The Team

Leadership Team

James Eppinger

Founder & CEO
Direct Line:

0845 475 8859

Mobile:

07726 416505

Email:
wnzrf@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

London HQ: 1 Primrose Street
London, EC2A 2EX

Expertise:

Senior Appointments, Executive Search, Strategic Growth Consultancy, UK & International Launches, Financial Services via Connect Partners (http://www.connectdigitalpartners.com/)


James has worked in the advertising & digital media industry for over a decade. James's experience spans from launching start-up digital propositions to working at some of the most successful ad tech companies at a Head of Sales and Sales Director level, including Blinkx (formerly Burst Media), Bauer Media, and Gorilla Nation Media. James's passion for the digital space coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to found Connect Digital Group. At ConnectDG, James has used his industry experience to provide consulting, growth acceleration and recruitment services to some of the hottest AdTech & Digital Media companies in the market, helping them expand both strategically and rapidly. James also developed ConnectDG's innovative global launch platform, which has helped over 28 companies, operating in markets such as New York, San Francisco, L.A, Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv launch successfully in London, EU & APAC.
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Robert Howgate

General Manager, EMEA
Direct Line:

0845 475 8859

Mobile:

07850 341900

Email:
ebo@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

ConnectDG
London HQ: 1 Primrose Street
London, EC2A 2EX

Expertise:

Senior Appointments, Executive Search, Strategic Growth Consultancy, UK & International Launches


Rob joined ConnectDG as Managing Partner, working alongside James to develop and expand the UK recruitment and International launch strategy, utilising 15 years of media experience and a network that spans the globe with some of the fastest growing AdTech and Digital media companies and some of the leading Founder/CEO’s in our space. Prior to joining ConnectDG Rob worked to Sales Director level at some of London's leading lights, including Captify and Burst Media after gaining Senior Commercial experience at News International, The Mirror Group and TheAA.com. Rob has a developed a data savvy approach to understanding the ever-evolving digital trends and technologies. He always gains a deep understanding of his clients' needs, their positioning and their current sales and marketing efforts to help them identify areas where they can expand. This approach allows Rob to locate the best candidates for his clients while also helping them grow strategically and identify opportunities to launch into new markets.
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Dave Katz

Commercial Director, International
Direct Line:

0845 475 8859

Mobile:

07966 144 260

Email:
qnir@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

London HQ: 1 Primrose Street
London , EC2A 2EX

Expertise:

UK & International Launches, Strategic Consultancy, Mid - Senior Level Appointments


Dave has been working in Digital Media since 1999, at i-level, Havas and Omnicom, as well as advertising.com and ybrant digital.  Through Katzy Communications, he has worked with many businesses over the years – from online startups and independent digital and design agencies, to large publishers and ad tech businesses – developing sales strategies, training staff and coaching businesses on strategic development.  Dave works with Connect DG to help identify and cement International Launch partnerships, and to identify senior recruitment opportunities through his network of industry contacts.
Dave has been working in Digital Media since 1999, at i-level, Havas and Omnicom, as well as advertising.com and ybrant digital.  Through Katzy Communications, he has worked with many businesses over the years – from online startups and independent digital and design agencies, to large publishers and ad tech businesses – developing sales strategies, training staff and coaching businesses on strategic development.  Dave works with Connect DG to help identify and cement International Launch partnerships, and to identify senior recruitment opportunities through his network of industry contacts.  
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Amy Bernacki

Commercial Director, UK
Mobile:

07539319521

Email:
nzl@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

London HQ: 1 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EX
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Expertise:

Agencies, Advertisers & Brands: UK Launches & Sales Representation


Amy has joined ConnectDG to lead the growth of CDG’s boutique sales house, helping clients such as Bustle build their pipelines and revenues in the UK and EMEA, ultimately giving them the platform to open a local office and grow out a team.

 

With over 12 years’ experience in the digital advertising space for both publishers and tech start ups, Amy has built a great reputation with agencies and clients, building relationships first and foremost and then building sales. Starting publisher side at Haymarket and onto Hearst Digital, Amy went onto senior roles launching Evolve Media successfully into the UK advertising agency market. Following this, she has focused heavily on programmatic propositions, at DSP IOTech; for example, and AdParlor's social media platform whilst also spending time on the West Coast working within Ad Tech businesses in  San Francisco.

 

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Steve Hutson

Mentor / Advisor
Direct Line:

07876 332 746

Email:
fgrivr@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

London HQ: 1 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EX
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Expertise:

Team leadership & training, Mid-Senior Appointments, Executive Search


From working in my parent's fish 'n' chip shop at 12, and working in Digital and Creative, Tech recruitment to Founding an innovative Staffing company Superstars. I have believed in the same principles - a great team, great quality and a great laugh so people feel they are part of a family and we all learn together.

