BBDO New York announced that NANCY HILL will be joining the agency as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, overseeing the agency's newly won AOL Broadband account. Hill joins BBDO from Hill Holliday, where she was EVP, Managing Director of the New York office. Prior to that, Hill was President of the San Francisco office of Hill Holliday.
Mediaedge:cia announced that ED GAFFNEY has returned to the company as Associate Director of Strategic Planning. Gaffney is returning to the company after spending three years at Carat. Gaffney will be responsible for developing strategically sound creative planning solutions to advance business for company clients. He will also oversee efforts to expand the use and utility of the newest tools across all the planning for the company.
Carat Interactive has announced that GREG SMITH has been promoted to Head of National Media Practices. In this new role, Smith will now oversee media planning and buying across Carat Interactive's five US offices and help to develop new initiatives and cross-platform programs for Carat's clients. In his previous position, Smith was the Managing Director for Carat Interactive's New York office, working primarily with Pfizer's Pharmaceutical and Consumer Healthcare divisions. Before joining Carat Interactive, Smith started the Non-Traditional Media Planning Group at Zenith Media Services.
JOHNATHAN RODGERS was named president and CEO of a new, as - yet - unnamed cable network co-owned by Comcast and Radio One that is targeted to adult African-American and urban viewers. Rodgers was most recently president of Discovery Networks and oversaw the group's expansion to include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and the Discovery Health Channel. Before Discovery, Rodgers was at CBS for 20 years, serving as the head of the stations group.
JIM NELSON, executive editor of GQ, has been named editor in chief, succeeding ART COOPER. The move follows the announcement last month of Cooper's retirement after 20 years at the helm. Nelson has been an editor at GQ for the past six years. He first joined company as senior editor. Previously, Nelson was an editor at Harper's, where he was responsible for the Readings section.
Initiative Media Central Region, have hired two employees in the company's Chicago office. CATHY RICHARDSON has joined the company as broadcast supervisor and DAVID GREENE has joined as account manager. Richardson will manage local broadcast buying for the Goody's Family Clothing account, and Greene will be part of the planning and client services team for Bally Total Fitness. Richardson most recently served as a media planner and buyer with Bader-Rutter & Associates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to that, Richardson was with D'Arcy St. Louis, where she worked as a media supervisor and media manager. Most recently Greene worked at McCann-Erickson and before that, he worked at Publicis.
Another hire at Initiative Media is DAVID DASENBROCK as vice president, general manager, Initiative Media Las Vegas. Dasenbrock will lead all client relations and planning conducted in the Las Vegas office. Dasenbrock joins Initiative Media after serving as senior vice president of media at archer>malmo, inc. Prior to archer>malmo, Dasenbrock worked with The Bozell Group for seven years.
IAN BEAVIS, president-CEO of the San Francisco office of Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, has resigned from his position, which he had held since September 2001. DOMINIC WHITTLES, currently executive vice president and managing director, will take over as president of the office.
Lowe & Partners Worldwide and DraftWorldwide are closely aligning across the globe, but are not merging operations. Lowe + Draft will be overseen by HOWARD DRAFT (right) as chairman, and JERRY JUDGE (left) as president and CEO. Draft will continue as chairman and CEO of DraftWorldwide and Judge will continue as CEO of Lowe & Partners Worldwide. RAY FAGAN will serve as chief financial officer for Lowe + Draft. For shared clients, a new integrating unit named "Plus" is being launched that provides a unifying bridge between the two organizations. Based in New York, Plus will be led by STEVE HARTY.
NBC’s in-house ad agency, The NBC Agency, has restructured account management operations. DAVID LIPSIUS has been promoted to senior director/operations and will also serve as account executive in charge of MSNBC and MSNBC.com. SHAUN DAVIES will take on responsibilities as senior account director for CNBC, and GENEEN ESTRADA, formerly an account director handling CNBC, will now handle NBC Enterprises and cable affiliate marketing. The restructure comes on the heels of a change in responsibilities for NBC Agency SVP/Advertising Services VIVI ZIGLER, who will expand her role with consumer marketing and advertising oversight for the Bravo cable network.
WENDY KITTREDGE has been named Sales Development Director at MORE magazine. Kittredge will handle New England for MORE as well as import automotive and key health accounts. Kittredge previously served as Health Director at the magazine: Prior to joining MORE, Kittredge was at Conde Nast, where she served as Senior Account Director at Bon Appetit magazine from 1999 to 2001.
ELAINE LAFFERTY, a correspondent for The Irish Times, has been named the editor in chief of Ms. Magazine. Lafferty succeeds TRACY WOOD.
TONY IMPERATO and GARY KLEINMAN have been promoted to Vice President, Advertising Director, and Director of Sales Development for TV Guide magazine. Imperato formerly served as Advertising Director and will oversee all of the regional sales managers and assume an increased responsibility regarding strategic direction and implementation of initiatives that affect all of TV Guide magazine 's advertising business. Kleinman, formerly Pharmaceutical Manager, will lead TV Guide's efforts to grow new advertising categories and revenue.
