The Starcom U.S.A. management team announced the election of LISA DONOHUE as Executive Vice Presidents of the agency. Donohue currently serves as Senior Vice President/Media Director on the company's Discover Card, Morgan Stanley, Nintendo and Philip Morris Corporate accounts. Since first joining the agency (then Leo Burnett's in-house media department) as a media buyer/planner in 1987, Dohohue has worked on more than a dozen Starcom accounts, including General Motors, Kellogg, Miller, NYSE, Samsonite and Sony.
The Starcom U.S.A. management team also announced the addition of KAREN JACOBS as Executive Vice President. She is currently Senior Vice President/Media Director and is charged with managing the company's Print Investment Group in the U.S. She is responsible for the tactical planning, negotiation and execution of newspaper, trade magazine and consumer magazine activity for more than 20 Starcom clients, including Bank of America, Kellogg, Kraft Foods, Pillsbury, Sara Lee, Sun Microsystems and Walt Disney. She also manages the Canon agency-of-record assignment in the U.S. Jacobs previously served as Strategy Director on such Starcom accounts as Kellogg, Kraft, Pillsbury and Sara Lee.
DraftWorldwide Chicago this week announced that TONY WEISMAN was named Chief Marketing Officer. Weisman joined DraftWorldwide Chicago in mid-2002 to work on new business development. He has also overseen Draft's strategic planning group, which includes consumer research and market planning. Previously, Weisman worked in account management at Leo Burnett U.S.A. in Chicago, leaving his post as Senior Vice President and Account Director.
Interactive Agency Apollo recently announced the appointment of JOHN BOHAN to lead the company’s Media and Marketing Department. Bohan, former CEO and President of Max Worldwide, will focus on developing Internet Marketing strategies for Apollo’s extensive list of blue-chip clients.
Horizon Media announced that it has hired several new faces, in both the New York and Los Angeles offices: JILL WEINER has joined the firm’s New York office as an account executive from Grey Worldwide where she spent the last two years as a media planner. TANZA BOVE, JASON GROSZ and LAKESHA BREEDING have also signed on as account executives in the Los Angeles office. Bove joins Horizon’s Los Angeles office from the Giorgio Armani Corporation in New York where she was most recently Advertising Manager. Bove was a media planner at DDB Worldwide working on the Chanel account and responsible for developing U.S. media plans for all of the Chanel brands. Jason Grosz joins Horizon’s Los Angeles office from Dailey & Associates where he was most recently a media planner developing media strategies and plans for four Safeway divisions. Lakesha Breeding comes to Horizon’s Los Angeles office from local LA Agency PKPF Advertising where she was most recently an account executive working on Vivitar Cameras, Lenmar and Hollywood. JASON KOYAMA has also joined the Los Angeles office as a radio buyer. Koyama joins Horizon’s Los Angeles office from Carat North America where he was most recently a media buyer.
Arbitron Inc. has promoted CAROL HANLEY to Senior Vice President, Advertiser and Agency Services. In this new role, Hanley is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts for both advertising agencies and advertisers. Most recently, Hanley held the position of Vice President of Sales with Arbitron’s Advertiser and Agency Services. Prior to Arbitron, Hanley was a partner of Morrison and Abraham, a radio station consultancy. She was also an advertising sales representative for WKKD AM/FM, a suburban Chicago station.
Veteran Latino marketing specialist ROBIN WILLIAM ROBERT joined Ornelas & Associates on January 15 as Group Account Director heading up the agency's Nissan North America business. Robert, a 20-year veteran of Latino marketing, most recently was Group Account Director at Interpublic/Casanova Pendrill in Irvine, CA, where his responsibilities included management of the Coors Light, DIRECTV Para Todos, Moneygram and Verizon accounts. He was Account Director on Coors Light from June 1999 to June 2001.
Also at AOL, TINA SHARKEY was appointed Senior Vice President, Lifestyle and Community Programming. Sharkey brings 15 years of consumer-driven media expertise to AOL. Most recently she was a Principal at Majestic Partners, a Media and Technology consulting firm in New York, where her clients included the New York Times Digital and Cisneros Television Group. Prior to her work with Majestic Partners, Sharkey was Group President of Sesame Workshop's Online Services, where she created the award-winning Sesame Street interactive media business, from 1997-1999. She was also a co-founder of iVillage, and served as its SVP of Programming and Chief Community Architect.
The media department of Keller Crescent Co. has promoted ERIKA LYNCH to the position of Media Buyer. She will be involved in the placement of Yellow Pages ads and other print media. Lynch joined the company in August 2000 as a media coordinator and was promoted to Assistant Media Buyer in March 2002.