Throughout my career of 25 years I have stayed upbeat and embraced challenges. In my work, from brand design to Media agencies to in-house corporates, Creating Divisions producing £25 million a year in Sales too creating Online curated portals of talent for future client use.

I have earned good all-round experience of staffing resolution and learned that there is always an answer.

I am seen as a mentor to many companies, helping them with there staffing strategies to being Associates with leading Tech Research Companies, showing the future of employees, to working internationally as EMEA Talent Director to help companies get the best teams to be successful.

Above all I smile at work and love what I do, and love meeting new Talent everyday. Its great being a Mentor to businesses and helping them grow.

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Mark Grether

Advisor
Email:
znvy@znextergure.pbz
Address:

New York Office: 79 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
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Expertise:

Strategic Consultancy, Growth Acceleration


Mark Grether was co-founder and Global COO of WPP’s Xaxis, the largest programmatic media company in the world with offices in 46 markets, more than 3,000 clients and an estimated market cap of 4bn.

At Xaxis, Mark was the driving force of disrupting the media industry by introducing new principles for media agencies. Based on owning digital media as a principal, investing into proprietary technology and harnessing its own audience data, Xaxis grew under the leadership of Mark into a billion dollars in revenue in just five years. Under his management, Xaxis became the global pacesetter for the programmatic advertising industry, pioneering numerous technology firsts and bringing programmatic to major new markets including China and Latin America. In 2014, he was instrumental in completing one of the most significant ad tech deals to date, selling Xaxis’ Open AdStream to AppNexus in conjunction with WPP taking a nearly 15% equity stake in AppNexus.

Mark is a seasoned and entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and media. He brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as digital media, big data, technology development, product marketing, media monetization, trading, data science, organizational development, startups and entrepreneurship. With an abundance of international experience, Mark has a strong understanding of various markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

 Mark has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mannheim in Germany, a Master of Arts in Marketing from the University of Florida, and a PhD from the University of Mannheim. As a former Professor of Marketing, Mark’s work has appeared in more than 50 publications. He has been a featured speaker at conferences across the world. Mark lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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Nick Sheppard

Commercial Consultant - Ad Tech & Digital Media
Direct Line:

0845 475 8859

Email:
Avpx@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

London HQ: 1 Primrose Street
London, EC2A 2EX

Expertise:

Sales, Affiliate & Commercial Recruitment


Prior to joining ConnectDG, Nick was involved in the Media Recruitment Industry previously where he gained invaluable experience across all the major mediums including – Digital Media, OOH,  Traditional Print, TV & Radio. A regular high-flyer, who, in the process built lasting relationships with some  of the industry’s leading Programmatic, Mobile & Digital Media Companies.  Nick has a real interest in the advancements in the AdTech market, with a focus on how companies can get  the best candidates on their books to drive their business forward.
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James Osborn

Delivery Consultant
Email:
wbfobea@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

London HQ: 1 Primrose Street London, EC2A 2EX
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Expertise:

Commercial & Technical Recruitment


Prior to becoming a member of the ConnectDG team, James learnt his trade in IT recruitment specialising in Java. He’s always been extremely passionate about helping people, whether that’s as a recruitment consultant or a personal trainer and as he also has a key interest in digital media and the way people interact with it; ConnectDG is the perfect place to build his career. At Connect James (nickname Ozzy) is helping the recruitment side, utilising his skills to help our client portfolio  expand their current teams in UK & Internationally.

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Arjun Sahgal

VP of the Americas
Email:
newha@pbaarpgqvtvgnycnegaref.pbz
Address:

New York Office: 79 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
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Expertise:

U.S & UK Launches, Strategic Consultancy, Growth Acceleration, Financial Services via Connect Partners (http://www.connectdigitalpartners.com/)


Ad tech veteran with expertise in programmatic, social media and digital video. Arjun's business development and sales leadership background provides vast and valueable experience from innovative tech companies including Channel Factory where he was most recently SVP, Rocket Fuel, Quantcast and BlueKai / Oracle.
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Luke Haseloff

U.S. Sales Director
Direct Line:

+001 (917) 584-1682

Mobile:

+001 (917) 584-1682

Email:
yhxr@pbaarpgqt.pbz
Address:

New York office: 79 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

Expertise:

UK & International Launches, Strategic Consultancy, Mid - Senior Level Appointments


Luke Haseloff has 20 years of sales, marketing and Business Development experience at startups (tech & otherwise), as well as JetBlue. He organizes monthly events for digital marketers and technology and media professionals, and helps tech entrepreneurs with business development, marketing and strategy. Luke will promote ConnectDG’s Cross Atlantic launch service for advertising technology and marketing technology companies which seek to expand between the U.S., United Kingdom and European Union. He will showcase how ConnectDG can help firms develop a European footprint and expand global revenue, often with minimal investment. He will also aid senior U.S recruitment opportunities that align with the ConnectDG portfolio. Luke has an MBA from Duke, a BA from Stanford and is a native New Yorker.  
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