Britt Peterson Fero has joined Publicis Seattle as the new executive vice president and head of strategy. In her new roles, she will lead strategy on existing clients, new business and further expand the agency's strategy offering and department. Previously, Ms. Fero served as a partner and director of growth strategy at Cole & Weber. She has also worked at Fallon & Duffy Design in Minneapolis leading brands such as United Airlines, Starbucks, Virgin Mobile, and Bahamas Tourism.
APCO Worldwide has named Marilyn Fancher as its first official chief creative officer. She has been with APCO for nearly 20 years, leading the development of Studio/APCO and helping to grow the firm's global creative capabilities. Ms. Fancher has also worked across industries with many of the world's largest brands and directed a wide range of creative, high-profile campaigns on traditional and digital platforms. Before joining APCO, she spent four years as the director of broadcast services for the Republican National Committee, overseeing the organization's TV and radio production studios and staff.
Campbell Mithun has named Denis Budniewski as director of account leadership and growth. Previously he has served agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and McKinney. He most recently served as the general manager of Fallon where he established and managed their 80-person Cadillac teams in Minneapolis and Detroit.
HGTV magazine has promoted Carrie Cullen to associate publisher. She has served as the advertising director for the magazines since its launch in 2012. In her new role, Ms. Cullen will bring her strong client relationships and work ethic as she works alongside the HGTV sales team. She will also manage the numerous systems and processes that are key components to the HGTV business model.
Don Ciaramella has been promoted to president of corporate communications for the Lippin Group. In this new role, he will continue to provide strategic communications and business counsel to C-suite level and senior communications executives for leading entertainment and media clients. Mr. Ciaramella previously served as the executive VP-corporate communications for the Lippin Group. Prior to joining the company in 1988, he spent nearly a decade as a journalist with Gannett serving as both an editor and reporter covering entertainment, business/finance and local news. He also spent four years with corporate PR firm of B.L. Ochman.