CHIP RUSSO, former Western region director at Eyeblaster, has joined PointRoll as regional vice president, West Coast sales. Russo worked for Eyeblaster for more than two years, opening the company's Los Angeles office and creating relationships with publishers, agencies, and advertisers. At PointRoll, Russo will build the company's West Coast presence and report to Andy Ellenthal, PointRoll's SVP of sales.
LLKFB, a full-service direct marketing communication companies, has hired three senior executives to take on new positions within the agency. CLAIRE HASSID has joined as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She was most recently EVP and director of strategic planning at Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, leading a team of 32 planners and researchers. MITCH RATLIFF has joined as executive vice president, group director, strategy and client services. Ratliff comes from FCB, New York where he previously served as SVP, group management director. Lastly, MARK KLAPPER has joined as executive vice president, director of planning and consulting services. Klapper comes from Wunderman, New York where he was senior vice president and group director for strategy and insights.
Starcom USA, a full-service media agency unit of Starcom MediaVest Group, has hired ELIZABETH HERBST-BRADY as senior vice president/director of broadcast investment. Herbst-Brady will relocate from New York City to Chicago, where she will assume primary responsibility for all agency television investment activities—including broadcast, cable, and syndication. She joins Starcom from her job as EVP of advertising sales at Universal Television.
MarketWatch.com announced that managing editor NEIL CHASE has been given the additional title of vice president of news. Chase joined MarketWatch in January of 2000 as managing editor. As part of the upcoming launch of the MarketWatch institutional news service for customers of Thomson Financial, he is charged with doubling the size of MarketWatch’s reporting staff in less than six months.
KEVIN R. CONVEY has been named managing editor of the Boston Herald. Convey will be responsible for the editorial operation of the Herald, and began his career there in 1981 as a business reporter. In 1984, he was appointed assistant managing editor, responsible for the news department. Convey left the paper for a brief period, and returned in 1990 as editor of the Sunday Boston Herald. He was promoted to managing editor for features and Sunday in 1994. Since February of 2001, he has served as editor-in-chief of Herald Media's Community Newspaper Company.
Forbes.com has named COLLEEN HIRNER as regional sales manager, San Francisco. Her territory includes accounts in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in northern Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Hirner was most recently district sales manager at Ziff Davis Media in San Francisco.
SF Interactive, a division of Butler, Shine, Stern, & Partners, has promoted ANDY SIMS to director, interactive marketing services from media director. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing SF Interactive’s expanded offering of one-to-one and interactive marketing services on behalf of interactive marketers such as Apple Computer, Siebel, and Verisign. Sims joined SF Interactive in 1999.
Solbright has named THOMAS J. MANNION as vice president, sales. Mannion joins Solbright from Prism Media Networks, which he founded in 2002. From January 1999 to July 2001, he was co-founder and executive vice president of sales for Phase2Media Inc. an Internet sales and marketing company.
Findwhat.com, a developer and provider of performance-based marketing and commerce enabling services, announced that PETE NEUMANN has moved to the position of vice president, corporate development. Neumann’s expanded role includes identifying and executing mergers, acquisitions, and business development opportunities.
AKQA has named KATE EVERETT-THORP as president, interactive advertising. She will oversee AKQA's online advertising operations across all offices. Most recently, Everett-Thorp served as chairman and chief marketing officer for Carat Interactive where she was charged with the integration of three companies: Carat Interactive, Vizium and a company she founded in 1998, Lot21. Prior to that, she was CEO of Lot21.
Boston-based ISM, which specializes in advertising and marketing for the travel and leisure industries, has hired HEATHER KOLASCH as director of business development. Kolasch will run the firm’s worldwide sales and marketing initiatives. Prior to joining ISM she was senior director of alliance marketing for Dimension Data in New York City.
SendTec, a direct marketing services company based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has opened a New York City office, to be headed up by STEVEN MORVAY as managing director. During his tenure, Morvay served as senior vice president of Ogilvy & Mather Direct and president of Saatchi & Saatchi Direct North America.
JOHN GEOGHEGAN has been named vice president, marketing, at LucasArts, a developer and publisher of entertainment software for video-game consoles, computers, and the Internet. Geoghegan was most recently president of the San Francisco offices of Hill Holliday, where he oversaw a client list that included State Farm Insurance, 24 Hour Fitness Clubs, and Silicon Graphics Inc.
KEVIN DONOHUE is opening his own marketing firm, KFD Media, a Maryland company offering underwriting marketing, sales consulting and client representation to area public radio stations. He leaves 88.1 FM WYPR-Baltimore in August after completing 10 years there as underwriting sales manager.
RANDY SIEGEL has been named president of PARADE Publications. Siegel, who will retain the title of publisher of PARADE magazine, is responsible for the magazine's day-to-day operations as well as its overall business strategy. He was named associate publisher of PARADE in 2003. He joined the magazine in July 2001 as senior vice president of planning and development.
TEN Magazines has hired DUANE ELLIOTT as group publisher. Most recently, Elliott worked at TruckWorld.com, one of the first online magazines. Elliott created TruckWorld.com after spending 10 years as editor-in-chief of Off-Road magazine and two years as a staff member of Four Wheeler magazine.
VALERIE WILLIAMSON was named vice president, marketing for OSTG, where she oversees all strategic marketing and business development. Prior to joining OSTG, Williamson led numerous business strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy and brand transformations for media companies including: Ziff Davis Events/Key3Media, GamePro/IDG Entertainment, Orion Pictures and The George P. Johnson Company.
Imaginova, a multimedia company that deals with space, science, and technological innovation, announced today the hiring of three senior executives and the promotion of another. Joining the company are MARA GARDNER as vice president, marketing; CRAIG BESNOY as vice president, business development; and SETH MEYERS who was appointed earlier this year as vice president, product development, consumer products and experiences. JASON HOCH, with the company since 2000, has been promoted to vice president, Internet operations. Gardner joins Imaginova from Warner Bros. Entertainment UK where she was vice president, marketing. Besnoy joins the company from Artist Direct, an online destination for music, where he was senior vice president, business development and sales. Prior to joining the company, Meyers served as president of Frontline Education, a publisher of professional development and curriculum services. Hoch joined Imaginova in 2000 from Starport.com, a space and education-themed media company where he was director of operations.