MEC announces senior leadership appointments and new hires

16 August, 2013


MEC

New York — MEC, a leading global media agency (www.mecglobal.com), today announced several senior leadership appointments and new hires, reinforcing the agency’s commitment to delivering excellence in client service and best in class solutions for clients. These latest appointments bring additional strength to the agency's senior management, enabling continued growth and capacity for innovation for 2013 and beyond. 

  • Rick Acampora – President, Client Services, North America 
  • Eamonn Store – President, Agency Development, North America 
  • Mark Jones – President, Global Solutions, North America 
  • Kristine Segrist - Global Digital Product Development Director/Global Client Lead, Netflix 
  • Ming Linsley – Practice Lead, Social, North America 
  • Scott D Schwartz – Managing Partner, Client Lead, Citi Consumer 
  • Michael S Levy – Managing Partner, Global Client Lead, Campbell's 
  • Tej Desai – Managing Partner, Global Solutions
“These announcements signify the amount of energy MEC is experiencing right now,” said Marla Kaplowitz, CEO, North America. “We have put a razor-sharp focus on investing in top talent to ensure we stay ahead of our competition in this fast-moving marketplace. I am confident that this team, with its deep knowledge in media, and proven management experience, will be an unrivaled asset to marketers in both North America, and globally. This is an important step in our ambition to become our clients’ most valued business partner.”

Senior Appointments and New Hires:

Rick Acampora has been elevated to the role of President, Client Services, North America. Rick maintains client management oversight for all U.S. clients including Citi (global), IKEA and Scotts Miracle Gro, among others. Working with the team of client leaders and specialists from across the agency, he is tasked with continuing to drive strategic planning throughout the work for clients, streamlining communications and processes across teams. He also joins the executive leadership committee in North America, supporting and contributing to the agency’s growth initiatives.

Eamonn Store has been appointed to President, Agency Development responsible for leading the agency’s Business Development and Marketing disciplines. This is a new position focused on developing new and existing business for North America, and elevating the agency’s strategic leadership. Eamonn joined MEC North America in 2007 from MEC London to oversee the agency’s international client coordination hub, Global Solutions (the largest international media management hub per RECMA). In this new role, he maintains select key client relationships while remaining active on the North America Executive Leadership Committee.

Mark Jones joins the agency as President, Global Solutions, assuming the role previously filled by Eamonn Store. Mark brings diverse agency and media owner experience having worked at Viacom International as SVP leading the Viacom International Media Networks brand solutions team, Publicis & Hal Riney/ Zenith Optimedia where he led the global HP media business, and Optimedia and Ogilvy & Mather in the UK. Mark oversees client management for MEC’s flagship global accounts, including Accenture, BlackRock, Chevron, Marriott, and Xerox, among others. Mark sits on the North America Executive Leadership Committee.
 
Kristine Segrist, previously Practice Lead of Social, has been appointed to serve in a dual role as Global Client Lead on the agency’s Netflix business, and Global Digital Product Development Director. Based in MEC’s San Francisco office, Kristine is tasked with bolstering Netflix’s marketing efforts primarily in North America, while deepening the agency’s relationships with key technology and publishing companies based in the San Francisco bay area in this new position.

Ming Linsley has been elevated to the role of Practice Lead, Social. A dynamic member of the social team since 2008, Ming has a proven track record of using social data to expose opportunities across all media channels, while ensuring that social programs ladder back to holistic client goals. Ming is responsible for continuing to drive increased engagement for the agency’s domestic and global clients in the area of social.

Scott D Schwartz joins MEC as Managing Partner, responsible for driving fully integrated communications strategies on the Citi Consumer business. Scott comes to MEC after nearly 10 years at MediaVest working across a diverse list of clients including Heineken USA, Walmart, Mars and Kraft.

Michael Levy joins the agency as Managing Partner, overseeing the Campbell’s account in North America. Michael has logged over 20 years of media agency experience where he worked with clients including Coca-Cola and American Express, and most recently spent time at UM/J3, where he led the Johnson & Johnson portfolio of healthcare brands.

Tej Desai joins as Managing Partner, Global Solutions from Initiative where he most recently served as SVP overseeing the Hasbro and Nikon business. Tej also gained experience on the movie and Home Entertainment business working at A+E Home Entertainment, Fox and Warner Brothers, prior to joining Initiative. 

About MEC

MEC help their clients explore what’s possible, inspiring and guiding them to the optimum solution for their brands. Then they exploit it, delivering maximum value to them.

Their services include: Media planning and buying, Digital media, Mobile, Search, Performance marketing, Social media, Analytics and Insight, Sport, Entertainment & Cause, Multi-cultural, Content, Retail and Integrated Planning. Their 4,500 highly talented and motivated people work with domestic and international clients in 84 countries and are a founding partner of GroupM. To find out more, visit us at www.mecglobal.com.

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