In his new role, Altmann will help Publicis Worldwide COO Richard Pinder in his goal to make Publicis a top 5 creative netork. Altmann oversee global clients like Renault and Orange, while bolstering the network's talent pool. He will also retain his position as ECD/co-chairman of Publicis Conseil.
Erik-Jan Verheijen has joined Wieden + Kennedy/Amsterdam as its new head of broadcast. Some of his past productions include Honda's "Let It Shine," Nike's "Bad Listener," and EA's "Need for Speed Shift." An Amsterdam native, Verheijen spent a good part of his career in the Asia Pacific region, working at Ogilvy Hong Kong and Singapore.
72andSunny has brought in Kelly Schoeffel as strategy director, to lead the agency's growing strategy function. Schoeffel previously led the strategy team on Target at at W+K, Portland. Another W+K alum Matt Murphy also joins the agency as a creative director. He had been a senior AD on Nike and EA at his former shop. Murphy's most recent project was the Nike "MVP" campaign starring puppet versions of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.
Production companies Believe Media and Bikini Films (commercials/digital/new media) have merged and will operate in the U.S. and the U.K. as Believe Media. Under the new partnerships Believe's principals Luke Thornton and Liz Silver will be reunited with their former partner from TheEnd, Kate Elson. Elson will oversee Believe U.K. as MD and Fiona Gillam will continue as EP. Bikini Music Videos will remain a separate entity, under Phil Barnes, but it will represent Believe directors in the U.K. Additionally, Believe Media U.K. welcomes director Rory Kelleher and his producer Nick Fewtrell to the company.
The Society of Digital Agencies, SoDA, continues to grow internationally with the addition of ten new members from around the globe.BEAM, EffectiveUI, Enlighten, Fjord West, Fullhouse, Geary Interactive, HUGE, Magnani Caruso Dutton, Reactive and Zemoga have all joined as members. The additons bring the SoDA agencies to 41 across the U.S., South America, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Former Firstborn and Poke, New York producer/director Tim Nolan has joined N.Y.-based multidisciplinary production company HUSH as director of interactive, to lead the company's digital/integrated projects. Nolan's previous work includes projects for 19 Entertainment, General Electric, Porsche, Lowes and Microsoft.
Digital marketing company Tribal fusion has appointed Tim Brown as European General Manager. Brown had been Yahoo Europe head of ad product strategy. In his new role, Tim will oversee Tribal Fusion's U.K. business operations and the company's expansion into Europe. He will also lead expansion of Tribal Fusion's U.K. operations and manage product development to ensure the company's offerings address U.K. and European needs.