Media directors hand out kudos

Its members might be tough customers, but when it comes to giving credit where credit is due, the Canadian Media Directors Council has its heart in the right place....

Its members might be tough customers, but when it comes to giving credit where credit is due, the Canadian Media Directors Council has its heart in the right place.

In the first of what the CMDC says will be an annual ceremony, the organization recognized six media suppliers for excellence in sales and customer service at its recent conference in Toronto.

The awards were presented by David Cairns, president of Toronto-based media management firm Carat Cairns, who lauded the six for their willingness to "consistently exceed customer expectations".

The winners are as follows:

In the Radio category, Target Broadcast Sales took top honours, beating out 14 other contenders.

In Magazine, Reader’s Digest shut out the competition.

In Newspaper, a category frequently criticized for its poor service and lack of flexibility, The Globe and Mail got the nod.

Mediacom took the top prize in Out-of-Home, a category that survey respondents noted has "some of the best salespeople in the industry."

In Television, NetStar Sales topped the list. And finally, DoubleClick Canada won kudos in the Online category.

The winners were chosen as the result of a CMDC member survey.

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Plus, Naked names two new leaders of its own and Digital Ethos comes to Canada.

The Garden promotes two creative directors

ACDs Lindsay Eady and Francheska Galloway-Davis have taken over responsibility for day-to-day creative leadership at The Garden after being promoted to creative director roles.

The pair will also help develop the agency’s creative talent, formalizing mentorship and leadership activities they have been doing since joining the agency four and three years ago, respectively. In addition to creating the agency’s internship program, the pair have worked on campaigns for Coinsquare, FitTrack and “The Coke Challenge” campaign for DanceSafe.

Eady and Galloway-Davis will continue to report to The Garden’s co-founder and chief creative officer Shane Ogilvie, who is stepping back from daily creative duties to a more high-level strategic role, allowing him to focus on client relationships and business growth.

Naked Creative Consultancy names new creative and strategy leadership

Toronto’s Naked Creative Consultancy has hired Yasmin Sahni as its new creative director. She is taking over creative leadership from David Kenyon, who has been in the role for 10 years and is moving into a new role as director of strategy, leading the discipline at the agency.

Sahni is coming off of three years as VP and ECD at GTB’s Toronto office, where she managed all the retail, social and service creative for Ford Canada. She previously managed both Vice Media and Vice’s in-house ad agency Virtue.

Peter Shier, president of Naked, says Sahni’s hiring adds to its creative bench and capabilities, as well as a track record of mentorship, a priority for the company. Meanwhile, Kenyon’s move to the strategy side, he says, makes sense because of his deep knowledge of its clients, which have included Ancestry and The Globe and Mail.

Digital Ethos opens a Toronto office

U.K. digital agency Digital Ethos is pursuing new growth opportunities in North America by opening a new office in Toronto.

Though it didn’t disclose them, the agency has begun serving a number of North American clients, and CEO/founder Luke Tobin says the “time was right to invest in a more formal and actual presence in the area.” whose services include design, SEO, pay-per-click, social media, influencer and PR,

This year, the agency’s growth has also allowed it to open an office in Hamburg, Germany, though it also has remote staff working in countries around the world.

Moray Hickes was the company’s first North American hire as VP of sales, tasked with business development in the region.