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The Ad Age Group has added two senior editors with expertise in key coverage areas.

Rebecca A. Fannin was named senior editor of Ad Age International. She will serve as a reporter and editor for that fast-growing monthly and will cover the international activities of U.S. marketers for weekly Ad Age. Bill McDowell was named a senior editor of Ad Age covering fast-food, beer and liquor marketers. He will be based in the Chicago bureau, effective Sept. 9.

Mr. McDowell, 29, was previously managing editor of Restaurants & Institutions, rising quickly after arriving two years ago as an associate editor.

"Bill is a top-notch journalist who will focus his skills on two of our most important and exciting beats," said Scott Donaton, executive editor of Advertising Age.

Ms. Fannin, 41, is based in New York and reports to Laurel Wentz, London-based editor of Ad Age International.

Most recently, Ms. Fannin was editorial director of Ulmer Brothers, responsible for three international business journals. Before that, she was editor in chief of International Business. Earlier, she served as senior editor at Marketing & Media Decisions and executive editor of The Marketer.

"Rebecca has a rare combination of experience at a very high level in leading coverage of both international and marketing news and working with a network of correspondents," Ms. Wentz said. "As Ad Age International keeps growing, a top New York-based editor will help us expand coverage of U.S. multinational marketers around the world."

In other news, New York reporter Jane Hodges adds coverage of direct marketing to her responsibilities, and San Francisco correspondent Alice Z. Cuneo adds coverage of the retail industry.

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