MEDIA MOVES: Latest people moves in media

Media Week's round-up of who's moving where in media.

MEDIA MOVES: Latest people moves in media
MEDIA MOVES: Latest people moves in media

Microsoft Advertising has confirmed Chris Maples as its commercial director of consumer and online, replacing Chris Ward who left in July. Maples was previously UK sales director within the business. Ward left the company after 13 years following a three-month sabbatical in July.  

I-level, the digital agency, has made two senior appointments boosting its media, search and technological expertise. Greg Shickle, who brings with him more than five years of search experience, will take up the role of search director in January. Additionally, Oscar Romero will oversee the Procter & Gamble international account at I-Level.

RDF Media has named Bebo's Simon Podd as head of sales at RDF Contact, its new brand-facing, commercial and digital division. Podd joins RDF from Bebo where he held the position of head of sales and was responsible for commercializing its series of made-for-web shows, Bebo Originals, such as Kate Modern.

Johnston Press has appointed Mastercard's global e-commerce chief, Geoff Iddison, as a non-executive director from 1 January. Meanwhile, Martina King, former managing director of Europe at Yahoo, has announced she will not seek re-election at the AGM in April.

Asha Oberoi has been promoted to the newly created role of managing director of ITN Source.  Previously, Oberoi was content director of ITN Source, the business that represents the footage libraries of Reuters, ITN, ITV Productions and Fox News. Her role as content director will no longer exist.

Digicom, the digital out-of-home sales house, has appointed Gareth Evans, international business development director of WPP out-of-home agency Kinetic, to the position of account director.

Virgin Media has appointed Aleks Habdank as director of its on demand TV services. Joining Virgin Media in the New Year, Habdank will be responsible for the commercial management of Virgin Media's on-demand TV service. Habdank joins from pay TV content company, Chellomedia, where he was general manager, Chello-on-demand.

Discovery has appointed Mark Hollinger as the head of its international TV arm, Discovery Networks International, replacing incumbent Greg Ricca. Hollinger makes a sideways move across Discovery, where he has been its chief operating officer of Discovery Communications, the parent company of DNI. His appointment is effective immediately.

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