Porter Novelli elevated Bill Kolberg to general manager of its Los Angeles office. He replaces Steve Jursa, senior partner and global convergence practice leader, who was serving as the acting general manager in Los Angeles. In addition to overseeing Los Angeles operations, Kolberg will head the consumer and food practices, working with clients such as The Jim Henson Co., Weider Nutrition, Danone Waters of North America, Mattel and Oral-B Laboratories.
Magnet Communications hired Lou Casale as senior vice president and general manager at its regional office in Los Angeles. He will manage daily operations as well as the company’s national entertainment practice. Casale formerly was a divisional director at Bragman Nyman Cafarelli.
Bear Advertising in Westlake Village, Calif., hired Susan Roush as director of corporate communications. Roush was formerly senior vice president of Murphy/O’Brien, a public relations firm in Santa Monica.
Morey Evans Advertising in Denver appointed Amy Holzfaster director of marketing. Holzfaster previously held the same title at Minneapolis agency Hunt Adkins. She also directed marketing at Denver-based technology companies Inflow and ICG Communications, and worked in marketing posts at MCI WorldCom.
Philip Pilla was named president of Stamford, Conn.-based brand-development and marketing-communications firm Creative Partners. Pilla has more than 13 years of experience in integrated marketing communications and has spearheaded brand launches for Powerbar and Salomon Smith Barney. Most recently, he served as senior vice president for Sirius Satellite Radio, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s consumer marketing.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
MDB Communications in Washington named Katharine Dixon account director, a new position. She will work on various accounts, including Fannie Mae, National School Boards Association and Raritan, among other duties. Dixon most recently was vice president of marketing at AXS Technologies in Annapolis, Md.
Leo Burnett USA named agency veteran Mike Colt vice chairman. He becomes the second person at the agency to hold that title. Colt is the worldwide creative head on the Philip Morris account and the executive creative director on the U.S. Army account, overseeing the entire “An army of one” effort. As vice chairman, Colt will continue to report to Burnett USA chairman and chief creative officer Cheryl Berman and vice chairman and deputy chief creative officer Mark Tutssel. Colt, who has been with the agency for 33 years, is based in Chicago. He has worked with former and current Burnett clients such as StarKist, Kellogg’s, Wilson, RCA, Maytag, Kraft, Altoids and Procter & Gamble.
Gordon Wheeler retired as founding president of Nimlok Canada. He will remain an independent consultant to the company. Nimlok promoted John Sanginesi to president of Nimlok Canada, succeeding Wheeler. He most recently held a senior-management position in sales and marketing for Nimlok Canada. Nimlok, a leading international manufacturer of display and exhibit products, has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and England, and is based in Niles.
Cronin/Wallwork Curry, Boston, promoted Alison Weekley from account executive to account supervisor. In her new role, Weekley will continue to work on Domain Home Fashions and Steinway & Sons, and will now manage planning and execution of all advertising for those two clients. Weekley joined Cronin/Wallwork Curry, the Boston unit of Glastonbury, Conn.-based Cronin & Co., in 2001.
McCann-Erickson in Detroit promoted Carl Weber to vice president, account director. He previously served as account director. Weber will oversee McCann Detroit’s Honeywell Consumer Products business, specifically the Prestone, Fram and Autolite brands.
Burson-Marsteller in New York added David Sassoon as a managing director to its senior healthcare team, making him the third senior-level hire within that group. Sassoon, formerly of Rowland Communications Worldwide, was a senior counselor to a major medical-equipment company. He joins new directors Doris Astor and Steve Deitsch, both formerly of Ruder-Finn. Astor has worked in healthcare communications in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer-products arenas. Deitsch has experience as a marketer and market analyst.
Coyne Beahm Advertising named Chris Ng Cashin vice president, management supervisor. Cashin joins the Greensboro, N.C., shop from West & Vaughan in Durham, where he was senior vice president, general manager and partner. Additionally, Cindy Thompson, formerly CFO, was named vice president, general manager, a new position. Thompson will handle the agency’s existing accounts, which include Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and R.J. Reynolds’ Doral brand.
Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer, one of the largest independent healthcare-advertising agencies, recently promoted Doug Mills to vice president, account director. In his new role, Mills is responsible for supervising the advertising programs for specific healthcare accounts. Mills joined the Columbus agency as a media manager in 1996.
Nonbox installed Steve Flood as co-creative director in its Portland office. Flood joins the creative branding agency from Red Monkey, a company he founded.
Bradshaw Advertising in Portland added Melanie Odom as account executive. Odom was previously a partner at an image-development consultancy, where she was responsible for strategic planning and account management.
Davis Newman Payne Advertising in Knoxville hired Adele Sensing as an account manager. She formerly served as an account manager for Brainstorm International in Knoxville. In addition, Davis Newman Payne named Thelen Canter media traffic coordinator. Canter, a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee, joins the shop following her fall internship at the agency.
Kolar Advertising & Marketing hired Lloyd Sheep as director of integrated marketing, a new position. He joins the Austin agency after nine years at cross-town shop SicolaMartin, where he was vice president of client services.