-Julie Atherton, who recently served at WPP as worldwide digital director on Team Colgate, has joined up with SapientNitro to serve as VP of strategy for the New York office.

-ZenithOptimedia has slightly downgraded its 2013 global ad spend growth forecast from 4.1 percent to 3.9 percent. The Publicis Groupe-owned agency also expects global ad spend to grow 5.6 percent in 2015. link

-Music video/digital production company Wanda London has announced a merger with OneSix7 Productions and its EP, Abi Hodson, who will now lead up the U.K. operation. link

-Minneapolis-based Olson, which picked up Midwest AOR duties for Whole Foods last summer, takes us to a “happy place” in a new regional spot for the supermarket chain (above).

-RAPP has hired Lesley McDonald, who most recently helped launch integrated campaigns for SeaWorld while at Draftfcb, as SVP/group account director.