People on the Move
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Amy Snelling
    Allen & Gerritsen
    Industry veteran Amy Snelling is departing SapientNitro to join Allen & Gerritsen (A&G) as SVP, Business Leadership. In this new role, she will partner with her SVP, Business Leadership colleague Joey Curtis to oversee accounts including Waters Corporation, the Museum of Science, TJX Companies, Hartford Funds and Toyota Raymond. She will report to Dan Beder, managing director of the Boston office.

    Snelling’s move to A&G was a long time coming: she and CEO Andrew Graff first connected almost two decades ago when she applied for a job at the agency. Graff let her know there weren’t openings at the time but encouraged her to stay in touch. “Amy has been on my radar for a long time now, and I’ve been continually impressed with her ability to translate a consumer insight into a campaign that’s truly inventive," said Graff. Snelling is a familiar face with several of her coworkers. She used to work alongside chief creative officer Jennifer Putnam at both SapientNitro and Digitas and Beder at Digitas.

    “A&G has been on my list forever,” Snelling said. “The culture is universally known to be great, and I love that the agency has a people-focused environment not only internally but with clients as well. I also love that I have the ability to teach up and coming talent while still learning myself. I was ready to go to a creative, entrepreneurial place where I could quickly effect change, and A&G is the perfect place to do that.”

  • Toygar Bazarkaya
    We Are Unlimited
    Toygar Bazarkaya was named chief creative officer for We Are Unlimited, McDonald's creative agency of record. Bazarkaya is Ari Weiss' first creative hire for the DDB Network since becoming chief creative officer of DDB North America in February. Bazarkaya will report to Weiss, and lead the agency alongside chief executive officer Brian Nienhaus.

    Most recently, Bazarkaya was chief creative officer of the Americas and chairman of the Global Creative Council for Havas Worldwide. In this role, he elevated the creative profile of the New York agency and built a creative network across the North and South American talent. While at Havas, Bazarkaya oversaw the work for IBM, Liberty Mutual, Dos Equis, Sony, TD Ameritrade and Reckitt Benckiser.

    Prior to Havas, Bazarkaya spent six years at BBDO New York working on global brands like Visa, Gillette, Campbell's, HP, Mars and MLB. Before that, Bazarkaya was the chief creative officer of BBDO Germany. He also worked at Jung von Matt and Springer & Jacoby in Hamburg, DM9DDB in São Paulo, Mullen in Boston, and DDB New York.

    "Toygar is one of those rare creative leaders who moves mountains. He didn't earn his stripes working in the margins," said Weiss. "He does award winning work that drives real business forward. Businesses like Mercedes, Gillette, Dos Equis and Visa. I can't wait to see what he does with the Golden Arches."

  • Saam Farahmand
    Cadence Films
    Cadence Films signed Saam Farahmand to its directorial roster.
  • Lisa Ringelstetter
    BFG promoted Lisa Ringelstetter to vice president of client services.
  • Michael Kingsley
    Forefront Communications Group
    Forefront Communications Group added Michael Kingsley as a senior vice president.
  • Becca Matt
    MBMG hired Becca Matt as digital supervisor to manage The Getty Center, Sun Maid Raisins and UCLA accounts.
  • Marcos Lawson
    Marcos Lawson joined Wasserman as executive creative strategist, responsible for leading and elevating all creative ideation for the agency's Marketing group.
  • Mark Itkin
    TV4 Entertainment
    Mark Itkin is coming out of retirement to join TV4 Entertainment as a senior advisor.
  • Barry Deutsch
    Bensussen Deutsch & Associates
    Bensussen Deutsch & Associates named Barry Deutsch as chief sales officer.
  • Angela Culver
    Angela Culver was named global chief marketing officer for Akeneo.
  • Charles Teed
    Accelerize and its digital marketing software division, CAKE, named Charles Teed as vice president of sales.
  • Joseph Lospalluto
    Smart AdServer
    Joseph Lospalluto was named vice president of U.S. business development and sales director for Smart AdServer.
  • Tom Soper
    Music Choice
    Music Choice promoted Tom Soper to senior vice president, national ad sales.
  • Mark Jarecke and Mike Lee
    Sullivan had acquired digital design studio FOUR32C. As part of the acquisition, members of FOUR32C’s leadership team are joining Sullivan’s senior team. Mark Jarecke and Mike Lee joined Sullivan as managing director of digital strategy and creative director, respectively. 
  • Mark McCaffrey
    PwC named Mark McCaffrey as US Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector leader.
  • Evelyn Weisskohl
    Fatherly named Evelyn Weisskohl as head of west coast sales.
  • Mark Green
    TVision Insights
    TVision Insights hired Mark Green as chief strategy officer.
  • Amy Listerman
    Fox News
    Fox News appointed Amy Listerman as chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and accounting.
  • Julie Zubak
    Power Digital Marketing
    Julie Zubak joins Power Digital Marketing as vice president of funnel and email marketing.
  • David Moore and Naomi Davidowitz
    Crowdtap hired David Moore as senior vice president of product & engineering and Naomi Davidowitz as vice president of client success.
  • Courtney White
    Food Network and Cooking Channel
    Courtney White will add Food Network and Cooking Channel programming and development to her Travel Channel oversight.
  • Adrian Domek
    Parsec hired Adrian Domek as vice president of programmatic partnerships.
  • Matt Anchin
    Consumer Reports
    Consumer Reports tapped Matt Anchin as vice president and chief communications officer.
  • Duncan M. Sullivan
    Cause+Effect added director/DP Duncan M. Sullivan to its roster.
  • Craig Sender
    Pivot Design
    Pivot Design has hired Craig Sender as vice president, client engagement to run its newly opened Boston office.
  • Margaux Farrell and Carmen Chau
    Tribune Broadcasting
    FOX 61 announced that Margaux Farrell and Carmen Chau will join Tribune Broadcasting's Hartford & New Haven television station as general assignment reporters.
  • Jason Rysavy
    Jason Rysavy joined Ditch as creative strategist.
  • Keith Betz
    Butler/Till Health Group
    Keith Betz was promoted to vice president of client services to lead the Butler/Till Health Group.
  • Scott Felenstein
    National CineMedia
    National CineMedia named Scott Felenstein as executive vice president and chief revenue officer.
  • Annaliza Nieve
    Primary Design
    Primary Design namedAnnaliza Nieve as vice president and director of strategy and content. 
  • Chris Kuist
    The Interactive Advertising Bureau
    The Interactive Advertising Bureau named Chris Kuist as senior vice president of research and impact.
  • Jonathan Goodman and Claire Cootes
    LIDA is hiring Jonathan Goodman, who has been the managing director at the agency's London HQ since 2010, to run the direct and digital marketing agency's New York office.

