15-Year Starcom Vet Lena Petersen Joins MediaLink as Chief Brand Officer

By Erik Oster 

Strategic advisory firm MediaLink appointed Lena Petersen as chief brand officer. In the newly-created role she will be responsible for developing and amplifying MediaLink’s brand marketing activities while reporting to chairman and CEO Michael E. Kassan.

“Lena is particularly adept at producing disruptive platforms and approaches that differentiate companies in crowded operating environments,” Kassan said in a statement. “As MediaLink continues to grow and looks to expand globally, Lena’s focus on the MediaLink brand is ever more important.”

Petersen joins MediaLink following over 16 years with Starcom (now Publicis Media). Most recently she served as executive vice president, global product and partnership, beginning in April of 2012. Previously, she spent 11 years as senior vice president, director of marketing communications after arriving a year earlier as vice president, marketing communications. Before joining Starcom in June of 2000, she spent over four years with Leo Burnett as vice president, corporate communications.

Also joining MediaLink is senior vice president Jennifer Kasper, who will “partner with MediaLink’s retailers and ecommerce companies to explore how mobile and innovation at point of sale has influenced their go-to-market strategies and customer journey mapping.”

Kasper arrives at MediaLink after over 15 years with Macy’s, most recently serving as senior vice president, customer strategy. She arrived at Macy’s as a marketing manager in 2000, receiving a promotion to marketing director nearly three years later. Since then she has held a variety of marketing and customer strategy roles on the way to her most recent promotion.

“Organizations across the board are facing challenging transitions,” MediaLink president and COO Wenda Harris Millard, explained. “Jennifer has had a front row seat for one such transformation, being instrumental in helping Macy’s reposition itself as a forward-thinking brand. She has the necessary perspective to help our partners navigate similar journeys.”

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