Young & Laramore hired Kathleen Callahan as digital strategist and Cassie Conklin as social media manager. Callahan will identify opportunities for the Brizo, ELEVATE Design Collective and Farm Bureau Insurance accounts to use digital technology to enhance their overall marketing mix. She will report directly to creative directors, Bryan Judkins and Trevor Williams. Prior to Young & Laramore, Callahan was a communications marketing manager at Oracle. Conklin is tasked with leading the social media teams on developing brand awareness and an online reputation through social content for ELEVATE Design Collective, Pet Supplies Plus and Farm Bureau Insurance. She will report to Callahan. Most recently, Conklin was an in-house social media strategist at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "As our clients are looking to expand their digital and social capabilities as part of our branding work we do for our clients in order to match today's rapidly changing media landscape, we believe that Kathleen and Cassie will be ideal assets for our agency," said said Paul Knapp, CEO of Young & Laramore.
Argonaut hired Topher Lorette as head of integrated production. He joins the agency from Droga5 where he served as executive producer/group integrated production manager and ran a team of broadcast, digital, social and print producers on accounts such as JPMorgan Chase, Pizza Hut, Clearasil and Airwick. Prior to Droga5, Lorette spent more than 15 years working at Deutsch LA, AKQA, R/GA, Ogilvy and Grey, on brands like Canon, DIRECTV, Smirnoff, Coca-Cola and Target. "We immediately saw how clear headed Topher was about forging together great storytelling ideas into fully integrated productions and helping to expand a campaign's footprint across all media in a totally efficient way," said Robert Riccardi, CEO of Argonaut. "It's a time of growth and evolution for Argonaut, and we're looking forward to having someone with his range of experience on our team."
AKQA promoted Rachel Barek to general manager of its Washington, D.C. office, up from director of client services. She is responsible for helping clients with ideas, products and services as well as continuing to develop the culture and client relationships. Barek will continue to report to Erik Rogstad, managing director, AKQA. She has worked at AKQA for the past six years. "AKQA's DC office has several of the most successful and longest-tenured client relationships in our company's history, and Rachel's passion and focus on client services has played a large part in that," said Rogstad. "I'm excited to have Rachel's vision and leadership help shape our future."
Rich Claffey has been named senior vice president and general manager of Madison Square Garden.
Committee LA added Adam Goldstein to its directorial roster.
Drawbridge promoted Dini Mehta to vice president of national sales.
Dentsu Aegis Network will acquire Markenloft GmbH, a brand and lifestyle marketing agency in Germany. Following the acquisition, Sebastian Birwe and Kai Burkhard - founders and managing partners - will continue to lead their team within the new MKTG offering across Germany. They will report to Zoja Paskaljevic, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Germany.
Cynthia Frelund joined NFL Media to provide statistical and advanced analytics insight.
Univision Communications promoted Silvia García to senior vice president of media planning and multiplatform strategy.
Sailthru tapped Andy Leaver as executive vice president of worldwide sales.
RealtyMogul added Sameer Shamsuddin as chief technology officer and Niall Weintraub as vice president of marketing.
Humble signed director Todd Biermann to its commercial roster.
The Yaffe Group named Mark Simon as chief creative officer.
Bullitt added Scott Weintrob to its directorial roster.
autoGraph.me hired Jack Breeden as US vice president of sales.
Gamut, a digital media services company owned by Cox Media Group, has named Steve Kelley as regional director of sales for the northeast.
Emoderation tapped Leonardo Morejon as sales director.
Humble signed director Tom Carty for representation in the U.S. and Canada.
Troika named Austin Katz as chief development officer.
PebblePost named Sean Simon as vice president of sales for the company’s western U.S. business, and Celeste Giampetro as vice president of marketing in New York City.
Intersection hired Dafna Sarnoff as its first chief marketing officer.
Pond5 hired Jason Teichman, former chief operating officer at Web.com, as CEO.
Christopher Cox joined GQ as executive editor.
Director Dan DiFelice joined the commercial roster at Biscuit Filmworks.
Lex Machina hired Tim Moore to lead the company’s sales efforts in the Midwest region, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
McCann New York added three employees to its account and creative teams. Peter Bracegirdle was named executive vice president, executive account director; Shayne Millington as executive creative director; and Craig Love as executive creative director. Bracegirdle will work on the Verizon account, leading McCann's integrated team across Wireless, Fios and B2B. Millington and Love will work with the creative team to on the Verizon business. Bracegirdle joins the agency from TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he was most recently managing director, working on the Twitter, Southwest Airlines and Nissan Americas accounts. Millington and Love were most recently executive creative directors at StrawberryFrog where they worked on SunTrust, Fuji and Reebok Classic. They also served as creative directors at JWT working on Macy's and Johnson & Johnson. Before that, Love was as a copywriter and Millington was an art director at Wieden + Kennedy.
