-Starcom MediaVest Group global CEO Laura Desmond was named vice chair of the board of directors of the Ad Council.

-Seattle shop Frank Unlimited replaced Susana Cascais with Dave Abrass as managing director. Cascais is heading back to her native Portugal for family reasons.

-Farfar alum and current McCann Europe chief innovation officer Matias Palm-Jensen will serve as jury president for Digital Asia Festival, which just kicked off its preliminary judging. link

-Business Insider has ranked its top 15 “marketing strategy thinkers” based on influence. link

-Grey has bought up Dusseldorf-based digital media agency, k102. link

-DDB New York puts first-world problems in check in a new campaign for “Water is Life” (above).