February’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

Co-op Group

The Co-op Group announced this month that Richard Pennycook is to step down as Group CEO and will be succeeded by Steve Murrells, currently CEO of the Co-op’s food business.

This announcement is part of transition arrangements for the Group as it prepares to move from the successful Rebuild phase of its turnaround to the Renewal phase.

Net-A-Porter has announced the appointment of new Global Marketing and Communications Director Dana Gers.

Gers joins the online fashion group from a six-year stint as senior vice president of global marketing at Jimmy Choo.

She will start the newly created position in mid-April and lead Net-A-Porter’s brand communication strategy, ensuring customer acquisition and retention, as well as driving sales.

Liverpool FC’s commercial director, Billy Hogan, has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director as the club’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, will leave at the end of the month.

Hogan’s additional duties as managing director will now see him take up the responsibility for the management of the club’s marketing and digital media departments.

Additionally, Michael Edwards has been promoted into one of the most powerful roles at Liverpool Football Club – the newly-created position of Sporting Director.

Ghada Idrissi joins Inmarsat as Market and Competitor Strategy Manager. He will be responsible for developing and disseminating global government user demand trends, global market data, and relevant competitors to define Inmarsat’s strategy.

Ogilvy PR London announces the appointment of Anna Burns as Head of New Business and Marketing.

Georgina Lewis has been named as the new Head of Marketing at the Football Association (FA), the governing body of English soccer. Lewis will assume the role full-time on 27th February.

Peugeot UK

Kerry Livesey has been appointed PR Manager. Reporting to James Parfett, who took over as Head of Communications for PEUGEOT in January 2017, Kerry has over three years of experience within the PSA Group, having started as a graduate trainee in 2013.

James Parfett will assume the role of Head of Communications, the brand recently announced.

Jill Easterbrook, the former top marketer and chief transformation officer at Tesco, has joined clothing brand Boden as Chief Executive.

Dara McMahon, who heads up the NewBrands Ireland representative body for national and regional newspapers, has been appointed as Aer Lingus Marketing Manager.

UNICEF UK promoted Isobel Dumont to Head of Direct Marketing this month, from Director Marketing Manager – Acquisition. In addition, Louise Lane was promoted to Director of Fundraising Strategy & Knowledge.

Christos Angelides will become Chief Executive Officer of U.K. fashion chain Reiss Ltd., spurning an offer to run Marks & Spencer Group Plc’s struggling clothing division.

Angelides, 53, will succeed the retailer’s 73-year-old founder David Reiss. The move is part of a “planned succession,” Reiss said Monday.

Mamas & Papas has hired Neil Sumner to lead its ecommerce and marketing teams as well as oversee the maternity and nursery chain’s digital strategy as Global Digital Director.

Visa

Eleanor Orebi Gann has been appointed as the new Director – Collaboration, working within the Visa Innovation and Strategic Partnerships team, Eleanor leads design-thinking engagement and workshops with Visa clients to create new commerce and payment solutions.

John Roberts, the man who founded online electrical retailer AO World after a bet in a pub, has announced he is stepping down as chief executive after 17 years with the company.

The AO World Founder will retain a new role on the board- as Founder, Executive Director – and will be succeeded as Chief Executive by Steve Caunce, currently chief operating officer.

Phil Lynch has joined Manchester United as the Chief Executive Officer of Media, where he will be responsible for overseeing the club’s digital media strategy, as well as the management and operations of MUTV (including the new MUTV app, available in 165 countries around the world), the creation and editorial oversight of the club’s official match day programme and monthly magazines, as well as the club’s digital media partnerships and direct-to-consumer products.

The wildlife charity WWF-UK has appointed former Save the Children fundraising director Tanya Steele as its new Chief Executive, replacing David Nussbaum, who is leaving after nine and a half years.

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