Vevo’s president and CEO, Erik Huggers, is stepping down from his position. While the music service searches for a replacement, Vevo’s chief financial officer, Alan Price, will assume Huggers’ responsibilities.
Huggers had been with Vevo since 2015, which he joined from Intel’s online-TV division OnCue. At Vevo, he pushed to expand distribution beyond YouTube, which remains the service’s largest hosting platform.
Hilton has a new chief marketing officer, bringing in Kellyn Smith Kenny to oversee marketing strategy for all 14 of the company’s subsidiary brands.
Prior to joining the hospitality giant, Kenny was vice president of marketing for Uber, leading the brand’s efforts for the US and Canada. Before that, she served at Capital One as senior vice president of marketing.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau is mixing up its C-suite, appointing Patrick Dolan to the position of president and Anna Bager as executive vice president of industry initiatives.
“For over a decade, Patrick has been responsible for much of our organizational stability, proving himself to be an invaluable resource for the IAB leadership team, the board of directors and our members,” said IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg. “Likewise, Anna has a longstanding track record of guiding IAB and its members through dynamic shifts in the industry.”
Dolan has been with the IAB since 2007, serving as the organization’s chief financial officer and chief operations officer during his tenure. Bager is a comparatively recent hire, joining the IAB in 2011 to lead the IAB Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence and subsequently launching the IAB Video Center of Excellence.
Pandora has named Aimée Lapic as its latest chief marketing officer.
“Aimée brings to Pandora a deep customer focus and long track record of driving significant growth for consumer brands,” said Roger Lynch, president and CEO of Pandora. “She has the exact performance and partner marketing experience we need to take Pandora to the next level and expand our audience across all tiers of service.”
Lapic joins the internet radio company after a 13-year stint at the Gap, where she ascended to the level of CMO for Banana Republic, where her investments into paid social returned a more than 500 percent ROI.
Chris Bergstresser, president and chief operating officer of Sega Europe, has announced his departure just four months after joining the company. No reason was given, but Sega claims he departs the company on strong terms.
“On behalf of the whole business, I would like to thank Chris for his hard work, integrity and his professionalism during his time at the helm of Sega’s European operation,” said Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, CEO of Sega West.
Miyazaki will step in as interim president while the company searches for a replacement.
Meal-kit delivery service Chef’d has hired Jemie Sae Koo as vice president of marketing, hoping to expand the brand’s saturation among millennial and Gen Z consumers.
“Jemie brings an entrepreneurial, business-first approach to marketing programs,” said Kyle Ransdord, CEO of Chef’d. “At the heart of our business, we are driven to fully understand the needs of our customers and surpass their expectations.”
Sae Koo has created campaigns previously for Amazon, Disney, H&M and Coca-Cola.
P&G is undergoing several executive shifts. Charlie Pierce, head of its Gillette division, will be stepping down in March. Succeeding him will be Gary Coombe, P&G’s current European president of selling and marketing operations.
Additionally, Magesvaran Suranjan, president of selling and marketing operations for the Asia Pacific region, has had his role expanded to cover India, the Middle East and Africa.
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Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment (BSE), owners of the Barclays Center, has hired Elizabeth Brooks as its latest chief marketing officer to oversee strategy for branding and advertising for all of the company’s teams and venues. Marilyn Hauser has also joined the company as senior vice president of programming for Barclays Center.
“We are now primed to support and continue BSE’s rapid growth with their diverse backgrounds in sports, entertainment, music and technology,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. “Both Elizabeth and Marilyn have proven success in their areas of expertise and will be strong leaders for our team.”
Before joining the sports brand, Brooks served as CMO and executive in residence for Sopris Capital Associates, a private equity firm. She has also held the title of CMO for both data-analyst firm Lucid and 3D cinema provider RealD.
CNN’s digital film unit Great Big Story has brought on Christine Cook as senior vice president of global sales and brand strategy, hoping to strengthen revenue strategies.
