Deutsch Promotes Account Personnel

LOS ANGELES Interpublic Group’s Deutsch/LA has elevated several members of its account management team, the agency said today.

Christian Cocker, who joined the Marina del Rey, Calif., agency in 2000 and rose to vice president in 2003, was promoted to senior vice president, account planner. Cocker, who had been working on the Expedia account, reports to Jeffrey Blish, partner and director of account planning.

“Christian has an inspired way of presenting strategy for Expedia,” said Mike Sheldon, managing partner and general manager.” His trustworthy, apolitical and insightful delivery wins the trust of clients.”

Louise Georgeson was promoted to senior vice president, account director. The native Australian, who joined Deutsch in 2001 from Omnicom Group’s TBWA\Chiat\Day as a vp and account director, will report to Brenda Ross, evp and director of client services.

“She did a fantastic job on DirecTV [when it was at Deutsch] and on Cici’s [Pizza],” said Sheldon. “She’s tenacious, with that positive ability in new business to see around corners.”

Kimberly Getty, Adam Graves and Erin Roalstad were promoted to vice presidents, account directors. All report to Ross.

Getty, who worked on the agency’s Mitsubishi account since 2003, has been reassigned to the new Pacificare business. Graves joined the shop from Siltanen & Partners last year to work on Mitsubishi and has since been reassigned to Pacificare. Roalstad, a five-year veteran of the agency, worked on DirecTV and now runs the TGI Fridays account.

Julie Notaro was promoted to vice president, associate director of interactive production at iDeutsch. She reports to svp and creative director Josh Rose. Notaro, who joined the agency in 2004 as an associate director, briefly left and returned to Deutsch, where she works on all iDeutsch accounts and on new business.

Despite the loss of key accounts DirecTV and Mitsubishi, Sheldon remains positive about the agency’s direction.

“We’ve had a chance to strengthen the team and solidify client relationships,” he said. “The reality is that every ad agency and corporation has had a bump in the road, and we’re no different. But the fundamentals remain, and the same people running [the agency] eight years ago are running it today. Nothing’s changed but the run of bad luck.”