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Code Computerlove appoints new MD as Jones leaves


Code Computerlove has named Gemma Handley as its new Managing Director.

She takes up the role at the start of 2023, replacing Rob Jones, who will be moving outside of the MediaCom North Group.

Handley has been at the Manchester agency since 2018 firstly as Operations Manager and since 2021 as its Commercial Director.

Prior to that she’s held delivery roles at Kin & Carta (then Amaze), Dept (then Building Blocks) as well as LateRooms and AO.

“The opportunity to lead Code is incredibly exciting! With over fifteen years in both large agencies and client-side roles, I’ve seen every aspect of how digital impacts businesses,” she said.

“Code’s core values set out by the founders of doing the right thing by our people, partners and community is something I’m equally as passionate about and intend to protect as we continue to grow.

“2022 has been a strong year due to our ability to act as advisors to our client partners, providing the expertise they need to deliver well-engineered business systems and world-class customer experiences.

“I look forward to guiding Code and supporting our partners throughout 2023 and beyond, with a focus on value creation in everything we do for them and our people – as well as continuing to have lots of fun along the way.”

The change come as the 80-strong agency officially becomes part of EssenceMediacom and moves into the new WPP Campus based in Enterprise City in January.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to Gemma moving into the role of Managing Director, as her leadership has been crucial to Code’s amazing success this year,” explained Paul Cooper, CEO of MediaCom North.

“Gemma will play a key role in our EssenceMediacom North leadership team and help bring the capabilities and category leadership of Code into the new agency, whilst retaining its independent culture and spirit.”

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