The media department of Keller Crescent Co. has promoted ERIKA LYNCH to the position of Media Buyer. She will be involved in the placement of Yellow Pages ads and other print media. Lynch joined the company in August 2000 as a media coordinator and was promoted to Assistant Media Buyer in March 2002.
American Urban Radio Networks has promoted BASIL L. MURRAIN to Vice President, Marketing and Promotion. A 17-year veteran in marketing and media, Murrain's career began in trade relations with Tradewell Industries and with Broadcast Marketing Corp., two advertising agencies that specialized in media buying and barter relations.
Advertisement Banners.com, an interactive advertising company, this week announced the appointment of ROY LUNA as Chief Financial Officer. Luna has more than 30 years experience in corporate financial operations, and will expand AB’s existing financial strategies, financing efforts and growth plans.
Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi today announced the overhaul of some of its key U.S. management positions in New York and Los Angeles. First, KEVIN ROBERTS, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO and Publicis Groupe's Brand Navigator for Procter & Gamble Co., adds the title of Chairman and will take a more prominent role in the New York office.
Meanwhile, in the Southern California Saatchi office, several key players on the Toyota account were shifted. They include the relocation of MARIANNE BESS, formerly National Group Account Director, to Sydney, Australia, where she becomes General Manager of Saatchi & Saatchi's Toyota account. She will be replaced in Torrance by TIM MURPHY, formerly Director of Retail Divison. MIKE SLAGTER, formerly Regional Development Director, is promoted to Retail Division Director and will head the Toyota Dealers Association field team.
Less than a month after being named Burger King Corp.'s new Chief Executive, Bradley Blum named ROBERT T. NILSEN President. Nilsen was Chief Operating Officer of Yum Brand's Taco Bell Corp., where he was part of a turnaround team for that brand. He joins Burger King Feb. 3. Before joining Taco Bell in early 2000, Nilsen spent 12 years with Tricon International (Yum Brands' previous name), leading operations for Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut in Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Southern Africa.
Wolff Olins, a brand consultancy part of the Omnicom Group, has announced three new hires in the United States. MICHELLE DOLL, formerly of Enterprise IG and Landor, was appointed Account Director. Two new designers were also appointed: ANDREW WILSON, previously at Corporate Edge in the UK, and HENRICUS KUSBIANTORO, formerly of Chermayeff and Geismar Inc.
Euro RSCG Worldwide, Europe announced this week that KATE ROBERTSON has been appointed Executive Vice President, Euro RSCG Europe. Dividing her time between London and Paris, Robertson will work closely with all Euro RSCG network operations to manage the strategic development and implementation of the network's European new business efforts. Formerly Chief Marketing Officer at D'Arcy Group Europe Middle East and Africa, Robertson has also served as Founder and CEO at Scholz & Friends London, a full-service marketing and communications agency, where she directed all multinational business and operations, including the acquisition and integration of multiple companies. She has also …
ANDREA MERGENTIME has joined PROMAX/BDA in a newly created position as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Client Relations. Mergentime has spent the bulk of her career (1993-1999) supervising new business development and marketing communication activity at New York-based Lee Hunt Associates, the branding agency that served as the agency of record for PBS, launched MSNBC and won major assignments from Lifetime, NBC and the Disney channel.
With over ten years of experience in the consumer magazine ad sales field, MICHELLE BALAZ has been promoted to Midwest Ad Director of Biography Magazine. In her new position, she will oversee the Detroit and Chicago offices, including all accounts for those regions. Previously, she served as Midwest Manager for Premiere and George Magazines (1999-2000). Prior to that, she was Ad Sales Representative for Parade (‘97-’99).