Thom Crowley joined Rain New York as associate creative director, reporting to Will Hall, executive creative director. Crowley previously worked for Boston-based agencies Hill Holliday and Arnold Worldwide, writing for clients like Progressive, Jack Daniel's, Dunkin Donuts, Liberty Mutual, and Ocean Spray.
Giant Spoon hired Sammi Han as social strategist and David Jacobsen as senior strategist. Han will work on the HP account in the agency's L.A. office, reporting to Will Thompson, associate director, social. She previously worked at Com2us, handling the social media and community management for Summoners War, a mobile game. Jacobsen will work on the GE account, reporting to Laura Correnti, executive vice president, managing director, media and operating out of the agency's New York office. Most recently, Jacobsen was a senior account executive and producer at GREY Group. While there, he worked on the National Park Service's "Find …
Rauxa named Erika Williams as vice president of business strategy. She will be based out of the agency's New York office and lead its business development team. Williams will also oversee select marketing initiatives and strategic partnerships. Most recently, she was chief marketing officer at Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival, where she led partnerships with entertainment properties throughout the West Coast. Prior to that, Williams handled marketing programs for PMK-BNC, Cornerstone Agency and Momentum Worldwide, creating campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo, LG Electronics, American Express, T-Mobile, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Cole Haan, Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac and DeLeón Tequila. …
Discovery Networks International promoted Michael Lang to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics, continuing to report to Jean-Briac Perrette, president and CEO, Discovery Networks International. In his expanded role, Lang is responsible for leading the overall business of the Nordic region consisting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. These markets are some of the most developed TV markets globally and represent one of Discovery's largest channel portfolios outside the U.S.
Colt, a multinational network, voice and data center provider, named Stephanie Lynch-Habib as chief marketing officer.
VS/Brooks Advertising named Anais Rodriguez has account supervisor.
RSA Films added director Andrew Hines to the company's roster.
AMC Networks announced that Ellen Kroner, long-time executive vice president and chief communications officer for the company, will retire at the end of the year. She will be succeeded by Georgia Juvelis and Jim Maiella, who will serve as senior vice presidents and co-heads of corporate communications in 2017. The pair will report to Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks.
Relay Network named Steve Higgins as chief technology officer and Lisa Guillaume as chief product officer.
Vanguard Communications added Noralisa Leo as vice president of the Diversity + Inclusion Practice and Matt Chun as vice president of the Digital Practice.