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Talent Pool Executive Appointments and Promotions in the Healthcare Industry Pharma POOL David J. Kudla Jr. Advancis Creates VP of Quality Assurance Position Advancis Pharmaceutical, a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel anti-infective products, has named David J. Kudla Jr. to VP of quality assurance, a newly created position. Mr. Kudla oversees a team of compliance and quality assurance professionals, all working to ensure Advancis’ compliance with good manufacturing practices (GMP), quality investigations, auditing, GMP training, documentation management, and FDA interaction. His group also is responsible for administrating the company’s health, safety, and environmental programs. Mr. Kudla joined Advancis, Germantown, Md., in 2001. He previously served as senior director of quality assurance and has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. Brian A. Markison Ted G. Wood King Pharmaceuticals Appoints Acting President and CEO Brian A. Markison has been named acting president and CEO of King Pharmaceuticals, Bristol, Tenn., a pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells branded prescription pharmaceutical products. The company named Ted G. Wood as nonexecutive chairman. These appointments fill the vacancies created by the resignations of CEO and Chairman Jefferson J. Gregory and President Kyle P. Macione. Before joining King as its chief operating officer in March 2004, Mr. Markison served as president of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s oncology, virology and oncology therapeutics network businesses. Mr. Wood is the former president of The United Company, a position from which he retired in 2002. Mr. Wood graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in commerce and has completed the advanced management program at Harvard University. Marion McCourt David Nicoli AstraZeneca Names U.S. Executive Team Leaders AstraZeneca, an international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services, has added two VPs to its U.S. leadership team, based in Wilmington, Del. Marion McCourt has been named VP of government affairs, policy, and managed markets, a new position at the company. She most recently served as VP of managed markets and had responsibility for leading the managed-markets business group. Her appointment follows the retirement of Alan Milbauer, VP of public affairs, who was responsible for both the government and public-affairs functions. Ms. McCourt has a B.S. in biology from Lafayette College and is a board member for the Foundation of Managed Care Pharmacy and represents AstraZeneca on the Together Rx Board. David Nicoli has been named VP of communications and external relations. He joined the company from Altria Group, where he most recently served as VP of corporate communications. Mr. Nicoli received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from American University. Biotech POOL Dr. David J. Braitman Celsion Appoints Senior VP of Product Development Celsion, Columbia, Md., a biotechnology company dedicated to the development and commercialization of treatments for cancer and other diseases using focused-heat energy, has appointed David J. Braitman, Ph.D., as senior VP of product development. Dr. Braitman previously was VP of clinical research and managing director of the U.S. affiliate of Medisearch International. He is a graduate of Hunter College and obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Connecticut. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, he completed his M.H.S. at The Johns Hopkins University. Biopharmaceutical POOL Jeffrey Hatfield Concurrent Pharmaceuticals Appoints CEO Jeffrey Hatfield has been appointed CEO of Concurrent Pharmaceuticals, Fort Washington, Pa., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative drugs in major disease areas, including cardiovascular, cancer, dermatology, and metabolics. Mr. Hatfield spent almost 20 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb, most recently as senior VP of the company’s virology division. Mr. Hatfield’s career also has included responsibilities such as president and general manager of BMS-Canada, VP of U.S. managed healthcare for BMS, and a variety of marketing, sales, and general management positions. Mr. Hatfield received a B.S. from Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas H. McLain Nabi Names Chairman Nabi Biopharmaceuticals has elected Thomas H. McLain, the current CEO and president, as chairman of the board. Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, based in Boca Raton, Fla., applies its knowledge of the human immune system to commercializing and developing products that address serious, unmet medical needs. David C. Mitchell Immune Response Creates Regulatory Affairs Position Immune Response, a biopharmaceutical company developing immune-based therapies for HIV and multiple sclerosis, has named David C. Mitchell executive director of regulatory affairs. Mr. Mitchell also is responsible for areas related to the worldwide clinical-development programs for both HIV and MS, licensing, and marketing registration. He joins the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company from Biogen Idec, where he was director of regulatory affairs. Mr. Mitchell has B.S. in chemistry from Mississippi College. Specialty POOL Bernard Berk Elite Appoints Chairman Bernard Berk, CEO and president of Elite Pharmaceuticals, has been named to the additional position of chairman. Elite Pharmaceuticals, Northvale, N.J., is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of oral, controlled-release products. Mr. Berk succeeds John A. Moore, who remains as a director Dr. Jon B. Bruss PediaMed Fills Executive-Level Regulatory Position PediaMed Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in the health and