Vizeum has appointed Nadine Young as the communication agency's new chief strategy officer. In this newly created position, Ms. Young will be responsible for developing insight-based strategies and communication plans that enable brands to engage with their consumers in unconventional ways. Bringing over 15 years of experience at leading media agencies to the table, she most recently served as managing partner and group communications director at Mindshare. Before moving to the U.S. to join Mindshare, Ms. Young held a variety of positions at media agencies in the U.K., including ZenithOptimedia and AW Media.
MDC Partners has named Andre Coste the chief financial officer of the newly created MDC Partner Network. He will be responsible for partnering with the agency executive teams to drive efficient and effective growth and optimize financial management, as well as providing guidance and expertise as MDC agencies seek to expand internationally. He brings nearly 30 years of management experience to the job, the last 10 of which were spent at Publicis Group. Most recently, he served as global chief financial officer for Publicis.
Steve Agase has been tapped by Viacom as senior vice president of music and entertainment ad sales, west coast. He will be responsible for growing Viacom Media Networks' partnerships with west coast agencies and advertisers, including its key clients in the motion picture industry. Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Agase had a distinguished 30-year career as a sales professional at NBCUniversal. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of west coast sales for NBCUniversal and was also responsible for sales for all of NBCU's cable entertainment properties in the western region.
Weber Shandwick has hired digital veteran Jane Barandes as general manager and co-lead for the firm's fast-growing New York digital operation. In her new position, Ms. Barandes will work to scale and diversify the firm's digital offerings. She brings 18 years of experience to her new role. Most recently she served as 360i's New York managing director. Prior to that she was senior vice president of marketing at Publicis Modem, where she co-managed the General Mills business, while also driving all digital efforts for the Pillsbury brand.
The Hershey Company has named D. Michael Wege as their new senior vice president, chief growth and marketing officer. He will lead Hershey's strategic planning, research and development, innovation, and global Hershey Experience. Mr. Wege will continue to drive the company's knowledge capabilities as well as Hershey's marketing initiatives and corporate brand reputation.