Mumbrella reveals series of new hires and promotions

Mumbrella has announced a series of new hires and promotions as the company continues its expansion under new owner Diversified Communications.

Mumbrella’s head of event content Damian Francis has been promoted to the expanded role of head of paid content. He will continue to lead curation of Mumbrella’s conferences and awards including the upcoming Mumbrella360, and take on additional responsibility for Mumbrella’s forthcoming subscription product.

Francis: Leading Mumbrella’s new subscription project

Joining his team will be Mumbrella senior reporter Abigail Dawson, who has been promoted into the newly-created role of senior content journalist, where she will focus on event curation.

Mumbrella has also made a series of editorial hires on to the daily news team.

Hannah Blackiston will be joining as senior media reporter on March 18, succeeding Zoe Samios who finishes next week ahead of a move to The Australian’s media section. Blackiston is currently deputy editor of real estate title Elite Agent after journalism roles with B2B publisher Momentum, publisher Bauer Media and Sky News Business.

Also joining on March 18 will be journalist Brittney Rigby who graduated from University of NSW in 2017. As well as her journalism degree, Rigby is an admitted lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW. Most recently Rigby led content strategy for law firm website LegalVision.

And the third new member of the editorial team will be Zoe Wilkinson, in her first full-time journalism role after internships with News Corp, Seven and Network Ten. Wilkinson has a combined degree in media and marketing from UNSW.

In additional changes to the Mumbrella team, deputy editor Josie Tutty will go freelance later in April, although she will continue to be a contributor.

In other moves, Dean Carroll, the Singapore-based publisher of Mumbrella Asia, has been promoted to general manager of the Singapore operation.

Former Mumbrella sales manager Ashley Simpson, who worked for Mumbrella in Melbourne and Sydney until April last year, is rejoining to the team as a sales manager based in Singapore but also covering the Australian market.

And Angeline Chow has joined Mumbrella’s Sydney sales team as partnerships manager after previously working for recruitment consultant Michael Page.

Simpson and Chow’s arrival within the Mumbrella sales team comes as partnership managers Denise Jinks and Emily Wintour both head on maternity leave.

Mumbrella’s events team has also made new appointments, with event manager Bianca Reynolds moving across from owner Diversified Communications, where she worked on the Integrate and DesignBUILD expos. She also previously worked for Reed Exhibitions and Domain.

Also joining as event manager is Lilly Barker, who previously worked for Fairfax Events, including on the AFR Business Summit.

And the third new hire to Mumbrella’s events team is event coordinator Kristine Abalos, whose previous experience includes TEDxSydney and Think Inc Events.

Promotions within Mumbrella’s events team include Liz Baldwin stepping up to head of events after the departure late last year of Nicole McKay, along with Carly Pollifrone being promoted to senior event manager APAC, and Lauren Venables becoming event manager.

Baldwin: Head of events

Mumbrella CEO Martin Lane said: “As we get on with our biggest year yet, it’s great to welcome such a wealth of new talent to the team across content, sales and event management roles. I’m particularly proud that as well as making these new hires, we are announcing a raft of internal promotions – and welcoming Ash back into the fold.”


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