Kieran Darby, formerly planning director at Leagas Delaney in San Francisco, has left the agency to set up his own planning and research consultancy in the Bay Area.

Lighthouse Advertising & Design in Santa Clara has hired Mark Southworth as senior copywriter and Jennifer Atherton as production assistant.

Janet Schlesinger, formerly director of marketing, has been named senior vice president at Bay View Bank in San Mateo.

Shafer’s San Francisco office has added Kevin Seidel and Rachelle Zoffer as account executives in the advertising department.

Kieran Hannon, 34, has been named senior vice president and group account director at Saatchi & Saatchi’s San Francisco office. He was account director at J. Walter Thompson.

Maria Olson has been promoted to general manager of FCB Direct in San Francisco, replacing Michael Feld, who resigned to take a position on the client side. Jim Sanderson, creative director at the agency, has also resigned.

Gaynor Strachan Chun, 38, has been appointed vice president of new business development at Goldberg Moser O’Neill in San Francisco. Deborah Italiano has been named account director of the Kia Motors account at the agency.


Amy Spreadborough has joined Leopold Ketel & Partners as an account manager. Before joining the Portland agency, Spreadborough was an account supervisor at Cole & Weber in Portland.


Recent hires at Back Bay Communications, Newport Beach, include: Fred Campion, junior account executive; Leslie Shiotani, production artist/traffic coordinator; and Patricia Huebner, business manager.

Andrew Varela has joined Western International Media in Los Angeles to head up a new division.

Kodiak Communications in Moorpark has added Bob Sandler to its art department. He will be responsible for production and design of various marketing materials.

RiechesBaird Advertising, Huntington Beach, hired Michael Sutton as art director and Kellie Pacheco as an account executive.

Shafer in Irvine has promoted Dawn Green to vice president, human resources.

Oster & Associates, San Diego, has hired Brian Jewell as account coordinator. It has also hired Editha Quiambao as media coordinator.

Charles ‘Chip’ Meehan has been promoted to director, advertising sales, Western region, for MTV Networks in Santa Monica. He will oversee the Los Angeles-based advertising sales staff in the sales and positioning of MTV.

Rubin Postaer and Associates’ Interactive Unit, RPi, has promoted Matt Minkin to senior producer.


Tim Girvin Design in Seattle has hired Robert Freed as industrial design director. It has also hired Shawn McNalley as marketing director and Lisa Wittenberg to its human resources department.

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