Grey Worldwide North America has promoted STEVE BLAMER to the new post of president and chief executive officer. Blamer, president and CEO of Grey Worldwide New York since April 2000, will have responsibility for Grey offices in New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Blamer joined Grey in 1989, and has served as the firm's managing director in Los Angeles and head of Grey London.
Carat Interactive has promoted CORY TREFFILETTI from media director to vice president of media and client services. In his new role, Treffiletti will oversee both the Media and Account Management Services within the San Francisco office. He has overseen advertising strategy, planning and placement for a series of Carat Interactive clients including Palm, Ofoto, and Showtime. Treffiletti is also a columnist for Online Spin (People on the Move's sister newsletter).
BBDO Chicago announced that CHIP WALKER has joined the agency as EVP, director of account planning. Walker will work with the agency’s research team, as well as its creative and account leaders, to develop brand positionings for clients. He comes to BBDO from Y&R, New York where he was most recently chief planning officer on the agency’s AT&T team. In addition, CHRISTOPHER IANNUCCILLI has joined BBDO CHICAGO as SVP, client service director, new business. Iannuccilli was previously vice president and managing director at Semaphore Partners.
Initiative, Los Angeles, has hired JOE ADNEY as senior vice president, group account director. Adney will be responsible for overseeing agency activities on some of the region's key retail and entertainment accounts. Prior to joining Initiative, he served for five years as senior director, marketing for Baskin-Robbins, an Initiative client. Before that, Adney was the director of marketing for Disney Interactive.
TONY FISHER has re-joined Deutsch as senior vice president, group creative director to work on the Bank of America account. Fisher had previously been with Deutsch from 1997 through 2001 and was most recently working at his own company, Tony Fisher Advertising. Prior to Deutsch, Fisher was executive creative director at Ally & Gargano, with clients including Dunkin' Donuts, Pfizer, Weight Watchers Foods and Aamco.
Four senior managers have been made partners in charge of their respective divisions at Bozell & Jacobs. ROBERT MUCCIACCIO was named partner in charge of Creative; SARA MARTENS, partner in charge of Account Services; PAMELA AVERY, partner in charge of Public Relations; and KURT BOLLISH, partner in charge of Finance.
JON DIAMENT has been promoted to senior vice president/general sales manager of CNN Advertising Sales, and LINDA YACCARINO has been promoted to executive vice president of Turner Entertainment Sales and Marketing. Diament's new position expands his role to include overseeing the daily management of CNN's national sales offices, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. Diament joined CNN in 1990 as a sales planner and was promoted to account executive in 1992. In 1997, he was named sales manager, and a year later was promoted to the position of vice president. Yaccarino will continue to focus on strategic business development and help create multi-level sponsorship partnerships for clients across all of the Turner entertainment brands, including TNT and TBS Superstation. Yaccarino will also continue to oversee all entertainment sales for Turner Broadcasting Sales Inc.
Unicast recently opened a Los Angeles office, and CHAD BEASLEY will be heading it as director, west coast sales. Prior to joining Unicast, Beasley was media supervisor at Digitas in Boston, working with clients such as General Motors, Celebrity Cruises, Delta Air Lines and American Electric Power.
PrimeQ Solutions, a Web-based business and online media network services provider, announced the appointment of PAULINA BROOKS to the new position of vice president of online media. Brooks previously served as PrimeQ’s director of affiliate relations.
Captivate Network has added LAURA DRISCOLL and ROGER BLACKSHAW as account executives in Chicago. Blackshaw was vice president regional sales midwest at Media Vehicles. Most recently, Driscoll was vice president/brand partner development at QCorps Residential, where she was responsible for building new business nationally and selling online advertising/utility Web services.
Interep Interactive announced that ADAM GUILD, the company's president, and TIM MAHLMAN, senior vice president, sales, are taking aggressive new roles in ad sales, client management and new business development. Guild and Mahlman will assume the duties of departing COO JOHN DURHAM and manage the sales staff.
Palisades Media Group has named COREY WEISS as vice president integrated marketing and promotions. Weiss will be responsible for creating new strategic marketing opportunities for Palisades' clients. Most recently, as a marketing consultant, he developed strategic partnership and promotional opportunities for clients including Sony Pictures and DreamWorks.
DJS Marketing announced the hiring of DANNA CAN as account executive. Can was formerly head of her own agency, DSGPR. Prior to DSGPR, she was director of fashion promotions at Goldstein Communications.