For most people, October was full of colorful foliage, pumpkin-spiced drinks, and seasonal activities like apple picking. But for agencies and ad-tech companies, October was a busy month of new hires and promotions.
Dermot McCormack Migrates From Viacom to AOL
AOL has named Dermot McCormack president of video and studios. In his new role, McCormack will spearhead AOL On, a curated experience of 14 channels actively programmed with relevant video content, as well as BE On, a global branded content and entertainment platform. McCormack will also lead AOL Studios. He will report to Tim Armstrong, AOL chairman and chief executive (CEO), and Bob Lord, CEO of AOL Platforms. McCormack will be based out of New York City.
Before he joined AOL, McCormack worked for Viacom for nearly six years, where he most recently served as Viacom Music and Logo’s Connect Content Group.
Adam Kerj, New Chief Creative Officer at JWT New York
J. Walter Thompson (JWT) New York has appointed Adam Kerj as chief creative officer (COO). In his new role, Kerj will be responsible for driving creative ideas for the New York office and its accounts, including Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, Puma, Vonage, and Royal Caribbean. He will join the agency in early 2015, and will report to Matt Eastwood, worldwide COO at JWT.
Kerj joins JWT from agency 360i where he served as COO as well. With more than 20 years of experience, he has won awards from Cannes Lions, The One Show, The Webbys, Eurobest, The Clios, and New York Festivals.
He has worked in a number of cities, including Chicago, New York, Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.
Abbey Klaassen Joins Dentsu Aegis From Advertising Age
Dentsu Aegis Network has named Abbey Klaassen director of corporate development and strategy for the Americas. In her new role, Klaassen will spearhead the development strategy of Dentsu Aegis Network’s organization and operating model across the Americas. She will also help shape the network’s acquisition strategy and core capabilities within the region.
Prior to Dentsu Aegis, Klaassen worked for Advertising Age for almost 10 years, where she most recently served as associate publisher.
Lori Davis Appointed Executive Business Director at Publicis Seattle
Publicis Seattle has named Lori Davis executive vice president (EVP), executive business director. In her new role, Davis will become both the account and business lead on the agency’s T-Mobile account. She will be responsible for sustaining, growing, and optimizing the T-Mobile business. Davis will report to Scott Foreman, CEO of the agency.
Before she joined Publicis Seattle, Davis served as managing director at Minneapolis-based ad agency Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo, where she managed a number of brands, including Dell, Rosetta Stone, and United Health Group.
Manish Darji Joins DDB Mudra West as Executive Creative Director
DDB Mudra West has named Manish Darji executive creative director. He will work closely with Rahul Mathew, creative head at DDB Mudra West.
Darji joins DDB Mudra Group from BBH India. With more than 15 years of experience, Darji has worked on a number of brands, including Coca Cola, NDTV, Western Union, WWF, and Incredible India. He has won many industry awards from One Show, New York Festivals, and Cannes Lion.
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