The Omnicom Group, New York, has named Tom Watson and Bruce Redditt to two newly created executive vice president positions. Watson will be responsible for identifying cross-divisional revenue opportunities among Omnicom’s existing ad agency networks and its marketing services and specialty companies. He had been vice chairman of diversified agency services. Redditt’s responsibilities will include next stage development of Omnicom’s new media business, particularly within its Communicade division. He comes from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles, where he was executive vice president, government relations and corporate communications.
In his new role as chief executive of Media Marketing Assessment, a unit of New York-based Carat North America, Stig Karlsen will seek to expand to Europe and Asia, sources said last week. Karlsen will also continue to work on business acquisition for Carat North America, now headed by David Verklin. Carat acquired MMA, which is based in Wilton, Conn., last May. Karlsen assumed the duties of founder Ed Dittus, who was named chairman, a new title.
Berlin, Cameron & Partners, New York, has elevated Melissa Miller to director of broadcast production, overseeing all of the agency’s TV and radio work. She had been senior producer.
Carolyn Gray of Jordan McGrath Case & Partners has been promoted to manager, new business development. She had been a member of the New York shop’s new business team for four years.
Lowe & Partners/SMS, New York, has raised Gary Goldsmith to vice chairman, executive creative director. He had been executive vice president, deputy creative director.
Wolf Group, Rochester, has named Barry Strauber traffic manager, responsible for scheduling and tracking all print and broadcast jobs through agency departments. He comes from Hutchins/Young & Rubicam, Rochester, where he also served as traffic manager.
October Films has tapped Dennis Rice as president, worldwide marketing. He will be responsible for international theatrical marketing, publicity and promotion efforts for October Films and genre division Rogue Pictures. The New York-based film company also appointed Clare Anne Darragh director, East coast publicity. She had been senior publicist for New Line Cinema, New York.
Michelle Eldon was named marketing director by Vanity Fair, New York. Eldon comes from Wenner Media, where she served as marketing services director for Rolling Stone, Us, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal.
Wenner Media, New York, has appointed Charlie Leerhsen editor of Us. Leehrsen was at People for more than five years, most recently as assistant managing editor.
Forbes, New York, reported two new hires on its sales staff: Catherine Lukas, a sales representative in San Francisco; and Mary McConnell, an advertising representative based
in New York.
U.S. News & World Report, New York, named Eric Gertler chief operating officer. He had been executive vice president.
Mademoiselle, New York, has hired Emily Myers Klima as promotion art director of the magazine. Klima had been design and art director of Harper’s Bazaar, also New York.
Bridal Guide, New York, has tapped Stephanie Ritter as promotion manager, responsible for developing and managing the magazine’s retail promotions and planning. Ritter had been marketing manager and national bridal director for dinnerware manufacturer Denby USA.
Integrated marketing strategies provider Coyne Communications, Morristown, has tapped Scott Brocker as production manager, print and pre-print issues. Brocker comes from REM Imaging, where he had been electronic pre-press manager.
LD&B, a Horsham-based advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has promoted Cheryl Markovich to senior account executive. She had been an account executive.
Deborah Drake was elevated to associate director, media services by Steigler, Wells & Brunswick, Bethlehem. She had been senior media planner.
Harmelin & Associates, Bala Cynwyd, has named Karen Wells director of planning and account services. Wells had been associate media director at Earle Palmer Brown Advertising, Philadelphia.
Marketing 1to1/Peppers and Rogers Group, Stamford, has named Thomas Niehaus and Thomas Shimko partners. Niehaus was vice president of consulting services for Simba Information, a division of Cowles Business Media. Shimko was vice president of marketing for the U.S. mailing systems division of Pitney Bowes.
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