Updates on companies, products, and people
John Thomson (Tom) Wyatt, president of Gap Inc.'s Old Navy brand, resigned his position in order to become CEO of Portland-based global education company Knowledge Universe-U.S., said John Fread, director of PR at Knowledge Universe.
WPP-owned media agency MediaCom hired Sasha Savic as its U.S. CEO, a newly created position, the company confirmed on Jan. 19.
A recent internal survey of CEO turnover conducted by executive recruiter Russell Reynolds Associates found that retail CEOs change jobs 30% more frequently than Fortune 1,000 CEOs in general, said Brenda Malloy, managing director and global retail practice leader of Russell Reynolds Associates, at the closing session of the National Retail Federation's 101st Big Show on Jan. 18.
Digital agency 360i named Sarah Hofstetter president and Jared Belsky EVP, the digital agency said on Jan. 17. The promotions took effect this morning, said 360i CEO Bryan Wiener.
JWT named Jeff Benjamin chief creative officer for North America, the WPP-owned agency network said on Jan. 11.
Urban Outfitters Inc. appointed Richard Hayne CEO after Glen Senk resigned on Jan. 9, the retailer said on Jan. 10.
AOL promoted Jim Norton to head of AOL sales on Dec. 9. Norton previously served as SVP of AOL Advertising's advanced sales team.
Performance marketing company Performics has promoted Daina Middleton to worldwide CEO, the company said on Dec. 8. Middleton previously served as Performics' U.S. CEO.
Sears Holdings Corp. has named Monica Woo VP and CMO, according to reports. Woo will replace Don Hamblen, who left the company in January 2010.
GSI Global Marketing Services International said May 25 that it has promoted Simone Barratt to the newly-created role of president. She will be responsible for developing an international presence for the company and driving business growth across the Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
Hewlett-Packard Development Co. (HP) named Martin Homlish EVP and CMO on April 19. He will begin work at the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company on June 1, reporting directly to CEO Leo Apotheker. He will join HP after more than 10 years at German software company SAP, where he and Apotheker previously served as CMO and CEO, respectively.
John Rizzi has resigned as president and CEO of e-Dialog, said Chris Saridakis, CEO of the global marketing services division of parent company GSI Commerce. Joe Gagnon, chief client officer and EVP of product marketing at the company, will replace him, effective immediately.
Fernando Rodés has resigned as CEO of Havas, the holding company said March 8 in its quarterly earnings report. David Jones, head of its Euro RSCG Worldwide PR firm, will replace Rodés. Rodés will serve as Havas' vice chairman after having worked as CEO since 2006.
EBay announced October 15 that it has named Richelle Parham CMO for eBay North America. It is a newly created position, the company said.
Multichannel party supply retailer Oriental Trading named Dave Johnson SVP of marketing May 21.
Yahoo has hired Blake Irving as the portal's chief product officer. He will join the company May 17.
G2 Direct & Digital, the relationship marketing arm of global agency G2, has named Julie Spoleti, managing director for healthcare. The hire is due to expanded business from existing clients, according to the agency.
American Business Media President and CEO Gordon Hughes II announced January 20 he will leave the association in July to launch a production company. He has led the business-to-business media trade association since 1994.
WPP has handed GroupM Interaction chief executive Rob Norman the additional role of chief executive of GroupM North America, providing a sign of its belief in the importance of digital expertise. Norman will take over the role on March 31 from Marc Goldstein, who will retire after two years heading GroupM North America.
Agency veteran Patrick Moorhead begins his new role as VP, director of mobile platforms at Draftfcb Chicago on December 7. Moorhead spoke with DMNews about mobile marketing's growing prominence in the marketing mix, as well as some of the difficulties marketers face integrating it with a multichannel strategy.
TBWA Worldwide appointed Gary Wenzel president of its TBWA\WorldHealth division November 12.
Direct Brands, a direct marketer of books, DVDs and recorded music, has named Deborah Fine president and CEO. Direct Brands and sister company Bookspan, owned by Najafi Companies, include the Book-of-the-Month Club, Columbia House, Doubleday Book Club and The Literary Guild. Previously, Fine was president of NBC Universal's iVillage Properties, a group of online communities including iVillage.com and YourTotalHealth.com with 27 million members.
Pitney Bowes will announce September 10 that it has named Ramesh Lakshmi-Ratan president of its document messaging technologies unit, according to industry sources. The unit markets Pitney's production mail equipment and software to large-volume direct marketing mailers, particularly in the financial services and insurance industries.
15miles, the interactive division of TMP Directional Marketing launched in August, has named Gregg Stewart president. Stewart most recently served as SVP of interactive for TMP Directional Marketing, a local search and Yellow Pages provider.
Ramesh Lakshmi-Ratan, the Direct Marketing Association's EVP and COO, will resign effective September 18, DMNews has learned. Lakshmi-Ratan, who will join an unnamed DMA member company, was promoted to the COO post in June 2006.
iCrossing, a digital marketing agency, announced August 6 that it has named Paul Doleman as CEO of its UK operation. He was previously chief technology officer. Doleman replaces Arjo Ghosh, who becomes chairman. As chairman, Ghosh will remain actively involved in the business with a focus on strategic direction and, in particular, European growth, the company said in a press release. Doleman will be based in iCrossing's Brighton office.
KnowledgeBase Marketing announced on August 5 it is expanding both its business development and client relations divisions. The Richardson, TX-based database company said the move is driven by the need to better serve its growing base of enterprise-level accounts and drive its sales development efforts.
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