Carat named Navaneeta Das as international client president for Mondelez International. Based out of Singapore for Asia Pacific, Das will head up the Carat media strategy and planning operations for Mondelez, with responsibilities for the wider Dentsu Aegis Network offering. In the long term she will move into a global role within Carat. Das reports to Sean O'Brien CEO of Carat Asia Pacific. She joins Carat from Johnson & Johnson where she was director of digital analytics and marketing analytics. Prior to that, she worked at Mindshare. "Nav's balanced exposure to digital and traditional media and her knowledge of strategy, data and trading makes her the right fit for us as we continue to redefine the business value we deliver to our clients through media," said O'Brien. "Mondelez International is an innovative business, looking to drive significant growth, and with Nav's expertise now within Carat we are in a great position to continue to support them on this journey."
Ted Florea joined Partners + Napier New York as chief strategy officer. The move reunites Florea with agency president Matt Dowshen; both previously worked together at JWT on the global De Beers business. Most recently, Florea was a brand strategy consultant. Prior to that, he spent three years as head of brand strategy at Droga5 NYC and five years prior as group strategy director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Florea has delivered brand and business strategies for companies such as Activision Blizzard, Dun & Bradstreet, Kraft, Intel, UNICEF, The Coca-Cola Company, Chevrolet, PepsiCo-Frito Lay, Hyundai, Saturn and Netflix. "Ted is one of the best minds in the business and is responsible for some of the most thoughtful and compelling work I've seen in recent years," said Dowshen. "Saying I'm pleased that Ted is joining PNYC as my strategic partner would be an extreme understatement."
U.S. Interactive Media (USIM) named Brad Johnson as vice president of business development, responsible for establishing long-term partnerships with ad agencies and clients. Prior to USIM, he led sales efforts at Greenwood Hall where he helped create and drive the education division. Prior to that, Johnson led sales efforts at ACP Interactive, which supported a variety of advertising campaigns for Procter & Gamble. "Brad shares our company views and knows what it takes to drive new growth," said Eran Goren, president of U.S. Interactive Media. "His experience uniquely positions him to lead our business development efforts, and he is a great addition to our senior leadership team."
R/GA promoted Andrea Ring to senior vice president, planning, charged with overseeing the agency's planning group. Joining the group is Graham Phillips as managing director of communications planning. Ring is based in New York and reports to Bob Greenberg, CEO, chairman and founder, and Seth Solomons, executive vice president, chief global client services officer, managing director of New York. Ring has worked at R/GA for the past nine years, helping brands such as Nike, Google, and Samsung rethink their businesses and develop relationships with consumers. Previously, she worked as a brand planner with Bigchalk.com, J. Walter Thompson and Digital Pulp Advertising. Phillips worked at BBDO, JWT, BBH, BSSP and Ogilvy and Mather over the course of a 19-year career. He worked on campaigns for brands such as SAP, Kraft, RitzCarlton, SAB Miller, Axe, LG, Microsoft, Nestle, Kimberly Clark and ExxonMobil. "The core tenants of planning are more relevant than ever, but R/GA's marriage of storytelling and systematic thinking gives us a unique perspective to better understand and reach consumers in the connected age," said Ring. "I'm excited to have Graham join the team as his combination of classical training and technical experience is strongly suited to break the rules, getting beyond the expected to the unexpected."
Zignal Labs hired Tim Hayden as vice president of marketing.
Lindsay Lichtenberg was promoted to senior vice president of publishing platform and partnerships at Starcom MediaVest Group.
Spark promoted Brent Lux to executive vice president, managing director.
BBC America named Courtney Thomasma as vice president, research. She was formerly director, research at SundanceTV.
Beachfront Media hired Jeff Chi as vice president of ad sales and monetization.
Schoen Media Group hired Art Maulsby as senior vice president of communications.
Giant Spoon promoted Nathalie Con and Adam Wiese as senior strategists.
Ania Sponaski joined GMR Canada as director, client services, moving from the GMR London office, where she worked on global brand sponsorship for Visa, Glenmorangie and Nielsen. Lorne Cooperberg was promoted to group account director and Laura Boshell was hired as a director, field marketing and production.
AMC Networks promoted Michael Cagnazzi to senior vice president, digital product development, up from vice president.
Blippar hired Ariff Quli as chief commercial officer, North America.
Tremor Video hired David Cooper as director of supply quality.
NetSeer named Kit Simon as president of media.
InLoox hired Carola Moresche as the head of international marketing and PR.
Drumroll hired David Vo as director of development and Andrea Whitenight as director of production.
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment named Tim Kemp as director of booking and James Snodgrass as manager of sports programming.
Hornall Anderson hired Tim Halloran as digital strategy director.
Hill Holliday hired Krista and Brett Brown as associate creative directors.
Index Exchange hired James Prudhomme, former CEO at Datacratic, as managing director of EMEA.
Humble and sister company Postal added Justin Leibow to the directorial rosters for both companies.
EYE Corp Media named Maria Makres national sales manager in the northeast territory.
SundaySky hired Elan Yaish as chief financial officer and Amit Golan as head of product strategy.
MoviePass hired Erantzeri Corona as vice president of marketing, customer acquisition.
Lockard & Wechsler promoted Asieya Pine to president and Eddie Wilders to senior vice president of research and rnalytics.
Dan LaCivita, president of Firstborn, was elevated to chief executive officer as founder Michael Ferdman exits the industry in June after 18 years in the business.
