Grey Staffs Up in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO-As numerous agencies in the Bay Area have been implementing dot-com-related layoffs, Grey Worldwide’s office here is actually beefing up its management team, adding six new executives to the staff.

The agency, which recently won the Ask Jeeves account and also works with Oracle, hired executives to work in several divisions on the agency’s major accounts.

“Grey prides itself on maintaining a solid, stable pattern of continued growth,” said Kieran Hannon, president and COO of the shop. “This round of hires significantly strengthens our talent pool and will enable us to further develop the strategic foundations that will better build our partners’ businesses.”

Among the hires, the agency named Arelene Bae vice president and management supervisor on the PMC-Sierra account. Bae formerly worked at Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco, on the Saturn car business. She has also worked with Huffy Bicycles, Bayer, Ralston Purina and Motorola Wireless at various agencies.

Anne O’Malley was named media supervisor. She formerly worked at The Media Edge/Young & Rubicam in Atlanta, where she was an account manager in charge of local broadcast media advertising for Lincoln Mercury.

Marianne Kirchner was named vice president and management supervisor on Oracle. Previously, Kirchner was an account director at MarchFirst in Salt Lake City, where she worked on 3Com Consulting Services.

Grey also named Alison Grabel human resources manager, moving her from a similar job in New York. Jeff Van Herpen was named director of finance on Oracle. And Erica Weekes was named vice president and associate media director for Grey’s MediaCom/SF.

Grey’s San Francisco office has billings of $185 million. The shop also works with 24-Hour Fitness, Challenge Butter, Cyrano Sciences, Galileo Foods, Globalstar, Tradiant and Telseon. The shop is part of the New York-based Grey Worldwide network.