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    People on the Move, including changes at Rolls-Royce, Clubhouse and Iris New York

    Another week, another wave of senior appointments and departures at brands, agencies and media owners. Check out our global round-up of who is moving where (and why it matters) below, then head over to our People on the Move hub to see who else has been moving up the career ladder.

    Over the past seven days we’ve seen changes at Rolls-Royce, Clubhouse and Iris New York.

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    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that Irene Nikkein has been appointed regional director for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore. Nikkein is the previous head of brand communication and product management at Mini Japan, and has held several management roles in BMW Group Asia.

    Clubhouse has appointed Chelsea Macdonald as head of entertainment partnerships. Macdonald previously worked on entertainment partnerships at Community and Instagram, where she identified emerging talent and collaborated with the likes of Millie Bobby Brown, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. In her role at Clubhouse, Macdonald will be working with streaming, broadcast, studio and individual entertainment talent partners on their Clubhouse strategies.


    Iris New York has been on a major hiring spree. It has appointed Julie Massey as head of integrate strategy for New York and Atlanta, Adrienne Houghton as head of integrated strategy for Iris Chicago, Ric Marshall-Nicholls as head of integrated strategy for Iris San Francisco, Matt McLaren as senior strategist, Ja'Qor ‘Jay’ Goodwin as strategist, Dominik Von Jan as executive strategy director of data at Iris North America, and Jordan Harper, who has moved across the pond after eight years at Iris London acting as technology director, chief technology officer and strategist. Jordan will be leading Iris North American digital transformation strategy as executive strategy director and will be based in Chicago.

    BBH USA announced it is expanding its creative department, adding creative firepower to round out its team with 11 new hires. Continuing its strong momentum, these new creative hires include group creative directors Gary Van Dzura and Adolfo Alcala; creative director duo Valeria Vanzulli and Francesca Bonomi; creative director team Amy Travis and Alex Sprouse, who have been named part of Adweek Creative 100; and associate creative director Bobby Selby. 

    Annalisa Roy and Asad Shaykh have joined Grey’s planning department as joint heads of strategy, heralding the culmination of a strategic repositioning of the agency’s strategy offering. Roy, who until recently was working as an advertising strategy consultant, is former global brand strategy director of Publicis, and previously head of content strategy at AMV BBDO. Shaykh, most recently Grey social’s digital strategy director, has previously held various head of strategy roles and is also both director of marketing and communications and head of brand for Pride London – voluntary roles he will continue.

    Ogilvy Latina has appointed Arlene Armenteros as general manager of Ogilvy Miami, strengthen its positioning in the multicultural market of the United States. The executive has more than 25 years of experience in the United States and Latin America market successfully leading multiplatform brand communication strategies, being a pioneer in the development of digital strategies and content.

    72andSunny has strengthened its team in Australia with four senior hires in strategy and creative roles. Joining the team are Genevieve Hoey, Michael Kleinmann, Daniel Cook and Job van Dijk.

    Colle McVoy has announced the promotion of two leaders to its media and data science practice. Steve Knapp (formerly executive director of media) has been promoted to the new role of managing director, media and data science. Kim Dunn (formerly group media director) has been elevated to senior vice-president, media and data science.

    The team at FCB Health Europe gets reinforcement as Isabel Rojas joins the strategy team of FCB Health Europe reporting directly to Michael Le Brocq, executive vice-president and strategic planning director, FCB Health Europe.

    Wunderman Thompson welcomes Christiaan Lette as chief data officer for the UK with a remit to help their clients, talent and the business further utilize data for growth. Lette joins from the global media agency Wavemaker where he was UK chief digital officer and responsible for the L’Oréal, BMW and Mini accounts, as well as helping to win the likes of Reuters and Eurostar.

    DDB has appointed award-winning creative director Eugene Cheong as chief creative officer of DDB Asia. Cheong will work alongside Asia chief executive David Tang to support its offices in China, Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore on global and big local brands growing across Asia.

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