Penniston Succeeds Thompson at FCB

LOS ANGELES Foote, Cone & Belding Southern California said it has promoted Scott Penniston to vice president, media director.

Penniston, 35, reports to Jim Harrington, president of FCB in Irvine, Calif. He replaces Barbara Thompson, who this week joined Horizon Media in Los Angeles as svp, media director [Adweek, April 7].

“Scott brings a tremendous depth of experience, plus enormous energy and passion for the business,” Harrington said.

Penniston has been with FCB for nearly 11 years. Prior to his promotion, he was vice president, group media director, with responsibility for the media planning and buying strategy for Hilton properties including Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites.

In his new position, Penniston will head a media department that includes approximately 30 planners and buyers, Harrington said.