Mobile gaming ad agency Admix bags two industry CEO heavyweights

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Admix, the In-Play advertising platform has added two CEOs in the form of former Dentsu Aegis Network CEO Nigel Morris, and former GroupM CEO and global CDO, Rob Norman.

The agency bridges the gap between mobile games and brands, said Norman has joined as a senior advisor focusing on the Americas, while Morris, already an advisor and investor, has joined the board of the company. 

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Both have made lasting imprints on the media and advertising landscape, having previously identified and harnessed the vast potential of digital and social media early on, and having spearheaded transformation in their respective businesses and markets.

Based in New York, Norman (right, main photo) will act as strategic advisor to Admix’ rapidly expanding team in the US. 

Norman was a long time CDO of WPP’s GroupM and additionally served as its North American CEO. 

He’s also a director at Simpli.fi, a leading programmatic advertising platform based in Texas. A well-known voice in the ad world Twittersphere, he is currently a director of SaaS company Piano and a non-executive director of BBC Global News.

Morris (left, main photo), an investor in Admix, has joined the board of the company and will work closely with the leadership. 

He was a central figure at the Dentsu Aegis Network for over 25 years, founding the global digital network Isobar and transforming the US Group. 

He is chair of the innovation consultancy The Upside, on the board of data science business Gyana, and is also a longstanding non-executive director at the Guardian Media Group.

“The video gaming domain will be the next big media channel following social media’s emergence some 15 years ago”, Morris said. 

“In-Play is intrinsically engaging to audiences and brand safe for marketers at scale, and will become a key driver of sustainable growth strategies for brands. 

“The Admix team is very conscious of the whole ecosystem for consumers, brands and publishers, and we have developed a pioneering and agile platform that provides a great experience and performance for all.”

Norman said: “I am delighted to join Admix as an advisor. Gaming on personal devices has become a huge part of media consumption. 

“In-Play advertising creates revenue for publishers and reach and engagement for advertisers. Admix unlocks the economic opportunity with programmatic speed and precision, and does so without compromising user experience.”

Industry foresight

Announcing the hires, Samuel Huber, CEO at Admix, commented: “Rob Norman and Nigel Morris foresaw the dramatic shifts to digital and social, long before others in the industry were ready. 

“They share Admix’ view of gaming as the next key media channel, and we’re delighted to have secured strategic support of their calibre as we communicate Admix’ rapidly developing offer to agencies. 

“This represents the next stage of Admix’ 2021 expansion following the appointments of Michael Silberberg from Google as VP Global Agency Partnerships and Alex Faust from Spotify as EMEA VP AdSales.” 

In 2020 Admix saw hypergrowth with an 800% revenue increase driven by unprecedented inbound and direct sales, and expects to double in size from 40 to 80 staff this year.