JILL ENRIQUEZ has joined HMH, a 25-year-old full service marketing communications firm, as Associate Media Director. Enriquez has more than 10 years of media experience and previously worked as Media Supervisor at Hill Holliday in San Francisco.
LiquidGeneration, Inc., an entertainment and research company, has announced the addition of MARC KIVEN to its executive team as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Kiven joins the company after 4 1/2 years in a leading sales role for Avenue A, where he sold to leading consumer products companies and ad agencies.
TONY GRANGER, Managing Partner and Executive Creative Director at Bozell, is leaving the New York agency for the top creative post at Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi in London. Granger joined Bozell two years ago from TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was Co-Creative Director working on BMW, Bic pens and Playtex's Wonderbra, among others.
After ten years of service, BRUCE JOHANSEN, President and CEO of the National Association of Television Program Executives, will step down as the association's top executive. Johansen, who joined NATPE in 1993, will remain in his current role until a Search Committee that has been created by NATPE's Board of Directors to find his replacement names a successor. Further, he will serve as a long- term advisor to NATPE and its Board of Directors following his successor's appointment. Prior to joining NATPE, Johansen held numerous executive positions with television, radio and distribution companies, including Multimedia Entertainment, Golden West Television, Cross Country Communications, Inc. and Kaiser Broadcasting.
KAYNE LANAHAN, who has headed News Corp.'s cross-platform selling unit since April 1998, has left the company to pursue other interests. The parting was said by company insiders to be amicable. As Senior VP of News Corp. One, Lanahan's mission was to guide advertisers to cost-efficient buys and promotional efforts across News Corp.'s more than 35 media properties. Prior to joining News Corp., Lanahan spent 10 years at J. Walter Thompson and five years as director of North America media for Coca-Cola.
China Xin Network Media Corporation, a market research and a business information service company announced the nomination of DR. LEN SELLERS as Director and Chief Operating Officer of CXN Media. Sellers was the Managing Director for Razorfish from 1998 to 2001. Under his direction, Razorfish provided services to a wide range of multinational clients that included Microsoft, Joe Boxer, Vodafone, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Taking a leap from the traditional production company model, the newly formed Uncle, aims to redefine commercial production with unprecedented creative vision and talent resources. Founded by industry veteran ERIC BONNIOT (pictured) and Director JASON FARRAND, the Uncle family boasts a talented team of directors and creative designers. Dodonna Bicknell joins as Executive Producer, contributing over 18 years of production and advertising experience to the company’s strong portfolio. The company roster also includes directors Kerry Shaw Brown, Rick Rabe, Ash Beck and Jason Farrand. Upon launch, the company is completing two projects — a 4-spot campaign for SBC via Merkley Newman Harty, NY with director Rick Rabe, and a 2-spot campaign for Capri Sun directed by Jason Farrand for Ogilvy & Mather, NY.
Alcott Routon has named JAMES HARENCHAR Director of Sales for the national direct-marketing agency. He will be responsible for new client development and sales and marketing initiatives for the Nashville, Tenn.-based firm. He most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for Ambience Inc., a developer of web-enabled virtual reality marketing technology.
KEVIN WORTH will add the title of Chief Executive Officer of The Deal, LLC, in addition to his current title of President. The announcement was made this week by the company’s board of directors in a memo to all employees. Previously an executive at American Lawyer Media and The New York Times Company, Worth helped launch The Daily Deal in September 1999 and was instrumental in the spinout of The Daily Deal and its related assets into The Deal, LLC. He was named President of the company in October, 2000.
DONNA FRIEDMAN, the head of Kids WB programming, will leave her post to join National Geographic Television & Film as President of Kids' Programming and Production. Friedman joined Kids WB in 1999 as Executive VP in charge of programming and during her four-year tenure guided the network's Saturday morning kids block to 10 consecutive sweeps victories. Among the series she acquired were Jackie Chan Adventures, X-men: Evolution, and What's New Scooby Doo? Prior to joining Kids WB, she spent nine years at Nickelodeon.
Endless Noise recently announced the appointment of CELIA WILLIAMS to its staff as Executive Producer. Appointed to the position of Head of Broadcast Production in July of last year, Williams joined DDB New York as an executive producer in early 2001 and worked on top agency accounts, including Exxon Mobil, Hershey and Philips. She produced for DDB Chicago for ten years prior to that, handling jobs for Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's and Qwest, among many others.
Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation recently announced that THOMAS J. MCSWEENEY, General Sales Manager for HBC San Diego, Inc., was promoted to Regional Director of Sales for the HBC Western Region. McSweeney's duties will be to help each West Region market hire and train top sales people and sales management personnel, direct West Regional sales calls to maximize effective advertising campaigns for HBC advertisers and maximize revenues for the Western Region.