Movers & Shakers

CLIENTS: MGI Software, a developer of e-commerce imaging and digital video technology, has named Sergio Zyman to its board of directors. The consultant, author and former chief marketing officer with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga., will act as a strategic...


MGI Software, a developer of e-commerce imaging and digital video technology, has named Sergio Zyman to its board of directors. The consultant, author and former chief marketing officer with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga., will act as a strategic marketing advisor to the Richmond Hill, Ont.-based firm.

Tourism British Columbia has boosted its ranks with several appointments: Ray LeBlond, president of the B.C. chapter of the American Marketing Association, is now director of corporate communications. Dawn Charlton, meanwhile, has been named manager, advertising and publications. And Lorelynn Villanueva has been promoted to overseas travel media specialist.

Dylex executive VP and general manager Jeff Sarfin has left the troubled retailing empire. Sarfin, who oversaw the creation of Dylex’s new Labels discount fashion chain, says he’s doing some consulting work and deciding what he wants to do in the future.


Darrel Shee, partner and creative-at-large with Vancouver’s Bryant, Fulton & Shee, has retired. His career, spanning 30 years, included award-winning work for London Optical, A&W Restaurants, Earls Restaurants, and Kokanee beer.

Neil McOstrich is joining Palmer Jarvis DDB’s Toronto office as VP, creative director. He comes from Ammirati Puris Lintas, where he was VP, associate creative director. Prior to that, he held creative director positions at MacLaren McCann, BBDO and FCB Canada. At PJDDB he’ll replace Marc Stobier, who left in February to join Grey Canada.

Barbara Passmore has retired from her position as VP, director of communications and research at J. Walter Thomson after a 22-year career. Passmore is past chair of the Canadian Outdoor Measurement Bureau, current chair of the COMB proof of performance committee and a board member of PMB Print Measurement Bureau, the Broadcast Research Council and the Canadian Advertising Research Foundation.

Meg Vis has been promoted to director of client services at the Bristol Group in St. John’s, Nfld. The agency has also hired Sandra Greer as account director. Coming from MTT, Greer will work on the Aliant account from Bristol’s Halifax office.

Cam Landell and Bradley Vettese have joined Lanyon Phillips Communications in Vancouver. Landell, the agency’s new VP, client services, comes from Wasserman & Partners where he handled Intrawest and Chevron. Vettese, the new VP, brand integration, was formerly president of western operations with Generatorideaworks.


CHUM Television has promoted Jay Switzer to senior VP and general manager of ChumCity, the division that oversees everything emanating from CHUM’s landmark Toronto headquarters, including Citytv, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, Bravo!, Space, CablePulse24, Star!, ChumCity Interactive and ChumCity International. Additionally, Switzer retains his role as senior VP programming, CHUM Television – the company responsible for the above properties plus seven others, including The New VR and Canadian Learning Television. Switzer replaces Mark Rubinstein.


The Internet Advertising Bureau of Canada has picked Daintry Springer to be its new executive director. She comes to the IABC from the Royal Bank Financial Group, where she spent two years handling the bank’s Internet advertising. Springer replaces John Chaplin, managing director.


Harris Media Systems of Toronto has named Peter Walsh its new president and chief operating officer. Walsh is moving to Canada from Australia, where he was executive director, business and consumer research at ACNielsen.

Zulu grows its team and makes a slate of promotions

A director of interactive production for Zulubot is among dozens of new faces and roles at the agency, in response to recent wins.
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Toronto indie shop Zulu Alpha Kilo had made several new hires and promotions on the heels of new business and also organic growth from existing clients.

Zulu could not officially announce the account wins at this time.

However, it can report that Ece Inan, most recently at Toronto design and tech shop Array of Stars, has been named the agency’s new director of interactive production for Zulubot, the agency’s production arm. In the new role, Inan will lead AR, VR, voice and other digital innovation projects.

Also on the production side, James Graham, who has spent the last 17 years with Grip, has joined the agency as its studio director.

Zulu has also made numerous additions on the client services side, led by Michael Brathwaite, also from Grip, as account director.

It’s also announced a spate of new account supervisors, including Hayley Blackmore (from G Adventures), Risa Kastelic (from BT/A), Kara Oddi (also from BT/A), Emily Anzarouth (also from Grip), Chris Rosario (from FCB/Six) and Sarah Shiff (from Rethink).

In addition to the new hires (pictured above), the agency has also announced several promotions: Alyssa Guttman moves from account director to group account director, while Nina Bhayana, Michelle Fournier, Jenn Gaidola-Sobral and Erin McManus have all been promoted to account director, and Haley Holm to account supervisor. On the strategy team, strategists Carly Miller and Spencer MacEachern have both been promoted to strategy director, while Shaunagh Farrelly, who has been with Zulu for two years in a client service role, moves into a new role as a digital strategist.

In December, the shop also announced that Stephanie Yung would be returning to the agency after a stint in New York as its head of design. Recent wins the agency has been able to announce including work as AOR for the Ottawa Senators, as well as a new arrangement with existing client Consonant Skincare, setting up an in-house team to support growth after taking an equity stake in the company.

Zulu president Mike Sutton says it’s wonderful, in a new year, to welcome new faces and energy to the team and says the agency is fortunate to have had so many people across the agency step up to support its clients.

“Simply put, they were rock stars, and the promotions are very well deserved,” Sutton says.