Kristi VandenBosch has been named CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco. Ms. VandenBosch comes to the agency from Tequila, where she was president-North America and a founding member of the shop's Los Angeles office. She served on the global operating groups for both Tequila and parent TBWA/Worldwide, and consulted global clients including Nissan, Infiniti, Sony and Pioneer. Ms. VandenBosch has also served as exec VP-managing director for Omnicom's Direct Partners and DraftFCB, Chicago.
Kim Dedeker will be joining information and consultancy network Kantar this month as chair of the Americas. She takes on the position after spending 29 years at P&G in a variety of senior roles, most recently as VP-consumer and market knowledge external capability. Before that she was VP-global consumer and market knowledge for seven years.
Contextual-advertising company Vibrant tapped former Yahoo VP-Engineering Bob Hammond as senior VP-technology. Mr. Hammond joined Yahoo when the company acquired video-publishing platform Maven Networks. At Yahoo, he was responsible for the design and development of video services for Yahoo properties. As VP-engineering at Maven, Mr. Hammond was in charge of the design and development of Maven's video publishing platform and ad platform products.
Campbell-Ewald promoted Helena Johnson to VP-social media manager and named Nance Piggins VP-copy supervisor. Ms. Johnson was previously part of Campbell-Ewald's creative team, working on direct-marketing initiatives for clients such as the U.S. Navy and the United States Postal Service. Ms. Piggins comes to the agency after freelance writing for the past two years.
Cossette/New York appointed Toby Vann senior VP-director of digital engagement. Mr. Vann joins Cossette from Roundarch, a digital consultancy, where he was executive director-social media. He spent the bulk of his career in interactive media at Razorfish, where he most recently was senior account director for the agency's Capital One business.
Initiative hired Shane Ankeney as exec VP-managing director, U.S. He was formerly executive director-audience planning and media arts for Omnicom's TBWA/Chiat/Day. In addition to three separate stints at TBWA, Mr. Ankeney served as chief media officer at Doner and media director at Carmichael Lynch. Initiative was recently named U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Advertising Age.
Rene Ridinger became VP of MPRM Public Relations, where she will oversee the company's film practice and consult on TV and DVD accounts. She joins the agency from 42West Public Relations, where she was a senior executive, managing campaigns for feature films, TV projects and personal clients. Ms. Ridinger has also worked on film and TV award campaigns for projects such as "Revolutionary Road," "No Country for Old Men," "The Queen" and ABC Family. Prior to 42West, she was president-CEO of Wallman/Ridinger Public Relations.