“Great Big Story is central to our multi-platform strategy and has already had considerable success internationally with over 15 brand partnerships from EMEA, APAC and Latin America and a local version launched in the Nordics,” said Rani Raad, president of CNN International Commercial. “As Great Big Story prepares for further expansion, I am delighted to add to our firepower someone of Christine’s caliber to work with our global teams and take brand integrations to the next level.”
Previously, Cook worked at Flipboard as its senior vice president and global head of advertising partnerships for six years, a founding member of its advertising business team.
Susan Kenney Cotter has joined the insurance provider Royal Neighbors of America as its CMO.
“We are pleased to welcome Susan to our executive team,” said Cynthia Tidwell, Royal Neighbors president and CEO. “Her extensive industry knowledge and marketing expertise, combined with her commitment to our philanthropic mission, are an important addition as we transform to a more robust member-centric organization and continue our growth trajectory.”
Prior to signing up with Royal Neighbors, Cotter held senior-level marketing positions at several other insurance companies, including Colonial Life and AIG.
Augmented reality firm Meta Company has hired Maneesh Dhir as COO.
“We are particularly excited to tap into Maneesh’s unique level of expertise in successfully building and scaling large organizations for long-term growth,” said Meron Gribetz, founder and CEO of Meta. “We know that Maneesh will be invaluable to helping Meta deliver on its vision.”
Before joining Meta, Dhir served as managing director at Apple India, and prior to that was executive vice president at AOL.
Roblox, a social platform and game for children, announced the following new hires: Jennifer Hedding (chief people officer), Daniel Williams (vice president of corporate and production engineering) and Matt Kaufman (vice president of product).
YouTube has brought on a new voice for its original content division, hiring Luke Hyams as its first-ever head of originals for the EMEA region.
“We’re in five markets and we’d like to launch in more, but it takes a bunch of time to get there, and we’d like to commission more content,” Matt Brittin, Google’s president of business operations for EMEA, told Variety.
Before signing on with YouTube, Hyams worked at Disney for its own digital content division.
Anaplan, a planning service provider, announced the hiring of Mara Pergolino as CMO.
“Maria is widely respected as an exceptional team builder and an accomplished enterprise software marketing executive, and we’re excited to welcome her to Anaplan,” said Frank Calderoni, president and CEO of Anaplan.
Prior to Anaplan, Pergolino was senior vice president of global marketing and sales development for Apttus, a revenue management firm. Before that, Pergolino was senior director of marketing for Marketo, a marketing automation software provider, where her efforts drove quadruple-digit growth.
Major League Baseball is undergoing executive reorganization, reassigning Tony Petitti, current COO, to the role of deputy commissioner of business and media, overseeing MLB’s marketing and revenue efforts. Additionally, Chris Park now holds the title of vice president of product and marketing.
Epitaph Records has expanded its marketing team, promoting Hope Selevan as vice president of marketing and digital strategy. Additionally, the label has promoted Matt McGreevey as general manager.
“I’d like to thank Brett Gurewitz for giving me this opportunity and to acknowledge the amazing job that Dave Hansen, my predecessor, has done for the last 21 years,” McGreevey said in a statement. “I have incredibly large shoes to fill and am honored to be part of such an amazing label.”
Both executives previously held the title of director of marketing. Selevan joined Epitaph from New West Records in 2015, where she also served as director of marketing.
Digital-media startup Inverse has appointed David Spiegel as chief revenue officer.
“Inverse is doing the impossible by building an owned audience in the age of distributed media,” Spiegel said.
Prior to Inverse, Spiegel was senior vice president of sales and brand strategy at Great Big Story, and was also vice president of brand strategy and partnerships at BuzzFeed.
Jessica Verrilli, Twitter’s vice president of corporate development and strategy, is stepping down after nine years at the company. Though Verrilli has not declared her concrete next steps, she plans to expand her role at HelloAngels, her investment collective.
“Now I’m looking forward to the holidays and perhaps a literal marathon, now that I have no excuses for not training,” Varrelli posted on her Twitter account. “I’m excited to spend more time investing with HelloAngels and figuring out what’s next.”
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