MICHAEL DAVIS is joining Draft Chicago as the vice president and director of emerging media, a new position, effective today. In addition to helping the agency develop groundbreaking creative strategies for broadcast and digital media, the internet and print, Davis's division will collaborate in three areas within the creative department: new business development, emerging marketing channels, and commercial production. Davis began his career in 1984 at NBC-News. He then moved to PBS where he created a new genre of episodic series television. After leaving traditional broadcasting in 1995, Davis launched a creative/production company to primarily serve the advertising community.
BONNIE FULLER, editor in chief of Us Weekly, has resigned from her post and has taken a position at American Media as editorial director.
MICKEY MARKS, president of PHD New York and San Francisco, will leave the agency at the end of July. No replacement will be named. Responsibilities previously handled by Marks will be transferred to other members of the PHD management team. Marks had been president since last year.
JACK GRIFFIN, most recently president of Parade Publications, will become president of Meredith Corp.'s magazine group and will oversee 17 titles. Griffin succeeds JERRY KAPLAN, who announced plans to retire at the end of the year. In the interim, Kaplan, will serve as Executive Vice President of the Meredith Publishing Group, helping with Griffin’s transition. Prior to joining Parade Publications in 1999, Griffin spent five years with Meredith, serving in a number of sales and marketing roles.
LARRY GOODMAN, president of CNN ad sales and marketing, is retiring. He will be replaced by GREG D'ALBA, formerly executive vp of CNN Sales. D'Alba's new title will be executive vp/COO of CNN advertising sales and marketing.
DARIO SPINA has been promoted to Vice President, Marketing and Promotions for TNN. Spina joined the network in 2001 as Director, Marketing and Promotions and has been responsible for ad sales marketing, trade and consumer advertising, special events, sponsorships and promotions. With his promotion, Spina will continue to oversee these areas, as well as head up TNN's entire marketing team. Previously, Spina was director of promotions at MTV Interactive (MTVi) where he created and executed convergent promotions for VH1, MTV and Sonicnet websites.
MarketWatch.com announced that JEFF OLGIN has been named advertising account manager. Olgin joined MarketWatch.com as a CBS MarketWatch account executive in April 2002, and is part of the company’s New York sales team. Prior to joining MarketWatch.com, he was media manager for Warner Brothers Pictures International Distribution and Advertising division.
JEANNE FOX-ALSTON, executive director of the National Association of Minority Media Executives, will join the Newspaper Association of America as vice president of diversity. Fox-Alston will be in charge of building on the effectiveness of existing NAA programs and developing new initiatives and services to help strengthen diversity efforts in the newspaper industry.
RICK HASKINS has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime Entertainment Services, and LYNN PICARD has been elevated to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Lifetime Television Network. Haskins, who joined the company in August 1999, as Executive Vice President of the Lifetime Brand, will oversee the day-to-day operations of Lifetime Entertainment Services, continuing to grow the business in all areas of entertainment and media. He also will remain directly responsible for the company's branding, marketing, online and brand extensions. Picard will supervise the day-to-day operations of Lifetime Television Network. Picard, who has been Executive Vice President, Sales, since August 1999, will continue to be responsible for all advertising sales for Lifetime Entertainment Services.
ASHLEY COOK recently joined Greteman Group as an account executive. Her primary duties include serving as the point person for Bombardier Flexjet and other aviation clients. She will also provide account service for clients in retail, travel, and environmental signage. Previously, Cook served as marketing coordinator for Flexjet, a fractional ownership company.
KSL Media announced that LESLIE POLIAK has returned to the company and has been named Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing, West Coast. In her position, Poliak will market the newly independent KSL Media to the advertising and client communities and develop new business opportunities for KSL’s west coast operations.
Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. has named STEVEN HENRY Vice President, Affiliate Marketing for TV Guide Affiliate Sales and Marketing. Henry is responsible for overseeing marketing operations and field activities for Gemstar-TV Guide products and services. Also at Gemstar-TV Guide, ERIC RUTTER has been named Director of National Accounts for TV Guide Affiliate Sales and Marketing. Previously, Rutter was a consultant for Early Stage Consulting, Inc.
HARRY APPEL has been appointed President of Telmar Information Services. Appel was most recently Executive Vice President of the US Company managing the media research, data services and business development areas. Also at Telmar, CLAER-MARIE HARRIS has been named Executive Vice President, Client Services, Sales and Marketing. Harris has led the business development and outdoor division of Telmar US for the last three years. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Business Development.
DR. GORDON S. BLACK, chairman and CEO of Harris Interactive, received the 2003 Ernst & Young Upstate New York Entrepreneur of the Year award at a black-tie gala on June 26th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester, NY. Black was chosen as the winner in the business services category for his pioneering efforts in the online market research industry as well as for building Harris Interactive into a leading global market research enterprise.
FRANCIS X. FARRELL has been named publisher of National Geographic Adventure. Before joining National Geographic, Farrell was general manager/senior vice president/publisher of The Sporting News. He also served as a senior vice president and publisher of The Sporting News's then-parent company, Times Mirror Magazines.
FINDWHAT.COM's chairman and CEO, CRAIG PISARIS-HENDERSON, has won the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award in the "emerging" category. Pisaris-Henderson was recognized Thursday, June 19 at a special award ceremony at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando. He is now eligible for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award.
CARTER NICHOLAS has been promoted to the position of VP North American Operations at CheckM8. He was previously Director of Business Development at the company.