After a decade at Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Stever Aubrey joins M/C Communications as president and chief operating officer with a mandate to help the events company run more efficiently and maintain momentum.
Aubrey fills the newly created positions at the Boston-based company, which originated in the mid-1990s as a division of Hill, Holliday before it was spun out of the Interpublic Group agency two years ago.
"It was bittersweet for me to leave Hill, Holliday," said Aubrey. "It's a great opportunity in a category that's booming right now, and I feel like Hill, Holliday is in a great place now—it's always nice to leave on a good note."
In his last few years at the Boston agency, Aubrey held the position of executive vice president. He assisted chairman and CEO Jack Connors with operational issues such as human resources and staff training for the shop's Boston, New York and San Francisco offices.
Aubrey previously held senior account service posts at Hill, Holliday, working on clients such as Spalding Sports Worldwide, John Hancock Financial Services and FleetBoston Financial precursor BankBoston.
Aubrey also worked for 10 years at Humphrey Browning MacDougall, a predecessor of Bos ton's Arnold.
John Mellin, chief financial officer at Hill, Holliday, will take over most of Au brey's responsibilities, according to agency executives.
At M/C, which produces medical con ferences, Aubrey will help CEO John Mooney implement practices and policies to increase efficiency. In the past year, M/C has expanded from 30 staffers to 65, and expects to reach 100 by the end of the year. That growth generated the need for a seasoned executive to oversee operations, according to Mooney.
"Stever Aubrey is an extraordinary manager of people and re sources who is pivotal to steering this company through a period of extraordinary expansion," he said.
M/C will host 39 medical conferences nationwide this year for some 45,000 primary-care practitioners, and plans to increase that roster to 70 in 2003, Mooney said. The company was found ed in 1994 by Mooney and Connors, and the latter continues to maintain an in terest in the company, though M/C is not affiliated with Hill, Holliday or IPG.
In the late 1990s, prior to Hill, Holliday's acquisition by IPG, Aubrey was a member of the Vermont Group, a cadre of senior executives from which Connors said his successor would be chosen. Late last year, Mike Sheehan, also a Vermont Group member, was named president of the agency's national operations, tapped by Connors to take over once he chooses to retire.