Dotglu, the digital- and direct-marketing arm of Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, made three senior hires. ALAN BLOSE has joined Dotglu as executive creative director. He replaces Bob Cesiro, who left earlier this year. Also, MARK FITHIAN joins Dotglu as vice president of interactive marketing, a newly created post. Most recently, Fithian was worldwide account director on IBM at Answerthink in New York for three years. Additionally, TOM BERRY has been appointed vice president of direct marketing, also a newly created post. Most recently, Berry was at Grey Direct, where he headed up direct response activities for Chase.
BETTE BLUM recently joined Tinsley Advertising in Miami as Media Supervisor. Previously she was at ANC Rental Corporation (Alamo Renat A Car and National Car Rental) where she was Director of Media Services. During her career at ANC she was awarded MediaWeek's Media All-Star Award for Newspapers.
CommConnect Managing Partner JENNIFER KRONSTAIN has signed on to represent Technology Research News. CommConnect will provide TRN with program development and account management services.
Amistad Media Group, one of the largest independent Hispanic media buying services in the U.S., announced the hire of LAURA WILLIS AGUILAR to Media Coordinator. Aguilar recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Advertising and Spanish, and joined the company last May as a Media Intern.
Vivendi Universal SA is weighing deep cutbacks of its corporate staff in both Paris and New York as the conglomerate moves to right itself amid a cash crunch. Vivendi Universal notified its corporate staff last week that Constantin Group, a consultant hired by the company, had recommended the elimination of 100 jobs at Vivendi's headquarters in Paris, where it has about 370 corporate employees, and about 130 jobs at the New York office, where it has a staff of 200. The recommendations come after a review of corporate efficiency that was launched this spring, not by new Vivendi Chairman Jean-Rene …
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announced today that DOUGLAS J. WOOD, Executive Partner of Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood, an advertising and marketing law firm, has been appointed General Counsel of the Association of National Advertisers. Wood will continue to retain his position at Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood during his ANA term.
THOMAS MIDDELHOFF, CEO of Bertelsmann AG, is leaving the company due to differences of opinion with shareholders over the future direction of the privately held media giant. Sources close to the situation said Middelhoff is set to become chief executive of Deutsche Telekom AG news agency.
Earlier this month, RON SOMMER (pictured) stepped down as Deutsche Telekom's CEO under pressure from the German government, which holds a 43% stake in the country's dominant phone company. The Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom also named 72-year-old supervisory board member Helmut Sihler as temporary replacement until a permanent successor is found. Bertelsmann management board member GUNTER THIELEN, who currently heads the company's media services unit Arvato, was named as Middelhoff's replacement. Chief Financial Officer SIEGFRIED LUTHER becomes deputy CEO.
IAN SCOTT is joining Teen Vogue as associate publisher. Scott comes over from Gourmet magazine, where he was advertising director.
Meredith Corp. named MARY WITHERELL managing editor of Ladies' Home Journal. Last week DIANE SALVATORE was named editor-in-chief of the magazine. Witherell, current acting managing editor at Hearst Corp.'s CosmoGIRL magazine, is expected to start at LHJ Aug. 5.