MarketShare has appointed Steve Simpson as exec VP-global accounts and strategic growth. Based in London, he will lead efforts to drive demand for the analytics company's growing international operations. Mr. Simpson joins MarketShare after almost eight years as the CEO of GroupM Business Science. In 2003, Mr. Simpson took the position of global director of Mindshare ATG. Previously, he was strategic-planning development director at Initiative Media, where he was responsible for Unilever's planning, consumer insight, technology and return on investment capabilities on a global basis.
Buddy Media has appointed Dennis Morgan as its chief financial officer. Prior to joining Buddy Media, Mr. Morgan served as CFO of three venture-backed technology companies: EPAC Technologies, Panther Express and Vibrant Media. Before that , he was VP-corporate finance at Yahoo. In addition to leading corporate finance efforts for more than $5 billion in acquisitions and business development deals, he ran Yahoo's corporate-wide budgeting process and served as finance head of the company's $3 billion search business.
Richard Hartell has joined MediaVest USA as exec VP-managing director of human experience strategy, where he will be charged with exploring the drivers of human behavior to create greater consumer experiences for clients' brands. Mr. Hartell will also serve on MediaVest's executive and operations teams and be responsible for contributing to growth and product. Most recently, he served as chief strategy officer of Starcom MediaVest Group U.K. A 10-year veteran of SMG, previously he was SMG's strategic development director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he developed the network's product across the region. He started his SMG career as U.K. planning director. Mr. Hartell also served as the 2010 chairman of SMG's Global Product Committee, playing an integral role in the network winning seven Grand Prix recognitions. He has worked with clients such as Microsoft , Intel, Orange, Kraft, Barclays and Honda.
NBC Universal has promoted Hilary Smith to the newly created position of senior VP-communications for the Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media portfolio. With this new role, Ms. Smith adds communications oversight of Fandango, DailyCandy, Swirl, Television Without Pity and the recently announced Hispanics at NBCU initiative to her existing areas of communications responsibility, which includes iVillage, Women at NBCU, Green is Universal and Healthy at NBCU.
Since 2009, Ms. Smith has been senior VP-communications in NBCUniversal's Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks division. Prior to that , she was VP-media relations in the company's corporate communications department, where she joined in 2002. She has helped lead communications for several of NBC's major business transactions, including the merger of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, as well as the acquisitions of the Telemundo and Bravo television networks. She joined the company as a press manager for "Dateline NBC" in 1998, and prior to that was a PR manager at CBS News.
Additionally, Vivian Schiller will be joining NBC News in the new position of chief digital officer, beginning in mid-July. A media executive and journalist with 25 years experience in the industry, Ms. Schiller was most recently president and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. Prior to joining NPR, Ms. Schiller served as senior VP-general manager of NYTimes.com. Before that , Ms. Schiller spent four years as senior VP-general manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of the New York Times and Discovery Communications. Ms. Schiller launched the network, and under her leadership, Discovery Times Channel tripled its distribution.
Aegis Media has named Catherine Davis president of Vizeum USA. Most recently Ms. Davis served as president of Think First Consulting, which focused on driving growth for clients including Pernod Ricard and Pure Matters, a new premium vitamin brand. Ms. Davis has also held senior client roles working on brands such as Diageo, Discover Card, Morgan Stanley and Harrisdirect (prior to its acquisition by E-Trade). She began her career on the agency side at Leo Burnett.
Cheil North American Holdings has hired Omnicom's Henry Dosch for the newly created role of chief financial officer, effective immediately. Based in New York responsible for all financial operations in North America, Mr. Dosch will lead the financial management of the company's agency partners, including the One Agency, Cheil Mexico and Cheil Canada; and will serve an advisory role with the Barbarian Group and all future acquisitions. He most recently held CFO positions at two of Omnicom's operating agencies, Mercury Public Affairs and Healthcare Communications Group. During his time at Omnicom, Mr. Dosch managed M&A activity for the Diversified Agency Services group, including acquisitions and transactions with over 100 companies. Prior to Omnicom, he held executive consulting roles at Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen.
Kryssy Bloch has been appointed VP-director of digital talent management at Arnold Worldwide. Ms. Bloch joins Arnold from Ogilvy & Mather, where she held the position of associate director-interactive and technology recruiting. She got her start in digital at R/GA, where she spent six years, most recently as program manager of technology. While there, she was responsible for digital recruiting across production, user experience and strategy. Early in her career, Ms. Bloch worked at Sony for five years as a producer, where she oversaw a team of motion designers and helped execute all DVD releases.