ROSEMARIE RYAN has joined J. Walter Thompson New York, the agency's flagship office, as president. Ryan has served as president of Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners since 1995. Ryan succeeds BOB JEFFREY who assumes the post of chief executive officer of J. Walter Thompson. Ryan will lead the New York office with over $1.4 billion in billings and more than 500 employees. Its clients include Pfizer, Unilever, Diamond Trading Company, Diageo, Benckiser, Merrill Lynch, Rolex, and Schick.
Horizon Media announced that ESTE MLYNOWSKI has joined the firm’s West Coast Buying operation as a broadcast group associate. Mlynowski comes to Horizon from Starcom Worldwide where she was most recently a media associate, buying local television for 17 markets. Mlynowski also helped establish Starcom’s first office in Los Angeles for the Walt Disney Theatrical and Home Video account. Prior to joining Starcom, Mlynowski was a development coordinator at Fox Family Worldwide.
Deutsch, Inc. announced the appointment of VAL DIFEBO as general manager of Deutsch's New York operation. An 11-year veteran of Deutsch, DiFebo served most recently as managing partner, director of client services. She will retain her managing partner title. The general manager position has been vacant since June 2001, when LINDA SAWYER was elevated from general manager to chief operating officer.
JERRY JUDGE, CEO of Lowe & Partners Worldwide, is installing a new global management team following the decision by Lowe Worldwide president TIM LINDSAY, to leave the agency in early 2004. Lindsay’s position will not be filled. IAN CREASEY, currently president of Lowe’s Asia-Pacific region, will move to London in January 2004 to assume the previously unfilled role of regional president, Europe/Middle East/Africa.
STEPHANIE FIORETTI has been promoted to associate media director at Greenfield Belser, a graphic design firm in Washington, D.C. Fioretti is responsible for developing and implementing strategic media plans, improving the structure of the media department, and strengthening client relationships.
IAG, the TV measurement company, announced the addition of ELISABETH STARKMAN as vice president, account management. Starkman, who will be responsible for servicing key IAG accounts, will advise clients on how to maximize the impact of their advertising and in-program marketing buys through IAG's data solutions. Prior to joining IAG, Starkman was the director of customer acquisition and e-business solutions at Dunn & Bradstreet.
Media Revolution has hired BOB KASUNIC as director of online marketing and campaign strategy. Kasunic will advise and direct clients’ online marketing strategies while ensuring seamless integration with overall branding efforts. Most recently, Kasunic served as both vice president and director of interactive services at brand marketing agency Upshot.
Eyeblaster announced that BOBBIE HALFIN will join the company as vice president, North American sales. Halfin will oversee Eyeblaster’s relationships with its existing customer base and strategies for generating new business across all North American markets. She most recently served as the managing director of sales and marketing for Meredith Interactive, a division of Meredith Corporation.
Viacom Television Station Sales has appointed ANGELA MELTON-FRAY to the position of vice president, business development for Viacom Stations Sales, West Coast. Melton-Fray comes to Viacom from KABC-TV, in Los Angeles, where she was the marketing/sales promotions executive for the last 3 years.
Viamedia, a cable television advertising representation company, announced that DAVID SOLOMON has joined its team as corporate director of business development. Solomon comes to Viamedia from Comcast Media, where he served as general sales manager for 9 years. Solomon will be responsible for the development of sales strategies and tactics, training, vendor/co-op programs, and other initiatives.
MELISSA RUSSO has been named account manager with Eagle Television Sales in New York. Russo joined Eagle Television Sales in March 2002 as a sales assistant. Three years prior to that, she completed an internship with Christal Radio.
Cox Target Media (CTM) has promoted MIKE TINZ to general manager of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Valpak sales office. Tinz joined CTM in 2000 as sales manager of the Los Angeles/Cerritos owned and operated sales office to help build a sales team, grow readership content, and increase profit margins and distribution in the greater Los Angeles market. Before joining CTM, Tinz served as classified sales director of the Community Newspaper Company in Needham, Mass.
ComGroup, an Atlanta-based advertising agency, announced the promotion of ANNE POWELL WARREN to senior account executive. Warren is responsible for managing the advertising initiatives of ADT Security Services. Prior to joining ComGroup, Warren worked as an account coordinator for Pollak, Levitt, and Nel Advertising in Atlanta.
Advantage Software Company has named ELLEN COULTER president and chief operating officer. Coulter replaces ARTHUR J. LACERTE, who continues to serve as chairman and chief executive officer. Coulter will assume full responsibility for product/systems development, support, sales and marketing.
RANDY ROBINSON of Liberty Corporation has been promoted from account executive at KLTV in Tyler, Texas, to general sales manager at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas. Robinson has been with the Liberty Corporation for six years.