Judy Wald Appoints Successors

Judy Wald is bringing two partners on board today in an effort to inject new blood into the creative staff recruitment agency she founded in 1967.
Screenvision Cinema Network executives Anne-Marie Marcus and Catherine St. Jean are each acquiring an equity stake in the Judy Wald Agency and will take over the operation when chairman Wald retires [Adweek, Jan. 19]. No date has been set yet.
“I was always entrepreneurial and always a gambler,” said Wald about her new partners. “This is a gamble I expect to win.”
While the two have not previously worked as recruiters, their experience working for Screenvision, the U.S. sponsor of the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France, has made them well connected in the creative community, said Wald. “I can’t imagine having better partners with whom to bring my business into the 21st century,” she said.
The company will be renamed Judy Wald Partners. “We both understand the process, have a lot of contacts and feel very comfortable advising,” said Marcus, who turns 41 this week. “We’ve been doing this business informally for free for many years.”
St. Jean, 47, a former client of Wald’s while working at advertising agencies, said she and Marcus plan to more actively recruit talent from abroad. St. Jean said discussions with the New York-based Wald began this summer, following the Cannes festival.
Susan Lilley, a former creative recruiter herself at the former Glass & Lilley, will assume St. Jean’s role as U.S. marketing director for the festival. Screenvision chief executive Dennis Fogarty will assume Marcus’ festival duties. Her replacement as senior vice president of Screenvision has not yet been appointed.