Friday Morning Stir

By Kiran Aditham 


-WPP/GroupM media agency MEC has appointed  Brian Ko, managing partner/senior director of digital and Sharon Pardee as partner, senior director of planning in its Irvine office.

-BRW FILMLAND Los Angeles has signed newcomer director Marcus Ubungen for his first-ever U.S. commercial representation (above).

-IPG Mediabrands has undergone a little North American management shakeup including the resignation of NA CEO Jacki Kelly. link

-Cannes Press Lions entries are down 12 percent this year. link

-Unilever has unloaded its Ragu and Bertolli brands for a cool $2.15 billion. link

-STRATA agency survey finds the strength of the ad economy at a five-year high. link