Howard T. Owens has been named president of the National Geographic Channels U.S, while Courteney Monroe was named to the newly created position of chief marketing officer for the U.S. Channels. Michael Cascio has been elevated to exec VP-programming for National Geographic Channel U.S, and Chris Albert was promoted to senior VP-communications worldwide and talent relations. Mr. Owens was most recently with Reveille LLC, where he was a founding partner and a lead managing director, with responsibility for reality and scripted TV such as "The Biggest Loser," digital and branding, production, legal and finance. Prior to Reveille, he was an agent with the William Morris Agency. Ms. Monroe comes to NGC U.S. from HBO, where she was exec VP-consumer marketing and digital platforms. During her tenure there, she oversaw award-winning marketing campaigns for "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Entourage," and "True Blood," among other series. Prior to joining HBO, Ms. Monroe held marketing positions at American Express and Salomon Brothers and also worked in account management at BBDO New York.
Univision Communications has appointed Julie Pinkwater senior VP-client development group. Based in New York, she will work to help marketers and agencies drive sales with Hispanic consumers. Before joining Univision, Ms. Pinkwater was VP-publisher at Meredith 's Ladies Home Journal. She also headed the Meredith Beauty Committee and previously held publisher roles within Fitness and More. Ms. Pinkwater began her career in media planning at McCann Erickson and Penchina Selkowitz Advertising, rising to the ranks of senior VP and marketing director at McCaffrey and McCall.
Keith Kaplan has been named to the newly created position of president and chief revenue officer of Interclick. He was most recently at Adconion Media Group, where he was president of North American operations. Additionally, Liz Schiff, also of Adconion Media Group, has moved to Interclick as senior VP-agency and industry relations. In her four years at AMG, she worked to build the sales organization for both Joost and Adconion companies as senior VP-Sales. Prior to that , she spent three years on MSN's performance and search sales teams, where she helped launched their search platform into market.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has named Joe Lagani to the newly created position of chief revenue officer. He will lead all advertising sales activity, as well as cross-platform integrations and strategic brand partnerships across MSLO's media business units. Most recently, Mr. Lagani was senior VP-ad sales at NBCUniversal/ iVillage. Prior to that , he was VP-brand sales and VP-general manager at Glam Media, and from 2004-2007, was VP-publisher for Conde Nast's House and Garden. For 16 years before that , he held a variety of roles at Meredith , including seven years as VP- publishing director, as well as publisher for Country Home and advertising director for Ladies Home Journal.
Ogilvy PR has named Alan Kercinik exec VP in its Strategy & Planning group. Mr. Kercinik joins Ogilvy from Weber Shandwick, where he served as exec VP and director of engagement, North America. Mr. Kercinik also oversaw the agency's engagement with Mars Chocolate North America as the account's client relationship leader, heading the development and execution of programs including last year's launch of M&M'S Pretzel. Previously, Kercinik held senior-level positions with PR 21 (now Zeno Group) and Frankel (now Arc Worldwide), and has helped build brands such as Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Target , KFC and Budweiser.
The Entertainment Group division of Viacom has tapped Kassie Canter as exec VP-communications. Previously, Ms. Canter served as chief communications officer for Oxygen Media, where she oversaw all PR and public-affairs activities. Prior to joining Oxygen, she was senior VP- corporate communications and media relations for NBC. Both independently and with the PR firm Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, Ms. Canter has been a communications consultant for various media brands throughout her career, including AMC Networks, Lifetime, The Weather Channel, and Viacom's Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.