NEC Display Solutions Adds Industry Vets to VUKUNET

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

NEC Display Solutions of America, Chicago-based provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, has appointed three advertising industry veterans to its VUKUNET team, specifically promoting the VUKUNET platform to ad agencies and representing digital-out-of-home sellers for advertising sales.

Carolyn Kelly Walkin, has joined the VUKUNET team as business development manager, and both Dan Trapani and Jessica Coates are new national advertising sales managers for NEC Display Solutions.

Walkin will promote the VUKUNET platform to advertisers and agencies, while Trapani and Coates are responsible for ad sales of NEC’s DOOH ad inventory, working with key brands/agencies to develop DOOH campaigns that match business objectives.

Walkin brings calculated experience in digital ad media sales from her work at OAG, an environmental media company, as well as ZenithOptimedia, Clear Channel Communication and Outdoor Vision (now known as Posterscope). She has a reputation for growing client investments, and has successfully managed local, regional and national brands in the out-of-home space, including Adelphi University, Applebee’s, Burberry, MasterCard and Six Flags.

Trapani draws from more than 13 years of experience in the advertising industry. He recently held the positions of director of national sales at Captivate Networks and vice-president for Adcentricity. His previous roles as president of sales for Medias & Regies America, a division of Publicis, and midwest sales manager for Clear Channel Taxi Media, built his experience in growing sales at start-up companies and allowed him the opportunity to expand the business.

Coates has extensive background in marketing and advertising leadership – with more than 10 years of experience fueling revenues and product visibility for Fortune 500 companies. In her career, she assisted in the installation of, and sold the first ads on, the CBS Spectacular located in Times Square. She also sold and managed the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square while working with Viacom Outdoor (now CBS Outdoor). In addition, she has sold ads on interactive digital displays and large, digital networks located in malls, movie theaters and gas stations, and has built top-performing teams, gaining visibility and brand awareness for her clients.

“NEC Display’s commitment to VUKUNET and the advantages it brings to the DOOH advertising marketplace are stronger than ever,” said Pierre Richer, president and CEO of NEC Display Solutions. “We continue to sign up networks and dedicate resources to the platform, including the addition of highly experienced industry experts to our team.”

NEC is working with some of the most prestigious networks in the industry for sales representation and technology solutions.

VUKUNET is a global DOOH ad serving platform that connects advertisers and media agencies with DOOH advertising inventory. It provides a comprehensive planning, buying, flighting, reporting and billing platform that enables advertisers and agencies to search, deliver and report ad inventory in real-time. VUKUNET also delivers a single invoice to the advertiser/agency and pays the seller.

On the seller side, VUKUNET enables real-time inventory management, campaign flighting, measurement and reporting capabilities. The VUKUNET digital ad container technology is inserted directly in the playlist of any Content Management System and is agnostic to operating systems. VUKUNET’s goal is to connect and grow the DOOH industry much the way Internet ad serving tools precipitated online growth in the late 1990s.

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