Constance Cannon Frazier, currently exec VP-corporate programming and development at the American Advertising Federation, has been elevated to chief operating officer. She succeeds Jeffry L. Perlman, who is retiring after 19 years of service to the AAF. Ms. Frazier becomes the first African-American woman to hold the COO post at the AAF and the appointment makes her the highest-ranking African-American woman at a national advertising trade association. Since joining the organization in 2004, Ms. Frazier has increased corporate support of diversity programs, doubling the number of participants and financial support for the Most Promising Minority Students Program, launching the AAF Mosaic Career & Vendor Fairs and creating the first-ever AAF student conference.
Orbitz has named Chris Orton chief marketing officer. Mr. Orton joins the travel company from eBay, where he served as senior director of internet marketing, responsible for the company's paid search, shopping comparison, search engine optimization, affiliates and display-marketing channels. He also led an initiative to make eBay's internet-marketing services available to third-party clients. Mr. Orton joined eBay in 2003 after eight years of CRM and ERP consulting at Kana Software, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Andersen Consulting (Accenture).
Ogilvy & Mather North America has tapped Steve Simpson as chief creative officer, North America. He was previously at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, where he was a partner and creative leader. Since 1995, Mr. Simpson has been one of seven partners heading Goodby and has won every major industry award many times over, served on the boards of many industry award organizations and on the jury of countless award shows.
Bonnier Corp. has promoted Gregg Hano and Eric Zinczenko to the position of VP-group publisher. Mr. Hano will oversee Popular Science, Science Illustrated, Sound & Vision, Popular Photography and American Photography; while Mr. Zinczenko will oversee Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Shot Business. Mr. Hano has served as group publisher of Bonnier's technology titles for more than seven years. In 2007, he was asked to oversee the debut of the new Science Illustrated, Bonnier Corp.'s first major U.S. launch. In 2009 he added Popular Photography, Sound & Vision and American Photography to his portfolio when the magazines were acquired by Bonnier. Mr. Zinczenko joined Bonnier's Outdoor Group in January 2006, and he and his staff have led continual ad-page and revenue growth for Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Shot Business while also doubling the brands' online growth.
Edward M. Prince Jr. has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer for National Geographic Global Media. Mr. Prince joined National Geographic in 2003 as VP-business development of National Geographic Ventures. Previously he was senior VP-strategy and business development at America Online, where he led a team responsible for developing strategic plans and negotiating partnerships for the AOL Broadband division. He also held other positions at AOL, managing alliances, business initiatives, acquisitions and investments in media, telecommunications and technology companies for AOL Anywhere, AOL TV, AOL Technology and AOL Web Properties.
Critical Mass, an Omnicom digital marketing agency, has announced three appointments to its management team. In New York, Cindy Nelson will join the executive team as senior VP-group director, along with Aaron Rosenberg as VP-program planning, while Ray Villares has been named VP-client partner out of the agency's Chicago office. Prior to joining Critical Mass, Cindy Nelson was VP-group director of strategy and analysis for Digitas in New York, focusing on strategy and client relationships for companies including IBM, Samsung and TIAA-CREF. Mr. Rosenberg was previously program manager at Fry, Inc. where he led e-commerce initiatives and oversaw professional service operations for major retail clients such as Ann Taylor and Godiva. Mr. Villares most recently lead the interactive and mobile offering development at Symmetri Marketing Group and Acquity Group.