Deborah Dinkelacker Is Financial Services Veteran

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SAN FRANCISCO ( -- The Sharper Image Corp. today named financial industry marketing veteran Deborah Dinkelacker senior vice president of marketing, a new position.

Ms. Dinkelacker, 48, previously was senior vice president of marketing for Providian Financial Corp. and was vice president of marketing for American Express Co.

70 million catalogs
A Sharper Image spokeswoman said the seller of fancy, innovative gizmos spends some $60 million a year on marketing, including $35 million for the 70 million catalogs it produces each year; $22 million on TV infomercials; and $2.5 million on radio advertising, along with e-mail and other direct mail efforts.

Ms. Dinkelacker was hired to help the company manage those marketing opportunities, the spokeswoman said.

Sharper Image's marketing director, Jeff Forgan, 44, will report to Ms. Dinkelacker.

Sharper Image currently handles advertising in-house.

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