January’s Marketing 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:

John Lewis

The UK upmarket department store has promoted Paula Nickolds to be the first female Managing Director in the department store group’s 152-year history. Nickolds, 43, will take over from Andy Street in January.

Nickolds takes over at a tricky period for the department store, where profits slumped 31% to £32m in the first half of this year as it struggled to adapt to the shift to online shopping.

She will have to help increase morale and find a way to maintain the group’s quality and service credentials while cutting costs, particularly in stores where sales are falling. Nickolds may also have to consider pruning new store developments and finding new uses for store space that is no longer needed.

ITV bolsters creative leadership with new senior appointments in ITV Network and ITV Studios. Rosemary Newell will become ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, replacing Angela Jain as she moves to ITV’s production business as Managing Director of ITV Studios Entertainment.

Deliveroo has appointed former Amazon marketer Jamie Swango as its first UK Marketing Director. She’s joined the three-year-old restaurant delivery company earlier this month from her previous role as Head of Marketing for Amazon’s one hour delivery offering, Prime Now. She will be responsible for leading consumer, restaurant, and rider marketing in the UK and Ireland.

Aveva Group, a provider of engineering data and design IT systems, has confirmed the appointment of former deputy chief executive James Kidd as Chief Executive from 1 January.

He will be replacing Richard Longdon who has stepped down from his role as chief executive and director of the company from 31 December 2016.

Brien Winther, the current president of Pandora Australia & New Zealand, will be the new Managing Director of Pandora in the UK. Pandora believe Brien Winther’s leadership skills and passion for people development make him the right person to lead its British Isles team and retail partners as it aims to develop its business.

MSC Cruises has appointed Thomas Cook’s Andrea Stafford as Head of Retail. Stafford, who was a regional manager for Cook, will begin her new role on 3 January. Her main responsibilities in the newly created role will include managing the newly formed team of regional sales managers and developing the multiple and consortia relationships for MSC Cruises in the UK.

Lakeland has appointed BP’s Catherine Nunn to succeed Sam Rayner as the company’s new Managing Director as of January 1. Nunn will be the first person outside the Rayner family to run the business. She will take on the kitchen accessories specialist’s ambitions for international growth as well as its continued progress on home soil, while Sam Rayner steps up to become company chairman.

“Great strides have been made to expand the company into a broader market and I am confident that my experience will help Lakeland to reach an even wider customer base” says Nunn.


One of the UK’s leading independent energy providers OVO have announced two senior appointments to build the company’s award-winning brand and drive its ambitious growth plans. Adam Rostom joins the company as Chief Marketing Officer and Katie Thompson has been appointed as Communications Director.

Rostom will focus on elevating OVO’s brand, growing awareness of its unique customer proposition to bring energy into the 21st century through innovative products and a seamless digital experience.

Their arrival comes as OVO received international recognition for its success in building a powerful and trusted brand, with a focus on putting customers first. In September, the company received the prestigious ‘World’s Best Energy Brand’ award at CHARGE, the world’s first energy branding conference that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Internet Advertising Bureau UK’s (IAB UK) Chief Operating Officer Jon Mew will succeed Guy Phillipson as CEO from 13 January.

Mew has worked at the IAB for eight years, joining as its first head of mobile, before becoming director of mobile and operations, which involved merging mobile into the core part of the business. He was promoted to chief operating officer in September 2014.

Mew spoke to Campaign earlier this month, saying that his priorities would be “reasserting positivity around digital” and “better involving brands and agencies.”

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has appointed Virginia Monaghan, formerly head of the marketing, press and creative teams across both MTV and Comedy Central, to a similar role at the children’s network. Monaghan will begin her new position on 9 January.

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd

Kia has appointed Steve Hicks as Sales Director, who was previously Regional Director for Nissan. Hicks will oversee all sales channels including retail, fleet and new and used cars through the Kia dealer network. He will also contribute to the development of the company as a member of the executive board and report to commercial director, Simon Hetherington.

Dave King is to leave Telegraph Media Group after 12 years to become UK Managing Director of Exterion Media, starting his position 23 January. He replaces Jason Cotterrell, who moves to the newly created role of group development director at the out-of-home company.

Thea Rogers has become Deliveroo’s PR Chief, while the food delivery business will appoint new consumer and corporate agencies after ending work with Havas PR since October of last year. Deliveroo will reportedly be announcing their new consumer PR agency in the coming weeks.

Yoox Net-A-Porter

The group has appointed Deborah Lee as its new Chief People Officer.

Starting her new role in January, Lee will be responsible for defining the HR vision of the company – which owns online retailers Net-A-Porter, Yoox and Mr Porter – through culture, leadership and management strategies.

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