well-being of children, has named Jon B. Bruss, M.D., MSPH, FAAP, as VP of clinical/medical/regulatory and chief medical officer. Dr. Bruss joins PediaMed, Florence, Ky., from Alarus Development International, a consulting firm specializing in infectious disease and pediatric drug development, which he founded. Dr. Bruss completed medical training at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. He obtained a public health degree from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Business Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Bruss completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico and then a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. David C. Pearson SkinMedica Appoints Senior VP, Sales and Marketing SkinMedica, Carlsbad, Calif., a specialty pharmaceutical company developing and commercializing dermatology products, has named David C. Pearson, Ph.D., senior VP of sales and marketing. Dr. Pearson is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to leverage the company’s cosmeceutical line to increase sales of its dermatological products and penetration into physicians’ offices. Before joining SkinMedica, Dr. Pearson was CEO of Noxxon Pharma. Before that he spent 17 years with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. A graduate of Rice University with degrees in biochemistry and French, Dr. Pearson earned his MBA at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. Jeffrey Walsh Inotek Fills Corporate Position Inotek Pharmaceuticals, Beverly, Mass., a research-based pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of novel, small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of reperfusion injury, inflammation, and vascular dysfunction, has appointed Jeffrey Walsh as VP of corporate development and commercial planning. Mr. Walsh is broadly responsible for building the company’s commercial operations, specifically in the areas of strategic product planning, business development, and corporate marketing. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for more than 15 years, holding various senior-level positions in worldwide business development, strategic marketing, and corporate finance at SmithKline Beecham, PathoGenesis, and Exact Sciences. Mr. Walsh holds a B.A. degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Drug-Delivery POOL Dr. Ulrich Bartke Inyx Creates VP, Global Sales and Marketing Position Inyx, a New York-based specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on niche drug-delivery technologies and products, has named Ulrich Bartke, Ph.D., to the newly established position of VP of global sales and marketing. Dr. Bartke is directing the company’s sales and marketing activities around the world. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Bartke served as VP of global sales and marketing at PowderJect Pharmaceuticals. He holds a B.Sc. in pharmacy and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Berlin. Dr. Joseph A. Fix Industry Veteran to Lead CyDex CyDex, a drug-delivery company based in Lenexa, Kan., has appointed Joseph A. Fix, Ph.D., as president and chief operating officer. With more than 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and drug-delivery industry, he is responsible for business development, product development, and operations. Dr. Fix most recently was executive VP and chief operating officer of the NanoSystems unit of Elan. He holds a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Kansas and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Dr. Fix has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Kansas, Purdue University, and the University of Southern California. Emerging POOL Edward Kenney Onyx Fills Executive VP and Chief Business Officer Role Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Richmond, Calif., which is engaged in the development of novel cancer therapies that target the molecular basis of cancer, has appointed Edward Kenney executive VP and chief business officer, a newly created position. Mr. Kenney is responsible for all commercial activities, including sales and marketing and business development. Mr. Kenney previously worked at Cell Therapeutics, where, as executive VP and chief operating officer, he managed the introduction of the company’s first product in the United States and Europe. Before joining Cell Therapeutics, Mr. Kenney served as VP, marketing and sales, at CellPro. He earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Ohio State University. CRO POOL Dr. Lyon Gleich Medpace Appoints Medical Affairs Director Medpace, a full-service contract research organization, has named Lyon Gleich, M.D., as director of medical affairs, allowing the Cincinnati-based company to expand its therapeutic expertise into oncology. Dr. Gleich most recently was a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was an active clinician and researcher at the University of Cincinnati Barrett Cancer Center for 10 years. Dr. Gleich also served as the chief of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, at the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Gleich serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Cancer. Dr. Duu-Gong Wu PharmaNet Hires Senior Director, Consulting Division PharmaNet, an international drug development company with U.S. headquarters in Princeton, N.J., has appointed Duu-Gong Wu, Ph.D., as senior director of PharmaNet Consulting. Before joining PharmaNet, Dr. Wu was deputy director of New Drug Chemistry II (DNDC II), with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), where he supervised technical reviews of chemistry, manufacturing, and controls sections of IND and NDA applications, plus supplemental applications, across six medical-reviewing divisions. