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Jackie Fast: has left Slingshot to pursue other interests

Turner has promoted Molly Battin to executive vice president and global chief communications and corporate marketing officer. In this position, Battin will be responsible for brand reputation across all platforms, internal and external strategic communications, media planning and buying, media relations and publicity, and ensuring that all communications reflect Turner’s core values and advance its business strategy. Before joining Turner, she was vice president of marketing for EzGov, an Atlanta-based e-Government company. Additionally, she served in brand management for The Coca-Cola Company.

Jackie Fast, founder and managing director of Slingshot Sponsorship, has left the company to pursue writing and other interests following the company’s sale last year to The Marketing Group. Fast started Slingshot from her home in 2010, growing the company to provide services for brands including Hyundai, Hilton EDF, Allianz. Slingshot will be run by new managing director Pietro Rainieri from TMG.

Publicis Groupe has named Alan Wexler as chief executive of Publicis.Sapient as Chip Register has chosen to retire at the end of the year. Wexler, who was co-chief executive of Publicis.Sapient, alongside Register, and chief executive of SapientRazorfish, is tasked with speeding up the integration of digital business transformation at the core of the group. Register had been tasked with overseeing Publicis’ AI initiative Marcel.

Airbnb has named Jenny Gadd as global head of production. The role marks Gadd’s first brand-side job after 20 years working for agencies and production companies. A Swedish native, Gadd has worked for agencies such as Fallon Worldwide and Johannes Leonardo. She will be based in San Francisco.

Topgolf Entertainment Group has hired Troy Warfield to expand its global footprint of Topgolf venues as well as driving ranges that license its Toptracer Range technology. Warfield, who has held general management and marketing positions at British Airways, Kimberly-Clark, Avis and Unilever, replaces former Topgolf International President Neil Allen, who is stepping into a new role as strategic adviser.

Kate Reardon has resigned from her role as editor of Tatler after seven years at the helm of the title. She began her career as a 19-year-old fashion assistant at American Vogue, and at 21 was made the fashion director of Tatler – the youngest ever at Condé Nast. Reardon was also a founding advisory board member of Net-a-Porter.com. Deputy editor, Gavanndra Hodge, will oversee the title in the interim and a successor will be announced in the New Year.

Forbes Media has named Mike Federle as its chief executive. Federle succeeds Mike Perlis, who is stepping down after seven years in that position and will serve as vice chairman and strategic advisor to management and the Board. These changes are effective 1 January. Since July 2016, Federle has served as Forbes Media’s president and COO.  In his new role, he will lead the organisation and drive the company’s performance, strategic planning and worldwide growth.

M&C Saatchi has appointed PR chief Kate Bosomworth, a key figure behind Sport England’s “This girl can” campaign, to be the ad agency’s chief marketing officer. The newly-created role is the first major appointment by chief executive Giles Hedger since joining M&C Saatchi last year from FCB Inferno.

Cadillac global chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus is leaving the marque. He has been in post since 2014. Ellinghaus joined from Montblanc International and also ran BMW’s UK marketing department.

Haymarket Media Group, the owner of Campaign, has named Issie Peate as the new director of its content marketing agency Haymarket Network. Peate has a wealth of experience across Haymarket, Network and the content marketing landscape. She spent six years working across the medical brands and medical education projects within Haymarket Business Media, prior to joining the consumer division to publish Pacemaker, before moving to Haymarket Network. She will be working with the Network leadership team to focus on the growth opportunities for the agency as it develops its roster of clients, which include the IAAF, VW and The British Army.

Future has appointed Richard Huntingford as non-executive director and chairman-designate with immediate effect. He will succeed Peter Allen as Chairman on 1 February 2018. Huntingford has been involved in the media sector for more than 30 years and has held a number of executive and non executive roles in listed and private businesses, including chairman of Wireless Group plc (formerly UTV Media plc); founder of Heart FM; chief executive of Chrysalis plc; chairman of Virgin Radio, Boomerang Plus and Creston; and non-executive director of Virgin Mobile.

Merkle, the performance marketing agency, and part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, has promoted Michael Komasinski to be president of EMEA to drive the agency’s growth strategy across the region. Prior to this, Komasinski was global chief operating officer at Merkle.

CHI & Partners has hired Benedict Pringle from Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as a business director. At AMV, he led and won pitches for Homes for Britain and Thomas Pink as well as working with clients including The Economist, Adidas and Doritos. Pringle runs a blog on political advertising and is a regular media commentator.

Customer acquisition company The Lead Agency has appointed Paul Court as its new head of online trading. He joins from Time Out Group, where he held the role of senior digital marketing manager, looking after paid media but with input on the overall acquisition strategy.

Simon Taylor has been appointed as managing director of specialist agency Ferrier Pearce. He has previously held senior roles at agencies including J. Walter Thompson and Imagination.

8 Outdoor, the digital out-of-home media owner, has appointed Eleanor Crossman as its first marketing and communications director, joining from MWWPR.

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