Execs & Accounts: AKQA, Konami, Crocs

AKQA promoted two executives in the Washington, D.C. office. Brendan DiBona, who joined in ’97, was named executive creative director. Erik Rogstad meanwhile was anointed general manager and will assume leadership as Jason Whiting moves to New York to as MD of AKQA East to oversee New York and D.C. Rogstad joined the agency in 2000 and has held several key positions.

The same agency completed a site for Discovery Communications at PlanetGreen.com. The site supports the earth-friendly TV network, and includes social networking elements.

Omnicom’s Prometheus won the Konami Digital Entertainment Account. The media planning and buying assignment includes digital.

Brothers Einstein was selected by pay-per-click video network Vidsense as its agency of record. Brothers Einstein will handle the re-launch marketing and PR for Vidsense.

US Search named Jeffrey Pullen chief executive officer. Pullen was formerly CEO of QFour Digital and COO of ValueClick.

Red Robot created a travel-focused video portal at CitiesByFoot.com for client Crocs. The travel guide reviews local shops, sights, and night life venues in New Orleans, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Aspen, and Vail to promote the cities as a destination to walk — in Crocs shoes, of course.

CheckM8 was selected by Sports Illustrated Digital to serve its online ads. CheckM8’s AdVantage will become SI.com’s in-house solution to deliver ad formats including rich media ad placements.

JHG became interactive agency of record for the NFL Bills Toronto Series.

Brand experience agency Method hired Steven Spieczny as chief marketing officer. Spieczny was SVP of business development at Schematic before joining Method. He also led business development at Capgemini’s Telecom, Media & Entertainment group, and was a founding executive at venture-backed Emergent Game Technologies.

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