After one month on the job, KURT RITTER is leaving his post as CEO at Saatchi & Saatchi to start his own consulting firm. RICH ANDERMAN, hired last month as COO of Saatchi, moves to the top post at the office with the new title of president.
EarthQuake Media has promoted FRANK PUMA to senior media analyst from his previous post as media analyst, a position he had held since joining the agency in February 2002. Before joining EarthQuake, Puma was an interactive media planner at J. Walter Thompson in New York. He also served as an interactive media planner at Luminant Worldwide in New York and as a digital product specialist at Candle Business Systems in New York.
Deutsch Inc. has announced promotions in the company's Media departments on both coasts. In the New York office, JEREMY M. SEBIRI was promoted to Vice President, Group Director of National Buying. At Deutsch Los Angeles, TRISTAN MCMANAMAN was elevated to Senior Vice President, Group Media Director. In addition, JAVID ARAIN has joined directDeutsch NY as Vice President, Customer & Data Strategy. Most recently Vice President, Group Media Director, McManaman joined Deutsch six years ago and has been an integral part of new business efforts. He is currently working on DIRECTV, Expedia and JD Edwards accounts. Sebrini was promoted from Associate Director of National Buying and currently works on Mitsubishi and Expedia. He joined Deutsch in May 2002 and was previously an Associate Director at BBDO/OMD where he was responsible for leading a six person buying team and worked on client projects for VISA, Dell, Earthlink and PeopleSoft. Arain joins directDeutsch NY from AFFINITAS where he had been responsible for analytic, strategic and database marketing services for clients such as Time Warner, RCN, Starbucks and AOL.
YVONNE FURTH, president and chief operating officer of the Chicago office of Draft, is the recipient of the first annual "Direct Marketing Woman of the Year" award from the Chicago Chapter of Women in Direct Marketing International (WDMI). The award will be presented at the organization's first annual award ceremony luncheon scheduled to be held at noon on Thursday, June 26 in Chicago.
WebSideStory announced that RAND SCHULMAN has been named chief marketing officer. Schulman brings is the founder of KeyLime Software and most recently headed up WebTrend's Web analytics product line for NetIQ. Schulman will head up marketing, business development and product strategy, including expanding the company's analytic capabilities to capture visitor and customer data cross multiple channels.
PAUL FIORE, formerly Manager of MMT New York's Post-Newsweek Team 'C', has been promoted To Vice President, Director of Sales, encompassing responsibility for Post-Newsweek and Emmis television stations. Paul has been at MMT, since the inception of the Post-Newsweek team in August of 1998. For the past five years, he has managed the Post-Newsweek New York Sales Team.
The National Football League announced the appointment of RICH EISEN as its lead anchor for NFL Network, an NFL television programming service launching this fall. In his new role, Eisen will anchor NFL Network's flagship program, a yet-to-be-named one-hour, live studio show from Los Angeles. Eisen was an anchor/reporter for ESPN's SportsCenter from 1996 to 2003.
PIC-TV has announced the promotion of three senior employees, ROY E. TILLES, MARC R. GOODMAN and JOHN HARPER. Tilles has been promoted to senior vice president, East Coast sales director, from vice president, East Coast sales director. Goodman has been promoted to vice president, sales, from account executive. Harper has been promoted to vice president, sales, from account executive.
Choice Media announced that DENNIS UPAH has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Broadcast. Upah was most recently the founding President and CEO of VisionWeb, a global eMarketplace consortium for the vision care industry. From 1999-2000, he was the Chief Operating Officer of drkoop.com, overseeing day-to-day operations and building content relationships with online companies, hospitals, and television stations.
PATRICIA SANTANGELO joins the New York office of Biography Magazine as Account Executive for the A&E publication. In her new position, Santangelo will be responsible for the Southeast and New York territories, developing and deepening relationships with the entertainment, liquor, fashion and beauty categories.
The Sacramento Bee promoted ED CANALE to vice president of new media and strategic planning. In his new role, Canale will maintain responsibility for The Bee's interactive properties and strategic planning. Canale joined The Bee in December 1980, serving as assistant managing editor, graphics and features. In 1993 he became director of marketing and in 1999 became director of new media and strategic planning.
BILL AYLESWORTH has been selected to join the Agency Council of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). As Chairman of CFM Direct, Aylesworth will actively participate in the Council, which focuses on topical issues in direct marketing and agency management.
IndustryBrains has named THOMAS KOLETAS as its Vice President of Advertising Sales. Before joining IndustryBrains, Koletas oversaw advertising sales for TheStreet.com. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in sales at Ziff Davis Media, where he managed the Compaq brand on a corporate network level of more than 17 magazines, ZD web and research tools.
STEVE SNYDER has been named Executive Vice President at CFM Direct, a national response marketing agency. In this newly created position, Snyder will direct business development for data and analytic services.
gantthead.com, an online community for IT project managers, has promoted GINA JONES to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Formerly the Director of Sales, Jones is now responsible for managing all aspects of sales, marketing, and public relations at the company.