IPG media agency UM has appointed Victoria Steward as its first head of growth. Steward, who joins from OMD where she was new business director, will be responsible for developing UM’s growth strategy in the UK as well as supporting the media agency’s global and EMEA activity. She will report directly to UM UK CEO Rachel Forde.
Prior to OMD, Steward held the position of director of business development at Mediacom Asia Pacific, leading all regional and multi-market pitches from the Singapore office.
Forde said: “Vic has a glowing track record in building and leading teams that deliver success. Her wealth of experience across the UK, EMEA and APAC markets means she’s well-versed in developing bespoke, nuanced strategies to meet the needs of prospective clients. UM is developing rapidly as a business, both in terms of driving the new business pipeline and also in our mission to become the most progressive employer in the market. It’s vital to have someone of Vic’s stature to coordinate, support and nurture our growth as an intrinsic part of that strategy.”
Steward added: “UM’s agile, open and creative offer to clients makes it the most exciting environment to work in. I can’t wait to get stuck in and help drive the success of this world-class business.”