    In his new role as founding partner, Goodman will be responsible for driving the agency's growth in the U.S. and further overseeing the acquisition of New York digital customer experience agency MCD Partners in March 2016, which bolstered its capabilities in experience design.

    The M&C Saatchi Group shop works with clients including Boots, MINI, Sportingbet, COI - Royal Air Force, HNS and Acas.

    The agency is projected to grow revenues by 10% year-over-year as it concentrates on creating "seamless customer journeys" for a growing number of international clients.

    He reports to CEO Victoria Fox.

    Meanwhile, Goodman’s role as managing director of LIDA London will be handled by Claire Cootes, a managing partner at the agency.

    Cootes has worked at the M&C Saatchi Group shop for four years, having also worked at both OgilvyOne and Iris.

  • Craig Miller and Marc Calamia
    BBDO Atlanta
    BBDO Atlanta hired Craig Miller as group creative director and Marc Calamia as head of integrated production. Both will report to chief creative officer Robin Fitzgerald and mark her first senior hires since she joined the agency last September.

    Miller joins BBDO following stints at Arnold Boston, VCCP London and CP+B Boulder, where he helped spearhead Domino's Pizza's "Pizza Turnaround" and "Oh Yes We Did" campaigns in 2010. His recent work includes "Harry's Last Call" web video for Budweiser, featuring the late Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray.

    Calamia joins the agency from R/GA New York where he served as executive director of production and head of R/GA's Content Studio. Prior to that, he led digital and content production capabilities at 360i and Big Fuel, and helped create branded content studios for NBC Universal and Viacom in New York. In his new role, Calamia will help bolster the agency's in-house capabilities to meet the content needs of clients, including quick-turn social videos to prototyping apps.

    "We aspire to lead our clients forward. Adding the talent and experience of Craig and Marc will help us do just that," said Fitzgerald. "Their experience here and abroad, at various types of agencies and across all forms and platforms will add real firepower to our creative capabilities. We can't wait to unleash these skills on behalf of our current and future clients."

  • Jorge Calleja
    Deutsch LA
    Deutsch LA hired Jorge Calleja as executive vice president, executive creative director, leading creative work on the Uber account. Calleja will report to Pete Favat, chief creative officer of Deutsch North America.

    Most recently, Calleja was executive creative director at TBWA/Media Arts Lab. Prior to that, he spent more than four years at The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, where he led creative for Stoli Vodka, Tic Tac and Mondelez's Chips Ahoy! and Ritz brands. While there, he and his team developed the "Wonderfilled" campaign that ran in more than 50 countries. Calleja also held creative roles at Sid Lee Amsterdam, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco.

    "Jorge is one of the best creatives to walk through these doors," said Favat. "His experience building global brands like Oreo, Coca-Cola, Nike and Adidas is inspiring. He's responsible for some of our industry's most visually iconic work, and we're thrilled to have him at Deutsch. He'll be an incredible addition to an already deep creative bench."

  • Craig Jelniker
    Cole & Weber
    Craig Jelniker joined Cole & Weber as director of integrated production.

    Most recently, he was managing partner and executive producer at Middle Mile Productions in New York, working on Land Rover, Dell, Xerox, Goldman Sachs and Special Olympics. Prior to that, Jelniker worked at The Martin Agency, BooneEOakley and Young & Rubicam.

