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Talent Tracker: Vectra, Ozone, Imagination and more

Bazaarvoice has named former Shopify and Amazon VP Colin Bodell as Chief Technology Officer. Bodell brings over 25 years of experience, including 8 years at Amazon, where he led the Amazon website platform scaling from $8 billion to $200 billion. He’s also served as CTO at the likes of Groupon and American Eagle Outfitters. With 11 patents to his name, he joins Bazaarvoice to accelerate the company’s global technological innovation as the consumer-to-consumer economy evolves and it strives to make shopping radically transparent through user-generated content.

Vectra has announced two new EMEA leadership appointments. The announcement sees Teppo Halonen appointed as Vice President of EMEA and Christian Borst appointed as Chief Technical Officer of EMEA. Both Teppo and Christian will align with customers and channel partners to progress security strategies, and help organisations to secure their digital transformation and cloud adoption journeys. Teppo previously held the role of Regional Director for North Europe at Vectra and will use his expertise and familiarity with customers to develop cybersecurity strategies amidst increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Christian boasts wide-ranging cybersecurity knowledge having previously worked as Senior Manager & Head of Cyber Offense for European management consulting firm AWK Group, Christian is also a Senior Fellow of the Bocconi Business School Corporate Information Security Roundtable. Christian will become Vectra’s second EMEA CTO, working alongside existing EMEA CTO Steve Cottrell.

Charlotte Seagers joins Ozone as Head of Customer Success, previously holding the role of Senior Account Manager & Team Lead at Beeswax, acquired by Comcast’s Freewheel in late 2020. Charlotte previously held senior roles at Rezonence where she finished her time as VP of Platform. Antonio Nunes starts the new role of Head of Data Science, joining Ozone from QBE Europe where he was Lead Data Scientist. With both hires mark a strong expansion to Ozone’s talent pool. Prior to joining QBE Europe, Antonio held the same role at The Telegraph and before that was an Analytics Solutions Specialist for Telefónica.

Boldspace appoints Dan Pillay as Head of Product to lead growth of data platform, BoldLensTM. Pillay brings 12 years’ experience across data, analytics and scaling SaaS (software-as-a-service) platforms to the business, joining from CampaignHero, the integrated advertising campaign platform, where he led all aspects of the product. He started his career agency-side at research firm, Toluna, before spells with Microsoft’s’ Munich-based shopping comparison service Ciao and then CK NET in London. He moved to Broadplace, which owns CampaignHero, in 2013 before becoming Head of Operations in 2015 and leading the data platform since 2020.

Steve Lidbury joins Imagination as the new Executive Creative Director for the UK and Europe and will work across a variety of clients to push creative innovation forwards and deliver outstanding brand experiences. Steve joins from Eight Inc. London where he worked as the Executive Principal, delivering holistic brand experiences and strategic brand consulting across a diverse range of projects. He now returns, excited by Imagination’s ambition and the ongoing evolution of its core offers. He has a firm grounding in Imagination’s clients, having previously worked with the agency from 2010-2015 where he led the creative team across the Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce Motors Cars, Aston Martin and Mazda businesses. 

Detected, the London-based fintech that provides frictionless global business onboarding, announces that it has hired Top 100 Women in Fintech, Rebecca Duckworth, as Chief Revenue Officer. Rebecca joins with over 25 years of experience working in digital transformation across the payments, fintech and software sectors, and most notably spent six years working in Leadership roles at Fiserv, the global fintech and payments company. Rebecca has also held senior roles at Intuit, QV Systems and Digital Insight.

Global affiliate marketing platform, Awin, has appointed Cinzia Campanini as group people and culture director to lead the transformation of the HR department and develop its people-centric vision for the future. With previous leadership roles at software company Vizrt Group and multinational organisation ABB, as well as positions within management consulting, academia and research, Campanini brings over a decade of experience in HR business partnering, change management, talent and learning, and people and culture transformation.

multilocal, the programmatic specialist, has announced the appointment of three new senior members of staff this month alone, as demand for its services continues to ramp up worldwide. Dharmesh Patel joins as Director, Ad Operations. He brings 15 years’ digital marketing experience supporting brands and publishers with performance-focused programmatic and paid social media campaign objectives; having also managed Twitter’s performance advertising product and revenue across APAC, MENA, and LATAM. Dharmesh has an impressive track record of creating multiple audience targeting solutions across digital channels and will help to create a sustainable, consumer-centric and privacy-friendly suite of products and services at multilocal. Fara Fayz has been appointed Senior AdOps Analyst. With considerable experience in programmatic media, business intelligence, analysis and optimisation, she will help to ensure that the team continues to smash client targets as she builds on her already extensive knowledge of marketing technology. And Matt Kay joins as Programme Manager. A forward-thinking, digital and partnerships strategic leader with almost two decades of experience managing complex projects, integrations, campaigns and cross-functional departments, Matt has a proven track record in building teams and generating revenue streams globally – having built a successful AdOps department from scratch at VICE Media. Meanwhile, media industry veteran and long-time multilocal adviser, Tom Bowman, has now joined the board as a non-executive director. Tom is passionate about identifying and developing solutions to further team success. He has worked at media owners, agency side, and in ad tech; having held a number of global roles at organisations such as Microsoft and BBC Worldwide. Tom has over a decade of experience advising UK start-ups and scale-ups and boasts a strong track record of building international sales networks.

McCann Manchester has announced the appointment of a new Head of Digital Media and two senior promotions to build on digital offering for clients, including Aldi UK. Carl Lawrence joins as Head of Digital Media with over 15 years of global digital experience, working across technology, automotive, sports and FMCG categories. Lawrence joins UM Manchester, the media planning and buying team within McCann Manchester, and will be responsible for leading digital transformation for clients with integrated marcomms solutions.  Luke Taylor and Calum Macdonald–Ball have been promoted to joint Heads of McCann LIVE in Manchester. LIVE is McCann’s global approach to social, delivering best-in-class strategic and creative social capabilities for its clients. First launched in Manchester in 2018, LIVE has grown exponentially as social becomes pivotal to brands’ engagements and conversations with consumers. LIVE partners with clients including Aldi UK, Microsoft, Beaverbrooks, Royal London and Zoflora.  

Iris Worldwide, the creative innovation company, announced the appointment of Ian Sohn as CEO of Iris North America. With more than 25 years’ experience as both a client and agency leader, Sohn will oversee all North American operations, responsible for the region’s clients, revenue and growth. 

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