CMD recently promoted PATRICK ANDERSON to account director, DANIEL GETACHEW and PAULA WESSELLS to account managers, CARYN HERDER to customer reference program director, and LINDSAY MICHELET and SCOTT PETERS to account supervisors in the account services department.
Discovery Networks has promoted ANDREA KOLB from sales manager to vice president/national sales manager to oversee advertising sales efforts for Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, and Discovery Kids on NBC. In her new role, Kolb serves as the advertising sales liaison to various divisions within Discovery Networks and is responsible for the development of key pricing strategies and sponsorship opportunities. Prior to joining Discovery, Kolb spent five years as an account executive for Turner Broadcasting and three years in the same capacity at ABC Family.
PETER HAEFFNER has been named national advertising director of Better Homes and Gardens magazine - the flagship publication of Meredith Corporation. GARY WENSTRUP has been promoted to Western director. Haeffner will oversee all advertising sales functions in Meredith’s offices around the country. Wenstrup will manage the day-to-day sales efforts for the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago offices.
R. L. BULLOCK has joined MediaCommInc. as vice president of sales. He was most recently vice president, broadcast operations, Christian Broadcasting Network.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio has hired JENNIFER BETKA as vice president of interactive. In this position, Betka will be responsible for creating an Internet presence and marketing platform for SIRIUS, including the development and implementation of enhanced programming features and e-business initiatives. Betka previously served as vice president of global marketing for Time Warner.
Mosaica, a multicultural communications agency under The Bravo Group umbrella, has named NILDA VELEZ as general manager. Velez will oversee the Payless ShoeSource, Citibank, and Unilever accounts, among others. Velez joins Mosaica from Bravo, where she most recently held the title of vice president, managing director. In this role, she led a team of 11 and managed the Kraft Foods, Lifetime Television, and Toys "R" Us accounts.
CSTV Networks has named JOHN DUFF as executive vice president, distribution. In his new role, Duff is charged with overseeing cable affiliate and university affiliate channels. Duff joins CSTV from AOL, where as executive director he oversaw the company’s broadband distribution into the cable MSO and telecommunications channels.
ABC Radio Networks has named BELIA JIMENEZ to the position of director, sales development research. Jimenez will be responsible for developing a number of brand-specific research marketing initiatives that support the advertising sales team. In her new position, Jimenez will work with the affiliate and brand marketing groups to highlight ABC Radio Networks' profile in the marketplace. Prior to joining ABC Radio Networks, Jimenez served as director of ad sales marketing for Premiere Radio Networks.
WILLIAM GASPERONI has been named the director of marketing at Blender magazine. Gasperoni will oversee the New York-based marketing staff and serve as the marketing and sales support manager for seven of the Blender offices. Prior to joining Blender, Gasperoni was the director of promotions at Life & Style where he developed and executed promotional programs and handled retail and charity events for the publication.
JEFFERY KISSINGER was promoted to vice president of promotion strategy at Scripps Networks. Kissinger, who was previously director of strategy and planning for HGTV, will help coordinate cross-promotion efforts involving Shop at Home, Scripps newspapers, and Scripps television stations.