Kate Canel


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Media consultancy MightyHive has announced the appointment of Rashaad Jamal as VP of Learning and Development. In this role, Jamal will fortify two internal programs (MightySchool and MightyResume) and create additional programs for the continued development of its on-boarding and up-skilling capabilities.





Esteban Abascal was appointed CEO of Interamerican Foods and La Moderna USA, and is now in charge of all the company’s operations in the United States. His company will take a big step in its mission of expansion in the U.S. market this year.





The Shipyard had appointed Kate Canel as its Director of Performance Media, a newly-created role in which she will lead all strategic programmatic planning initiatives and oversee the agency’s integration of digital advertising technologies that drive innovation and measurable client growth. In addition, Canel recently joined Portada’s Agency Star Committee.





PayPal has named Allison Johnson Chief Marketing Officer. This is PayPal’s first CMO since 2013. Johnson will be charged with leading strategic marketing for PayPal and its family of brands, which includes Venmo and iZettle.






Collage Group has announced the hiring of David Burgos as Sr. Director, Consumer Insights to lead the company’s custom insights business. Burgos most recently led Consumer Insights and Strategy at The Kraft Heinz Company.






Dan Pearce, ex-marketing head at Ticketmaster, has been named CMO by Virgin Experience Days. Pearce will be responsible for the development and delivery of marketing strategies designed to propel experiences rather than objects.





As reported by Media Moves, former Telemundo and Endemol Shine Latino executives Mauricio Piccone and Sergio Lazarov have teamed up to create and launch a new production company called Studio Pacifico, targeting U.S. Hispanic and Mexico markets.





MillerCoors has hired Kraft Heinz executive Michelle St. Jacques as its new CMO, replacing David Kroll, who left the position six months ago. She is the first-ever female CMO at MillerCoors, which was formed in 2008.






We are excited to announce that Kate Canel, Director of Performance Media at The Shipyard is joining the Portada Agency Star Committee, one of the six units of Portada’s Council System. The Council System next in-person meeting will be at Portada LA on March 14, 2019.

Canel is a Marketing and Media expert with over 10 years experience in global marketing and digital media strategy, programmatic technology, connection platforms and the effective creation, application and execution of multi-million dollar integrated digital initiatives. In addition, Canel has a proven track record of developing  marketing solutions, team building and in creating innovative non-traditional revenue streams.

Welcome Kate to the Portada Council System!

We recently reported about the exclusive deal DSP Dataxu signed with Eikon Digital. But what is Eikon Digital. Is it a new agency and tech company targeting the U.S. Hispanic and LatAm space? What, if any, is its relationship with Orange? Portada interviewed Alejandro Rodriguez, CEO of Eikon Digital in the USA, until recently SVP of Advertising Services at Orange Americas, for Eikon Digital to find out.

“Eikon USA is focused on providing trading and technology services to agencies and clients as well as premium media representation for both the U.S. Hispanic and Pan-regional markets,” Rodriguez tells Portada.

Eikon_DigitalEikon Digital was established 12 years ago as a digital agency in Colombia by Julian Jaramillo, who also held senior positions at Colombia’s Ennova and RCN Entretenimiento. Jaramillo worked  and expanded to Mexico and the U.S. at the beginning of 2014. Kate Canel was the first  of several senior hires in the United States, these hires also included David Hoover, VP at Eikon Digital, who previously worked at Medula Networks and U.S. Media Consulting.  Eikon’s main executives are  Julian Jaramillo (CEO Colombia), Victorio Lorandi (CEO Mexico) and Alejandro Rodriguez (CEO USA). The company is self-funded . In the US, Kate Canel is the VP of Sales covering both pan-regional and US Hispanic.

Asked whether he would characterize Eikon as a DSP, SSP,DMP or even a combination of them or smth else? Rodriguez notes that Eikon Digital has developed a number of successful divisions. A Premium Representation division, a Trading Desk division and a Technology Sales division “Eikon doesn’t develop its own technology and it is transparent about it. But at the same time, we don’t believe in white labeling somebody else’s technology. We do however use a number of different world leading platforms (such as DSPs, SSPs and DMPs) to help our clients achieve their goals through our Trading Desk.”

According to Rodriguez, Eikon has already established business relationships with the largest agencies in the US Hispanic and pan regional markets including Media 8, Group M, Acento Advertising, The Rodriguez group, Grupo Gallegos among others.

Colombian Hub

digital.latino1-285x188One of Eikon’s strategies is to build an operations hub in Colombia that serves the entire region for companies of the group and for external companies. In addition, “In Colombia (and only in Colombia) Eikon is the official rep of Orange Advertising inventory,” Rodriguez notes.

Eikon US signed a strategic partnership agreement with nstepa to develop sales in the US Hispanic market. Among the properties managed by nstepa is Marca, a leading sport publisher with news about the major events relevant to Latinos. In addition to Marca, Eikon also represents Playwire, the former Intergi, and Publimetro, the Latin American free newspaper chain owned buy Metro International for Pan Regional markets. (Jaime del Toro, who previously led Spanish publishing house Unidad Editorial efforts in the Americas is the CEO of nstepa or Next Step Advertising).

“We also exclusively represent Dataxu, one of the world’s leading DSPs, in Latin America (excluding Brazil) and the US Hispanic market. So we are able to sell its license to clients that want to use the platform. And we are adding other exclusive licenses as part of our strategy of becoming a leading technology vendor in the region.”
The SSP (Supply Side Platform), Eikon works with is appnexus, although Rodriguez notes that “programatic supply is not our focus we are more focused on programmatic demand (DSP).” As DMP, Eikon uses Dataxu mainly.

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