regions of Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Inskin Media has made two key appointments as it continues its global expansion. Dominic Tillson returns as Marketing Director, having previously spent eight years at Inskin, building up the business development and insights functions. Having previously led the marketing and insights team at Inskin, Tillson moved to industry body, the IAB, in 2019 as Head of Industry Initiatives. Prior to this, he held roles at Microsoft, Orange, Bebo and BBC Worldwide. Meanwhile, Fiona Maynard joins as Commercial Manager, having led creative cross-platform partnerships for Reach across Group M agencies, with responsibility for all partnership business as Agency Partnerships Manager. Maynard has extensive experience working across premium publisher environments, from Condé Nast International through to Reach’s national and regional portfolio – during a time when both transitioned to digital-first businesses.

NTT Ltd., the global technology services provider, has announced that Sunil Kishore will join its team as Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Managed Network & Collaboration Services. Kishore will lead NTT’s Managed Network & Collaboration Services division as NTT aims to deliver on its growth agenda and next generation of services. Kishore joins NTT following almost 10 years with global advisory firm McKinsey & Company, where he was a Partner. With McKinsey & Company, Kishore has worked extensively with technology companies around the world on topics including strategy development, large-scale operational, growth, and digital transformations.

Delphix, a pioneer in programmable data infrastructure, has announced the appointment of Steve Barrett as Senior Vice President of International Operations. Based in the UK, Barrett will be responsible for leading revenue operations for both EMEA and APJ. Barrett brings more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software and SaaS companies. He joins Delphix from PagerDuty where he led the European business from early stages to post IPO as Vice President of EMEA.

Digital experience platform provider, Optimizely (formerly Episerver), has announced the appointment of Donna Wilczek to its board of directors effective immediately. Wilczek will join the board as the first independent director. A seasoned technology veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, Wilczek currently serves as the senior vice president of product strategy and innovation at Coupa Software.

HCL Technologies, (HCL), a global technology company, has announced the appointment of Siki Giunta to further accelerate #HCLCloudSmart industry cloud offerings into client markets. Giunta brings to HCL a rich experience in leading the development of global cloud strategies for multi-national clients as well as strategy and implementation of Cloud with a specific focus on building vertical applications with Cloud providers and partners. She has successfully scaled enterprise-grade Hybrid Cloud, Data Center & Hosting Businesses and has been a Software Products Business Leader. Giunta joins HCL from Accenture. She has also led several other leadership positions in the industry, including the CEO of Managed Objects and Fortisphere.

Imagination has announced Tom Gray’s appointment as Chief Strategy Officer. Gray has joined Imagination from the world of innovation consulting, having been Director at Fahrenheit 212 where he helped grow the European business, working with clients such as IKEA, Audi, HSBC and Diageo. He also continues to work with UK start-ups, including deep tech start-up FocalPoint Positioning, where he helped develop its product and go to market strategy and secure recent Series B Venture funding.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news and information provider, has appointed Yasir Khan as Editor-in-Chief to lead its team of award-winning reporters and oversee the digital transformation of its news offering. Khan will join the Foundation from Euronews, where he is currently Editor-in-Chief of Digital Platforms. With more than 20 years of journalism experience across a raft of major international news outlets including Al Jazeera, CBC, CNN and National Geographic, Khan will bring extensive first-hand experience from working across a range of media, including print, video and audio. He will lead the Foundation’s team of 45 journalists and around 300 freelancers who report on the ground from more than 70 countries on the latest challenges affecting human rights and freedoms.

Exasol has announced that Jan-Dirk Henrich will join the leadership team and executive board as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer from 1 September 2021. Henrich joins the executive board with broad experience in general management, finance and strategy/M&A functions, having previously held several senior finance positions as well as a country general manager position for an international company. In his previous role, Henrich led a large team covering financial controlling and business intelligence (BI). 

Checkmarx has named Roman Tuma as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Previously the Vice President of Sales for Checkmarx’s EMEA, LATAM, and APAC business, he will now be responsible for driving the company’s go-to-market strategy including overseeing global sales, channel operations, and strategic alliances. Tuma possesses more than 27 years of experience – 17 of which have been spent in the cybersecurity industry – building and operating high-growth, customer-oriented teams. Prior to Checkmarx, he spent over 10 years at IBM in multiple executive positions, including Vice President of IBM Hybrid Cloud where he oversaw sales, revenue growth and profitability, technical support, and cloud solution implementation strategy. Prior to this, Tuma held various leadership and sales roles at Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and ActivCard.