Universal-McCann’s Cunningham to Helm CAB

NEW YORK Sean Cunningham is leaving his post as executive vice president, managing director at Interpublic Group’s Universal-McCann to become president and chief executive officer of the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.

Cunningham, 42, will start in his new post in mid-June. He succeeds Joe Ostrow, who is stepping down to become a consultant to the New York-based CAB, which provides marketing support to the cable industry. Ostrow had been president of CAB since 1994. No replacement for Cunningham has been named, a UM representative said.

Cunningham, who was in charge of the 165-person New York office, has been in that position since 2000. Prior to signing on with UM, Cunningham held a number of media-related positions with Ammirati Puris Lintas in New York and Chicago starting in 1990.

When IPG merged the media units of APL and Lowe in 1999, Cunningham was named evp/media director of Lowe Lintas, New York. He began his advertising career in 1985 at Benton & Bowles, New York.