Gill Duff has been named president and CEO of BBDO, Atlanta. He was most recently global business director at DDB Worldwide, overseeing Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand. In his new position, he will be responsible for more than 250 staff members and clients such as AT&T, Bayer, Embassy Suites and REI. Before DDB, Mr. Duff was CEO at Publicis, New York. He began his career at Buntin Advertising in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. His hire is part of BBDO's effort to evolve its North America operation -- the agency has transitioned to new management in both its San Francisco and Minneapolis agencies, named a new head for its Proximity operation in North America and added shopper marketing, social-media and analytic capabilities to its service offerings.
Leo Burnett, Chicago, has hired David White as senior VP-strategy director, charged with leading strategy for Leo Burnett's Kellogg business in North America. He rejoins the agency, where he previously managed strategic development for the Kellogg's snack portfolio and helped McDonald's strengthen its relationship with moms, after spending the past six years at 22Squared. There he lead strategy for Buffalo Wild Wings and Toyota. Prior to his Leo Burnett tenure, Mr. White also worked on the "Drivers Wanted" campaign for Volkswagen and launched the brand's new Beetle.
Kimberly Lau has joined The Atlantic in the newly created role of VP-general manager for Atlantic Digital. Ms. Lau was previously VP-business development and partnership relations for Hearst Magazines Digital Media. During her six-year tenure there, she focused on developing digital-growth opportunities and strategic partnerships for the portfolio of brands including Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Good Housekeeping. Last year, Ms. Lau spearheaded the development of two channels for the YouTube Premium Channel initiative -- Hello Style, a fashion and beauty channel featuring the content of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Seventeen and RealBeauty.com, and Car and Driver Channel, featuring automotive news. Ms. Lau was also responsible for Hearst Magazine's mobile websites and spearheaded a recent move to bring the mobile sites in-house. She will begin work at The Atlantic on June 15.
Deborah J. Mignucci has been named publisher of American Media's Shape Magazine and the bimonthly Fit Pregnancy. Ms. Mignucci rejoins AMI from Meredith Corp., which acquired Walt Disney FamilyFun Group in January. At the FamilyFun Group, she was VP-sales, group publisher, U.S. Magazine Group. Ms. Mignucci had previously worked at AMI for five years as VP-group publisher, where she was responsible for Fit Pregnancy and oversaw the launch of FitPregnancy.com and Mom & Baby magazine.
Michael Alex has joined Bonnier Corp. in the newly created role of VP-digital-content strategy. Mr. Alex worked at MTV for 15 years, where he spent most of his time in the digital and editorial operation of the network, including serving as VP-digital of MTV News and Movies and VP of MTV News Online. An early digital adopter, he also launched MTV 's movies website as a profitable content hub.
Chick-fil-A has promoted each member of its executive committee from senior VP to exec VP effective immediately. The title has only been used twice before in the history of the company and the moves mark the first time more than one member of the executive committee has earned the title. The newly promoted executives include Steve Robinson, exec VP-marketing and chief marketing officer, who has been with the company since 1981 and launched the "Eat More Chicken" campaign; Donald "Bubba" Cathy, exec VP, Chick-fil-A and president of Dwarf House, which operates in metro Atlanta; Perry Ragsdale, exec VP-real estate and design & construction of Chick-fil-A; James "Buck" McCabe, exec VP-finance and chief financial officer; and Tim Tassopoulos, exec VP-operations.