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Marci Grebstein has been appointed  JC Penney chief marketing officer. She succeeds Mary Beth West, who left in March to take a position at Hershey. Grebstein was previously CMO at Lowe’s before departing in January. Prior to that she was VP, marketing and brand strategy at Food Lion.





R/GA New York has appointed Tim Maleeny as executive director, brand and marketing strategy. He will report to global chief strategy officer, Barry Wacksman.Maleeny joins the agency from Heat, where he was chief strategy officer and general manager of the New York office. Prior to that, he was both chief strategy officer of Havas Worldwide and co-managing partner of New York.




Publicis Groupe’s full-service agency Team One has hired Kyle Acquistapace as executive director of Idea Communications, part of Team One’s executive leadership team.In his new role he will oversee the agency’s media department, public relations and experiential marketing.





Nada Stirrat has been appointed VP, global marketing solutions, U.S. and Canada, at Facebook. Stirrat was previously CEO at Verve, and also served as chief revenue officer at Acxiom and Myspace.





In addition,Ty Ahmad-Taylor has been named VP, product marketing. Ahmad-Taylor was previously product marketing president and CEO at THX. He has also held executive roles at Samsung and Viacom.





Vinay Shanani has been appointed VP for integrated marketing operations at Toyota Motor North America. He was most recently VW of America’s senior VP of marketing.







Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. announced that industry sales veteran Saul Fonseca is joining the team as director of sales. Fonseca will work with the marketing and business development teams to strategically grow and maximize revenue. He will oversee a team of regional business development managers who provide on-the-ground sales and marketing support to agents nationwide. Fonseca was recent director of sales at Regent and Oceania.


Northwestern Mutual, a Fortune 100 financial security company, announced new senior leadership appointments that advance transformation across the enterprise. All changes are effective June 1.Bethany Rodenhuis has been appointed senior vice president – transformation. Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest, has been named chief digital officer. Aditi Gokhale has been appointed executive officer and chief marketing officer of Northwestern Mutual. Lisa Cadotte has been named executive officer and vice president – investment risk & operations (IRO). Hamilton Faris has been named executive officer and vice president – data & analytics. Courtney Reynolds has been named executive officer and vice president – communications & corporate affairs. Emilia Sherifova has been named executive officer and vice president – architecture & engineering.  Ainslie Simmonds has been named executive officer and vice president – digital products & design.

Fernando Quintela has been appointed Director of the delegation of HispanoPost Media Group in Spain. From its offices in Madrid, Quintela will report directly to Manuel Aguilera, CEO of the company.In his new role, Fernando Quintela is responsible for leading and expanding the commercialization of the Spanish-language content portfolio that HispanoPost makes available to television channels, digital media and advertising agencies in the area of content production in video format, television and digital media, creative services, video branded, etc.Quintela will continue consolidating the business by promoting strategic actions of national and international production and other digital content. Quintela will demonstrate, the long trajectory that the HispanoPost team has in the production of quality content and the international network established in the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

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John-TrainorJohn Trainor, until recently Publisher/GM Hoy Chicago has left the Spanish-language publicationPortada has heard. Trainor led Hoy Chicago’s efforts since July 2008. Tribune, the publisher of Hoy Chicago, has recently offered buyouts to employees at both in Chicago and Los Angeles.

2fccf4cU.S. Media Company McClatchy is launching InCubaToday.com, a website featuring aggregated news and information from numerous sources, comprising useful tips, advice, videos and social media posts from Cuba, the U.S. and around the world. Nancy San Martin will be InCubaToday.com managing editor.



zacharyrMilner Butcher Media Group LLC, an independent media services agencies based on the West Coast, announced that it has hired Zachary Rosenberg as President. Zach will focus on managing its diverse client base, provide strategic direction and help steer MBMG’s future growth. Rosenberg will be based at the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Portada interviewed Rosenberg on the appointment.


2d991a7Spanish Journalist Manuel Aguilera, former Director of Spanish-language newspapers El Mundo.es/America, Univisión.com and Diario las Américas, will lead the new editorial project Hispanopost.com: an emerging online platform distributing editorial and multimedia information, based on investigative and citizen journalism that provides relevant, rigorous and quality content, highlighting the main topics Spanish-language audiences around the globe feel concerned about. By his side stand Mark Wieting, Chief Editor of Hispanopost.com and Juan Pablo Herranz, Business Development Director of HispanoPost Media Group, among a large net of worldwide correspondents willing to report ” the other side of news.”


Jorge_Dominguez-e1450251779247Univision Communications Inc. has announced the promotion of Jorge Dominguez to senior vice president of Art and Design. Dominguez will remain based in Miami and continue to report to Jessica Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of UCI.Dominguez has been part of UCI for nearly 30 years. He most recently served as vice president of Art Design and before that as creative director of On-Air. Prior to joining UCI, Dominguez served as a freelance art director with Turner Sports.


Disney Channel has appointed Jesus M. Rodriguez as VP of marketing & creative.Rodriguez comes from Fuse Media where he was senior vice president of marketing and creative for cable nets Fuse and FM.In his new role, Rodriguez will lead marketing and creative campaign efforts for Disney Channel’s branded linear and digital platforms and programming. Rodriguez, a native of Venezuela, held positions at Sony Pictures International’s AXN Latin America, OWN and BET. He started his career at Discovery Networks, Latin America, where he led an international creative team working across three continents.

descargaLopez Negrete Communications has hired Colette Peterson as Senior Director of Media Strategies. Peterson has joined to lead the Lopez Negrete media team across Lopez Negrete’s offices in Burbank, CA; Houston, TX; New York City, NY; and Mexico City, Mexico. Peterson brings her expertise in strategic planning, account management, resource management and more to all Lopez Negrete clients. Hispanic media has always been at the forefront of Peterson’s career, from the Multicultural Group of Western International Media to her contributions to the General Motors Hispanic team. Peterson will be working out of Lopez Negrete’s Burbank facilities, where she will work closely with some of Lopez Negrete’s biggest media clients, such as NBC Universal Motion Pictures Group.

6a0120a628d2c3970b0120a775c1c4970b-320wiDentsu Aegis Group’s Carat has named Will Swayne global president. He replaces Doug Ray, who will continue as U.S. CEO for the media agency network.Swayne, who most recently served as Dentsu Aegis’ global client president for Procter & Gamble, assumes his new role on Jan. 1 as part of a planned transition. Ray will continue to report to Horler, while Swayne reports to Dentsu Aegis’ CEO of global clients and media brands, Peter Huijboom.


TELEMUNDO has announced the appointment of Mauricio Piccone to Senior Vice President of Reality Programming. Based in Miami, Piccone will work along Maria Lopez-Alvarez, SVP of Reality Programming and both will report to Jesus Torres Viera, Executive Vice President of Programming and Content, TELEMUNDO. In his role, Piccone is responsible for supervising in-house and external reality productions in the United States and Latin America; including reality programs, specials, daily shows, live events and new development projects. Previously, Piccone was Senior Vice President and Co-Executive Vice President at Endemol Shine Latino.