It’s a New Year and time for a fresh start for these industry professionals.

Disney has promoted Dan’l Hewitt, UK managing director of Maker Studios and former head of Vice’s ad network, to the role of VP of non-linear programming. Hewitt assumes this position now that Courtney Holt has stepped down to assume the role of EVP of media and strategy.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe has promoted Simon Rutter to Chief Operating Officer and Tim Stokes to Senior VP of sales commercial and operations.

Retailer, John Lewis has named Becky Brock as its new director of marketing. In her new position, Brock will take on responsibility for all aspects of the the company’s marketing strategy and leadership of the CRM, digital, brand and category marketing teams.

Crowdfunding organization, GoFundMe has named John Coventry to lead its UK communications efforts. Coventry is the company’s first hire outside the US, with more hires expected across Europe this year. GoFundMe media director Kelsea Little will also join Coventry in the UK to assist with the company’s European expansion.

As a result of company restructure in Asia, Twitter‘s managing director for China, Kathy Chen, has left the company after just eight months. Twitter’s APAC team will now directly with Chinese advertisers following the restructure. Meanwhile, Twitter UK‘s senior director of media partnerships, Lewis Wiltshire, has announced he is to leave the social media platform and return to the sports industry.

Custom dog food company,, has appointed Steve Spall as its new chief operating officer.

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