CiCi's Pizza has named Nancy Hampton chief marketing officer. Ms. Hampton is a restaurant brand strategy, innovation and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience growing brands such as Chili's and Corner Bakery Cafe. As VP-brand strategy for Romano's Macaroni Grill, she spearheaded the brand's repositioning, increased guest traffic and profitability and drove menu innovation. Her efforts at Corner Bakery helped generate double-digit sales growth.
Source Interlink Media has elevated Chris Argentieri from chief operating officer to president. In his new role, he will be responsible for enhancing the relationship between SIM's audience and its brands, which include Motor Trend, Automotive.com, Automobile Magazine, Hot Rod and IntelliChoice, and will continue to oversee day-to-day business operations. Prior to joining Source in 2005, Mr. Argentieri began his publishing career at Hearst Magazines, where he held various operational roles.
Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio has joined AFAR Media as exec VP and publisher. Ms. Asmodeo-Giglio brings more than 20 years of publishing, marketing, and sales experience to her new role at the experiential travel brand. She most recently was VP-general manager of the Weekend Edition and Luxury Group at The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, she was a luxury marketing consultant and senior VP and publisher of Travel & Leisure.
Optimedia U.S. has hired Kristin Goodloe as senior VP-communications planning director for Richemont and L'Oreal luxury-products division. Ms. Goodloe joins Optimedia from WPP Group's MediaCom, New York, where she was senior partner-group strategy director. While there, she managed integrated strategic media-planning relationships for H&M and Audi, integrated strategy with global teams on LVMH and H&M, and drove branded entertainment strategies on key brands. Prior to MediaCom, she led all media efforts for 10 beauty brands in L'Oreal portfolio at Universal McCann, New York, which she transferred to from ZenithOptimedia at the client's request. She is the recipient of MediaWeek's 2010 Media Plan of the Year Award, the MediaCom Eagle award and McCann's Truth-Well-Told Award.
Chris Ficarra has been promoted to the newly created position of senior VP-integrated marketing for MTV Music Group's digital properties: MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com. Mr. Ficarra came to VH1 in 2003 as director-integrated marketing and developed multiplatform marketing concepts for the station's advertising partners. He most recently served as VP for VH1's integrated-marketing team. Before joining MTV Music Group, Mr. Ficarra was at Vivendi Universal Net/Universal Music Group, where he was general manager of RollingStone.com as well as VP-sales marketing and operations at GetMusic.com and director-sales marketing and operations at Farmclub.com.
Bob Eagen has joined McCann Erickson, Los Angeles, as senior VP-group account director to lead the agency's LifeLock business. Mr. Eagen comes to McCann from Anderson DDB in San Francisco, where he served as account director on Johnson & Johnson. There, he led development of all consumer-marketing communications for Johnson & Johnson's OneTouch brand, which produces glucose monitors for diabetes. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Eagen served as a management supervisor at Grey in San Francisco, working on the Blue Cross, McAfee and Roman Meal brands. His past experience also includes working on accounts at Doremus and Goldberg Moser O' Neill / Hill Holliday. McCann Erickson, LA, clients include IHOP, LifeLock and Nestlé, among others.
Discovery Communications has appointed Meg Lowe senior VP-domestic distribution. Ms. Lowe spent the past 15 years at MTV Networks, most recently as senior VP-content distribution and marketing. Previously, she was responsible for negotiating distribution deals as VP-market development for MTV and BET Networks.
Additionally, Discovery promoted Jocelyn Egan from VP-Discovery Solutions to senior VP-Discovery Solutions, and Maria Kennedy from VP-direct response to senior VP-advertising sales, direct response for Discovery Communications. Ms. Egan has been responsible for Procter & Gamble, Allstate and Macy's partnerships that leveraged Discovery's networks, digital properties, talent and Discovery Studios. Before joining Discovery in 2004, she was director-strategy at OMD, New York, where she led media strategies for clients including Gillette, Frito-Lay and Pizza Hut. Ms. Kennedy has led numerous innovations in direct-response partnerships for clients including Procter & Gamble and Advance Results Marketing. She began her career in advertising sales at Katz Independent Television and MTV Networks and joined Discovery as a sales assistant in 1990.
Valerie Green has been named senior VP-marketing for Cablevision's local-media group, which consists of News 12 Networks' local channels, MSG Varsity's TV and online services covering high-school activities, and Newsday Media Group, which includes Newsday and free daily amNewYork. Previously, Ms. Green was senior VP-marketing for Fuse, a music-television network that is part of the Madison Square Garden properties. Before joining Fuse, she spent 11 years at Cablevision, where she held a number of marketing positions throughout the company, including her last position as VP-multicultural and urban marketing. Ms. Green has also served as general manager of Spin magazine and head of marketing and publicity for Rolling Stone magazine.
Havas Media's MPG has tapped Peter Sedlarcik as senior VP-director of insights and analytics, based out of the agency's New York headquarters. Mr. Sedlarcik was most recently senior VP-director of insights and analytics at Targetcast. He first joined MPG in 2002 as senior VP-research consultancy and has also held key research positions with Carat and Millward Brown.