Doremus Adds Account, Media Staffers

SAN FRANCISCO Omnicom’s Doremus has hired seven people in new positions to increase its staff to more than 50 employees, an agency representative said.

The new hires are in account services, communication and media, and all will report to Garrett Lawrence, managing director of Doremus in San Francisco, the rep said.

Doremus has added Peter Byrne, 45, as account director. Since January 2002, Byrne has been leading a consulting practice, P&B Partners, which he also founded.

Deborah Dubrowski has joined the shop as director of integrated communications. Dubrowski had been senior account director, client services group at Digital Impact. Prior to that, she worked at direct marketing agency Digitas as vice president, associate director in the marketing automation group.

The new employees include two management supervisors. Michael Garrison, 36, has 11 years of agency and client-side integrated marketing and management experience. Garrison recently worked at Neopost and also at Personify, where he managed a client list that included Blue Shield, Homestead and Govworks. David DeFranco, 38, was hired from Pearson & Co., a strategic and creative marketing firm. He has worked with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems and Symantec.

Lillian Buziak, 28, arrives from Citrus, Los Angeles, as an account supervisor. Buziak’s client experience includes Remedy and BMC Software at Citrus. She was also a product marketing manager at Oracle Corp. in Redwood Shores, Calif.

The final two hires are media planners. Maluri Fernandez, 34, previously held planning posts at Mediasmith, Diamond Morgan Northend Albers and Citron Haligman Bedecarre. Shannon Doung, 25, has been an assistant strategist at Optimum Media Directions and an assistant media planner at Hal Riney & Partners, where she worked on the Hewlett-Packard account.

Lawrence said the year is off to a great start. “We’ve doubled our employee roster to over 50, and now, with the addition of this top-tier talent, we’re geared up and ready to provide our clients with an outstanding competitive edge,” he said.