Media Movers: James Warburton, Nikki Clarkson, Marty Sheargold, Ryan Moloney, and Lisa Millar

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Plus: Nine cuts 200 jobs, Stacey Karayannis, Peter Zavecz, Katie Finney, and Lucio Ribeiro.

Mediaweek’s Media Movers charts the biggest people moves in the industry over the past week.

This week:

James Warburton, former managing director and CEO of Seven West Media, has joined the board of photo-sharing app Tinybeans as a non-executive director. His tenure began on 1 July.

After 16 years with the business and five years in the chief marketing officer role, Nikki Clarkson is exiting SCA.

Marty Sheargold and Triple M have confirmed that Sheargold will step down from the 105.1 Triple M Melbourne Breakfast shift.

First appearing on screens in 1995, Ryan Moloney will farewell Ramsay Street later this year after a long career with the Australian soap, Neighbours.

After five years on the couch, Lisa Millar is leaving ABC News Breakfast to focus full-time on other projects across the ABC.

Leo Burnett Australia has promoted associate creative director Stacey Karayannis to the position of creative director in Melbourne.

Thinkerbell has announced a host of leadership appointments across its Melbourne (The South), Sydney (The North) and New Zealand (Aotearoa) offices.

In Melbourne, Nick Bennett has been promoted to general manager, and Tom Wenborn to chief creative Tinker. Paul Swann has been promoted to chief creative Tinker in Sydney. The creative agency has also appointed Jacqueline Archer as national head of integrated production, who joins from Bastion Make.

Melanie Withnall, SCA’s head of news and information, and Jennifer Goggin, LiSTNR’s head of factual and drama have left the broadcaster

Seven West Media has appointed Chris Jones to the new role of director, network sport. In further appointments, Seven’s AFL executive producer, Gary O’Keeffe, has been elevated to the new role of head of AFL and sport innovation; horse racing executive producer Andrew Hore-Lacy has been named head of horse racing; motor sport executive producer Kirsty Bradmore becomes head of sport digital; and cricket and horse racing producer Joel Starcevic has been appointed head of cricket.

Cosmopolitan magazine will return to the Australian market on 12 August under the leadership of publisher Katarina Kroslakova and her publishing house, KK Press, in collaboration with Hearst Magazines International. 

Leading the charge as editor-in-chief is Tessa Ogle, whose career has spanned several notable publications, including The Age newspaper and The Conversation. Ogle moved from news to fashion and beauty, launching Harper’s BAZAAR and Esquire online as digital director.

McDonald’s Australia’s director of marketing, Samantha McLeod, has announced her departure from the fast food giant after ten months in the position.

Bohemia has appointed Natasha Young to the newly created role of group trading and partnerships director. She has been with the M&C Saatchi Group media agency for the past six years and was previously the client lead on several key accounts, including the Australian Retirement Trust.

Adobe has appointed Keith Eadie to general manager, APAC, to lead the business across the region. Eadie will report to Stephen Frieder, chief revenue officer of Adobe Enterprise.

Interbrand has promoted design director Megan Schierhout to associate creative director. She will lead creative for Interbrand in Australia, using design to develop brand solutions for a range of clients, while also overseeing the creative talent within the team.

Rachel Walker joins Saatchi & Saatchi Australia as chief strategy officer, overseeing its national strategy and planning practice. She brings more than 30 years of experience from the UK and Australian markets to the creative agency. She replaces Iona Macgregor, who joined whiteGREY in October as its chief strategy officer.

Neon Black has appointed Leela Maclean to the newly created role of affiliate marketing director, strengthening its affiliate marketing arm.

iProspect has announced the appointment of Patrick Doble to senior client partner based in Melbourne.

Nine CEO Mike Sneesby has announced to staff that the company will be cutting “around 200 jobs” in its publishing business to “offset the loss of revenue from the Meta deal and challenges in the advertising market.”

Seven West Media has appointed Katie Finney to the new role of national television sales director, effective immediately. She will be responsible for Seven’s national television sales team

Finney will work closely with Seven’s national digital sales director, Rachel Page, and with Vikki Friscic, who was appointed to the new role of head of sales strategy and enablement earlier this week.

Lucio Ribeiro departed Seven West Media, taking a voluntary redundancy for his role as director of digital marketing and innovation in a series of large-scale redundancies. Ribeiro had just marked his one-year anniversary with the network.

Peter Zavecz, News Corp managing director for Victoria and Tasmania Publishing, has departed from News Victoria (aka The Herald & Weekly Times)

Zitcha has appointed Kate Marshall and Genevieve Cleaver to newly created senior roles, strengthening its customer success team’s capabilities. Marshall joins as customer success director across international markets including, US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Cleaver takes on the role of customer success lead across APAC.

Vistar Media has launched its new Melbourne office and the appointments of two new hires as it expands its capabilities and operations in Australia and the APAC region.

Leading the company’s Melbourne office is Ben Swaik in the newly created role of account director, demand sales, Melbourne, alongside Alice Aram who joins as account director.

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