JUNE BLOCKLIN, former co-president of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos in Boston, has returned to Young & Rubicam in the role of Vice Chairman. Blocklin will steer management of the New York shop's AT&T account, one of its largest in terms of billings. She will work on key corporate accounts and new business efforts. Blocklin, who starts this week, reports to worldwide CEO Mike Dolan. Blocklin performed similar duties during her first tour of duty at Y&R, in the mid- to late-1990s. Back then, she held several titles, including client services director and director of new business. In 1998, she joined Hill, Holliday, as EVP of Business Development. She later became director of client services and co-president before leaving in early 2001, to become president of partner services at Upromise in Brookline, Mass.
The New York American Marketing Association has elected its new Board of Directors for fiscal year 2003. They are: President: JAMES MCDOWELL, VP of Marketing BMW of North America, LLC.; President Elect: EUGENE DUNKIN, President of Godiva International; First Vice-President: LEE ANN DALY, SVP, Marketing of ESPN, Inc.; Re-elected directors are: Bruce Meyers, Marketing and Advertising Consultant and Bruce Zanca, Independent Communications and Marketing Consultant.
Amazing Media today announced that it has bolstered its already experienced management team with the addition of two key members. MELISSA BOASBERG, formerly of Disney Online, and JENNIFER JOHNSON, formerly of ReturnBuy, Inc., have joined the company as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Sales, respectively. Boasberg brings over a decade's worth of experience in online marketing, media and technology to Amazing Media. As COO, she will play an integral role in overseeing the overall direction of the company, its operating objectives, and its technology. Johnson's sales experience runs the gamut of the e-commerce world and spans over 12 years. As vice president of sales, she will be responsible for the direction, goals and overall objectives of the company's sales program.
MediaCom, one of the world's leading independent strategic media planning and buying companies, announced today that DUANE BRUNER has been named Regional Director of MediaCom's Latin America division, beginning July, 2002. He was previously Regional Director of MediaCom Europe. Bruner began his career with MediaCom in New York in 1986, working on accounts such as P&G and Kraft and General Foods.
JOHN WEISGERBER has joined Forbes magazine as vice president of custom media sales. He will oversee all advertising sales for Forbes Custom Communications Partners magazines. Weisgerber last served as associate publisher of Yahoo Internet Life. Also at Forbes, DAVE PINKERTON has been promoted to manager in Forbes' Washington, D.C., sales office. He replaces Nancy Sterling, who has moved to Forbes.com sales as Midwest manager. Pinkerton served as ad sales representative in Washington, D.C., since September 2000. Prior to this he was ad sales manager for the Southeastern region at U.S. News & World.
ERIK HARBISON has been upped from senior media consultant to media director at 360i. He has been with the digital marketing agency since joining in September 2000 as senior media consultant. Prior to that he was director of media operations for Atlanta-based clickandmove.com
Charles Oliva, former Director of Product Marketing & Business Development with At Road, Inc., has accepted the position of Vice President of Marketing at Vindigo, the leading developer of location-based applications for wireless and mobile devices. Oliva will focus on customer acquisition and retention for Vindigo 2.0, the company's immensely popular personal navigation application, which for $24.95 per year helps subscribers to find places to eat, shop, and play in over 25 major cities.
Search123, a performance-based search engine technology company, announced today that TONY WINDERS has joined its management team as Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Search123, Winders was President of iAgency, one of the world's first online marketing services agencies, which he co-founded in 1995. As a pioneer of several Internet marketing practices, he was responsible for devising campaigns for Coca-Cola, DIRECTV, eToys, F/X Networks, NBC, Paramount, Qualcomm, SegaSoft, Symantec, Universal, Warner Bros., and several other technology, media and entertainment clients.
CHARLES OLIVA, former Director of Product Marketing & Business Development with At Road, Inc., has accepted the position of Vice President of Marketing at Vindigo, the developer of location-based applications for wireless and mobile devices. Oliva will focus on customer acquisition and retention for Vindigo 2.0, the company's personal navigation application.
ANN HAYDEN, a managing partner of Young & Rubicam in New York, is the new chairperson of BPA International, the media auditing firm. Hayden was elected to serve as chairman during 2002-2003. Prior to joining Y&R, Hayden was chief executive officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Business Communications.
DIANE FRANK has been named Senior Vice President/Marketing and Promotion for Magazine Publishers of America. Frank had most recently been a Marketing Consultant with a wide range of clients since 1994. She will report to Ellen Oppenheim, and be responsible for marketing and promoting magazines to various constituencies, including the advertising and media communities.
Epsilon, a Relizon company, has announced that senior vice president of creative services, TOM GAFFNY, has been voted Marketer of the Year by the New England Direct Marketing Association. Gaffny was chosen for his significant marketing accomplishments and his contributions to direct marketing both locally and nationally. Since 1980, Gaffny has been a member and leader of the Epsilon team directing strategy, concept and copy for many of Epsilon's not-for-profit clients. In this role, Gaffny specializes in crafting powerful and emotional stories that elicit strong responses and developing innovative package formats for clients.
New York Post Publisher KEN CHANDLER is leaving the newspaper after three years at the helm and 29 years with its parent News Corp., according to Editor & Publisher. Chandler will become CEO of the Natural Energy Solutions Corp., a multimedia company specializing in health-related information. News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer Lachlan Murdoch will become the Post's publisher, sharing operational oversight with the paper's general manager, Geoff Booth, the paper said. During Chandler's tenure in the top business-side position, the Post has seen dramatic circulation increases, due in part to single-copy sales prices that dropped the daily newsstand rate to 25 cents and the Sunday rate to 50 cents.
Intermedia Marketing Solutions, Inc., an integrated multimedia marketing-solutions company, today announced it has promoted DOUGLAS CAMPBELL to the position of President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Campbell, one of the company's original founders, has served as President of one of Intermedia Marketing's marketing divisions for the last three years.
CABLE NEUHAUS has been named editor in chief of Folio magazine. He last served as general editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine, writing a weekly column and editing digital media coverage. He joined the publication in 1990.
MARIE WOLPERT and PETER ZUCKERMAN have been named ad directors at The New Yorker. Wolpert previously served as advertising manager. She joined the publication in 1994 as associate marketing director. Zuckerman formerly worked as national sales development manager. He came to the magazine in 1998 from Hearst Publications where he was an account manager at Cosmopolitan.