Mobliss, Inc., a developer and distributor of mobile media, marketing and entertainment content, has appointed JARED NIEUWENHUIS as director, marketing communications. Most recently, Nieuwenhuis was director of marketing at FastChannel Network.
Paul Schultz Advertising (PSA) has named CHRIS BECKER as vice-president, director of client services. Becker joins PSA from Young & Rubicam (New York and Los Angeles offices) where he was senior vice president. He served as worldwide account director for Mattel Boys Entertainment division where he directed its global integrated communications and established global agency resources by opening regional offices in Europe, Latin America and Asian-Pacific.
DINA BLOCH has joined Nationalgeographic.com as manager of eastern advertising sales. She will be responsible for growing the online advertising business throughout the region and building stronger relationships with advertising agencies and clients. Bloch comes to Nationalgeographic.com from Lycos, where she was a senior account manager based in New York.
NarrowCast Group, LLC, a company that publishes IT Business Edge technology reports, announced that KEN STOUT has joined the company as vice president of sales. Stout assumes responsibility for IT Business Edge's worldwide advertising revenue generation activities, including sales strategies and organization management. Before joining NarrowCast Group, he was the vice president of advertising sales and operations at GameSpy Industries.
Meredith Corporation announced that TOM HARTY will join the Meredith Magazine Group. In his new role, Harty will oversee the Meredith Magazine Group’s direct response and travel advertising departments, as well as its strategic planning, magazine development and market research functions. Harty will concentrate on developing business and marketing strategies to help Meredith enhance its leadership position in the magazine marketplace. Most recently, he was senior vice president, general manager for The Golf Digest Companies, a division of Advance Magazines. Also at Meredith, DAVID BALL has rejoined the company as group consumer marketing director. In his new role, Ball will …
LOUIS M. OCCHICONE has been promoted to senior vice president of operations at CABLEready, the international program distribution and development company. In his new position, Occhicone will be responsible for overseeing the company's growing sales services staff, including management of all contracts, creation of sales materials and coordination of CABLEready's convention activities.
EarthQuake Media, New York, announced that SEAN SIMON has joined the agency as senior vice president, new business development. Most recently, Simon was senior sales executive for Yahoo!, where he developed online marketing solutions for advertisers and agencies. In this role, he managed a prime list of accounts in categories including technology, entertainment, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods, finance, education, and automotive.
Forbes has hired FRANK THOM as group advertising director West. Thom will be responsible for managing all sales efforts in the western region, with an emphasis on the technology category and the automotive sector in Los Angeles. Most recently, Thom managed the West Coast sales team for U.S. News & World Report.
Nielsen Entertainment, a provider of entertainment information, has named KAYE POPOFSKY KRAMER to the position of vice president, online research for Nielsen NRG. In this role, Popofsky will oversee the growth of NRG’s online research competency, focusing on existing interactive products and services, as well as the development of new ones.
Scripps Networks has promoted two executives in the company’s online division: JIM SEXTON has been appointed vice president of HGTV.com, while TRACI TOPHAM has been upped to vice president of interactive ad sales marketing. Sexton is a 5-year veteran of Scripps Networks who previously served as the online director for HGTV.com and DIYnetwork.com. Topham joined Scripps Networks from Knoxville-based Davis Newman Payne in 1998 as new media marketing director, and next was promoted to director of ad sales marketing interactive before accepting her new title of vice president.