Also at TV Guide, MARK SCHROEDER has been promoted to Vice President Advertising Sales/Programming, and MARY BETH GONZALEZ and ALICIA ROSENFELD have been promoted to Manager, Advertising Sales/Programming. Schroeder was formerly National Sales Director, Program Promotion and will oversee the Programming business on behalf of all of TV Guide's media platforms. Gonzalez previously held the position of Account Executive, Program Promotion and will be responsible for managing the selling of advertising on TV Guide's various media platforms to primarily NY-based cable networks. Rosenfeld will be responsible for managing the selling of advertising on TV Guide's various media platforms to broadcast and cable advertisers primarily based in New York. Prior to her promotion, she held the position of Account Executive, Program Promotion.
JAY MATTLIN has joined Mediamark Research Inc. (MRI) as Vice President of Research, overseeing the newly-created Innovative Technology Team. Mattlin was most recently Vice President of Client Service at Knowledge Networks Inc. Prior to joining Knowledge Networks, Mattlin was Director of Research at AOL MovieFone, where he launched the company's research department.
CMR/TNS Media Intelligence has named BEV ANDAL to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Prior to the announcement, Ms. Andal served as president and chief operating officer of Evaliant, a provider of online advertising tracking data, which CMR/TNS Media Intelligence acquired in 2002. Prior to joining Evaliant, Andal held various positions at VNU including president of Interactive Market Systems (IMS), and Marketing ResourcesPlus.
Damore Johann has appointed SHELLIE COHEN as Director of Production Management. Cohen will be responsible for managing all projects, studio work flow, and serve as the primary liaison between clients and the Damore Johann design team. Additionally, Cohen will be responsible for ensuring a high degree of client satisfaction and project success. Cohen previously served as Production and Project Manager for Howry Design, where she managed workflow and creative team assignments.
Gap has hired TOBY LENK as president of Gap Direct. Lenk will oversee the company's online businesses for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy. He succeeds MICHAEL TUCCI, who departed last December after eight years and is currently president of Coach's North American retail operation.
The Zipatoni Company announced that HOLLY O’BRIEN has joined the agency as Director of its Zipatoni Interactive group. Most recently, O’Brien was Associate Director of Marketing and Internet Services at the American Optometric Association, and prior to that she was Director of Business Development at Traction Interactive.
MELISSA O’NEILL-BATTAGLIA has been named Group Sales Manager with Eagle Television Sales in New York. Battaglia joined Eagle Television Sales as an Account Manager, her most recent position, in 1999. Prior to joining Eagle Television Sales, Battaglia held several sales positions at Katz Independent Television in Boston, WFXT-TV, and United Television Sales.
IDT Media announced the formation of an Owned and Operated Stations Group, and JIM WEISKOPF has been named President of the newly formed division. The Owned and Operated Stations Group will complement Talk America, IDT Media's syndicated radio network. Most recently, Weiskopf was the General Manager of Clear Channel's three Washington AM stations – Sports Talk 980/WTEM, Talker WTNT AM570 and Money Talk WRC AM 1260.
DEBORAH O'BRIEN has rejoined Food & Wine Magazine as Account Manager. O'Brien will handle an account list that includes wine & spirits, travel, jewelry & watch companies. O'Brien previously worked for Food & Wine from 1997 to 2001. She has also held positions at various publications including Elle, Elle Décor and Art & Antiques Magazine.
JAY MEYER has been promoted to Corporate Sales Director, from Corporate Sales Development Manager, at American Express Publishing. Meyer joined American Express Publishing in 2001, after holding several position at Time Inc.'s Corporate Sales Division, including New York Sales Manager, Sales Development Director, and Business Development Manager. He began his career at American Plastics Council as Manager of Advertising and Communications.
The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) announced that ELISSA MATULIS MYERS has stepped down as President and CEO of the organization. The ERA Board of Directors has promoted BARBARA TULIPANE to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Tulipane has served ERA as Executive Vice President since 2000.
WOLFGANG LIEBERTZ has been named General Manager with Millennium Sales & Marketing in Miami. Liebertz joined Millennium Sales & Marketing in 1996 as an Account Executive in Chicago. In 1997 he transferred to the New York office as an Account Executive, his most recent position. Liebertz began his career as a Senior Research Analyst with Blair Television in 1993 and in 1994 he joined Time Warner Cable as a Local Ad Sales Representative.
BENNETT ZUCKER has joined Tacoda Systems in the newly created position of Executive Director, Customer Success. Zucker comes to Tacoda Systems from BizViz Internet Analytics, where he was partner and Vice President of Business Development, providing online advertising sales and marketing solutions for such clients as American Lawyer Media and Hearst.