David&Goliath named Kingsley Taylor as director, new business. Reporting to David Angelo, founder and chief creative officer, Taylor will be responsible for agency marketing functions, growth strategy and pitch management. Most recently, Kingsley spent four years at Ogilvy both in the UK and North America (NY & LA) as a global business director. While there, he worked on the global business management team, responsible for driving growth for existing clients such as Nestle, Kraft and Unilever.
Daniel Vassallo joined Starcom USA as vice president/digital director on the agency’s Novartis account. He will be based out of Starcom’s New York office and will report to Lily Chakrabarty, senior vice president/director. Vassallo joins Starcom from the JAR Group where he served as vice president of performance media, search and social marketing. While there, he established the agency’s digital media practice and was responsible for strategy development, execution, measurement and optimization across digital media, search and social marketing campaigns. Prior to that, Vassallo served as vice president/director of media at Digitas Health.
GroupM named Pierre Conte as CEO of GroupM France. Conte will report to Dominic Grainger, GroupM EMEA CEO and begins work on Sept. 16.He succeeds Bruno Kemoun and Eryck Rebbouh, who will continue to advise GroupM and its agencies as consultants. Conte most recently served as CEO of Figaro Media and Figaro Classifieds as well as Director of Madame Figaro, responsible for advertising sales of Groupe Figaro. Prior to that, he was CEO of OMD France. GroupM France has five media agencies: KR Media, Maxus, MEC, MediaCom and Mindshare with nearly 600 employees and combined billings last year of 2.3 …
Candi Boyer joined Giant Interactive as a senior interactive producer.
Bennett Theimann joined Mojiva as chief operating officer and Erika Alonso as global vice president of marketing.
WDCW hired Victor Acosta as associate planning director. Prior to WDCW, Acosta was a senior strategic planner at David&Goliath.
Undertone hired Ryan Griffin as vice president, strategic sales.
YANGAROO named Sarah Foss as president, YANGAROO Advertising Division.
TheStreet hired Mark Sugarman as video creative director, Sophie Bearman, and Jeremy Jennings as associate producers, and Daniel Lebo as video optimization manager.
Adam Devine was named vice president of marketing for CrowdComputing Systems.