Roll Call: Ampush, HKA, Inc. and Seeking Alpha

Ampush announced that it has appointed Rick Cotton, an ad industry veteran with deep experience building and scaling fast-growing tech sales organizations, as its new CRO. Cotton brings over 15 years of experience and a solid track record of leading diverse digital organizations for disruptive companies in early stage areas, including native, programmatic and digital audio advertising. Most recently, he served as head of global advertising for Sequoia-backed TuneIn, a popular digital radio app, where he led global sales, platform partnerships and ad operations. Prior to that, he was a SVP/GM at Monster, where he launched and grew the company’s consumer advertising business while overseeing strategic operations. In his new role, Cotton will be responsible for the expansion of Ampush’s national sales team, and will work to ensure continued world-class customer service as the company scales. He’ll also play a key role in further developing and executing Ampush’s go-to-market strategy, working to continually collect market feedback in order to drive product enhancements and innovations. (Release)

HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications hired Andrew King and Lauren Stracner as account managers to lead many of the agency’s current and future client accounts. King and Stracner will be responsible for day-to-day account management, including the creation of strategic communication programs and the implementation of tactics aimed at producing measurable results across an array of client industries. King, a former award-winning real estate journalist, will manage select financial and professional services clients for HKA, including Farmers & Merchants Bank, Haskell & White LLP and First American Trust. Stracner will oversee a number of HKA’s clients in diverse industries, including Alzheimer’s Association Orange County, Fairhaven Memorial Park, Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. and Crystal Cove Alliance. Prior to joining HKA, Stracner led high-impact awareness campaigns, conducted media outreach and coordinated trade show logistics in the video game, telescope and smart-house engineering industries. (Release)

Seeking Alpha today Katherine Divney, formerly executive director of sales for the WSJ Digital Network, is joining Seeking Alpha as vice president of sales, reporting to Seeking Alpha’s U.S. President David Siegel, who joined the company in October. Under her guidance, Katherine’s team will enhance and expand Seeking Alpha’s market-leading suite of ad products and client solutions. Prior to the WSJ Digital Network, where she led MarketWatch through a period of outstanding global sales growth, Katherine held positions at Yahoo! and Digitas. (Release)