Hill, Holliday Adds Executives

BOSTON—Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos has added Todd Gallantine and Geoffrey Klapisch to management posts. Gallantine joined as vice president/group creative director, working on accounts such as Broadwing Communications, Marshalls, Quick & Reilly and Great Plains Software. Stationed in the agency’s Boston headquarters, he replaces Ron Wilcox, who recently departed for crosstown shop Arnold. Previously, Gallantine worked as a freelance art director on campaigns for TBWA/Chiat/Day and Kirshenbaum Bond &Partners in New York. Klapisch takes the post of senior vice president/group media director overseeing media planning for Verizon Wireless in the Northeast. Klapisch is in Hill, Holliday’s New York office. Previously, he served as vice president/business planning and integration at Fidelity Investments eBusiness and as senior vice president/director of strategic planning for Media Direct Partners in New York.

Mass. Campaign Targets Calif. Tech Companies

BOSTON—MassDevelopment, a quasi-public economic development group, has fashioned a print campaign designed to convince West Coast technology firms and employees fed up with the regional energy crisis to consider relocating to the Bay State. Ads themed “The lights are on in Massachusetts” show an aerial view of the United States with Massachusetts brilliantly lit up, while California is dark.

Northeastern Seeks Agency Assistance

BOSTON—Northeastern University is seeking an agency for advertising and design assignments; the school here does not currently work with a shop. A University official declined to discuss spending or say which shops are involved. Sources pegged spending at $500,000-1 million; mid-sized or smaller shops with strong design experience are preferred.

Access Internet to Suspend Publication

BOSTON—Unable to attract sufficient advertisers or generate new venture funding in the current economic climate, Access Internet, Needham, Mass., a three-year-old weekly insert that appeared in Sunday editions of 50 newspapers nationwide, has suspended publication. Founder/CEO Mike Veitch continues to seek new financing to revive the title.

Hotline Roundup

BOSTON—Sheila Leyne has been promoted to senior vice president/director of public relations for Mullen, Wenham, Mass. … RDW Group, Providence, R.I., won best of show at the Ad Club of Greater Worcester’s annual Mary T. Holland Awards for a billboard effort created for the Roger Williams Park Zoo. The board depicted a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the headline “First Come. First Served” … The Newton, Mass., office of Lewis PR recently won a six-figure assignment from Metastorm, a Severna Park, Md., developer of e-business process management solutions … Kotchen Group, West Hartford, Conn., has added new business from Rockland Industries, Baltimore; Kolo, a Hartford, Conn., producer of photo albums; and, a Web-based resource for mothers with children who play sports.