Hires that make you go hmmm…



Philip Lamb, former president of Cott Beverages Canada, has joined Sherbrooke, Que.-based cosmetics manufacturer Group3 Cosmetics as president. Group3, which opened its facility in July, manufactures, brands, designs and merchandises private label cosmetics products for retailers. Under Lamb, Cott maintained its position as the number-one private beverage manufacturer, which bodes well for Group3′s aspirations to become the number-one private label cosmetics manufacturer. Lamb joined Cott in 1996 as VP, controller and became president in 2002.

Toronto-based retailer Tabi International has hired Arlene Lebovic as director of marketing. The retailer will undergo nips and tucks to appeal to a younger skew. Lebovic says she was hired to help ‘refresh’ the brand that caters to women 45 to 65. Tabi also plans to introduce PR into the marketing mix and may hire a small marketing team in the future. ‘[International expansion] is in the plans,’ says Lebovic, who has 17 years of marketing and advertising experience. Among other skills, she brings event marketing and new product launch expertise from her work with Coca-Cola in Australia and the Canadian Olympic Association.


After seven years at OgilvyOne worldwide in NY, Montreal’s Brian Fetherstonhaugh has quickly climbed the ladder to the top rung as CEO – a post he will claim in October when current CEO Reimer Thedens steps down. Fetherstonhaugh’s most recent title was chairman of global brands.

Grip Toronto, which has done work on Honda, has nabbed, uh, hired, two more creatives, both with car experience. Creative tag team Stefan Wegner and Nathan Monteith’s work includes Nissan and Toyota. They hail from Gee Jeffery & Partners.

Craig Cooper, formerly EVP/CD at defunct T.O. shop Flavour, has been named ECD at DDB Dallas. He’s taken Briony Wilson with him as senior associate CD. Cooper says his writer/AD shop will total 12. He hints at a couple of other soon-to-be expats, and adds that’s he’s still looking to fill openings. He also believes his Canadian experience churning out strong creative on small budgets was a definite ‘advantage’ in his hire.

Neill Brown, formerly of Saatchi & Saatchi, has moved to Lowe Roche as business manager. Brown led the winning pitch for Virgin Mobile. While at Saatchi, he worked on Toyota Canada. ‘He has a good combination of brand and retail,’ says Brett Marchand, president/CEO at Lowe Roche. The Virgin Territory Team also includes Toronto’s Helios on design, Montreal’s Palm Publicité Marketing for Quebec work, Lowe RMP in Toronto for digital and direct, and Toronto-based Wills & Co. for media strategy and buying.

TBWA has bulked up its Toronto team by hiring five creatives: Marcus Sagar and Catherine Wong from Goodgoll Vendramin – who both worked on Moosehead and Paramat; Joe Amaral from Cossette (Petro-Canada, SAAB and Saturn are in his past) and Scott Couture from MacLaren McCann (General Motors and Molson) are art directors. Allen Oke, formerly with Lowe Roche, has joined as a writer. He has worked on Coca-Cola and Stella Artois. That’s a lot of beer history. But rumour has it TBWA isn’t in contention for Molson.