Execs & Accounts: McCann Erickson, HuffPost, @radical.media

Three executives join McCann Erickson leadership team in LA. Christian Cocker joined as senior vice president, director of account planning. He was previously at M&C Saatchi, where he was director of strategic planning. Michael Rice was named senior vice president, director of digital. Rice was most recently vice president, digital, for Integrated Media Solutions, a direct response agency based in Beverly Hills, CA. Joe Bock, was hired as senior vice president, group account director for Nestlé. Bock spent the past six years with TBWAChiatDay where he most recently served as global account director on Pioneer Electronics.

The Huffington Post recruits two executives. Samantha Fennell was hired as executive director, sales, overseeing fashion and luxury categories. Fennell previously served as associate publisher of Elle. Her new position was created to leverage the site’s content expansion into categories such as the Style section. Eric Ashman was named chief financial officer, a newly-created position. Ashman previously served as CFO of TheStreet.com where he completed four acquisitions and expanded its content offerings.

The space mission to Jupiter will be covered, and the site will be created by @radical.media. The Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, tapped New York-based creative agency @radical.media to build a Web site for a future NASA mission to Jupiter called Juno.

MediaCom West named Kate Wheatley digital lead. Wheatley was named senior partner, digital group director of MediaCom West and will lead the digital marketing efforts of the agency’s West Coast operation and will oversee the Warner Home Video business. Wheatley was previously digital group media director for Universal McCann, where she managed digital media planning for over 20 Sony Electronics product divisions.

IVillage selected Huge to revamp the media site. Huge, a New York-based interactive agency, will refresh the logo and homepage of iVillage.

Joanna Shields is expected to exit AOL. Shields made the announcement in a memo, which was reported by All Things Digital. Part of the Bebo social networking acquisition, Shields is expected to return to London where she had been before the merger.

Hearst added a national sales director to its team. Hearst Magazines Digital Media hired Geoff Schiller as national sales director, where he will sell advertising and sponsorship opportunities across the Hearst network and its 25 Web and nine mobile properties. He was previously the Eastern ad director at People magazine.

Fisher Communications selects WorldNow for online video services. WorldNow will provide its online video platform, including revenue solutions, to 13 of the 20 television and radio stations managed by Fisher Communications. WorldNow also renewed multi-year partnerships with broadcasters including Raycom Media, Barrington Broadcasting Group, and Drewry Broadcasting Group.

Bunchball takes one from Google and another from WeeWorld. Amy Richards was named senior vice president of product marketing and David Tyler, senior vice president of sales of the marketing technology company. Richards previously worked at Google, Yahoo, MatchLogic, and Excite. Tyler was most recently senior vice president of sales at WeeWorld.

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