People on the Move

This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.


The mobile adtech platform, Blis, has hired MediaCom’s Ben Phillips as vice president of strategic accounts. He will be working with clients and continuing to evangelise the strengths that mobile can bring to the marketing mix.


Eyeota has hired Rohiet Ghildyaal and Christine Siholina to join the Singapore team to drive new business with local advertisers, agencies, data owners and research companies.

Ghildyaal will lead partnership development across SEA, with a focus on publishers and data owners. Siholina will be responsible for accelerating the company’s client and agency growth in SEA markets.

J. Walter Thompson Melbourne

Catherine Graham joins J. Walter Thompson as director of customer experience, charged with integrating data and its use organically through the organisation to drive stronger outcomes for clients. In addition, Brie Stewart joins as the agency’s creative director of content to help ensure every idea developed is born out of true social insight and understanding.

Criterion Global

The media planning and buying agency has announced the appointment of Charmaine Low as associate media director of APAC. Low will be based in Singapore to service Criterion Global’s APAC-based clients and western brands seeking APAC market growth and expansion. Low was previously based in Criterion Global’s New York office as a senior account manager.


The ride-sharing company has hired former Publicis Media executive Ken Mandel as regional head of GrabAds. Mandel will work with GrabAds’ clients to create hyper-personalised experiences for consumers and grow Grab’s advertising offerings including fleet advertising and in-app customer engagement.

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