VivaKi Nerve Center Appoints Danny Hopwood as Director of Product AOD in UK

London - VivaKi’s dedicated R&D entity, the Nerve Center, today announces the appointment of Danny Hopwood to the position of Director of Product for Audience on Demand (AOD) in the UK. AOD is a proprietary addressable media capability which aggregates precisely defined audiences from data sources and enables marketers to reach relevant audiences through a digital interface. He will report into Marco Bertozzi, Executive Managing Director, EMEA.

 Hopwood, currently working in Starcom MediaVest Group’s Performance team, is a very well respected member of the Exchange ecosystem with a great insight into the technology, data and inventory market places and has worked closely with AOD on a number of key initiatives and clients.  He will make the transition to the Nerve Center in June as part of VivaKi’s Fluid Talent programme. Fluid Talent is an industry leading talent initiative to retain the world’s very best talent and allows VivaKi employees the opportunity to gain experience, broaden skill-sets and prepare for the future by switching jobs and working within other VivaKi entities.

In his new role, Hopwood will have direct responsibility for the evolution and ongoing product development of the AOD offering in the UK marketplace. The Product and Platform team is a global team and Hopwood will work closely with the extensive US resource based in Detroit and Chicago. Danny, along with Geoff Smith who heads up AOD Activation, will be tasked with ensuring AOD remains the market leading Trading desk in the UK.

"I am excited that Danny is joining the VivaKi Nerve Center in this role. I have met many people over the last two years internally and externally and Danny is definitely one of the smartest guys in the business and very well respected" says Bertozzi.

Danny has experience in digital and DR working at MEC Manchester where he focused on the implementation of emerging platforms and technology in the DR teams.  Danny moved to SMG in 2011, he has worked across a number of clients including MoreThan Insurance, Honda Cars, Flybe, Cineworld, Capital One, Universal and Europcar.

On his new appointment, Danny says: “I’m thrilled to be joining The VivaKi Nerve Center. I am very passionate about the RTB space and this will be a fantastic opportunity for me to be at the heart of the industry”.

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About VivaKi
VivaKi is part of Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris Exchange: FR0000130577; and part of the CAC 40 index) the world’s third largest communications group.  VivaKi aggregates the marketplace influence of four autonomous brands, including two global media agency networks: ZenithOptimedia and Starcom MediaVest Group; and two leading digital marketing agencies: Digitas and Razorfish. On behalf of its agency brands and their clients, VivaKi faces the market to help identify and build technology, message distribution, audience aggregation and content solutions for the future. Sitting at the core of VivaKi is the VivaKi Nerve Center, which serves as a think tank, R&D center and testing ground to activate new pathways for clients to connect with consumers in an increasingly digital world. VivaKi also includes a Talent & Transformation Practice, which leverages the scale of the VivaKi brands to develop and deliver tools and approaches designed to attract, develop, train, motivate and reward the world's best people. www.vivaki.com

About Audience On Demand™
AOD is a proprietary addressable media capability which aggregates precisely defined audiences from data sources and enables marketers to reach relevant audiences through a digital interface. The AOD product is leveraged by VivaKi agencies, which include ZenithOptimedia, Starcom MediaVest Group and Razorfish. AOD has served more than 118 billion impressions and services more than 16,000 campaigns across more than 391 advertisers in the U.S and U.K. The product suite has also been awarded by TARGUSinfo with the first-ever Best in Audience Targeting award in October 2010 and recognized by DoubleVerify as one of the Most Compliant Platforms in March 2011.

Contact:
VivaKi - Claire Ballard Head of Communications, EMEA
e/m: claire.ballard@vivaki.com        
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