    "I could not be happier that Craig has joined us. We are thrilled to have someone of Craig's caliber at C&W," said Mike Doherty, president of Cole & Weber. "He is a world class creative producer with deep experience in all forms of media and a very innovative problem solver."

  • Peter Mears
    Havas Group
    Havas Group named Peter Mears as chief operating officer for Havas' network of media agencies. Mears will oversee operations and strategy of all Havas media units. He will report to the CEO of the Havas media business, Alfonso Rodes, as well as to the Havas Media executive committee.

    Previously, he served as global chief operating officer at Initiative. Earlier in his career, he worked at Omnicom's PHD, where he was responsible for managing all global client relationships.

    "As Havas continues to build out their integrated model, I'm excited to join the Group and reinforce the organizational structure that's already in place," said Mears. "I'm impressed with the strides that the teams around the world have made so far, and can't wait to further develop our truly differentiated approach for clients."

  • Julie Batliner
    Carmichael Lynch
    Carmichael Lynch elevated Julie Batliner to president. Batliner will continue in her current role as managing partner and president of PR firm, Carmichael Lynch Relate, and will report to Marcus Fisher, CEO of Carmichael Lynch.

    Under Batliner's leadership in 2016, Carmichael Lynch Relate revenue grew more than 47% and head count increased more than 50%, all while maintaining a less than 3% turnover rate.

    "I'm thrilled to have Julie as president of Carmichael Lynch. Julie's commitment to collaboration and evolving our offerings has been key to our success," said Fischer. "Her ability to orchestrate cross-discipline campaigns is unsurpassed, and she’s proven to be a game-changer."

  • Sarah Todd and Michelle Whelan
    Geometry Global
    Geometry Global tapped Sarah Todd, currently CEO of Geometry Global UK, as global client leader and head of shopper marketing EMEA. As global client leader, she will drive strategic brand development and delivery for global clients across 56 markets. As head of shopper marketing EMEA, she will establish Geometry shopper marketing across the region. Todd will remain based in London. A marketing practitioner for 20 years, Todd has worked on brands like GSK, P&G, Danone, Philips, Heineken, Toyota, Microsoft and HP.

    Michelle Whelan, former managing director and founder of M&C Saatchi Shop, succeeds Todd as CEO of Geometry as UK. Whelan brings more than 20 years of experience to her new position, having worked on brands like Coca-Cola, Mondelez, PlayStation, Shell and Philips. In 2015, Whelan launched M&S Saatchi Shop and landed business from Unilever, Mondelez, Pernod Ricard and Dixons Carphone. Prior to that, she was joint managing partner of Arc Worldwide.

  • Denetrias Charlemange
    Joan Creative
    Joan Creative hired Denetrias "Dee" Charlemange as director of client partnerships. Charlemange will lead all current and new client partnerships and aid in business development initiatives. She will be based in the agency's New York City headquarters and will report to co-founders Lisa Clunie, chief executive officer, and Jaime Robinson, chief creative officer.

    Charlemange joins the agency from Truffle Pig, where she was head of new business. Prior to that, she was a planning lead at Ogilvy & Mather. She began her career as a WPP Fellow.

    "This is a wild and wonderful time for Joan as we've moved beyond our start up days and are now working with a portfolio of top brands," said Clunie. "Dee's leadership, critical thinking and analytic skills, broad range of past experiences from strategic planning to new business to account work, and her brilliant, fun nature, will be a huge asset to us as we write the next chapter of Joan in collaboration with our clients. We are beyond thrilled to have Dee as part of our team."

  • Vin Farrell
    R/GA New York
    Vin Farrell rejoins R/GA New York as executive vice president, global head of R/GA Studios to lead global Studio capabilities (Content Studio, Prototype Studio, Presentation Studio, Influencer Studio).

    Farrell will manage a global team of producers, content creators, developers, and designers in creating content for current and emerging platforms. He will report to Bob Greenberg, founder, chairman and CEO of R/GA.

    Most recently, he was global chief content officer at Havas. While there, Farrell built and lead an award-winning cross office studio capability, leading projects like "Bob Dylan's Studio A Revisited" for Sony Legacy. Prior to that, Farrell ran the R/GA Digital Studio, serving as head of production and expanding the capability internationally, beginning with a studio in London.

    "I am thrilled that Vin is back to lead the integration of R/GA's studios into client teams across our global network," said Greenberg. "This global integration will ensure that we will continue to provide our clients with the content and prototypes they need to engage with consumers in today's crowded and fragmented media landscape."

  • Harold Geller
    Harold Geller was promoted from chief growth officer to executive director at Ad-ID, the industry standard for the registration of advertising assets across all media platforms. Ad-ID is a joint venture of the 4As and the Association of National Advertisers.

    Geller began his stint at Ad-Id in 2007 as a senior vice president. In his new role, he will report to the Management Committee of Ad-ID, the CEOs and CFOs of the 4As and ANA. The move comes after ten years of steady growth at Ad-Id, during which the full-time staff increased from one person to nine.

    Geller's advertising career spans more than 30 years. He has worked in media buying/planning, account management, financial, and technology roles at MindShare, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann Erickson, and the defunct Ted Bates and Foster Advertising.