MaxWorldwide, formerly L90, has announced the appointment of PETER SEALEY as chief strategy officer. Sealey will work daily with the company's new management team to develop strategic positioning and marketing. Sealey, the former head of marketing for Coca-Cola Co. and Columbia Pictures, is the founder and CEO of Los Altos Group, a Silicon Valley consulting firm specializing in business and marketing strategy.
SHARON R. O'BRIEN has joined World Publications’ Saveur and Garden Design Magazines as Midwest Manager. Most recently she worked for Red Herring, and prior to that spent 7 years at IDG.
STEVEN TANN, an old hand in TV development, has been named senior vice president for creative affairs at New Line Television. Under his watch will be the development of new programs, including "The Twilight Zone," which New Line is producing in concert with Trilogy Entertainment. Tann will work out of the company's international headquarters in L.A.
Rolling Stone Editor/publisher, Jann Wenner is attempting to modernize his 35-year-old pop culture bible. It seems the old guard, which established Rolling Stone's design and editorial sensiblity throughout the 1990s, and even earlier, is moving on. Ed Needham, the newly named managing editor of Rolling Stone who joined from FHM, has accepted the resignation of longtime fashion director PATTI O'BRIEN, a 13-year Rolling Stone veteran. Also, photo editor FIONA MCDONAGH, who has been with the magazine since early 2001, has been let go. JODI PECKMAN, former deputy photo editor of Rolling Stone from 1993-97, and current photo editor of Emap's FHM, is said to have been poached from the men's monthly to succeed McDonagh. A replacement for O'Brien has not been named. FRED WOODWARD, RS' art director for the past 14 years, resigned last fall to join GQ and has since been replaced by ANDY COWLES, most recently art director of defunct Mademoiselle, and before that of Brit music titles Q and Mojo. Needham replaced Robert Love, who was managing editor for the past four-and-a-half years and at Rolling Stone for a total of 20.
ALLEN MILMAN, the travel industry marketing executive who built his reputation developing major high-end Caribbean destinations and popular New York nightspots, has joined Cox Advertising, a Soho-based full-service marketing and brand communications agency, to oversee its travel-related, upscale markets, and luxury goods accounts.
Palisades Media Group has retained the services of PAULA MANGIN to develop new business. This well-established San Francisco advertising agency professional (Chiat Day, BBDO) has handled media services for accounts ranging from Blue Cross of California and Bank of America to Pacific Bell and Pizza Hut.
MATTHEW ROBERTS has been promoted to vice president and executive director of marketing for the Conde Nast Corporate Group. A fifteen-year veteran of the company, he has served as executive director of marketing for the Conde Nast Group since last February and has held sales and marketing positions at a variety of the publisher’s magazines.
SCOTT TOBIN has joined brand solutions firm TAG as director of interactive media. The creative consultant founded his own interactive design outfit, Tobin Interactive, and has previously held positions at The Lawrence Company, ABC Productions and Amblin Entertainment.
Mediaedge:cia, San Francisco has announced a trio of promotions: AMANDA RABINOVITCH, who helped launch The Digital Edge in San Francisco, has been promoted to media supervisor, SAM HUSTON has been upped to senior media planner, and NICOLE LEFMANN has been promoted to media planner.
BILL SCHEFT, a 10-time Emmy-nominated writer for "The Late Show with David Letterman," will pen a column for Sports Illustrated’s "Scorecard" section. Since 2000, Scheft has written a column called "The Monologue" for ESPN magazine. His new column for SI will be called "The Score."
JEFF HOPKINS has been named regional advertising director for American Profile, a weekly, national magazine for readers of community newspapers that celebrates hometown life. He will now be based in the magazine's Chicago sales office and will be responsible for advertising sales in the Midwest territory. Hopkins has over 13 years experience in sales, most recently serving as senior account executive for USA Weekend.
Dwell magazine has recruited the team of ALLYSON DEANE and LISA FRIEDMAN as Directors of Consumer Advertising. They will be based in the New York offices of the lifestyle magazine. Previously, Deane worked in various capacities at PC Magazine as well as Better Homes and Gardens, while Friedman served in several roles at Ziff-Davis Publishing, including District Sales Representative for PC Magazine.
Former Instyle.com staffer ALISON FRIED has joined Time.com as general manager. A Harvard MBA, she has also worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Co. JOSHUA MACHT has been named managing editor of Time.com. He was formerly executive editor of Business 2.0 and the online editorial director for the Industry Standard.
Ziff Davis Media Game Group tapped STAN TAIGEN as its new Associate Publisher. In his last position as Vice President, Associate Publisher-West at Red Herring Communications, Taigen oversaw all print sales for Red Herring magazine in the Western half of the United States and online sales nationally. During his tenure, Taigen was responsible for business with companies such as Microsoft, Sprint, Hitachi, Morgan Stanley and Infinity.
The Sharper Image Corp. today named financial industry marketing veteran DEBORAH DINKELACKER senior vice president of marketing. Dinkelacker was previously senior VP of marketing for Providian Financial Corp. and VP of marketing for American Express Co. Sharper Image's marketing director, Jeff Forgan, will report to Dinkelacker.
GIGI VOLK has been named Western sales director at Budget Living magazine, a new lifestyle and personal finance magazine launching later this year. Volk was previously West Coast associate publisher for Ziff Davis’ Smart Business magazine which folded in May. She has also worked at Magazine Services Incorporated and at Chiat/Day San Francisco.
ROB WILK has joined Overture as an Account Executive. Previously, he helped create and manage the National Ad Sales team for AmericanGreetings/Bluemountain, as the East Coast Director. He was also instrumental in designing and leading the new International AdSales Division of the online greeting card network of sites, as the International Director.
KEVIN COYNE, executive vice president of media and new technologies at Bates Media, has stepped down as the agency is being absorbed by Optimedia. He was an eight-year veteran at Bates.
DANIEL BARNATHAN has been appointed executive vp sales, marketing and promotion for Fox Box. Barnathan will oversee ad sales for Fox Box, the kids programming block from 4Kids Entertainment set to debut Sept. 14. Barnathan previously worked in sales and marketing at ABC for more than 23 years before joining CBS HealthWatch/Midscape, the online health network, as executive vp sales.
TRACY WOOD has been named editor in chief of Ms. magazine by the magazine's owner, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and co-founder, Gloria Steinem. She comes to the title from the post of investigations editor at the Orange County Register.
Addis, the independent brand strategy and design firm, announced the appointment of consumer brands professional GARY K. LARSON as Chief Marketing Officer. Responsible for strategic development and public relations, Larson will play a key role in promoting the professional branding services of Addis, which include positioning through integrated brand expression. Larson comes to Addis with over 17 years of strategic and applied marketing experience, most recently, leading the international marketing and communications efforts of digital services agency Razorfish, based in Amsterdam.
Addis also announced the appointment of CHRISTINA LOVE to Managing Director, New York. Love will be responsible for a growing focus on business development in the East. Prior to Addis, Love was the Director of Business Development at Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer Euro RSCG (MVBMS) where she spearheaded the business development activities of the $1.4 billion agency. Previously, she was Vice President of Corporate Development at Earle Palmer Brown, and account manager on the Mars and Company account at Bates Worldwide/Europe.