KATE HARRIS has joined AKQA as director of account planning and CRAIG WALMSLEY has joined the agency as director of strategy. Harris and Walmsley both join AKQA San Francisco from the agency’s London office where they served in similar roles.
Blattner Brunner named ADAM PORTZEL as art director, and promoted MATTHEW FOX to assistant account executive. Portzel joins the agency after a 10-year stint at Arnold Worldwide.
Rainbow Media Holdings has named JOHN TOOHEY vice president, finance and strategic planning of Mag Rack, Rainbow Media's first on-demand network, and sportskool, on-demand sports instruction network. Most recently, Toohey served as the director of finance for Rainbow's direct-broadcast-satellite venture where he led financial planning and analysis activities.
EFX Media has hired WAYNE KURIE as director of client services.
Peter A. Mayer Advertising has named TOD SMITH vice president, media director, and JODY TOWERS as management supervisor. Smith joined the agency from WWL-TV where he served as local sales manager and Towers joined from TM Advertising, where she served as management supervisor.
National Geographic Kids Editor-in-Chief MELINA GEROSA BELLOWS has been promoted to vice president, Magazine Group.
The Republik has named KELLY GRUBER to be project director at The Republik, overseeing creative scheduling for all accounts. Gruber will also be event manager at Rubberneck, a Republik subsidiary.
The Deal, LLC has named CHRISTINE NEUBERT to director of advertising sales. Neubert will be responsible for developing technology and financial services advertising accounts for The Deal's print publications, Web sites, custom media, and events, with an emphasis on the company's newest brand, Tech Confidential.
MWW Group has named SUZANNE KIMELMAN as account supervisor in the company's consumer lifestyle marketing practice. Kimelman will help lead programs and campaigns for a variety of MWW Group's consumer accounts. Kimelman joins MWW from Edelman where she served as account supervisor.
CYRUS KROHN, former publisher of Slate Magazine, has stayed at Microsoft as executive producer of MSN Video. Slate magazine was recently sold to the Washington Post.