This week’s executive moves include the appointment of GM’s first CMO since 2012, the departure of Marriott marketing officer Karin Timpone, the selection of two senior marketers at TIME, the hiring of Vides Hirsch as Metrolink’s chief marketing and communications officer and more.

Deborah Wahl Fills GM’s Vacant CMO Position

Adage reports that GM, who has been without a chief marketing officer since 2012, has tapped veteran marketer Deborah Wahl for the position.

Wahl, who served as Cadillac’s CMO since 2018, has also held chief marketing positions at McDonald’s USA and Chrysler. Melissa Grady is set to replace Wahl as Cadillac’s chief marketing officer, moving up from her position as director of media and performance marketing.

Wahl’s appointment comes as a number of other executive leadership positions are shifting at GM.

David Burke Joins Animation Studio Laika As CMO

Laika, the animation studio behind feature films Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, welcomes David Burke as chief marketing officer.

Burke joins the studio from Universal Pictures, where he served as general manager for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Burke was responsible for planning the releases of more than 380 titles, including 60 that debuted as No. 1 in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Andy McKeon To Lead U.S. Ski & Snowboard Marketing

Andy McKeon has been tapped as chief marketing officer for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, reports Ski Racing.

He will be replacing chief commercial officer, Dan Barnett, who is vacating the role to return to the UK.

On-Demand Delivery Service Favor Hires CMO

Favor, an on-demand delivery company, has appointed Fernando Trueba to the position of chief marketing officer, according to Grocery Dive.

Trueba’s remit as chief marketing officer is to accelerate brand growth; he previously served as CEO and co-founder of

Karin Timpone Will Vacate Marriott Global Marketing Officer Role

Karin Timpone will be stepping down from her position as global marketing officer at Marriott, according to an update from Adweek.

Timpone, who has been with Marriott since 2017, will be leaving her global marketing role at the end of 2019 to “pursue new opportunities.”

The company grew its loyalty membership to 135 million members during Timpone’s time as marketing officer and tapped into branded content lifestyle marketing with the advent of the digital magazine, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler.

Metrolink Adds Chief Marketing And Comms Officer To Leadership Team

Metrolink has hired Vides Hirsch as chief marketing and communications officer, reports Mass Transit

Hirsch joins from the Public Media Group of Southern California where she served as VP of marketing communications and brand. She held several other senior-level marketing positions prior to that, notably at Hot Topic, Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.

The hiring comes at a time when Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins is making a number of key appointments to bolster executive leadership at the Southern California commuter rail system.

Fazoli’s Promotes Marketing VP To CMO

Kentucky-based Italian fast-casual chain Fazoli’s has promoted Jodie Conrad to CMO, reports Restaurant Business. Conrad has been with Fazoli’s since 2016 and has served as senior brand director and most recently, VP of marketing.

TIME Builds Upon Marketing Leadership With Two SVP Hires

TIME announced the appointment of Radhika Prakash as SVP of brand and content marketing, as well as Maya Draisin as SVP of progress marketing.

Prakash most recently served as global head of content strategy and media at BlackRock; prior to that, she served as head of brand and creative strategy at Pinterest.

Draisin joins TIME from Conde Nast, where she served as VP of marketing. Additionally, Draisin co-founded The Webby Awards.

The appointments come as TIME announces a swath of new leadership positions across their sales department.

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