Dare chief executive Leigh Thomas is to join Facebook EMEA as director of global client partnerships.
At Facebook, Thomas will lead a global team, enabling clients and their agencies to connect and engage with audiences cross-device. She reports to vice president of global client partnerships Will Platt-Higgins.
“I am privileged and delighted to be offered the role at Facebook, where the mission to make the world more open and connected could not be more motivating than in the current climate,” commented Thomas.
“I remain a passionate advocate for the wonderful people and clients of Dare, so thought hard about this decision. But I am confident the business is in good health, and that Dare is going to continue to focus on delivering remarkable work for its clients.”
Thomas joined the digital agency in 2013, departing the role of managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi London. She helped re-focus Dare on its digital offering as an independent agency and its subsequent acquisition by Oliver Group in 2015.
Managing partner Richard Neish will take on the role of chief executive, heading up a new-look senior team including chief technology officer Michael Olaye, managing partners Jamal Cassim and Reeha Alber-Shah, and joint heads of experience planning John Gibbard and Roz Thomas.