RichRelevance hired Mahesh Tyagarajan as chief product officer and John Dickson as vice president of client services.
Giant Spoon hired Albert Kugel and Justin Luk will serve as strategists and Anna Ondaatje as project manager.
Chris Wilcox joined Pereira & O'Dell as vice president of partnerships. Previously, Wilcox was vice president of integrated advertising sales for USA TODAY where he oversaw West Coast sales operations.
Tim Barnes was named chief product officer for AudienceScience.
Zumobi tapped Tim Ritchie -- former vice president of sales for BigDoor and OpenMarket -- as vice president of sales.
TBWA\Chiat\Day New York hired Rodes Ponzer as global brand leader on the Accenture account. The agency has also hired three new group account directors: Carrie Lipper to lead the BNY Mellon account; Ben Muldrew to run the Michelin business; and Khara Wagner, who will lead the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Nutrilite accounts.
Cummins & Partners launched an office in Canada with partners Dave Carey and Andrew Shortt at the helm.
Fletcher Whitwell and John Wells were promoted to senior vice president/group managing directors of R&R Partners.
RadiumOne hired Dave Zinman and Bob Hall as chief product officer and senior vice president of business development, respectively.
Univision Local Media named Angela Navarrete as general manager and director of sales of Univision stations in El Paso, Texas.
Natrel promoted Nicole Hyland to senior vice president, chief marketing officer.
The Jim Henson Company promoted Casie Friedman to senior director, global distribution, sales; Katie Mullins to coordinator, global distribution; and hired Amy Takahara as director, global distribution, sales.
Sharre Jacoby was named executive producer of Buster.
J. Walter Thompson New York hired Jennifer Usdan McBride as director of digital production. She joins the agency from Deutsch New York where she oversaw all digital production on Microsoft and PNC, as well as project work for TNT and Galderma. This marks a return to J. Walter Thompson for McBride, having previously served as an executive producer working on Johnson & Johnson brands. In her new role, McBride will report to Lisa Setten, head of integrated production, J. Walter Thompson New York, and oversee digital production across the agency's New York office. McBride also worked at BBH New York as a senior interactive producer, where she launched the Google Chrome interactive project "Chrome Fastball: A Race Across the Internet" and also worked on Westin, Cadillac and Sprite. "Jennifer is a wonder to work with, an incredible creative thinker who is tireless in her efforts to elevate the work and bring innovative ideas to life," said Setten. "Add to this her knowledge and past experience with our clients, we feel extremely fortunate to be welcoming her back to the J. Walter Thompson family."
GroupM named David Grabert as global director of corporate communications. He will lead strategic external and internal communications to support GroupM's worldwide leadership in media investment, data and technology on behalf of the company's agencies and clients. Based in New York, Grabert will report to Elizabeth McCune, global head of marketing, communications and business development. Grabert joins GroupM from Clear Channel Outdoor, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, Inc., where he led corporate communications for the company's Americas division. Prior to that, he held senior communications and marketing roles at Cox Communications, Comcast and Canoe Ventures.
Code and Theory promoted Dotty Giordano to partner. Giordano, who joined Code and Theory last April as director of client services, will continue to drive the agency's client service group. The promotion follows Giordano's development of client relationships for the agency's New York office, specifically national and global campaigns for Maybelline New York, Burger King and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Giordano began her career in public relations. Prior to Code and Theory, she served as group manager and was a senior leader in the brand marketing practice at Ketchum. Giordano also held senior posts as at Evins Communications and Ogilvy PR in New York City, representing luxury and consumer brands such as Leica, Maker's Mark, Virgin America, Johnson & Johnson's Baby, Aveeno, and Sunglass Hut.
GSD&M hired Kim Tice and Adrienne Walpole as vice president, account directors. Tice will lead Hampton Hotels, part of the Hilton Worldwide brands, which launched its "We Go Together" platform in February. Walpole will lead the agency's Southwest Airlines team, supporting branding efforts for its Fall 2015 brand campaign. Tice joins GSD&M from Grey/New York, where she served as vice president, global account director. While there, she helped launch Kellogg's Pringles' first global effort, which launched in 50 countries. She also worked on several Kraft brands at TBWA\Chiat\Day and IBM at Ogilvy & Mather. Prior to GSD&M, Walpole was an account director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Los Angeles, where she led efforts on Best Buy and was part of the team that helped launch the Windows Phone worldwide. Before that, she spent eight years at TBWA and stints at Saatchi & Saatchi and Deutsch. Her client experience includes Nissan, Toyota, Netflix and Mars Petcare. "To create great work, we have to first build strong and trust-based relationships with our clients. And that takes skilled account leaders dedicated to seeking out the best solutions for those clients," said Scott Moore, SVP/Managing Director at GSD&M. "Kim and Adrienne are strategic, smart and experienced, and they will be true assets to our Hampton and Southwest teams."
Martin Williams Advertising added five to the Minneapolis-based agency. Dan Erickson was named art director; Tara Henderson joins as account director; and Cameron High as associate creative director. The agency expanded its project management team with the addition of Krista Theis. Lastly, Martin Williams hired Ryan Libby as director of studio services. "To expand the range of support we can provide to our clients, we developed a studio services department, which is charged with ensuring we are able to deliver the highest quality product in the most efficient manner," said Tom Moudry, CEO and chief creative office for Martin Williams.