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Was Chief Investment Officer of Media Agency

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Donna Salvatore, a top executive at MediaVest USA, died June 20 of a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. She was 50.

Ms. Salvatore, who last year relinquished

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her role as MediaVest CEO, held many management positions throughout the agency, including director of strategic development, president of broadcast and, most recently, chief investment officer.

She began her media career at N.W. Ayer in 1978, followed by positions at Compton Advertising and Needham Harper and Steers. It wasn't until June 1981 that she joined Benton & Bowles, which later became D'Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles in 1985. At D'Arcy, Ms. Salvatore become vice president in 1985, senior vice president in 1986 and an executive vice president in 1993. That same year Ms. Salvatore became a member of the four-person TeleVest management committee.

Ms. Salvatore was born June 6, 1953, and is survived by her husband, Matthew Vaccaro; two children, Benjamin and Alexandra; and siblings, Rose DiBacco and Linda Guida.

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