Erwin Penland hired Con Williamson as chief creative officer, John Cornette as senior vice president, executive creative director and John Dunleavy as managing director for the New York office and director of account management for the entire agency. Williamson will be responsible for driving creative ideas across the agency and for clients. He joins Erwin Penland with more than 15 years of creative experience, having most recently served as chief creative officer at Saatchi & Saatchi on brands like Miller Lite, Lenovo, Head & Shoulders, Cheerios, Luv’s and Tide. Prior to that, Williamson held creative roles at Euro/RSCG, Fallon/Duffy, JWT and his own agency Lodge 212. Cornette previously worked at agencies such as R/GA, JWT, BBDO and worked on brands like Microsoft, Lenovo, Verizon Wireless, Macy's, GE and Mountain Dew. He joins Erwin Penland from Saatchi & Saatchi New York. Most recently, Dunleavy served as executive vice president, managing director at Saatchi & Saatchi New York. At Erwin Penland, he will lead operations and growth for the agency’s New York office. The agency currently works with brands such as Verizon, Uniroyal and L’eggs, and recently scored agency of record duties for Denny’s.
Los Angeles-based digital agency, TVGla, hired Shannon Turner as account director and Catherine Lance Bones as controller. Turner spent the past two years as an account director at DDB Los Angeles where she worked on accounts such as Holland America Cruise Line, Stand Up To Cancer and Tourism Australia. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at Grey Worldwide where she was vice president/group management supervisor working for such companies as Frontier Airlines, Procter & Gamble and M&M/Mars. Turner will work on TVGla’s Sony Television, Paramount and Mattel accounts. Lance Bones spent the past three years as budget director at TBWA/Chiat Day, where she oversaw global and North American budgets, spending and financial accountability for agency clients like Pepsi, adidas and Google. Lance Bones will provide financial management to TVGla, whose current clients include Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures, Kia, Mattel, Pepsi International, Universal Pictures and Showtime.
Johannes Leonardo hired Michael Duda as chief executive officer. Duda will oversee the agency’s operations, teams and clients – including Google, Diet Coke, Sprite and Nike – working in partnership with agency co-founders and chief creative officers Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico. Previously, Duda was co-founder and managing partner of Consigliere Brand Capital, a marketing management consultancy and investment fund. Duda will remain an investor in Consigliere. Prior to that, Duda spent more than a decade (1997-2000, 2001-2010) at Deutsch, most recently as partner and chief corporate strategy officer responsible for shaping the agency’s marketing, acquisition and joint venture planning, and corporate communications initiatives. Johannes Leonardo has also hired Julian Schreiber and Tom Martin as executive creative directors from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne where they served as creative directors.
Allen & Gerritsen (a&g) named John Blyth as senior vice president, media strategy. He will report to Amy Muntz, a&g’s executive vice president, strategy. Blyth he will be responsible for managing an integrated team as well as overseeing the integrated media strategy for numerous a&g clients. He joins the agency from Havas Media, where he most recently served as vice president, account director. While there, he led the strategic direction of the digital media team and worked on the AutoZone, McDonald’s, GoodYear and Remy Martin accounts. In addition to Blyth’s hiring, a&g also added another five employees to the agency’s Boston office. Stephen Cangemi was named accounting associate; Tarra Marino as broadcast associate; Devin McLaughlin as front end web developer; Vy Nguyen as analyst and Jefferson Vo as assistant digital media planner.
TBWA\Chiat\Day LA tapped Rohit Thawani as head of digital strategy. Thawani will work with TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and DAN LA clients including Pepsi, Nissan, adidas, Google and the Grammy’s. He will report to Nick Barham, chief strategy officer. Most recently, Thawani was a lead strategist at 72andSunny where he worked on Google Ad Arts. Prior to that, he spent three years at BBDO NY as digital strategy director working with clients such as FedEx, Mars Chocolate and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Thawani also worked in digital media for five years at Mediavest, where he led digital efforts for Coca-Cola’s strategic properties including the Super Bowl, American Idol, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA and the Olympics.
72andSunny Amsterdam hired Simon Summerscales and Caroline Britt as director of communication strategy and group brand director, respectively.
Viacom realigned its Media Networks Music and Entertainment Ad Sales group to merge its television, digital and mobile teams into a single sales organization. Melanie Dimemmo will serve as senior vice president of digital video sales, focusing on video deals across the Music and Entertainment Portfolio. Sarah Iooss will serve as senior vice president of partnerships and client strategy, responsible for identifying partnerships with content and platform technology companies. Sharon Silverstein will serve as senior vice president of multiplatform studio ad sales leading the convergent team focused on the company's studio clients.
Pranav Pandit was named director, senior partner at Neo@Ogilvy.
Lindsay Fontaine was promoted to vice president, associate direct response media director at InterMedia Advertising.
Greg Stanko joined R&R Partners as corporate director of public affairs, based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Most recently, Stanko served as a vice president of global public affairs for Ogilvy Public Relations.
PK4 Media hired Chris Teodorescu as director of finance and Tony Tran as junior account executive.
POPSUGAR named Lauren Levinson as its beauty editor. Most recently, Levinson was the fashion news editor at Elle Magazine.
Conde Nast named David DeRobbio as senior executive director, digital sales. Most recently, DeRobbio was vice president of digital sales at NBC News, where he was responsible for all NBC News digital properties.
Hawthorne Direct promoted John Pucci to chief creative officer.
Adconion Direct hired Raj Gill as vice president of automotive.
Rocket Fuel hired Simon Hayhurst as senior vice president of product & business development.
Rob Wing joined Neoscape as creative director.
LevLane hired Myles Kellam as director of client development.
TouchVision named Mike Free as a senior editor.
Prophet hired Harry West as senior partner. He was most recently CEO of Continuum, a design and innovation consultancy.
Bozell hired Heather McCain as art director and Chayse Barr as project manager for Brand Navigation.
nFusion promoted Bass Phillips to executive creative director.
Outdoor Channel promoted Jason Brist to executive vice president of advertising sales.
Progress Partners named Jake Boos as managing director for its Digital Health practice. He previously ran HealthCentersOnline, which was acquired by iVillage, and was the chief digital officer at PatientPoint/HealthyAdvice.
Meredith Corporation named Deirdre Finnegan as publisher of EatingWell magazine. Previously, Finnegan served as associate publisher for Coastal Living magazine.
Roxanne Clary has joined Freeman+Leonard as the executive vice president of business development, leading the client services team.
Eyeball hired David Edelstein as managing director, broadcast, and Danny Rosenbloom as managing director, commercials.
NetSeer hired Dennis Clerke as president of monetization.
Centro hired Bob Bernstein as regional sales director, Joe Didato as regional sales director and promoted Cori Moreno to regional sales director.
The Atlantic hired Sam Rosen as vice president of marketing.
1K Agency hired Keith Pape as vice president of social media & community engagement.
Marriner Marketing Communications hired David M. Bonner Jr. as chief creative officer.
Rhea + Kaiser hired Megan Henry as senior brand strategist and Richard Whitfield as senior art director.