— Spotify: In-beta Swedish music streaming service Spotify has appointed former Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) director of business development Gustav Söderström as its “director of portable solutions”, signaling an imminent move into the mobile space for the company. Writing on his blog, Söderström says that using it for the first time gave him “that very rare ‘Wooha!, wait a minute!’ feeling”. Though he doesn’t reveal any concrete plans, he writes: “Starting in February, I will head up something that a lot of users have already requested and discussed extensively, Spotify on the mobile.”
— Publicis Groupe: Advertising group Publicis’s Vivaki division has appointed former Zed Media director Nick Burcher to the new role of head of social media and audience messages for EMEA. Burcher will be working on the social side of Publicis brands including Digitas, Zenith Optimedia, Starcom Invest, Performics and Zed and will be responsible for the implementation the Vivaki trading platform across EMEA. Via Mediaweek.
— Associated Newspapers: Roland Agambar, head of marketing for News International’s The Sun and News of the World, has defected to arch rivals Associated Newspapers, the national newspaper division of DMGT, which has just agreed to sell the Evening Standard. At NI he will be replaced by Allan MacCaskill, currently head of brand marketing, and he will be working alongside former L’oreal marketer Jeremy Schwarz who has taken up the new role of chief marketing officer. In a separate development, Associated has promoted group marketing Linda Grant to the new role of director of commercial development. From Campaign.