The American Association of Advertising Agencies today elected its Officers and Board of Directors for 2002-2003. This year’s chairman of the AAAA Board of Directors is KEN KAESS, president and chief executive officer of DDB Worldwide. JAMES R. HEEKIN, chairman and chief executive officer of McCann Erickson WorldGroup was elected vice chairman, and MARSHA LINDSAY, president and chief executive officer of Lindsay, Stone & Briggs Advertising, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, is the secretary-treasurer for an unprecedented second term. AAAA President and Chief Executive Officer O. BURTCH DRAKE also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
GABE JOHSON has been promoted to the role of Client Services Director at Memetic Systems. He has been with the company for three weeks.
BaseSix, a strategic marketing firm, has announced multiple hires. ROB JOHNSON joined the company in the Account Management department, JEFF ZANNELLA was hired to boost BaseSix's media planning and analysis team, and MARK OGLIA was brought on to the firm's web design and development group. Johnson had been at AOL, Digitas, and iCast. Zanella comes from Digitas. Oglia had done projects for SBLI, RE/MAX, Wachusett Mountain, and Aubuchon Hardware.
BEN HUROWITZ has been named Senior Account Manager for Guideposts magazine. Hurowitz was the Pharmaceutical Category Manager for TV Guide (1998-2001), where he developed an in-home strategy that was the cornerstone TV Guide’s DTC drug presentations.
DENIS OLIVENNES has stepped down as chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal pay-television arm Canal Plus SA. The resignation of Olivennes follows weeks of tension between Vivendi Universal Chairman JEAN-MARIE MESSIER and the management of the pay-TV unit.
GARY LAPAGE has been named Media Director at PUSH in Orlando FL.
DON BARSHINGER has been elevated to the role of President & Chief Operations Officer of Slack Barshinger, a business-to-business marketing communications agency.
24/7 Real Media, Inc. announced promotions for four senior executives in their New York headquarters. Chief Executive Officer DAVID MOORE becomes Chairman of 24/7 Real Media’s Board of Directors, with Board Secretary and Company General Counsel MARK MORAN adding the title of Executive Vice President. Chief Operating Officer TONY PLESNER becomes President and COO of North American operations for the Company, adding to his responsibilities the management of all US and Canadian operating units. JONATHAN HSU, who had managed Corporate Development for Real Media, becomes Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, including all venture activities and high-level partnerships. According to the announcement, the promotions reward the success of the merger between and ultimate integration of 24/7 Media and Real Media. They also reflect the consolidation of senior management resulting from the merger, since so many titles and responsibilities overlapped between the two companies' senior executives.
CORRECTION: Last week, J&J incorrectly reported on an appointment at Interep Interactive's Cybereps, the San Francisco-based rep firm specializing in ad sales, marketing, and streaming media sales. The new Vice President of Sales at the firm is ERIC DERISE, who most recently served as Vice President of Sales for Zonfire, a division of L90. At Zonfire, Eric DeRise replaced founder JONATHAN DERISE, who resigned in November of 2001 to join Verapass Marketing.
STEPHEN MASTER has been named Vice President of TSE Sports and Entertainment's sponsorship division. Prior to joining TSE Sports and Entertainment, Master directed the online strategy for Team Marketing Report (TMR).
TERRI COMPTON recently joined Ask Jeeves as a Senior Account Executive based in the Los Angeles area. Prior to joining Jeeves, she handled ad sales in the southwest territory for Internet media delivery company, RealNetworks.
CARMELLA SPENCER was recently named General Manager of BlueHornet.com, email markeitng solutions provider in San Diego. Before joining BlueHornet, she was General Sales Manager for TheSanDiegoChannel.com website of KGTV-10 in San Diego.
MICHAEL HUGGER has been named President of Eagle Television Sales (ETS), a Katz Television Group company. Most recently, Hugger served as President of Millennium Sales & Marketing, another Katz Television Group company. In addition, he holds the title of Executive Vice President of the KTVG. Also at Katz, CRAIG BROITMAN has been named President of Millennium Sales & Marketing (MSM). Broitman’s career with Katz Television began in 1986, when he joined the company as an Account Executive in the National division.
Omnicom is streamlining its board of directors to eleven, cutting seven insiders from a group that has remained essentially unchanged since the holding company's founding in 1986, sources said. Those departing the board, effective after the May annual meeting are: KEITH REINHARD of DDB Worldwide, ALLEN ROSENSHINE of BBDO Worldwide, JIM CANNON, CFO of BBDO Worldwide, BERNARD BROCHAND of DDB Worldwide; THOMAS HARRISON, chairman, CEO, Diversified Agency Services; MICHAEL GREENLEES, EVP, Omnicom and JEAN-MARIE DRU, CEO of TBWA Worldwide.
JACQUELINE LAJOIE has been named Chief Operating Officer at McGill Associates, Dallas.
HILARY A. SCHNEIDER, CEO of Red Herring Communications, has been named president and chief executive of Knight Ridder Digital and VP of Knight Ridder, effective April 29.
ADRIENNE H. BILLS has been named to the position of Northeast sales manager and director of brand extensions for both National Real Estate Investor and Shopping Center World at Primedia Business. Bills comes to Primedia Business from Commercial Property News.