Media Movers: Havas Market× welcomes Rebecca Tos, Lee Leggett joins CHEP Network, 7NEWS, ABC

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Media Movers takes a look at the recent moves announced across the industry during the week of 27/02/23

Media Movers across the industry include:

SBS News welcomes Sherpa Hossainy as digital editor. Prior to this role, he was senior content creator at Twitter and previously editor-in-chief at Myanmar Business Today.

• Olivia Lambert begins her new role as morning editor at Her new role comes after she wrapped her duties as editor at Yahoo Lifestyle.

• Georgie Chumbley has been named the new Queensland reporter for Seven’s Sunrise. She joined the network in 2017.

Southern Cross Austereo has promoted James Royce as senior state news manager. His last role was as the Melbourne and Adelaide News Editor across Triple M Melbourne, The Fox, Triple M Adelaide and SAFM.

Capital Radio Network has appointed Brent Ford as news director. He was previously the afternoon newsreader across 2CC and 1053 2CA.

Clemenger Group has announced Lee Leggett as the new chief executive officer of CHEP Network, commencing in April.

Lee joins CHEP Network from Wunderman Thompson, where she commenced as chief executive officer for AUNZ in 2020 and more recently assumed the role of chief growth officer for the Asia-Pacific region.

See also: Clemenger Group announces appointment of Lee Leggett as CEO of CHEP Network 

Adrienne Tam is moving to freelance work after working at News Corp for 12 years Mamamia as a senior features and opinion writer.

• Catriona Stirrat has changed roles at SBS. She is now an audio journalist after wrapping up as a cross-platform journalist/producer for the broadcaster.

The Australian welcomes Noah Yim as a full-time journalist. He was previously a cadet journalist for the publication.

 Havas Media Group has announced the appointment of Rebecca Tos as managing partner to lead the new Havas Market×.

Havas Market× business division integrating Customer Experience, ecommerce, and data, working alongside paid media and content activation to help marketers find the greatest opportunity to engage consumers across the entire customer decision journey, right through to a sale.

See also: Havas Media welcomes Rebecca Tos as managing partner to lead Havas Market×

HR Publications welcomes Lucy Scotting as a journalist across HR Daily and the Shortlist.

• Nadine Morton joins the Illawarra Mercury as a breaking news reporter. She was most recently a journalist at the Northern Beaches Review and part of the Australian Community Media’s national team.

Wellcom has welcomed the appointment of Marnie Darren as its new general manager of Sydney.
Darren’s appointment at the creative content agency follows several key leadership changes within the Wellcom Group over the past 12 months, including Andrew Lumsden promotion to CEO of Australia, New Zealand and Asia and Doug Guttenberg, promotion to managing director of the newly launched Wellcom US.

See also: Wellcom welcomes the appointment of Marnie Darren as its general manager of Sydney

Samantha Jonscher has wrapped up her stint as a journalist for ABC in Alice Springs. She will soon begin her new role on 10’s The Project.

• Elfy Scott is appointed editor of Mamamia, replacing former editor Melody Teh

North Queensland Register welcomes Georgie Desailly as a journalist. She was previously features writer at BDMag.

Nine promotes Gabi Richardson as content partnerships manager. 

Zib Digital has started the year strong with several key appointments to its senior leadership team.

Joining the Melbourne-based agency is Nicole Wagenecht, SEO veteran and member of the first Facebook cohort in America as head of growth; award-winning marketer Monique Parker as an agency partner; and the previous Essendon director Catherine Lio at the helm as chief operating officer.

See also: Zib Digital welcomes three key appointments to its senior leadership team

• Paige Springer joins Nine as the content partnerships manager for publishing. 

• Brian Van De Wakker joins AirTime Media after completing duties as a reporter and producer at Fox Sports News.

• Stephanie Sinclair joins CBH Group as corporate affairs principal after finishing up as a rural reporter for ABC Kimberley

• James Henderson has wrapped up his duties as the editorial director of the Asia Pacific and Middle East at Foundry.

