Following the consolidation of its operations in Russia and Ukraine, MPG opened three new offices in the ex-Soviet Union region: MPG Azerbaijan, MPG Kazakhstan and MPG Belarus. The agency also expanded its existence in the Asia Pacific region, giving the network presence in more than 100 markets worldwide and 67 EMEA markets.
TM Advertising has promoted TODD CONNELLEY to interactive creative director.
DAVID SLADACK and HOLLY MAUST have joined Blattner Brunner as vice president of account management and regional marketing manager, respectively.
ANDY JEDYNAK, formerly senior vice president of the consumer division will become chief marketing officer of WeatherBug. MICHAEL ROSEN has been appointed to senior vice president and general manager of WeatherBug consumer and SHANE LUNDY will move to vice president of product strategy for AWS, from vice president of business development of WeatherBug consumer.
90octane promoted PAUL VANGURA, previously marketing coordinator, to senior innovations coordinator. In addition, BROOKE CAESAR was elevated to senior marketing coordinator.
JIM COLLINS has joined Mediamark Research Inc. as senior vice president of research. Collins most recently was senior vice president of information systems at Scarborough Research, which he joined in 1998.
STEPHEN FRIEDMAN was promoted from general manager of mtvU to executive vice president. Friedman will continue to oversee all aspects of MTV’s college network, in addition to the recently acquired College Publisher network of more than 500 online college newspapers.
KATHLEEN M. WOLF joined PARADE as an account executive. She joins PARADE from Time, Inc., where she was an account manager for Fortune, Money, Business 2.0 and Fortune Small Business.
ANN FUDGE is retiring from her role as chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands at the end of the year. Fudge joined Young & Rubicam Brands in 2003, the group which includes Y&R, Burson-Marsteller, Wunderman, Landor Associates, Cohn & Wolfe, Sudler & Hennessey, among other companies.
Fallon Worldwide has named JEREMY BOWLES to the newly created position of global managing director, Citi. He will lead the combined Fallon and Publicis team and manage the Citi brand globally. Bowles was managing partner at WCRS and prior to that, managing director at Lowe London.
Hill, Holliday promoted KEVIN DALEY to senior vice president, group creative director for the agency’s Boston office. Daley will partner with TIM CAWLEY, senior vice president and group creative director, sharing creative duties on Dunkin’ Donuts. Daley previously served as vice president, assistant creative director.
VentureDirect Worldwide has appointed ROBERT CORDES KLINE as creative director. He was previously creative director at Conde Nast for the Fairchild Publications Division.
MAYLINN DE LA MAZA has rejoined Zubi Advertising as account director overseeing the Ford and Lincoln Mercury accounts. She previously worked at Zubi for 10 years before a six-month stint at Nissan.
PM DIGITAL has hired ANNE CHEN as associate director. Chen will provide strategic direction for search engine optimization, paid search, email and media planning to several clients. Chen joins PM Digital from Did-it Search Marketing.
Toronto ad agency Zig is joining the U.S. ad marketplace by partnering with Chicago’s Hadrian’s Wall. The agency will be re-branded as Zig.
ASHA OLIVIA has joined CBS Outdoor Latino, the Hispanic division of CBS Outdoor, as vice president, Latino business development, eastern region.
Science + Fiction, a branded entertainment company, has hired BRAD CURTIS as SVP/business development. Curtis will oversee worldwide sales for Science + Fiction and manage accounts with Red Bull, the NHL and Unilever.
GJP Advertising Canada is launching a land development practice. The agency has appointed BRIAN STEINHAUSER as vice president, business development and MICHAEL WILLSON as vice president, associate creative director, to lead the practice. Services of the new practice will include project identity and branding, Web site development, collateral, advertising and marketing, media and event planning.
Eric Mower and Associates promoted SCOTT HOWARD to associate media director of its Charlotte office. Howard served as a broadcast media buyer and b-to-b planner since 1999.
NEIL STROW has joined Travel Ad Network as senior director, east coast sales, a newly created position. Most recently, Strow opened and ran the New York Sales office of TiVo from 2003 though 2005, where he served as advertising and research sales manager for the east coast.
DILLON MCDONALD has been promoted from chief strategy officer to chief operating officer at Jumpstart Automotive Media.
Madison Square Garden has appointed MICHAEL GUTH as executive vice president, marketing solutions for MSG Media. He most recently served as senior vice president for Time Warner Global Marketing.
Agency.com has promoted KATHY LEAKE to global vice president, business development. Leake previously served as vice president, business development in North America. Leake will be responsible for identifying potential global opportunities with existing local Agency.com accounts and leading global network pitches.
RANDI BARSHACK has been named as vice president of worldwide marketing at Mercado Software. In addition, DAVID LEIBOW has been named as vice president of worldwide professional services.
RACHEL POWER joined Digitas, Boston as vice president/director, overseeing planning efforts for The Home Depot and AARP. In addition, Power will work on planning and strategy for Cingular and other clients. Power was most recently a senior brand planner at Mullen, where she worked on the XM Satellite Radio account.