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Beam Suntory has announced Jessica Spence will fill the newly-created role of President of Brands, effectively replacing the Chief Marketing Officer. Spence will be responsible for managing the global P&Ls of Beam Suntory’s largest brands, which include the whisky brands Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark.
Toyota Motor North America announced that Cooper Ericksen will be promoted to Group Vice President, Product Planning and Strategy, effective Aug. 5. Ericksen has been with Toyota since 1991. He will replace Andrew Coetzee, who plans to retire on Aug. 2 after 31 years of service to Toyota.
Multi-channel engagement platform Leanplum has appointed Kate FitzGerald as President, effective immediately. Before joining Leanplum, FitzGerald was President of Americas Sales for Marketo.
WPP’s Ford-dedicated agency GTB has announced the appointment of Robert Guay as CEO. Guay, who will replace Satish Korde in late July, will lead the evolution of the agency’s relationship with its flagship client, Ford Motor Company. Satish Korde will become Chairman Emeritus of GTB, assisting Ford on strategic projects. The announcement comes less than a year after Ford announced plans to divide its US $800-million creative business between several shops, moving away from GTB’s dedicated model.
AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit has named Ann Sarnoff as chair and CEO of Warner Bros. Sarnoff succeeds Kevin Tsujihara, who left after unethical behavior was discovered. Sarnoff will be based in Los Angeles and will officially join the company later this summer.
Eventbrite, a global ticketing and event technology platform, has announced the appointment of Casey Winters to Chief Product Officer. In this role, Winters will lead the global product management, design and research teams to drive innovation for event creators around the world.
Apple audio brand Beats by Dr Dre has appointed former Electronic Arts (EA)vice-president Chris Thorne as its Global Chief Marketing Officer, following a five-month search. Thorne will oversee the brand’s global marketing across all channels.
Wendy’s has promoted Carl Loredo to Chief Marketing Officer from his role as Vice-President of Brand Marketing, which he took on when he joined Wendy’s in 2016. He will report directly to Kurt Kane, who is being promoted to US president and chief commercial officer.