Huge, IPG's "global experience agency," promotes Mark Manning to global chief operating officer, a newly created position. Manning was previously president, west region, a role that will now be filled by Ryan Ku, former chief strategy officer at Eleven. Reporting to CEO Mat Baxter, Manning will assume responsibility for all of Huge's global operations, managing client services, program management, and central shared services. In addition, he will oversee the agency's internal products, capabilities, processes, platforms and tools. "Mark represents a standard of excellence in leadership and brings an essential foundational knowledge of the company, given his commitment to Huge going back to 2016," said Baxter.
Alpha Teknova, which provides custom products and reagents for bioprocessing, bioproduction and molecular diagnostics, hires Jennifer Henry as senior vice president, marketing. Henry was most recently senior director of global brand at eBay, responsible for corporate brand strategy, identity, and integrity. She has also held executive marketing positions at Facebook, Google and Apple. At Teknova, she will drive the company's corporate brand strategy and product marketing efforts. "I hoped to attract a top-notch marketing and branding professional who would bring a fresh, consumer-oriented perspective to Teknova's marketing strategy," said Teknova CEO Stephen Gunstream. "We are fortunate to have found exactly in Jennifer."
Pure Beauty, a California-based boutique cannabis brand, names Esther Song as its first chief marketing officer. Song was previously senior vice president of marketing and communications for cannabis retailer MedMen. Her other posts have included vice president of VIP public relations and partnerships at Tory Burch, and senior account executive at BPCM. "Her exemplary background in both cannabis and the fashion and lifestyle space will be instrumental to expanding our brand in California as well as other legal markets," said Pure Beauty CEO Imelda Walavalkar.