ADOTAS – It’s another Friday afternoon here in New York, the sun’s out, the trees are green and we’ve got a bunch of new executive appointments and promotions to announce. Yes, after hopefully ducking out of work early this afternoon, these folks and their colleagues have something to celebrate when they hit up a happy hour or recline on a porch or patio somewhere. Looks like some of the companies we know in this industry are showing signs of “booming.” Have we missed any that we should have known of? Drop us a line if we did.
• Following ad management and distribution platform provider DG‘s $15.5 million acquisition of webpage-level data provider Peer39, Peer39 CEO Andy Ellenthal has been named DG’s executive vice president of sales and ad operations for its television and online divisions.
• Media agency MEC announced two high-level hires: Michael Dick is now head of strategy for global solutions, London, and Francesca Ronfini is strategy partner for global solutions, London (a new position for the company). Dick joins from Coca-Cola EMEA, and Ronfini comes from Aegis’ JumpTank.
• At digital marketing hub provider [x+1], former senior vice president of client solutions David Skinner has been named senior vice president for corporate development, a new position, and Timothy Smith has been tapped to fill Skinner’s former position. Smith had previously been chief strategy officer for Lemonade Inc.
• Robert Lang is now general manager of North America for performance display advertising company Criteo. Previously, he’d been Criteo’s managing director for central Europe.
• Jeremy Gaines has been hired as vice president of communications for media holding company Gannett. He joins from MSNBC, where he’d held a number of positions, most recently vice president of corporate communications.
• Mobile payment technology provider GoPago announced three executive hires. Josh Bradbury is now vice president of sales; he had most recently been director of enterprise sales at IBM. Navneet Singh, formerly director of product development at Google+, was tapped chief product officer. And Venu Venugopal, previously vice president of engineering at Adobe, joined GoPago, assuming the same job title as his most recent one.