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Steve Sternberg dethrones Stacey Lynn Koerner in this year's Media Talk survey prepared for Advertising Age by Delahaye Media-link, Norwalk, Conn.

The survey ranks leading media players' mentions in a number of media outlets in the year leading up to the Media Mavens Special Report.

Mr. Sternberg, exec VP-director of audience analysis at Interpublic Group of Cos.' Magna Global USA, garnered a score of 235, up 35% from last year when he placed second to Ms. Koerner, exec VP-director of global research integration at Interpublic's Initiative. While Ms. Koerner's score of 228 was up 3.2% from last year, it only earned her a third place. Media Talk newcomer Brad Adgate, senior VP-director of research at Horizon Media, was No. 2 with a score of 231. Overall, media executives are more loquacious, with the total score for the top 10 up 32.7% from last year.

Media exec Score

Survey ranks overall news media coverage of agency media executives

1. Steve Sternberg 235

Exec VP-director of audience analysis, Interpublic Group of Cos.' Magna Global USA

2. Brad Adgate 231

Senior VP-director of research, Horizon Media

3. Stacey Lynn Koerner 228

Exec VP-director of global research integration, Interpublic's Initiative

4. Tim Spengler 118

Exec VP-director for national broadcast, Interpublic's Initiative

5. Shari Ann Brill 116

VP-director of programming, Aegis Group's Carat USA

6. Jon Mandel 108

Chairman-chief global buying officer, Grey Global Group's MediaCom

7. John Rash 97

Senior VP-director of broadcast negotiations, Interpublic's Campbell Mithun

8. Andy Donchin 91

Senior VP-director of national broadcast, Aegis' Carat USA

9. Bob Cohen 68

Senior VP-director of forecasting, Interpublic's Universal McCann

10. Donna Wolfe 56

Exec VP-chief negotiation officer, Interpublic's Universal McCann

11. Bill Cella 51

Chairman, Interpublic's Magna Global USA

12. Peter Gardiner 42

Partner-chief media officer, Interpublic's Deutsch

13. Sam Armando 41

VP-director of Broadcast Investment Research, Publicis Groupe's Starcom USA

13. David Verklin 41

CEO, Aegis' Carat North America

15. Jack Klues 39

CEO, Publicis Groupe's Starcom MediaVest Worldwide

16. Steve Grubbs 36

CEO-North America, Omnicom Group's PHD USA

16. Marc Goldstein 36

President-CEO, WPP Group's MindShare North America

18. Charlie Rutman 33

President, Aegis' Carat USA

19. Bill Koenigsberg 30

President-CEO, Horizon Media

20. Kathy Crawford 26

President-Local Broadcast Group, WPP's MindShare North America

Methodology: Delahaye Medialink Research's system for measuring new media coverage was used to analyze the frequency and quality of appearances of 67 top media professionals whose names were supplied by Advertising Age. The survey measured a variety of media outlets. Greater weight was applied to media capable of greater reach, such as TV. Delahaye Medialink ( combines research techniques, technology and insight to help companies understand and improve their reputations and plan and evaluate their communications programs. It is based in Norwalk, Conn.

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