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Movers & Shakers: Mindshare, Tesla, Paysafe, Facebook and Turner

Tim Maytom

The mobile marketing industry is ever-changing, and that applies to the people as much as the technology. Movers & Shakers is a regular feature following the hottest hires in the industry, so you can keep track of who's joined which company, and what they're doing there.

(Clockwise from top left) Joanna Lyall, Richard Kelly, Gary Clark, Wes Chaar, Susan Taylor, Tim Thurman

Mindshare Reshapes UK Leadership Team
WPP-owned media agency Mindshare UK has announced a series of changes to its senior UK leadership team as part of a strategy aimed a further focusing and strengthening its business. Joanna Lyall, formerly the chief commercial officer, has been promoted to the newly-created role of UK managing director, and Richard Kelly, head of exchange, has joined the leadership team.

“I am thrilled that both Jo and Rich have taken on these roles at Mindshare,” said Helen McRae, CEO of Mindshare. “This is the start of a new chapter for Mindshare and I feel lucky to have such a strong team in place that is ready for the future.”

Lyall joined Mindshare in 1998 and has been instrumental in tailoring how Mindshare connects and communicates with its clients. She is one of the co-creators of Huddle, Mindshare’s annual ‘festival of ideas’ and is also responsible for leading Mindshare’s startup and fast growth business offering, Grow.

“Having seen Mindshare continually grow and change from a startup to the business that we atoday, I am hugely ambitious and optimistic for our future,” said Lyall. “We are just at the beginning of a new era for our agency and I could not be producer to be the new MD. Media agnecies are under pressure to evolve and redefine their role in a challenging and changing landscape. The breadth of talent and expertise we have in our businesses puts us in a very strong position.”

Juniper’s Gary Clark Picked Up by Tesla
Electric automotive manufacturer Tesla has acquired a new chief information officer in the form of Gary Clark, former IT chief technology officer at Juniper Networks. Clark succeeds Jay Vijayan, who left the firm in January last year to start his own venture, Stealth Startup Company.

Clark joined Juniper in 2011, and oversaw the company’s broad shift to cloud infrastructure and software-as-a-service applications. He previously worked at Barclays Global Investors as managing director and head of technology services.

He joins the Silicon Valley carmaker as it prepares to debut its latest Model 3 sedan, which is expected by the end of the year, as well as making further ventures into the autonomous driving sector. Last year, it tested four self-driving vehicles on California public roads.

The firm has also seen some high-profile exits recently, most notably in the form of chief financial officer Jason Wheeler, who departed just 15 months after joining the company. More than two dozen members of senior management have left the company in the past year, with many citing difficult working conditions as their reason for exiting.

Tim Thurman Names Chief Digital Officer at Paysafe
Global payments provider Paysafe has revealed digital technology innovator Tim Thurman as its new chief digital officer, reporting directly to president and CEO Joel Leonoff. Thurman, who joins the company later this month, will be responsible for driving the development and deployment of Paysafe’s digital technology capabilities across its platforms and payment solutions.

Thurman boasts over 20 years’ technology and finance experience, having most recently worked for the Australian Securities Exchange as chief information officer. Prior to that, he was based at Credit Suisse Canada, where he acted as head of information technology, and has also held roles at Alpha Trading Systems, the Toronto Stock Exchange, TD Newcrest and IBM Global Services.

Prior to joining Paysafe, he also chaired the government advisory board for the New South Wales Data Analytics Centre, providing leadership and technical guidance on data sharing between government agencies.

“As a proven leader in digital transformation projects at scale, Tim’s technology, product and commercial expertise make him the ideal person to take our digital payments development to the next level and cement Paysafe’s pioneering technology leadership,” said Joel Leonoff, CEO and president of Paysafe.

Facebook Names LinkedIn Executive as New Chief Accounting Officer
Susan Taylor, currently the vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of LinkedIn, is swapping the Microsoft-owned firm for Facebook, taking on the chief accounting officer role at the social network from the end of this month.

Taylor replaces Jas Athwal at Facebook, who resigned as chief accounting officer last year and left the company in February. The appointment was revealed in a filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which also disclosed that Taylor will receive an annual base salary of $400,000 as well as a one-time signing bonus of $400,000, stock units worth approximately $3.5m, and the potential for an annual bonus of up to $200,000.

Taylor has been with LinkedIn since January 2012, following similar accounting roles at Silver Spring Networks, Yahoo and PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at LinkedIn, she supported key project initiatives in partnership with the company’s sales operations, mergers & acquisitions team, and investor relations, and also led management reporting to the Audit Committee until the firm’s acquisition by Microsoft.

Turner Data Science Promotion Continues Investment in Marketing Sciences
Wes Chaar has been named senior vice president of analytics, data and decision sciences at media giant Turner as part of the company’s continued investment in data as a key factor in fueling today’s television experience. Chaar, a seven-year veteran of Turner, will represent the company’s data strategic initiatives, mission and values.

“Data continues to be an integral part of how Turner helps to shape the future of media and advertising,” said Stephano Kim, executive vice president of digital strategy and operations and chief data strategist. “Wes has become an indispensable leader for Turner in driving new data solutions and revenue models that support that future. We are proud to have him continue applying his unique expertise within this expanded role.”

Chaar has over 15 years’ experience in the analytics, data and decision sciences fields, having held various research, consulting and leadership positions prior to joining Turner. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and was the recipient of the 2016 ARF ‘Great Mind Award’ for Analytics Leadership.