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Advertisement today (Thursday) named Victor Owens vp of marketing.

Owens will oversee marketing in the U.S. and Canada, including the "Smart" ad campaign. Young & Rubicam created the campaign for the travel-booking site last year. It featured an animated spokesperson called "Smart," voiced by The Office actor Ed Helms.

Owens hails from software startup WebIvy Solutions, where he served as principal of product strategy and marketing. Prior to that, he spent seven years at EarthLink, where he was most recently vp of marketing.

In his new role at, Owens will report to president David Roche.