Tuesday, November 29, 2005

    MARK DESROCHERS has been named president and CEO of Charles River Interactive, an interactive marketing firm. Most recently, Desrochers served as vice president of Catalyst on-line.

    JIM CHABIN, chief executive officer for Promax/BDA, has agreed to remain with the organization until 2010. Chabin originally served as president of the Promax/BDA from 1992 to 1999, leaving the organization in 1999 to join the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He rejoined the company in November 2002.

    The TV Guide Publishing Group has named SUSAN ALLYN vice president, circulation marketing. Allyn will oversee all subscription activity within the group. Allyn joins TV Guide from Emap-Metro, LLC where, ultimately, she was responsible for the circulation launch of FHM, where she oversaw all consumer public relations and distribution.

    The Africa Channel has named MARK WALTON as executive vice president of sponsorship and corporate development. Walton will be responsible for all advertising sales and sponsorship activities, along with developing relationships with key organizations operating in the African arena. Prior to joining The Africa Channel, Walton was president and CEO of Onyx Media Group International, Inc.

    Zoic Studios has promoted ELEXIS STEARN to head of sales for commercials. Stearn was previously the west coast sales rep.

    AKQA has named GARY KRIVIN as director of client services for AKQA’s New York office. Krivin, previously account director at R/GA, oversaw the Bank of America business.

    GOLFONLINE has appointed ROBERT STEWART as senior producer. Stewart will update and maintain GOLFONLINE’s news coverage, related links and images from GOLF MAGAZINE and other content partners, and direct ongoing projects for the site such as overall design, marketing initiatives, and audio and video links. Stewart joins GOLFONLINE from Philly.com, where he served as the night news/sports producer.

    ALLAN NAVARRETE has been promoted to vice president of U.S. Hispanic networks distribution, affiliate sales and marketing for Discovery Networks, U.S. Navarrete joins Discovery’s domestic networks group from Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia, where he most recently served as executive director of affiliate sales and relations. Navarrete will oversee all strategy and distribution efforts for Discovery’s portfolio of domestic Spanish-language offerings, including Discovery en Español, Discovery Kids en Español and Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir), as well as Discovery’s Hispanic VOD product.

    HEATHER WATSON has joined Empower MediaMarketing, Cincinnati, as a senior market manager in the media and marketing agency’s local market group. She joins Empower from Krienik Advertising, Cincinnati, where she served as media director.

    TRISH FROHMAN, sales executive for Turner Broadcasting System, has been promoted to executive vice president, adding oversight of the company’s Local/Regional Ad Sales division to her current role as head of Turner Sports Ad Sales and Event Marketing Group. Frohman continues to oversee ad sales, as well as sponsorship and promotional efforts for Turner Sports properties, including the NBA, NASCAR, the PGA, College Football and the Atlanta Braves. She succeeds JIM WILLIAMS, who is retiring.

    ROME HARTMAN (pictured), a producer for "60 Minutes" since 1991, has been named executive producer, "CBS Evening News With Bob Schieffer." Hartman will report to SEAN MCMANUS, president, CBS News and Sports, and serve as an advisor to him on other elements of organization and news gathering. Hartman succeeds JIM MURPHY, who led the broadcast for six years.

    Discovery Networks U.S. Advertising Sales has realigned its advertising sales New York headquarters. To lead the new network sales teams, Discovery has promoted JOHN BARRY, SCOTT FELENSTEIN, LISA FISCHER, and HAROLD MORGENSTERN from vice presidents to senior vice presidents for advertising sales.

    The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has promoted BARBARA BACCI MIRQUE to executive vice president; MICHAEL PALMER to executive vice president; and BILL ZENGEL to senior vice president. The promotions were approved by the ANA Board of Directors.

    AlmondNet has hired TOM BULLOCK as senior director of business development. Bullock previously served as national advertising sales manager at Infospace, Inc., where he managed the Switchboard.com national display advertising program, selling local search ad inventory within vertical industries such as real estate, automotive, financial services, and travel.

    Tango has hired SUSANNAH PASK as publisher. Former publisher MICHELLE KING stepped down for medical reasons but will remain a consultant at the magazine.Pask joins the company from Luxury SpaFinder, where she served as vice president/publisher. Prior to that, Pask was CEO of conferences at Women’s Wear Daily and Publisher of W Jewelry.

    CMP Media has promoted BRIAN FULLER to publisher of EE Times. Fuller will be responsible for the overall strategic vision of its print and online properties, increasing sales revenue, and marketing the EE Times brand. Fuller joined EE Times as business editor and was named editor-in-chief in 2001.

    BRUCE L. PAISNER was re-elected as president and chief executive officer of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a second two-year term beginning in January 2006. Paisner re-appointed FRED M. COHEN to serve with him as chairman. Paisner is also president of Hearst Entertainment, Inc. and a vice president of The Hearst Corporation. Paisner joined Hearst in 1981 as president of King Features Entertainment.

    Seed Media Group has launched Seed Digital - a division dedicated to developing science content across digital media channels - and appointed MICHAEL TIVE as general manager and FABIEN SAVENAY as managing director, international. Tive was formerly vice president of marketing at Sony Electronics, where he was the senior marketing executive for sonystyle.com. Savenay was most recently global head of advertising and sponsorship at Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan.

    Sundance Channel has named LYNNE KIRBY as senior vice president, original programming and development. Kirby comes to Sundance Channel from The Discovery Channel, where she has been serving as the head of New York based development. Kirby will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of Sundance Channel’s original series and films.

    ROMY MEHLMAN has been named regional director of marketing at Hard Rock International. For the past two years, Mehlman has been director of worldwide market research, Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she took the lead on domestic and international testing for all theatrical releases.

    ED TALVY has joined CSTV Online as vice president, online partner services. Most recently, Talvy served as vice president, director of project management at Publicis Dialog, New York.

    JOHN BRIAR has been promoted from director, operations to vice president, operations for Operative. In this new role, Briar will be responsible for managing the operations teams for Operative's client base. Briar joined the company after two years as the regional supervisor of west coast operations for Beyond Interactive.

    BBDO Worldwide announced that CHRIS THOMAS (pictured), CEO of Proximity London, has been appointed chairman and CEO, BBDO Asia. He will be responsible for BBDO and Proximity agencies in that region. CILLA SNOWBALL, chairman of AMV BBDO, will take on the additional role of chairman, Proximity London. In addition, AMANDA PHILLIPS is being promoted to managing director, Proximity London.

    DAVID LAMB is leaving JWT after ten years to join one of JWT’s clients, Diamond Trading Company, as worldwide marketing director. Lamb, most recently executive vice president, director of multinational clients at JWT, will assume his new role in 2006. Before taking on his current post at JWT, Lamb had been the Worldwide director of account planning at the agency for four years, and before that, global business director on DTC (formerly DeBeers) for five years.

    ALYSON RACER has been named vice president for sales for NYTimes.com. She will be responsible for leading the site's sales and marketing efforts.