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It’s that moment between Halloween and the rush of the holidays, and as Christmas ads flood the internet and Mariah Carey is waking up from its pre-holiday slumber, the agency world continues to spin. Here are the latest staff transfers from around the world.


Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), the association that brings together the world’s top creative talents in design, advertising, and illustration, has granted an exclusive membership to Ksenia Samarskayamanaging director at the Type Directors Club.


AKQA has further strengthened its leadership team with the appointment Jabari Hearn as a managing partner, increasing capabilities and expertise across client and talent development. The appointment follows AKQA’s announcement in September of plans to double the number of people working in its US studios over the next five years to 2,500 professionals.


BBDO is hiring Gustavo Sarkis as chief creative officer of BBDO San Francisco, leading all creative work for clients including WhatsApp, ServiceNow, Wells Fargo and the MegaMex portfolio of brands. Sarkis brings more than 20 years of experience to the position and most recently served as CCO for Conill/Saatchi&Saatchi in their Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami locations. He has also held leadership positions at TBWA/Chiat/Day, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, David&Goliath and MullenLowe.


Bohan announced the official retirement of the agency’s founder and namesake David Bohanwho started the agency in 1990 with a focus on innovative solutions and a client-first approach. Shari’s Day will continue to serve as bohan’s president/CEO.

Click Media

Click Media, a global gaming media and marketing consultancy, has formally expanded into the US market. Grace Watkinsthe company’s co-founder and CEO, anchors the company’s American presence in an office in New York, and Click appointed Dentsu Creative alum Rhonda Walsh as vp of brand partnerships.

Content Group

London-based creative content agency Contented has appointed its first rostered director, the BAFTA-award nominated Lemarl Freckletonas part of its commitment to create a world-class content production offering.


Doe-Anderson hires digital strategist and healthcare leader Elizabeth Scott as vp group account director. Scott will lead the Franciscan Health and Valley Health teams.


Named by Edelman Natalia Benincasa chief creative officer for Latin America. Selected by Edelman’s global CCO Judy JohnBenincasa will be based in Buenos Aires and will be responsible for leading, building and integrating a talented community of creatives across Edelman’s offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.


Digital Transformation consultancy Equator has appointed David Buchanan as the company’s new performance media team lead. He will oversee multiple accounts working in the healthcare, travel, leisure, and financial services sectors.

Every Friday

The creative agency EveryFriday commissioned Jason Elkins as the new business director. Elkins was previously head of business development and client services at We Are Immersive.

Goodway Group

The Goodway Group, a data-driven and technology enabled digital media and marketing services firm, has appointed industry veteran John Davis as svp of brand direct. He will work closely with other key functional area leads, including business development, strategy, media solutions, analytics and technology.


Haberman, a full-service marketing communications agency, named the veteran marketing leader Doug Moore as its chief commercial officer.

Hill Country Studios

Hill Country Studios, a film and television studio coming to San Marcos, Texas, has been appointed Kevin Barr as chief operating officer of the state’s largest and most ambitious studio project. He came from Netflix.


Infillion, an advertising platform built for the connected future, today announced the appointment of Margaret Chu as chief financial officer. This announcement follows his work as an executive advisor at Infillion.

Martin Williams Advertising

Martin Williams Advertising is hiring Kara Murphy as senior vice president, director of account management. Murphy will have a seat on the Martin Williams executive team and lead the agency’s latest business win—the brand agency of record for Mobil 1’s North American Lubricants business.


Named by Oliver, a company that exclusively designs, builds and operates in-house agencies and marketing ecosystems for brands Amina Folarin as its new UK group chief executive officer. Folarin stepped down from his role as global chief inclusion and people officer.

Publicis Italy

Publicis Italy/Le Pub welcomes international creatives as creative directors, including Nick Bakshi, Rainor Marinho and Jack Christensenwho will join the team in January 2023.

Clock Metrics

Relo Metrics (formerly GumGum Sports), a sports sponsorship intelligence platform, announced the appointment of former LiveRamp Chief Strategy Officer of TV, Jay Prasadto lead the next phase of the company’s growth strategy.

Space and Time

Independent growth marketing agency Space & Time has strengthened its leadership in promoting the Chris Jones to the chief executive officer and Heather Connearn to the managing director.


TBWA\London has hired a producer Melody Sylvester as chief production officer, working in collaboration with the CCO Andy Jex and forms part of the senior leadership team.

First Team

Team One, Publicis Groupe’s fully integrated media, digital and communications agency, announced today that it has acquired TBWA\Chiat\Day’s Shannon Franqui as its new management director of growth. Franqui will handle the agency’s growth and marketing teams for all five offices and will develop and lead new business and nurture emerging client relationships. He will also handle Team One’s marketing and raise the agency’s profile in the industry.

Not covered

Unconquered, a full-service creative agency, was added John Fischer as head of strategy.

VSA Partners

VSA Partners has announced six moves within its executive suite. After serving two years as president, Anne-Marie Rosser will ascend to the role of CEO. He will succeed Dana Arnettwho after four decades at VSA will take on the title of founder and chairman. Ariadna Navarro has served four years as the agency’s chief strategy officer and will expand his role to assume the position of chief growth officer. The three new partners include VSA Partners Mike Walshhead of client engagement; Kristin Lingren, general counsel and secretary; and Thom Wolfehead of design.

Wunderman Thompson

Wunderman Thompson assigned Lizzie Snell as managing director and Jim Dyer as head of client leadership as the agency expands its client leadership team.

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