American Legacy CMO Cullen Resigns

BOSTON The American Legacy Foundation said Christopher Cullen has resigned as executive vice president of marketing and communications.

Cullen, whose resignation is effective immediately, has left to pursue an undisclosed professional opportunity, Legacy said. He had been with the Washington, D.C.-based organization, which produces the “Truth” national anti-smoking campaign, since June 2002.

Joseph Martyak has been named interim director of marketing and communications at Legacy. Previously, Martyak served as the assistant administrator for public affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Legacy spends about $80 million annually on ads; its lead agencies are Havas’ Arnold in Boston and MDC Partners’ Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami.

“The board and staff to the American Legacy Foundation appreciate Chris’ years of service and his dedication to our mission,” said Dr. Cheryl Healton, president and chief executive officer of the American Legacy Foundation, in a statement. “We recognize his many positive contributions to Legacy, and we wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”