Beth Ann Kaminkow has been named president-CEO of TracyLocke, becoming the first female CEO in the agency's almost 100-year history. Ms. Kaminkow succeeds Ron Askew, who will retain his chairman duties and will focus primarily on the global expansion of the TracyLocke brand. Ms. Kaminkow has been a part of Omnicom since 1994 and of TracyLocke since 2006, when she joined the agency from sibling shop Brodeur Worldwide. Most recently president-chief operating officer, she will continue to split her time between the agency's Dallas and Wilton, Connecticut offices. TracyLocke Chief Financial Officer Stuart Campbell will assume Ms. Kaminkow's role as COO.
The London office of Ketchum Pleon has appointed Avril Lee, partner and deputy CEO, to the role of CEO. Ms. Lee has served as the London deputy CEO for more than three years, working with senior leadership to develop the office's health-care, consumer and corporate affairs practices. Ms. Lee joined the PR agency's health-care practice in 2003 as deputy managing director, and was quickly promoted to managing director. In 2006, she was appointed managing director of European health care. Prior to Ketchum, she spent more than 15 years in a variety of health-care communications roles for international and U.K.-based pharmaceutical and diagnostic clients.
Travel Channel has named Shannon O' Neill chief financial officer, a newly created role. Before joining Travel Channel, Mr. O' Neill was senior VP-general manager of Golf Channel's new media business. Prior to joining Golf Channel, he served as VP-emerging networks for Comcast Programming Group.
Additionally, Travel Channel appointed Brigitte McCray VP-programming, planning and strategy; and Kerri Hannigan VP-marketing, communications and brand strategy. Ms. McCray previously worked for BET and Oxygen Media, where she oversaw strategic planning and programming. Ms. Hannigan comes to the company from Discovery Communications, where she led brand strategies including talent and global convergence, as well as the re-brand of both the Discovery and Science Channels. She previously worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble, where she led global initiatives, innovation and strategies for P&G's beauty category.
Stephen Buerger has been named senior VP-Midwest advertising director at Parade Publications. Prior to joining Parade, Mr. Buerger was president-COO of Eco Media, which was purchased by CBS in the summer of 2010. Before that, he was president-chief strategy officer at Starcom USA. Mr. Buerger spent three years at Time Warner in New York, first as group VP-marketing and new business development for Time Inc., then as senior VP-client solutions for AOL. Prior to moving to New York, he spent nine years at SAB/Miller as group director-marketing services. He began his career in the agency business in Chicago with J Walter Thompson.
Stardoll Media has tapped Chris Yates as VP-advertising sales, USA. Mr. Yates was most recently VP-digital for Time Inc. Prior to Time, Mr. Yates was instrumental in the launches of Nick Jr. Magazine, Nick.com and NickJr.com for Viacom/MTV Networks, where he increased advertising revenue significantly across the group portfolio. Mr. Yates also managed national sales teams and developed and launched STMN.com at Scholastic, Inc. and also drove revenue at Seventeen for Primedia. Brands that have recently partnered with young women's website network include Disney, Sony, Fox, Unilever, P&G, JCPenney, Microsoft, Kohl's, Mattel and Target .
Fred Mangione has been promoted to chief marketing officer-senior VP of Nets Basketball. Mr. Mangione will oversee and manage the overall marketing business operations for the organization, including ticket sales, service, suites, premium seating and marketing. Additionally, Mr. Mangione is responsible for the marketing, ticket sales and luxury suite sales for the Barclays Center, the planned home of the Nets in Brooklyn, which will open in the summer of 2012. Entering his 11th season with the nets, Mr. Mangione was promoted to senior VP-ticket sales and marketing in January 2008 after serving as VP-ticket sales for two and a half years. Prior to joining the Nets, Mr. Mangione was the director of sales for the 1999 Women's World Cup Giants Stadium venue.
Digital Broadcasting Group, a digital network specializing in the production and distribution of video content across the internet, has named Matthew Corbin chief product officer. Mr. Corbin comes to DBG from New York's Tremor Media, where he was global VP-platform solutions. Prior to his tenure at Tremor, Mr. Corbin spent three years with Google as global head of partnerships and media revenue operations. Based out of Google's Chicago offices, he was responsible for leading strategy for media syndication deals for YouTube's platform development.