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, his M.S. in biochemistry from The National Taiwan University School of Medicine in Taipei, and his B.S. in pharmacy from China Medical College in Taichung, Taiwan. Service POOL William Baker Dan Horchler J. Knipper & Company Adds to Senior Management Staff J. Knipper & Company, a pharmaceutical marketing services company located in Lakewood, N.J., has named William Baker controller and Dan Horchler senior VP of finance. Mr. Baker, a CPA, previously worked as a controller and in various operational posts with a number of technology and healthcare companies. Before joining Knipper, Mr. Horchler, also a CPA, served in leadership roles at several midsize companies. He started his career at Price Waterhouse. Kate Cronin Ogilvy PR Worldwide Names Health and Medical Practice Leader Kate Cronin has joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, New York, as managing director and co-head of the agency’s global health and medical practice. Ms. Cronin helps lead the global practice as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operations. Previously, Ms. Cronin was the director of the New York Health Care Practice at Porter Novelli. She was responsible for the operational and business leadership of the practice. With 17 years experience, she has provided strategic counsel and senior oversight to clients such as Pfizer, Wyeth, and Baxter. J. Christopher Dimmock Stacey Huard McDonald Seidler Bernstein Adds to Client-Services Group The full-service marketing and communications agency Seidler Bernstein, based in Cambridge, Mass., has added to its healthcare and life-sciences’ client-services department. J. Christopher Dimmock has been named director of account planning. He oversees all strategic planning and market research. Stacey Huard McDonald has been named account manager. She joins Seidler Bernstein from NxStage Medical, where she served as manager of marketing communications. Mark Gleason Thomas Quinn MedManage Systems Expands Senior-Leadership Team MedManage Systems, a provider of online prescription drug-sampling services, has named Mark Gleason as VP of marketing and Thomas Quinn as senior VP of commercialization. Before MedManage, Bothell, Wash., Mr. Gleason was managing partner of Hygro Consulting Group, which he founded in 1997. Responsible for worldwide commercial and business development strategy and activities, Mr. Quinn brings more than 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience to the company. Previously, he was principal and senior VP of Collaborative Consulting Group. Jeffrey D. Miller Terri B. Plaut Supply Marketing Increases Staff Supply Marketing, King of Prussia, Pa., a marketing communications company specializing in nontraditional marketing to medical offices, has named Jeffrey D. Miller account manager for the promotional product division. Mr. Miller graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a B.S. in pharmaceutical marketing and management. Terri B. Plaut has been named VP of sales for the company’s advertising program division. Previously, she was the national director of marketing for Metro Network. She has experience working with advertising agencies and pharmaceutical companies to provide strategic, creative, and customized marketing and sales strategies. Glenn Raines HealthInfo Hires VP, Creative Director To increase quantifiable results for its direct-marketing programs, HealthInfo has appointed Glenn Raines as VP, creative director. HealthInfo, Schaumburg, Ill., a division of HealthInfo Direct, is a marketing communications agency that specializes in direct marketing and public relations. Previously, Mr. Raines managed his own consulting company, directing client creative, building online strategies, and producing packaging programs. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Larry Schmidt MMS Hires Business Development Manager Larry Schmidt has joined Medical Marketing Service (MMS) as business development manager. MMS, Wood Dale, Ill., is a provider of lists that maximize results and minimize costs to the medical-marketing industry. Mr. Schmidt has more than 30 years of list sales and direct marketing experience, most recently with AccuData America. He earned his B.A. from the University of Dayton. Kathleen Stefanelli Porter Novelli Boston Names VP of Healthcare Kathleen Stefanelli has relocated to Porter Novelli’s Boston office as VP of healthcare. She joins the Boston team from the Porter Novelli Toronto office, where she successfully managed new product introductions, promoted scientific trial results, and led public-awareness campaigns. Porter Novelli is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omnicom Group. On behalf of Porter Novelli, Ms. Stefanelli has provided media relations, corporate communications, and marketing campaigns. She holds a B.S. in biology and a B.A. honors degree in biopsychology from Carleton University, Ottawa. Medical-Education POOL Donald J. Conners AHM Names VP of Business Development Advanced Health Media (AHM), a pharmaceutical communications and medical-education company based in Union, N.J., has named Donald J. Conners VP of business development. His responsibilities include developing new client relationships in the pharmaceutical sector and building awareness of AHM’s medical education, meeting planning, and speaker bureau management services among existing clients. Mr. Conners joins AHM with more than 20 years of experience in sales, most recently serving as VP of client services for Cardinal Health Sales Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University. Consulting POOL John Mackey Edgewater Hires Industry Veteran to Lead Life-Sciences Practice Edgewater Technology, a consulting and systems integration firm that specializes in creating tailored technology solutions, has appointed John Mackey director of the life-sciences practice. Before joining Edgewater, Wakefield, Mass., Mr. Mackey was an executive director at Wingspan Technology, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of strategic offerings and daily operations for the organization with a concentration in the life-sciences sector. With more than 15 years of consulting experience, he has held various strategic positions at organizations such as First Consulting Group, National Computer Systems, and Electronic Data Systems. