Tom Calderone Takes Over as President at VH1

Also on the Move: Jodi Kahn, Dr. Richard Luker, Robert Taylor, Jon Kropp

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Tom Calderone is taking over as president of VH1. He began his career at MTV Networks in 1998 as senior VP-music and talent programming for MTV and has served as exec VP-general manager of VH1 since 2005. In 2007, he was named one of Mediaweek's top 50 most influential executives shaping the future of media. Under Mr. Calderone's leadership, VH1 posted 23 consecutive quarters of growth among total viewers, with the first quarter of 2008 marking the network's highest-rated quarter ever among the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
Tom Calderone
Tom Calderone

Jodi Kahn was named exec VP of the iVillage Network. In her new position, she will oversee ad sales, technology, research and marketing, and establish and manage multiplatform partnerships. Ms. Kahn was most recently president-global digital media for Reader's Digest Association. Prior to that, she headed Time Inc.'s Time for Kids and was VP of Time Inc. Interactive, where she led the integration of Time Inc. web properties and AOL.

Dr. Richard Luker joined TBA Global as chief strategy officer. He previously held the same title at Relay Worldwide. Dr. Luker is a respected author, innovator and researcher. You may know him as the creator of the ESPN Sports Poll, the ongoing scale that measures the interests, preferences and activities of American sports fans.

Renegade, an advertising agency with in-house production and post-production facilities, named Robert Taylor chief strategy officer. In his 26 years in the industry, Mr. Taylor has directed high-profile branding initiatives for manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Mattel, Disney, Nickelodeon, Reebok and Intel.

Jon Kropp was promoted from senior director-strategy and business development to VP-strategy and acquisitions at Turner Sports. Mr. Kropp has been with the company for 13 years and was one of the people responsible for creating Turner's newly formed relationship with Yahoo content and sales. He has also helped develop interactive content such as's 2003 TrackPass application, which won an Emmy.

Patrick Burchell joins Biggs/Gilmore to head up its new Chicago office as VP-managing director. Before joining the digital agency, Mr. Burchell spent seven years in integrated and interactive account management at Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago, where he was most recently senior partner, group account director. In addition to Mr. Burchell's appointment, Biggs/Gilmore also announced five executive promotions: Bruce Davis was promoted from VP-project management to senior VP-special operations; Andy Gould and Marino Puhalj were elevated from VP-creative directors to senior VP-executive creative directors; Darrel Smith was promoted from director of interactive services to VP-interactive services; and Dean Suarez-Starfeldt rose from VP-strategic planning to senior VP-strategic planning.

Hanson Dodge Creative has hired Rick Miller as VP-interactive marketing. He was previously director-eMarketing and commerce for Milwaukee-based Trisept Solutions. Seems like Mr. Miller will have to keep up the pace at Hanson Dodge: The company, which delivers strategies and design to brands such as Trek Bicycle, Nike Cycling, Burton, Volkswagen and Horizon Fitness, calls itself "America's leading active-lifestyle agency."

Molly O'Keefe made the leap from advertising director for Runner's World Media Group to associate publisher-advertising at Runner's World. At a time when most magazines are seeing shrinking ad pages and decreasing revenue, Runner's World is up almost 1% in ad pages and 6.2% in revenue year-to-date in 2008 vs. 2007. Since Ms. O'Keefe joined Runner's World in 2002, the magazine has seen a 59.8% increase in ad pages.
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