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John Mamus joined Merkley Newman Harty, New York, as a creative director at its interactive division. Most recently, he was an associate creative director at iDeutsch; before that, he held the same title at OgilvyInteractive.
CTN Media Group has named Martin Grant, president, to the additional post of chief operating officer. He assumes the latter position from Peter Kauff, who recently left CTN in New York to pursue opportunities in the entertainment industry and will continue as a CTN consultant.
Fallon McElligott, New York, added the creative team of copywriter Jay Sharfstein and art director Chris Brignola, who most recently worked on various brands, such as Sprite, at Lowe Lintas & Partners. At Fallon, the team will work on Georgia-Pacific and FX Networks. Copywriter Dan Rollman also joined the agency, after graduating from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
Wunderman Cato Johnson has named Neil Contess president, WCJ promotions worldwide, a new position. Prior to arriving at the New York shop, he was principal and senior managing partner at Dugan Valva Contess.
James Baller and Adam Gerber have joined The Digital Edge, New York, as associate managing director and director of media strategy, respectively. Baller, a former sales development manager at Money magazine, will work on operations, strategic alliances, new business and integration. Gerber, previously associate media director at Lowe Lintas & Partners, New York, will handle both media planning and buying.
TMPG has hired one staffer and promoted another. Jody Berger Wenig was appointed to the new position of senior director, marketing programs; formerly, she was account manager at WOR Radio. Kirsten Cavanaugh was named director, marketing programs; previously, she was account supervisor at the White Plains agency.
Media Logic in Albany has hired two new staffers. Steven Blackwood was named creative director; he was most recently art director at the American Society for Training and Development. Ed Nicosia joins the agency as graphic artist; he was previously graphic artist at Golub Corp.
Griffin Bacal has hired two new staffers. Jennifer Ashkinos was named account supervisor, overseeing the Hasbro games and Larami businesses; most recently, she was senior account manager of the Miller Brewing business at the New York office of Leo Burnett USA. Alex Richman was appointed an account executive, responsible for the Hasbro boys’ toys account; he was formerly an account executive at The Lord Group, New York.
Razorfish, New York, named Thomas Mueller vice president of design for its North American operations. Mueller, formerly design director at Razorfish, has worked on projects for such clients as AT&T, America Online, CBS, Charles Schwab, Christie’s, Microsoft, Omnicom and
Time Warner. Prior to joining Razorfish, Mueller worked at Praxis, located in Los Angeles.
Quinn Fable Advertising has hired two staffers. Dan Ellen joins as vice president, account services/strategic planning; previously, he was advertising manager for the video and DVD clubs at The Columbia House Co. Susanne Dunlap was named senior copywriter; before arriving at the New York agency, Dunlap was a senior copywriter at Draft Worldwide, working primarily on Bell Atlantic.
Kopf Zimmermann Schultheis in Hauppauge has promoted Dawn Kerwick to vice president, account supervisor. She joined the shop in 1996 and has managed such accounts as Dowling College and Sentry Technologies.
Norman Miller was promoted to advertising manager at GQ, New York. He joined the magazine in 1997 as senior account manager and most recently served as sales development manager.
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Pace in Parsippany has promoted Mary Cobb to president, chief operating officer. Most recently, she was executive vice president, director, client services at the shop, a Lowe Healthcare company. She continues to report to Tom Lusty, who had been president and chief
executive officer, and continues in the latter position.
Tierney & Partners in Philadelphia has promoted Sig Gross to senior vice president, creative director. He joined the agency in 1996 as an associate creative director, leading creative efforts for such clients as PECO Energy and Bell Atlantic.
D4 Creative Group has hired two new staffers. Lisa Viggiano was named account coordinator; she was previously a self-employed vocalist and songwriter, as well as a session singer for demos and voiceovers. Michael Gartner was appointed senior programmer; before joining the Philadelphia shop, he was a programmer at Rittenhouse Communications and had done freelance computer work
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