People on the Move: Monique L. Nelson to Take Over for Byron Lewis Sr. at UniWorld Group

Also on the Move: Sahar Elhabashi, Michael Bassik, Frank Connolly, Robert Dowling, Ron Guirguis

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Byron Lewis
Byron Lewis

UniWorld Group founder and CEO Byron Lewis Sr. is retiring and will be replaced by Monique L. Nelson. Mr. Lewis will become chairman emeritus of the agency, which is the longest-standing full-service multicultural advertising and communications agency in the U.S. Monique L. Nelson joined UWG in 2007 after a successful marketing career, both in the U.S. and internationally, at Motorola. Over the past few years, she has managed and grown UWG's integrated marketing, digital and branded entertainment departments. The Brooklyn-based agency, whose clients have included Ford, U.S. Marine Corps, AT&T and Burger King, was started by Mr. Lewis in 1969, when minorities were not represented in a positive manner in mainstream media. Mr. Lewis is also known for creating media properties such as the syndicated TV news program, America's Black Forum and the American Black Film Festival, which continues. UniWorld Group has a strategic alliance with WPP.

Conde Nast Entertainment Group has named Sahar Elhabashi exec VP-chief operating officer. Prior to joining the company from her private consultancy firm, Ms. Elhabashi was chief operating officer at Discovery Networks International. She also held a variety of senior-level management roles at MTV Networks during her 15-year tenure there, most recently as exec VP-international strategy and digital media. Ms. Elhabashi began her career as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and Salomon Brothers, Inc.

Michael Bassik has been promoted from Burson-Marsteller U.S. digital practice chair to CEO of Proof Integrated Communications, a full-service integrated marketing, communications and advertising agency formed by the combination of Young & Rubicam Brands' Burson-Marsteller's Marsteller advertising division and the PSBcreative advertising unit. Meanwhile, interim CEO Tony Telloni moves to a new role as managing director of brand integration and innovation in Burson-Marsteller's consumer and brand marketing practice. Mr. Bassik has been with Burson-Marsteller since April 2011 and will continue to lead the U.S. digital practice. Previously, he was senior VP at Global Strategy Group, where he established and managed its full-service digital public-affairs division.

Media Storm, a strategic media and marketing agency, has appointed Frank Connolly as executive director-chief financial officer, based out of the agency's South Norwalk, CT., office. Mr. Connolly most recently spent five years as the managing director of AdMedia Partners, an independent mergers-and-acquisitions advisory firm. His 30 years of senior-level global experience as a financial planning executive also includes positions as exec VP-CFO at Harris Interactive, CFO at Modem Media Inc., CFO at E-Sync Networks Inc. and managing director at DigaComm.

Fleishman-Hillard has named Robert Dowling, president of Weber Shandwick's New York operations, as general manager and senior partner of its New York office and president of its Eastern region. Mr. Dowling has a career spanning more than two decades in marketing, communications and publishing. Before he rejoined Weber's New York office, he managed the firm's Northern California operations, where he grew Weber's technology, health-care and corporate presence on the West Coast. He also led the firm's technology practice in North America.

The company also elevated Ron Guirguis, a senior VP and senior partner, to the position of deputy general manager of the New York office. Mr. Guirguis began his Fleishman-Hillard career in Canada in 1999 and before that worked for the government of Canada as an international trade policy adviser and commercial officer. He will continue to lead the New York office's corporate and public affairs group while he supports Mr. Dowling in the operational management of the New York office. Both Mr. Dowling and Mr. Guirguis will join Fleishman-Hillard's senior management committee, which sets and implements the firm's global strategic direction.

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