Blast Radius Taps L.A. General Manger

NEW YORK Blast Radius has hired Dan Kempka, the former vice president of business development and marketing at Genex, to oversee its Los Angeles operations.

As vice president and general manger, Kempka, 42, will oversee the 10-person office and will lead the client development team, which handles accounts like Activision, Kenwood USA and Vivendi Universal Games, among others. He reports to Blast Radius president and CEO Gurval Caer, and fills the post previously held by Kurt Kratchman, who has become vice president of client strategy.

Kempka said he hopes to build the Vancouver-based interactive agency’s presence in the Los Angeles market by targeting prospective clients in categories like media, entertainment, gaming, consumer goods, automotive and tourism.

“Blast Radius to me is a diamond in the rough,” said Kempka. “It’s very well known in Canada and the northern United States, but not well known in L.A. I want to polish it and turn it into one of those firms that you think of when you think of world-class Web development.”

Most recently, Kempka worked at Culver City, Calif.-based i-shop Genex for a year. In January 2000, he founded StartUpStream, a consulting and investment firm for startups that he led for two years. Before that, he spent about two and a half years as a managing partner of USWeb/CKS. In 1987, he started KandH, a Hollywood-based software development firm that later morphed into an Internet development company; it was bought by USWeb in August 1997.