CP+B Boulder promoted associate creative directors Kelly McCormick, Stephanie Kohnen, Mona Hasan and Quinn Katherman to creative director. McCormick has been with the agency since 2010, most recently working on Infiniti, Domino's and American Airlines. Prior to CP+B, she worked at McCann Erickson NY, where she won her first Cannes Lion for a small project for Golden Grahams. Kohnen joined CP+B in 2013 working on Kraft, Domino's, Best Buy, Windows Phone and Fruit of the Loom. A Detroit native, she spent 10 years in the city creating work for automotive brands like Lexus, Toyota, Ford, Cadillac, GM and Chrysler. Hasan has been at CP+B since 2012, working on Fruit of the Loom, Domino's, Kraft and Under Armour. Prior to CP+B, she worked at R/GA and McKinney on traditional and digital work for brands like Nike+, Travelocity, Gold's Gym, and EAS sports nutrition. Katherman joined CP+B in December, 2015, and helped the agency win multiple brands, including The Hershey Company. Prior to CP+B, she wrote copy for the Sonic Drive-Thru account at Barkley. She then moved to Arnold Worldwide, where she gave a new voice to Progressive's Flo campaign. Throughout he career, Katherman also worked on brands like PUR, Jack Daniels, Carnival, Yoplait, Lee Jeans, Vanity Fair and Ball Jars. "These four have been vital contributors to multiple noteworthy campaigns, clients and new business. Their incredible talent, work ethic and creative instincts push the agency forward in a new way every day," said Ralph Watson, vice president/chief creative officer, CP+B Boulder.
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP) is naming Vince Genovese as executive director, integrated production to help oversee the agency's expansion with content creation and production. His key responsibilities will "ensure the delivery of cohesive solutions across all media for all clients," they say. The agency already has an in-house production and edit capability, but this new position will enable the shop to further expand those services. He reports to John Butler, agency chief creative officer at BSSP and will be based in Sausalito, California. Genovese is a familiar face, having worked with BSSP on numerous campaigns, including MINI and Raise the River as co-owner of production company Republic Content. After selling his stake in Republic several years ago, Genovese began working as a freelance producer across the country. In addition, he has worked as director of broadcast production at McCann Worldgroup SF, and over the years has worked at 72andSunny, Goodby Silverstein, DDB, FCB and Chiat/Day, among others. "His experience owning his own production company is critical to the agency as we expand our own Cleaver editorial into areas of video and postproduction to make our clients' content stand out," says Butler.
Industry veterans Laura Mulloy and Michael Ma are joining Rokkan as its first senior vice president, executive creative directors based out of the agency's NY headquarters. Mulloy will lead 360-creative work for clients such as Hallmark, Veuve Clicquot, William Grant & Sons, and The Humane Society. Prior to joining Rokkan, she served as an executive creative director for sister Publicis agency, Saatchi & Saatchi New York. Meanwhile, Ma will help to "redefine what design means at Rokkan," says the agency, and will oversee creative efforts for Cadillac, JetBlue, American Express, and Samsung. He joins Rokkan from the Barbarian Group where he most recently served as head of design and managing group creative director, leading visual design for many of the agency's clients including, AOL, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Electric, IBM, Pepsi, Red Bull, Samsung and Tommy Hilfiger. Both will report to CCO Brian Carley. "We wanted to hire two separate ECDS with very intentional and different areas of expertise," says Carley. "Laura and Michael both represent two different sides of the coin of what we do. Laura is very focused on storytelling, she's a brilliant writer, and Michael is very much focused on the design aspect of things. Those are both really important parts of what we do, so I think bringing them together can help grow both of those things."
Camp + King hired Ciaran Rogers as director of strategy, charged with overseeing the agency's Strategy department and the strategic needs of agency clients. Rogers joins the agency from Cutwater, where he led digital strategy and analytics, working on brands like Brawny Man and Peet's Coffee. He also spent time at Hanft Raboy and Partners, Night Agency, Euro RSCG, Razorfish and Tribal DDB, among others. "Ciaran has a great blend of brand strategy and digital know-how," said Jamie King, CEO and Partner. "His experience in analytics and measurement will help us unlock consumer needs and show our clients that their ad ventures were worthy investments."