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IMAGINA US, an independent production company in the U.S. and Latin America, has announced it has named 20-year television and film industry veteran Derek Bond to the newly created position of President & CEO of its content division. Effective today, November 3, Bond will run all original content and productions for IMAGINA US, overseeing scripted and non-scripted formats from development and production to distribution. Bond will report to IMAGINA US President and CEO Roger Huguet. Most recently, Bond founded Bond Entertainment .Until late 2012, Bond served as Telemundo’s Senior Executive Vice President of Studios, Production & Broadcast Operations overseeing all productions at Telemundo Studios in the U.S. and Latin America.
Sergio Mankita has been appointed VP, Market Research & Business Development at SaberesPoder, a media network that is based on community touchpoints and consulates throughout the U.S., allowing to reach and positively impact 8+ million Latino community. Mankita previously had worked as Marketing Manager at Univision Enterprises.
Grupo Gallegos, an, independent advertising agency, has announced today the addition of two top advertising industry creative leaders to its line-up.Juan Perez and Carlos Tornell have joined the agency as Group Creative Director and Creative Director, respectively. They both will report to Grupo Gallegos Chief Creative Officer Marty Orzio. In their new roles:
Perez will be leading creative efforts for several clients, in addition to supporting new business initiatives. Perez comes to Grupo Gallegos from Blitz, where he worked on Naked Juice, CC’s Pizza and Mirage Resort & Casino.
Tornell will be leading creative work for Comcast while contributing to projects and functions across the agency. Tornell was most recently a VP, Creative Director at the Young & Rubicam Group in Miami, where he led work on Dell, Hershey’s, FedEx, AT&T Mobile, WinnDixie, and Wendy’s.
U.S. Hispanic creative group Circulo Creativo has announced that it has named Luis Miguel Messianu(left), President & CCO at Alma, its new Chairman of the Board, and Gustavo Lauria(right), Partner & CCO at We Believers, its new President.In the coming weeks Circulo will be announcing more additions to the leadership team. Messianu and Lauria will be in charge of extending the roster of collaborators outside the creative world to include planners, content developers, production companies, media partners, PR agencies, clients and advertisers and expand the national jury across the board to bring more representative agencies into the fold.
Yahoo has announced the appointment of LisaUtzschneider as SVP of sales, Americas. She will report directly to Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO. Utzschneider was most recently VP of global ad sales at Amazon, focusing on the online retail giant’s display ad efforts. At Amazon, Utzschneider will be succeeded by Sath Dallaire, currently VP of North American advertising sales. The move to acquire Utzschneider strengthens Yahoo’s presence as it looks to turn things around.
In addition, Yahoo has moved Ned Brody, formerly head of Americas, to the newly created position of SVP of advertising technology and strategy. He will focus on the deployment of advertising technologies and go to market strategies for Yahoo across its advertising portfolio.
Jake Phillips joins Horizon Media as senior VP, managing director, where he will oversee the media agency’s financial services clients. Most recently, he was U.S. group account director and global business director at Omnicom Media Group. Prior to that he was senior media planning manager at Kraft Foods, and earlier was VP, group media director at PHD and an account director at MPG.
Interpublic Group media agency BPN has appointed Eleven President Rob Kabus its new global CEO. He will succeed BPN CEO Mauricio Sabogal in June Mr. Sabogal left to join WPP out-of-home group Kinetic as CEO.Mr. Kabus joins Interpublic from San Francisco-based Eleven .Mr. Kabus started out on the creative agency side of the business, with senior strategy titles at shops like Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Interpublic’sMcCann. After leaving McCann as exec VP-strategy in 2005, he joined media agency network Dentsu Aegis . In 2011, he joined Eleven, where he was most recently president and CMO.
Toby Byrne will serve as president-advertising sales, for Fox Networks Group, where he will be responsible for overseeing ad sales functions and revenue-generating strategies for the company’s domestic entertainment and sports TV businesses, which include Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports and its cable channels.Mr. Byrne, who has served as president of sales for Fox Broadcasting since 2010, will continue to report to Randy Freer, president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group. Fox cable sales chief Lou LaTorre will report to Mr. Byrne.
Simon Sikorski has been appointed chief client officers at Craft, the global adaptation and production agency within McCann Worldgroup.Based in New York, Sikorski was most recently managing director, North America at Craft and has been with McCann Worldgroup since 2006.
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