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is affiliated with such organizations as DIA, Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, and the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey. Bill Van Nostrand FCG Fills Senior VP and GM of Global Life-Sciences Position First Consulting Group (FCG), a Long Beach, Calif.-based technology consultancy to the healthcare and life-sciences industries, has promoted Bill Van Nostrand to senior VP and general manager of the company’s global life-sciences practice from global head of sales and marketing for life sciences. In this new role, he has full P&L responsibility for the group, which includes expanding revenue within its current roster of global clients and seeking new business opportunities. Mr. Van Nostrand has 32 years of experience working at the intersection of technology and life sciences. Before joining FCG, he was president of clinical operations for Dendrite. Technology POOL Dr. Daniel Weiner Pharsight Strengthens Senior-Management Team Daniel Weiner, Ph.D., has rejoined Pharsight as senior VP of business development. Pharsight, Mountain View, Calif., is a provider of software and strategic services designed to optimize clinical-drug development. He is responsible for product and services strategy and planning. Most recently, Dr. Weiner served as senior VP, global clinical development at Ivax. Dr. Weiner graduated from the University of Kentucky with a doctoral degree in mathematical statistics, with emphasis on compartmental modeling, as well as a M.S. in statistics and a B.S. in mathematics. Association POOL Kenneth I. Moch Biotechnology Council of New Jersey Names Chairman The Biotechnology Council of New Jersey (BCNJ), Trenton, N.J., has elected Kenneth I. Moch, president and CEO of Alteon, as chairman. The mission of BCNJ is to promote a business and public-policy environment in New Jersey and beyond that enhances the growth and prosperity of the state’s biotechnology companies. Mr. Moch most recently served as the council’s vice chairman and has been a member of BCNJ’s board of directors since January 1999. He succeeds Arthur Higgins, who resigned from this position after accepting a position as chairman and CEO of Bayer Healthcare. Mr. Moch holds a degree in biochemistry from Princeton University and a MBA from Stanford University. Media POOL Jennifer Bass Kelly McNulty Beth Scholz Staff Appointments and Promotion for Oncology and Oncology News International CMP Healthcare Media, San Francisco, has hired Jennifer Bass as account manager, promoted Kelly McNulty to national sales manager, and hired Beth Scholz as publisher of the Oncology Publishing Group, which produces Oncology and Oncology News International. Ms. Bass brings more than 14 years of medical publishing, advertising, and project-sales experience to the position. She is responsible for the continuation and growth of current client relationships, as well as the development of new relationships and revenue growth. Most recently, she served as national account manager for Slack. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from George Washington University. Ms. McNulty has more than 22 years of sales and management experience. She has been with Oncology/Oncology News International for more than two years, serving as national accounts manager. She is responsible for managing and expanding both titles and facilitating the growth of pharmaceutical client relationships. Before joining CMP, Ms. McNulty was national accounts manager with PRR, a division of SCP Communications. She graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport. As publisher, Ms. Scholz applies her 15 years of medical publishing experience to the management of day-to-day operations, strategic planning, marketing, and financial growth of Oncology and Oncology News International. Most recently, Ms. Scholz was at Haymarket Medical. Jamie Blocher Nina DeLucia Todd Kunkler J.C. Landry Kristi Neal Roger Noel Rob Tengowski Toni Vitullo Jennifer Watsko Intellisphere Announces Promotions, New Hires Intellisphere, Plainsboro, N.J., publisher of the MD Net Guide journal series, has announced several promotions and new hires to support its sales, interactive, and editorial endeavors. Jamie Blocher has been promoted to senior national accounts manager from national accounts manager. Nina DeLucia has been promoted to associate director of sales from senior national accounts manager. Her areas of responsibility are the cardiology, pediatrics, and urology editions as well as Family Medicine Net Guide, Intellisphere’s new consumer publication. Todd Kunkler, formerly the managing editor for MD Net Guide, was promoted to associate editorial director, where he is working on expanding the existing product line and ensuring the continued improvement of the publications. Previously he was managing editor for MD Net Guide. J.C. Landry was promoted to the position of national accounts manager. Kristi Neal has been hired as national accounts manager. Before joining Intellisphere, Ms. Neal was a senior sales representative in academic publishing, most recently with Prentice Hall. Roger Noel joins Intellisphere as an interactive communications specialist, where he oversees the MD Net Guide Website content and operations, print collateral, and publication support. Rob Tengowski joins the company as an interactive content developer. He brings extensive experience in Web design and development