Canoe Ventures has named Kathy Timko chief operating officer of the company, reporting to CEO David Verklin. For the past 10 years, Ms. Timko has held a range of senior leadership roles at various business units within IDT Corporation, a multinational holding company focused on the telecommunications and energy industries. Most recently, she was chief operating officer of Carrier Services at IDT. Before joining IDT, Ms. Timko spent several years as exec VP-development and operations at Call Sciences, a telecommunications software company.
IAC announced that Kara Nortman has been appointed senior VP-publishing at Citysearch. She previously served as VP-mergers and acquisitions for IAC, overseeing a number of the internet company's recent moves, including the acquisitions of InsiderPages and Urbanspoon. In her new role, Ms. Nortman will be responsible for overseeing the publisher side of the Citysearch business, including Citysearch.com and its newly launched blogs: MopShots, LuckyToes, 3 Buck Bites, SugarBomber and VeggieThing, as well as New York food blog, The Feedbag. She will also be responsible for building mobile applications and new content for Citysearch and its partner sites, including InsiderPages.com, Urbanspoon, MerchantCircle and MySpace Local.
Mercury Media tapped Ronald C. Pruett, Jr. as its CEO. Mr. Pruett comes to the direct-response media agency from Polymedica/Liberty Medical, where he was exec VP and chief marketing officer. He was also CEO of Acadient, an online education company partnered with Boston University; and founding executive of Insurance.com.
ClickSquared appointed Joyce Bell chief financial officer. Most recently, Ms. Bell was the chief financial officer for Compete, a venture-backed market research company. Before that, she was VP-finance at Be Free, Inc., and has also held positions at Thomson Financial, Cingular Wireless and Ernst & Young.
Mike Mitchell joined Rivet Chicago as the marketing-services agency's new chief financial officer for Chicago and St. Louis. Mr. Mitchell began his career at Ernst & Young, Chicago, then spent the next ten years in corporate financial roles primarily at media and entertainment-driven companies. In his most recent role as chief financial officer of LRS Media, a branded-music entertainment company, he broadened his experience to include both operational and financial responsibilities for the start-up. Mr. Mitchell is also president of Rock for Kids, a Chicago-based charity providing music education to at-risk children.
Getty Images promoted Roxanne Motamedi from executive director of entertainment to VP-entertainment for North America, charged with expanding the company's entertainment business. Ms. Motamedi has been with the company since 2001.
Michael Streefland became senior VP-marketing at young adult cross-platform company Current Media. Mr. Streefland, who previously held leadership positions at TV, publishing, gaming and interactive media companies, will be responsible for the continued growth of Current's young-adult audience and the development of strategic opportunities for marketers. Prior to joining Current, Mr. Streefland ran SCG, a new-media consulting practice advising clients on executive development, marketing and sales strategy.
ThinkVine, a marketing simulation and planning provider, has hired Curt Stenger as VP of its analytic-services practice. Mr. Stenger joins ThinkVine from Ipsos, where he served as VP-analytics for the Ipsos-Insight consumer products division. Prior to Ipsos, he managed Research International's staff of marketing sciences resources.