Digital Marketing People on the Move: September 2014 Roundup

One effective way to keep up with the transforming digital marketing industry is to invest in digital talent. And that may explain why big tech companies and ad agencies were busy looking for talent during the end-of-summer and beginning-of-fall September scramble.

Udi Manber Migrates From Google to YouTube

Google has appointed Udi Manber, a former vice president at Google Search, as head of search and discovery efforts at YouTube.

Manber joined Google in 2006. Prior to that, he worked for Amazon, where he was chief executive officer (CEO) of, Amazon’s early attempt at developing its own search engine. Before Amazon, Manber had been working for Yahoo since 1998.

Kinjil Mathur Appointed Vice President of Marketing at Foursquare

Foursquare has named Kinjil Mathur vice president of marketing. With more than a decade of e-commerce and digital experience, Mathur most recently served as chief marketing officer (CMO) of, where she focused on bringing the offline personal experience in a gallery to the online space, and improving Artspace’s digital presence. Prior to that, she had been vice president of digital marketing for Saks Fifth Avenue for five years.

Julie Levin Joins Publicis Worldwide North America as Chief Marketing Officer

Publicis Worldwide North America has tapped Julie Levin to serve as CMO. She will work closely with Publicis North America’s CEO Andrew Bruce, chief strategy officer Carla Serrano, and chief digital officer Dawn Winchester.

Before she joined Publicis, Levin was chief growth officer at the Martin Agency, an Interpublic company. Until July of last year, she had been head of business development at BBH New York. Prior to that, she worked as managing partner director of business development at McGarryBowen in New York.

publicis-seattleRyan Stoner Named New Strategy Director at Publicis Seattle

Publicis Seattle has created a new position of strategy director for Ryan Stoner. In this new role, Stoner will spearhead strategic development for key pieces of T-Mobile business, including retail, device relationships, B2B, sponsorship business segments, as well as the brand’s digital and mobile experiences. His team will also be responsible for identifying opportunities that will help grow and expand the business.

Before he joined Publicis Seattle, Stoner founded two start-ups: He was the CEO of MoPix, and vice president of business strategy and news business at Switchcam. Prior to that, he worked for a number of agencies, including B-Reel, Omelet, and Publicis.

Along with this new position, Publicis Seattle has added six hires to its strategy team:

  • Nicole McKeown, senior strategist
  • JP Martin, senior strategist
  • Marie Matuszewski, strategist
  • Casey Sperzel, analyst
  • Karen Hymes, user experience designer
  • Chad Woods, creative technologist

todd-grantham-ddb-californiaTodd Grantham to Lead DDB California

DDB Worldwide has appointed Todd Grantham as president and CEO of DDB California. In his new role, Grantham will lead the DDB San Francisco office, as well as spearhead new and organic business growth. He will report to Mark O’Brien, president of DDB North America.

With more than 20 years of experience in advertising, Grantham started working for Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GSP) in San Francisco in 1996. At GSP, he led a number of tech and automotive accounts, including Yahoo, Adobe, and Chevrolet. While running the Chevrolet account, Grantham was responsible for building a team of more than 200 people and opening GSP Detroit, the agency’s first office outside of San Francisco.

During his career at GSP, Grantham held a number of roles and most recently served as director of new business.

david-morganHavas Worldwide Japan Appoints David Morgan as Executive Creative Director

Havas Worldwide Japan has named David Morgan executive creative director. In his new role, Morgan will lead all aspects of the agency’s creative evolution, and partner with agency management to leverage Havas Worldwide Japan’s recent growth and success. He will work closely with brands such as Air France, BMW Motorrad, and Evian.

Prior to the appointment, Morgan worked for Ogilvy & Mather in Japan and across Asia-Pacific for more than eight years. He has won a number of international prizes, including Cannes, Promotion Marketing Awards of Asia (PMAA), and ADFEST.

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