Modem S.F. Snares AKQA Media Executive

NEW YORK AKQA lost its second media executive in recent months, as Christine Bensen departed for Modem Media.

Bensen, 36, was director of media and analytics at AKQA. Her departure follows that of Kate Everett-Thorp, who left the San Francisco agency in January and is now a parnter at venture capital firm WaldenVC. Andrew O’Dell assumed Everett-Thorp’s role as president of interactive.

At Digitas’ Modem, Bensen will serve as vp of media at its San Francisco office, handling digital, direct, print and out-of-home. She reports to Brian Powley, managing director of Modem Media West.

Bensen’s clients at AKQA included Microsoft, Palm and Visa. Prior to joining AKQA in 2001, Bensen was vp of knowledge management at HealthAxis, a Web-based distributor of healthcare information. She worked at McCann/Anderson Lembke from 1997-99 as director of information services.