BURST! Media, a provider of Internet advertising services, has hired HEATHER WETZLER as their new Outside Sales Representative for the Northeast. Most recently she was the New England Account Manager for the Mplayer Entertainment Network. Prior to Mplayer, she worked for Real Media and Direct Marketing News. Before entering sales Wetzel was a television and radio producer for major media companies such as Lifetime Television, United Stations Radio Networks and Hearst Entertainment.
Relix Magazine, the only magazine dedicated to covering the jamband and improvisational music scene, this week announced that award-winning journalist and former Rolling Stone Managing Editor ROBERT LOVE will join the publication as Guest Editor and Consultant.
CoolSavings, Inc. has announced the appointment of CHARLES M. KINGERY as Senior Vice President of Sales. Kingery most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Client Sales and Customer Marketing for Information Resources Inc.
PETER J. LEECH joins Coolsavings as Vice President of Retail Partnerships. As founder of his own company, The Equilum Group, a loyalty marketing services provider and consultancy, Leech helped leading retailers and manufacturers institute frequent shopper card marketing and customer relationships management initiatives.
Viewpoint, a provider of rich media technology and interactive services, announced the hiring of CREED PETTIT as Account Executive in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Viewpoint, Pettit served as an Account Executive at ValueClick, Inc.
Boede&partners, an integrated marketing firm, announced that TED TSANDES has been promoted to Partner from Creative Director. Tsandes joined boede&partners in early 2002 and was quickly promoted to Creative Director. Tsandes also served as Associate Creative Director at Euro RSCG DSW Partners and Senior Copywriter at Campbell LaCoste.
Publicis Groupe's Starcom MediaVest Group has made a change at the top of its MediaVest network. LAURA DESMOND, CEO of SMG Latin America, was named CEO of MediaVest USA. She replaces Donna Salvatore, who was named Chief Investment Strategist at the media agency, a new post. Nancy Mullahy, President of SMG Mexico, replaces Desmond.
Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises Inc. recently said it would slash 8% of its workforce and consolidate its Los Angeles offices to lower costs and free up money to improve its namesake magazine. The company said the layoffs would be spread throughout Playboy's operations; of the 70 jobs to be cut, 20% are currently unfilled. Among the 25 people cut in the Chicago office is Playboy magazine's managing editor Jonathan Black, a 16-year veteran. His departure is a clear indication that Playboy is shifting editorial operations to New York.
The Wall Street Journal Online announced Friday that NEIL BUDDE, the site's Publisher, is departing to pursue other opportunities. Budde joined parent Dow Jones & Co. in 1987 as Associate Editor of Dow Jones News/Retrieval, now part of the Factiva joint venture with Reuters, and later he led the team that launched The Wall Street Journal Online in 1996.
Clear Channel Communications announced the appointment of JEFFREY J. WHITSON to the position of Vice President and General Manager of its Albany television stations WXXA (FOX) and WEDG (UPN). After having previously served in key sales positions at the Clear Channel Jacksonville, Florida, and Albany, New York, television stations, Whitson became Director of Sales for WXXA/WEDG a year ago. He has also held sales management positions for radio groups in Albany, New York, and Durham, North Carolina, and was Vice President of the AdMax –Telemedia advertising network based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.