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CHICAGO-Advertising Age announced two key appointments to further strengthen its leadership position in the rapidly expanding realm of new-media technologies.

Debra Aho Williamson was named managing editor of Ad Age's Interactive Media & Marketing section, a new post. She had been associate editor of the section since its launch in October 1993. Ms. Williamson reports to Interactive Media & Marketing Editor Scott Donaton.

Kevin Brown was named to the newly created post of information services editor. In that capacity, he will supervise the growing number of information services offered by all parts of the Advertising Age franchise. Mr. Brown, most recently research editor, reports to Ad Age Editor Steve Yahn.

"These appointments affirm our commitment to maintaining our leadership in covering the complex, fast-changing world of interactive media and marketing," Mr. Yahn said. "They also recognize energetic and distinguished service by Ms. Williamson and Mr. Brown to all parts of Ad Age's editorial effort."

Ms. Williamson is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in English literature and oboe performance. She joined Ad Age in 1990 as a copy editor and was named to her most recent post in October 1993.

Mr. Brown, a graduate of Indiana University with degrees in journalism and English, joined Ad Age in 1984 as an editorial assistant and has held several posts.

"These two people have been key players in the introduction and expansion of Ad Age's new-media ventures," Mr. Donaton said. "Debra's work on the section and on our online products has been instrumental in their success. And Kevin's blend of editorial experience and technological expertise is guiding us toward new opportunities."

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