through past employment with such companies as warrantybynet.com and Compuweb. Toni Vitullo has been promoted to senior national accounts manager from national accounts manager. Jennifer Watsko has been promoted to the position of director of sales. She is responsible for overseeing the growth of MD Net Guide’s Primary Care, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, and Rheumatology editions. Trevor Deal Wendy Raupers Advanstar Adds Senior Account Managers Advanstar Medical Economics, Montvale, N.J., has appointed Trevor Deal as senior account manager on Formulary, a peer-reviewed journal. Most recently, Mr. Deal worked at Hybrid Publishing where he was responsible for CME and non-CME print programs. Wendy Raupers has been named senior account manager on Medical Economics. She is responsible for pharmaceutical page advertising as well as Medical Economics’ specialty editions. Ms. Raupers, who began her healthcare career at Dugan Farley, joined Medical Economics in 1989. She has served as northeast account manager on RN magazine. In 1995, Ms. Raupers was promoted to account manager with responsibilities for Office Nurse. In 1998, she was promoted to sales manager for the RN group and one year later was named associate publisher. Frank Iorio AMA Names Publishing Director Frank Iorio has joined the American Medical Association (AMA) Publishing Group as publishing director, business and product development. He is based in the Parsippany, N.J., office of the Chicago-based AMA. Mr. Iorio is responsible for managing circulation, content licensing, reprints, CME and education programs, and directing sales and marketing support services. Mr. Iorio has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing business. He most recently served as senior VP of pharmaceutical communications, at Elsevier Health Sciences Division. Agency POOL Deirdre Eliopoulos Keir Rothnie GSW Worldwide Names Executive-Level Staff in New York GSW Worldwide, a full-service healthcare advertising agency based in Columbus, Ohio, has named Deirdre Eliopoulos as senior VP/management supervisor and Keir Rothnie as VP/global account director. Both are based in GSW Worldwide’s New York office. Ms. Eliopoulos brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing management in the healthcare industry, including pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and nutritional foods. Ms. Eliopoulos joins GSW Worldwide from EURO RSCG Life Becker, where she served as senior VP, management supervisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Mr. Rothnie is responsible for overseeing several of GSW Worldwide’s global pharmaceutical accounts. He brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and consulting in the healthcare industry. He joins GSW Worldwide from The Conectics Group, where he served as VP of new business development, responsible for digital marketing strategy, global e-marketing management, and new business development. James Fitzpatrick Pharma Industry Veteran Joins Natrel Communications Natrel Communications, a healthcare communications agency, has named James Fitzpatrick as VP, account group supervisor. He joins the Parsippany, N.J.-based agency following a 20-year career at Schering-Plough, where he held a number of key positions in marketing and sales. With experience in product management, sales, managed care, and general management, Mr. Fitzpatrick is charged with helping the agency’s clients formulate and implement winning business strategies. Suri Harris Steve Weiss Steven Wice LLNS Announces Senior Management Advancements Lyons Lavey Nickel Swift (LLNS), New York, an Omnicom Group agency, has named Suri Harris as chief marketing officer, in addition to her current role as executive VP, director of client services. She also has been named U.S. director of TBWA WorldHealth, and works closely with LLNS Chairman and CEO Al Nickel in managing the agency’s partnership with that organization. Steve Weiss has assumed the title of executive VP, chief financial officer. He has provided financial guidance and management to LLNS for the past 20 years. Previously, he was senior VP, chief financial officer. Steven Wice has been promoted to president of LLNS from executive VP, director of client services. He has played an integral role in the growth of LLNS, providing expert leadership in strategic thinking, team building, and the development of ongoing partnerships with existing LLNS clients. Cindy Johnson Michael Johnston Carbon Healthcare Advances and Expands Staff Carbon Healthcare Communications, based in Wayne, N.J., a professional advertising and promotion agency that serves the marketing needs of high-science brands, has promoted Cindy Johnson to senior VP, managing director, from senior VP, management supervisor. In this new role, she oversees the majority of account-services activities for the agency. Ms. Johnson has been with Carbon, a unit of CommonHealth, since its formation in 2003. Previously, she was employed at Adient, a sister CommonHealth company. Michael Johnston has joined Carbon as VP, group copy supervisor. He directs the development of promotional copy for a number of key accounts. Previously, he was a VP, group copy supervisor, at Regan Campbell Ward. Jay A. Levy Adair-Greene Names President Adair-Greene Healthcare Communications, Atlanta, has appointed Jay A. Levy as president of the agency. Adair-Greene is a division of McCann Erickson WorldGroup. In this new role, Mr. Levy, who previously was executive VP and chief operating officer, assumes full executive responsibilities and overall strategic direction for the agency. Previously, Mr. Levy was president of his own business, a direct-marketing company called the Promotional Services Group. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore. Please send your personnel announcements to email@example.com.