March’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:

ExCeL London has promoted Lucy Merritt to the role of Head of Marketing ahead of what is expected to be the venue’s busiest year to date. Boosting the venue’s conference and events team, Merritt will take on new responsibilities, including digital marketing, CSR and corporate communications.

Coffee chain Costa has appointed Thrive PR’s Esme Knight as Corporate Communications Manager. Knight takes responsibility for corporate communications, policy development, and crisis and issues management within Costa’s comms team.

Sophie Marshall has been appointed Senior Global PR Manager at Warehouse. Sophie was previously at BPCM as Account Director.

Publicis UK

Publicis UK has promoted Publicis London chief executive Karen Buchanan to the newly created role of Chairman of Publicis London and Chief Client Development at Publicis UK, while co-founder and chief executive of Poke Nick Farnhill will take on her previous responsibilities at the London shop.

Dom Boyd has also been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer in a bid to strengthen the company’s strategic offering.

Thames Water has poached SSE’s head of finance Brandon Rennet to replace CFO Stuart Siddall who is to retire next year.

Accountant Rennet, who has worked in the power sector for 14 years, will take over as the water company’s Finance Chief in March 2017.

Tesco has hired Mindshare’s veteran chief client officer Nick Ashley to be the supermarket’s first Head of Media.

Ashley will report to group brand director Michelle McEttrick and have responsibility for Tesco’s media across brand, food, mobile, bank and general merchandise.

Mothercare has hired Monsoon Accessorize’s international director Kevin Rusling, who will join the business in March next year.

Kevin Rusling will take over responsibility for its international business as Chief Executive.

Mindshare has promoted chief commercial officer Joanna Lyall to be the media agency’s first UK Managing Director in four years.

The WPP agency said it has brought back the managing director role to bring together individual teams that have been launched over the past year, including Fast, Purpose and Grow.

Accolade Wines has confirmed that Adrian McKeon will return to wine as the Accolade Wines UK & Ireland General Manager. 

Wagamama has appointed Emma Woods as Customer Director.

Starting at the company in April, Woods will join the Executive Team and report directly to wagamama CEO, David Campbell.

Lego announced that Marina Edwards will join as VP & General Manager of UK & Ireland.

The Football Association (FA) has recently announced the appointment of Marzena Bogdanowicz as its new Head of Marketing and Commercial for women’s football.

The appointment coincides with The FA’s launch of their new women’s football strategy ‘The Gameplan for Growth’. The strategy outlined The FA’s approach to its three core goals for the women’s and girl’s game by 2020: to double participation, double the fanbase and achieve consistent success on the world stage.

Amaze, the digital marketing, technology and commerce specialists, have confirmed Alex Comyn in the post of Chief Strategy Officer, helping to marry data intelligence and experience design within the company.


Satellite navigation specialist Garmin has hired two new marketing executives at its UK headquarters in Southampton.

Chrissy Winchcombe joins the company as Marketing Executive for marine, fitness and wellness, while Katie Harrison is now the Marketing Executive for outdoor and golf.

Luxury tailor-made tour operator, Carrier, has announced the appointment of Mark Duguid as its new Managing Director. Based at the company’s headquarters in Cheadle, Cheshire, Mark will join the company at the beginning of April, taking the helm from Steve Kimber who is retiring after a successful six and a half years with the company.

Sir Philip Green’s fashion chain, Topshop, is losing its trailblazing managing director Mary Homer to The White Company.

Mary Homer helped make the retailer into a global brand that constantly managed to lead fashion on the High Street.

Wiggle has poached the White Company chief executive Will Kernan as Group Chief Executive, replacing Stefan Barden at the helm.

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