Solbright has named THOMAS J. MANNION as vice president, sales. Mannion joins Solbright from Prism Media Networks, which he founded in 2002. From January 1999 to July 2001, he was co-founder and executive vice president of sales for Phase2Media Inc. an Internet sales and marketing company.
Starcom USA, a full-service media agency unit of Starcom MediaVest Group, has hired ELIZABETH HERBST-BRADY as senior vice president/director of broadcast investment. Herbst-Brady will relocate from New York City to Chicago, where she will assume primary responsibility for all agency television investment activities—including broadcast, cable, and syndication. She joins Starcom from her job as EVP of advertising sales at Universal Television.
JOHN GEOGHEGAN has been named vice president, marketing, at LucasArts, a developer and publisher of entertainment software for video-game consoles, computers, and the Internet. Geoghegan was most recently president of the San Francisco offices of Hill Holliday, where he oversaw a client list that included State Farm Insurance, 24 Hour Fitness Clubs, and Silicon Graphics Inc.
SF Interactive, a division of Butler, Shine, Stern, & Partners, has promoted ANDY SIMS to director, interactive marketing services from media director. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing SF Interactive’s expanded offering of one-to-one and interactive marketing services on behalf of interactive marketers such as Apple Computer, Siebel, and Verisign. Sims joined SF Interactive in 1999.
Forbes.com has named COLLEEN HIRNER as regional sales manager, San Francisco. Her territory includes accounts in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in northern Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Hirner was most recently district sales manager at Ziff Davis Media in San Francisco.
LLKFB, a full-service direct marketing communication companies, has hired three senior executives to take on new positions within the agency. CLAIRE HASSID has joined as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She was most recently EVP and director of strategic planning at Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, leading a team of 32 planners and researchers. MITCH RATLIFF has joined as executive vice president, group director, strategy and client services. Ratliff comes from FCB, New York where he previously served as SVP, group management director. Lastly, MARK KLAPPER has joined as executive vice president, director of planning and consulting services. …
SendTec, a direct marketing services company based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has opened a New York City office, to be headed up by STEVEN MORVAY as managing director. During his tenure, Morvay served as senior vice president of Ogilvy & Mather Direct and president of Saatchi & Saatchi Direct North America.
CHIP RUSSO, former Western region director at Eyeblaster, has joined PointRoll as regional vice president, West Coast sales. Russo worked for Eyeblaster for more than two years, opening the company's Los Angeles office and creating relationships with publishers, agencies, and advertisers. At PointRoll, Russo will build the company's West Coast presence and report to Andy Ellenthal, PointRoll's SVP of sales.
AdSpace Networks, creator of networked digital video advertising displays in malls and theaters, has named JOHN HENDERSON senior vice president of advertising sales and marketing. He will head up AdSpace's New York office, leading its team of national advertising sales professionals. Henderson served as vice president of integrated sales and marketing at Sony Music Entertainment where he worked with many of the company's entertainment assets to create non-traditional marketing opportunities.
National Geographic magazine has expanded and restructured its marketing department. CHRISTOPHER BUCZEK joins the marketing department as marketing services director. He will develop and manage custom advertising and cross-platform programs for National Geographic magazine. VANESSA AMPOLINI has been named marketing project manager. She will be responsible for the execution of special advertising projects. Lastly, ILEANA NORTON has been named strategic marketing manager. She will create advertising presentations and sales materials.