People on the Move: Andy Sareyan Named Exec VP of Atlantic Media
Andy Sareyan has been named exec VP of Atlantic Media Company and president of National Journal Group. Mr. Sareyan previously spent five years at Meredith , and was most recently president-consumer brands before leaving the post in May. From 2006 to 2008, he was president of Better Homes and Gardens, where he developed one of the largest licensing deals in publishing history and helped launch the nationally syndicated TV show "Better." Before coming to Meredith , Mr. Sarayan spent 18 years in a number of leadership roles at Time Inc., including founding publisher of Real Simple, president of The Parenting Group, and finally president of Entertainment Weekly from 2002 to 2006.
Stephanie Sladkus was promoted from associate publisher to publisher of People StyleWatch. As associate publisher since February 2010, she helped lead the magazine to a 54% increase in advertising in 2010. Prior to StyleWatch, Ms. Sladkus was associate publisher of Lucky and advertising director of the Conde Nast Bridal Group. She first joined Time Inc. in 1999, and spent four years in ad sales at Teen People.
Theresa Nasi has joined Mediabrands' UM as senior VP-global communications. Prior to her new role, she was senior VP-global network development for MPG. She also spent six years as U.S. director of marketing communications at OMD. Her career in advertising began in media at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, where she represented clients such as HP and SBC. She also has extensive experience in e-commerce and digital publishing with companies including Preview Travel (Travelocity) and CNN. Ms. Nasi replaces Joe Benarroch, who has moved to McCann Worldgroup as VP-global director, corporate affairs.
Horizon Media has hired Christopher Snook as senior VP-managing director of consumer insights. Based out of its Los Angeles office, Mr. Snook will serve as the West Coast lead of the company's newly launched consumer-behavior research division, The WHY Group. Mr. Snook most recently served as senior VP-director of communications Planning at Universal McCann, where he led communications planning for Microsoft and introduced and integrated consumer insights and brand strategy for Windows, Bing and Office. Before that , he was at Leo Burnett overseeing account planning for Nintendo and Samsung, where he created a US cross-category brand campaign. While at Chiat/Day in Los Angeles, he developed the launch strategy for XM Satellite Radio. Mr. Snook also spent time on Del Monte and Robert Mondavi, and ran account planning at Grey Worldwide in Los Angeles.
Cynthia "Cindy" Augustine has been appointed exec VP-global chief talent officer of DraftFCB, joining the agency's New York headquarters Nov. 2. She makes the move from Scholastic Inc., where she had been senior VP-human resources and employee services since 2007. Ms. Augustine began her career as a lawyer specializing in employment law and labor benefits, and moved to human resources in 1998, when she became senior VP-human resources for The New York Times Company. In 2000, she added the role of president of The New York Times Company Broadcast Group. In 2004, Ms. Augustine joined Time Warner as senior VP-talent management. Ms. Augustine was named one of Savoy's 2010 "Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America" and was also named to Crain's New York Business "100 Most Powerful Minority Business Leaders in New York" in 2003, among other honors.
Chris Pultorak has joined DDB Chicago in a newly created position as senior VP-integrated brand leader, working on the Capital One business. Prior to joining DDB, Mr. Pultorak worked at DraftFCB as senior VP-group management director on the SC Johnson corporate business. He also spent more than eight years at Foote, Cone & Belding.
Spike TV named Jon Slusser to the newly created position of senior VP-sports and multiplatform programming. Based in Los Angeles, he will look to target non-traditional live events for Spike that will resonate with viewers, as well as oversee interstitial programming such as "The Playbook," "Spare Time " and various video game shows and specials. Mr. Slusser previously served as senior VP of Spike Digital Entertainment, a group he helped create that includes Spike.com, GameTrailers.com, UltimateFighter.com and GameTrailers TV. He joined MTV Networks in 2006 when GameTrailers.com, a video-game website he founded, was acquired by Viacom.
ID Media has hired Starcom MediaVest Group veteran Ken Cervantes as VP-account director. He will work to develop integrated media solutions for Johnson & Johnson, one of the direct/digital-media agency's largest clients. At SMG, Mr. Cervantes was most recently VP-group media director, where he oversaw the launch of media campaigns for clients such as Walmart, Coca-Cola and Kraft, for which he was part of the KraftOne launch to create a single Kraft team that covered all disciplines. Mr. Cervantes got his start as a media associate at Leo Burnett, Chicago, and rose to various roles at the agency, including media supervisor and assistant media director.