American Express Publishing Corporation has expanded its online and international businesses, realigning the divisions into a jointly operated unit to be led by PHILIP WHITNEY. Whitney, who has established successful international licensing relationships and joint ventures for Travel + Leisure and Departures in his role as general manager of International, was promoted to vice president of Online Media and International.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has named NOAH ELKIN, Ph.D., and director of industry relations at iCrossing, Chair of the Expert Meeting on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Tourism for Development.
Draft has opened an office in Los Angeles and Bentonville, Arkansas. The Los Angeles office will service Draft clients Kaiser Permanente and the L.A. Times. The Bentonville, Arkansas office was opened to strategically position Draft closer to Wal-mart, one of the largest customers of several of Draft’s packaged goods clients.
BBDO Worldwide and OMD Europe have made key management changes in Germany. OLAF GÖTTGENS, currently CEO and managing partner of BBDO Germany, is joining Mercedes Car Group as worldwide head of branding and marketing communications. KLAUS-PETER SCHULZ, currently CEO of OMD Germany GmbH, is replacing Gottgens. Lastly, MANFRED KLUGE, currently managing director at OMD Germany GmbH, is being promoted to CEO.
Hill, Holliday has elevated KRISTI ARGYILAN, currently EVP of the media group, to agency general manager – a role that has been vacant for the past two years. BRIAN WHIPPLE, EVP and director of the relationship marketing group, will assume duties of chief operating officer, replacing JOE NORBERG.
BRIAN POWLEY has been named executive vice president and managing director, Modem Media West. Most recently, Powley had been managing director, west, at MRM Worldwide, the customer relationship management unit of McCann Worldgroup. Powley will oversee all business operations, client relationships and new business strategy for the region.
MICHAEL COMINS has joined ID Media as senior vice president, director of client services to lead the Chicago office. Comins was most recently senior vice president, director of media services for WhittmanHart.
Red Dog Entertainment has promoted JEANNE DRESP to executive director of production management. In this role, Dresp will oversee production on all original Red Dog Entertainment network series.
Cartoon Network Enterprises has made expansions to its global team. RICK BLANCO has joined as director of hardlines design; DEENA BOYKIN has been tapped as senior director of retail development; and DARIA CRONIN joins as director of softlines, charged as a group with building the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network.
BRIAN SILVER has been named chief operating officer of Did-it Search Marketing. He will be responsible for overseeing client services, strategy, analytics, product development and technology solutions. Silver comes to Did-it Search Marketing from his position as vice president of operations for IAC Advertising Solutions, formerly Ajinteractive.
GEORGE BLOOSTON has been named features editor for personal finance at AARP The Magazine. Blooston joins AARP The Magazine from Bloomberg News in New York, where he served as a retail and consumer news editor for the wire service.
KRISTIN BROWN has been tapped to lead the communications effort for TLC, overseeing all strategic, media and executive communications strategies for the network. Brown joined Discovery networks in 1997.
DAVID GOULD has joined Resolution Media as vice president of strategic operations. He will focus on refining the company’s financial planning process. Most recently Gould was the director of strategic sourcing for United Airlines.
CHRIS EAMES has been named senior vice president of new media advertising sales and marketing at Turner Broadcasting System. Inc. Entertainment and Sports. Eames will focus on building partnerships with advertisers in emerging areas of program integration, branded entertainment, content-based sponsorships and digital media technologies.
The Independent Film Channel (IFC) has promoted ELEKTRA GRAY to vice president of consumer public relations. Gray previously served as director of public relations for IFC. She joined IFC consumer public relations in 1999 as a manager and was promoted to director in 2002.
Mediacom has filled key positions in its APAC team with the appointment of KEVIN CLARKE to CEO MediaCom APAC; DUANE BRUNER as director buying/optimization; DAVID CROSSLEY and NIHAR DAS as directors, strategic planning, and ADRIAN KING, tapped as director of research. Clarke joins MediaCom from MindShare. As CEO of MindShare Thailand, an office he launched eight years ago, he was responsible for helping win key clients and growing the business.
JASON HOVEY has joined Kaboose as vice-president of kids and educational properties. Hovey was the former general manager of Yahooligans! and Yahoo! education.
Return Path has named DENNIS MALASPINA as vice president of sales and client development for its Customer Acquisition Solutions product family. He was most recently sales manager at American List Counsel, where he led the firm’s sales team.
SUSAN CREDLE, currently an executive vice president, creative director and member of the Board of Directors of BBDO New York, has been promoted to executive creative director. In this role, she will continue as co-creative leader on Cingular Wireless as well as lead creative development on M&M’s and other agency brands. Credle joined BBDO as an assistant in 1985, and for the past ten years, she has served as both a writer and creative director on M&M’s.
LISA SPIELMAN has been named senior vice president, director of business development for ZenithOptimedia US. Spielman joins the agency after an eight-year run within the Omnicom family, most recently as director of business development for OMD in the US and prior to that as director of business development for DDB New York.