Adweek Magazines has named Randy McDowell vice president/sales. McDowell will report to Wright Ferguson Jr., publisher of Adweek and senior vice president, sales. McDowell spent the last two and a half years in telecom sales, serving as vice president, national sales at Net2000 Communications and as national account manager, business solutions at SBC Telecom. From 1981-95, he held positions in national sales at Crain Communications.
Buena Vista International in Burbank promoted four of its marketing and publicity executives to vice president. Ticole Richards, executive director of creative advertising, rose to vice president, marketing/creative film services. Maggie Todd was elevated from executive director of international publicity to vice president of international publicity. Donald Evans, formerly executive director of promotions, was promoted to vice president of marketing and promotions. Mari Gastineau moved from executive director of marketing/creative services to vice president of marketing/ creative print services.
Asian-language ad agency interTrend Communications in Long Beach tapped Tzu-Chiang Yang as senior copywriter. Yang, who recently held a similar post at J. Walter Thompson in Taiwan, will work on accounts such as JC Penney, Pala Casino, State Farm, Toyota Motor Sales and Western Union. In addition, Chia Lung Shen and Eugene Kim were hired as art directors. Shen previously held a similar post at JWT in Taiwan, and Kim had been a senior graphic designer at Ozone Advertising in Los Angeles.
Initiative in Los Angeles hired Leah Gross as vice president, corporate communications. She will manage the company’s corporate-communications programs for the U.S. and report to Patricia Kerr, executive vice president, director of business development. For the past two years, Gross ran her own firm, KLG Communications.
Ad 2 appointed Valerie Milkins public relations chair of its Greater Fort Lauderdale chapter. Milkins, an assistant account executive at crosstown Starmark International, will direct publicity initiatives for Ad 2 in Broward County. Ad 2 is a division of the Advertising Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which also serves as the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
Peter A. Mayer Advertising promoted David Crane from account services management supervisor to vice president. Crane, who has been at the New Orleans shop for 17 years, oversees accounts such as the New Orleans Saints, CenturyTel and Delta Queen Steamboat Co. Mayer also elevated account executive Angelle Bourgeois to account supervisor and Quincy Crawford, public relations and public affairs account executive, to senior public relations account executive. In addition, art directors Kendall Lamar and Laurie Blakeley progressed to senior art directors.
Pan Communications, an independent public relations agency in Andover, elevated several staffers. Jennifer Meyer rose from account manager to senior account manager; Elise Sherman moved up from associate to senior associate; and Ryan Merenda, formerly an intern, was named junior associate.
KD&E Advertising in New York hired Rob Casalaina as network director. He will handle network planning and management for the agency’s accounts. Prior to joining KD&E, Casalaina was an associate media director, national broadcast at MediaVest in New York for seven years, where he managed the Procter & Gamble account. Jackie Santora, formerly account manager at KD&E, was promoted to vice president, account supervisor after serving for three years at the company.
Media Logic appointed Nancy Graser director of public relations. She will lead public relations strategy and implementation for several of the Albany-based shop’s clients. Graser formerly spent several years at public relations agency Waggener Edstrom in Portland, Ore., where she was media relations manager for the broadcast team, which she co-founded and developed.
Goodman Media International, a New York-based public relations firm, promoted Liane Ramirez Swierk and Deborah Sternberg to account director positions. Ramirez Swierk, formerly an account executive, is Goodman Media’s Hispanic-market specialist. Sternberg previously was a senior account executive. The shop also added three staffers: Gretchen Zimmerman, senior account executive; Olivia Dupuis, account executive; and Tanya Lopez, assistant account executive. Zimmerman arrives from Bookspan, a joint venture of Time Warner and Bertelsmann, where she was assistant manager, corporate communications. Dupuis formerly was project manager at Kelly & Salerno Communications in Greenwich, Conn. Lopez most recently was a legal assistant at Gainesville, Fla., law firm Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Saliwanchik. Goodman Media also has an office in Washington.
Wolf Group in Cleveland promoted Bill Roddy to account supervisor overseeing the Syngenta Professional Products, The Flood Co. and Karcher accounts. Roddy joined the shop as an account executive in 2000.
Bohan added two staffers. Tom Gibney was installed as director of broadcast production. Prior to joining the Nashville shop, he was owner and executive producer of Departure Point Productions, a commercial-film-production company. Gregg Boling was hired as associate creative director. He has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising industry and has worked for Tennessee agencies such as The Buntin Group; Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence; and Chuck Creasy Creative.
Padgett Printing appointed Randy Ritter sales representative. Ritter will be responsible for developing new business in the Austin-based com- pany’s Southwest and South Central regions. He is a former plant manager at Sandford Cos. in Irving.
Ryan Wilson joined Kelliher Samets Volk in Burlington as a brand planner. He will analyze and interpret the correlation between consumers and their client’s brands in today’s global market, among other duties. Prior to joining the agency, Wilson worked in brand planning at Arnold in Boston with clients such as Coors Light, Royal Caribbean and Talbots. In addition, KSV added Jeanne Landau as a senior project manager. She mainly will work on the Sugarbush Resort and Ryka footwear accounts. Landau had been with New York-based Edelman Public Relations, working on ChapStick, Finesse and Hershey’s.