Revium has announced the appointment of Rob Francazio as general manager – Growth, effective immediately.
Francazio reports to managing director Adam Barty, and in the role, will oversee new and existing clients, responsible for ensuring the full­-service digital agency remains relevant and geared towards driving value at every step of their journey.

See also: Revium welcomes Rob Francazio as general manager – growth

• Millie Roberts begins freelancing after finishing up her duties as style and beauty writer for Refinery29.

Cessnock Hospitality Group welcomes Krystal Sellars as a community engagement manager. She was previously senior journalist at the Cessnock Advertiser.

Connecting Plots has brought on a number of new team members as it grows and evolves its client service department.

Joining the team are three new senior hires – Kate Bradfield, group account director; Alana Spinelli, account director; and Rosa Trinh Thu Raz, account director. Also included in the team is recently promoted account executive, Mikayla Henderson, who stepped up into the client service team in mid-late 2022.

See also: Connecting Plots appoints three new senior hires to evolve client service department

The West Australian welcomes Dan Jervis-Bardy as federal politics reporter based in Canberra.

Joining ABC’s Pacific Local Journalism Network is Nick Sas as senior producer.

Hypetap announced it expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Bryce Coombe as managing director.
Coombe, a former AJF partnership client partner, will lead the Australian operations for the Melbourne-based technology-driven influencer marketing agency, reporting to founder and CEO, Detch Singh.

See also: Hypetap appoints of Bryce Coombe as managing director

Sky News appoints Jack Mahony as sports reporter. He was previously digital reporter for the outlet.

Energy News Bulletin in Perth has appointed Yiying Li as a journalist for the publication. She joins from Esperance Weekender in Western Australia.

Linktree has announced the appointment of three new leaders to its executive suite.
Joining Linktree’s executive suite is Farnaz Azmoodeh as chief technology officer; Sam Rogoway as the company’s first chief product officer; and Monica Austin as chief marketing officer.

See also: Linktree welcomes three new leaders to its executive suite

Pedestrian.TV has welcomed Rebekah Manibog as an afternoon/nights writer. She  will continue as a radio host for The Snacc Pacc programme on FBi Radio. 

News Corp Australia has announced the appointment of journalist Dan Box as editorial director of audio for NewsCast, the company’s on-demand audio arm.
In this new role, Box will work alongside the company’s newsrooms to develop true crime audio programming as the business continues to build on Crime X, its audio-only true crime subscription offer available through Apple Podcasts.

See also: News Corp Australia appoints Dan Box as editorial director of audio

marie claire welcomes Francesca Hartley as editorial coordinator and beauty writer

The Cairns Post welcomes Marcus Wilson as a reporter following his most recent stint as the media and communications manager for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

• Mahalia Bowles joins WIN News Central West as a reporter.

UM has announced the appointment of Lana Blanchard into the newly created role of WA media manager leading the HBF business in that market.

Blanchard joins the media agency effective immediately and will be located in HBF’s head office in Perth.

See also: UM appoints Lana Blanchard as WA media manager

• Henrietta Cook returns to The Age from her maternity leave. She now joins the health team after her previous stint as consumer affairs reporter.

SBS welcomes Madeleine Wedesweiler as a digital editor/reporter following her recent stint as an editor for International SOS.

PHD Australia has appointed Alex Williams and Ben Lynch to the newly created roles of head of planning and effectiveness across both the agency’s Sydney and Melbourne offices, respectively.
The roles will see both leaders continue to drive and challenge planning excellence and effectiveness across each office, ensuring that clients receive market-leading planning intelligence from insight to measurement.

See also: PHD Australia welcomes Alex Williams and Ben Lynch as heads of planning and effectiveness

• Emily Kowal joins The Sunday Telegraph as a journalist covering NSW general news.

Jamie Williamson has been appointed as managing editor of Financial Standard. She will be responsible for the Financial Standard suite of journal titles and the weekly podcast.

ABC Newcastle welcomes Laura Williams as producer for its breakfast program as well as a rural reporter for the area.

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