Next CEO Spotlight is @Captivate’s @MsKidd1

September 29th, 2014

Maddie Cotterill

August and September is when we take a short break from our regular CEO Spotlight series but it will return in October (the last Friday in every month as usual) with Captivate Network’s Marc Kidd.

There are however two other ways to hear all that Marc has to say before then:-

  • DOOH INSIGHTS: 2014 | The Best of 2014 is published next week. It’s first available in London from October 9, and from October 20-24 during New York Digital Signage Week and contains said in-depth interview (pp75-77)
  • Marc, together with his investor Andrew Hertzmark, Managing Partner, Generation Partners will be ‘in conversation with Steve Nesbit‘ on stage at The DailyDOOH Investor Conference.

You can view in our online archive, all of our previous CEO SPOTLIGHTs by clicking here or in three volumes of print: -

Deckchairs Move as @KineticWW Restructures

September 29th, 2014

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Kinetic Worldwide, WPP’s global leader in planning and buying of Out of Home media, announced a senior management and territory restructure following the recent appointment of Global CEO, Mauricio Sabogal.

  • With immediate effect, the European region has been divided into three sub-regions: Western Europe, including the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. This territory will be managed by Stuart Taylor, currently UK CEO.
  • Benelux & Nordics: covering Netherlands, Belgium and future expansion to Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway will be managed by Dennis Kuperus, CEO, the Netherlands.
  • Thorsten Ebbing, COO, Germany will manage central Europe, covering Germany, Italy, Switzerland and future expansion to Austria, Poland and Greece.

The rationale behind the territory division we are told, is to create efficiencies, synergies and potential for rapid development of the network across Europe.

David Payne, currently Chief Development Officer, has been appointed CEO World Markets -his objective will be to expand beyond current geographies, focusing on Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, MENA, Russia, Japan, Korea and Australia. David’s remit will also include deployment of key services such as Hi-Rezz and Kinetic Active across all markets.

Alex Thompson, currently Head of Business Development, has been appointed as Global Head of Aviator Worldwide, Kinetic’s specialised unit in travellers. Alex will be responsible for Kinetic’s global relationship with Group M.

Mauricio Sabogal, Global CEO, said: “I believe Kinetic has to move faster to capitalize the changes in the industry to move Out of Home to the center of the strategic media planning; I am totally sure with these changes we will speed up this process.”

In addition to the regional appointments, Paula Fernandez, who joins Kinetic from previous regional positions at Group M, OMG and IPG, has been appointed to the role of Global Head of technology, research and analytics.

David Krupp, CEO North America and King Lai, CEO Asia, Nick Parker, Global head of trading and Brian Townsend, Global CFO, complete the senior management team of Kinetic Worldwide.

Porsche Automobil Holding Puts $55M into @INRIX

September 29th, 2014

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE), the holding company with a controlling interest in the Volkswagen Group, has invested around $55 million for an approximate 10% ownership stake in INRIX through the purchase of both primary and secondary shares.

logo inrixWe’ve written before about the market opportunity that INRIX has (in our industry) with their real-time traffic information and growing portfolio of other apps, analytics and other driver services.

In the last 9 years, INRIX have gone from providing real-time traffic information on a few roads in a few cities to being a leading provider of real-time traffic information worldwide covering over 4 million miles across 40 countries.

In the process, they’ve grown their community of drivers from just a few fleets and app users to a crowd-sourced network of more than 175 million real-time vehicles and devices – combined with other data sources of theirs, this probably represents the largest real-time traffic network in the world.

Bryan Mistele, President and CEO, INRIX said “We’re pleased to have an investor like Porsche SE who shares our vision for transforming INRIX from a traffic data company to a connected car and smart cities leader worldwide.”

He continued “We want to be at the forefront of connecting cars to smarter cities. While we’ve already started delivering services with customers that help drivers do everything from navigate through the day’s traffic to find the closest, least expensive fuel or available parking and EV charging locations, we’re tapping into other forms of data from the connected car to help governments build smarter cities.

These include; Road Weather, Connected Car Services, Enhanced Parking Services and Smart City Analytics.

In June 2014, TAB integrated INRIX data into its measurement system – representing a potential new way to leverage traffic information for the purposes of providing better insight to advertisers.

#AVAwards’ Manufacturer of the Year @NEC_Display_EU

September 26th, 2014

Andrew Neale

AV Magazine’s #AVAwards‘ Manufacturer of the Year was NEC Display Solutions…

AVAwards Manufacturer of the Year

Yes! That is Simon Jackson peeking out from that photo above!

#AVAwards @DoYouLovePixels Wins w/ Argos

September 26th, 2014

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

It was surely always going to be a two horse race (and a win for Scala whatever the result) in this year’s AV Magazine #AVAwards for Digital Signage Project of the Year.

Pixel Inspiration Argos Old Street London

Beaver Group’s EAT Digital Menus and Pixel Inspiration’s Argos in-store Digital Media Network being two of the best installations we have personally seen anywhere during 2014.

Congratulations then, must go to Frank Emerson and his team at Pixel for Friday evening’s win (a sample Argos installation is shown above), with our commiserations going to Peter Critchley and crew at Beaver Group.

Both Frank and Peter will however be pleased to know that there are categories that can accommodate the two of them at The DailyDOOH Gala Awards taking place in London on December 4, 2014.

Clear Channel Spectacolor Joins Producing Team of ‘Sideshow’ On Broadway

September 26th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Clear Channel Spectacolor, the New York-based spectacular sign display company and a brand division of Clear Channel Outdoor has announced that it has joined the producing team of the upcoming Broadway production of Side Show.

Clear channel outdoor logoThis marks the first time the outdoor advertising powerhouse has produced a theatrical venture, and the deal represents an expansion of Spectacolor’s business interests within the Times Square community where its spectacular traditional and digital displays provide high impact impressions for national and international brands.

Spectacolor works closely with the advertising community to create innovative custom experiential marketing programs for brands, often tapping into the creative and artistic talent on Broadway, and joining the producing team of Side Show furthers its relationships within the artistic community and opens new doors to unique brand sponsorship opportunities for its partners.

Clear Channel Spectacolor joins producers Darren Bagert, Martin Massman, Jayne Baron Sherman, Universal Stage Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Joined At The Hip, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Michael Kaiser, Catherine & Fred Adler, Jim Kierstead, Marc Levine, Seaview Productions, Pretty Little Freaks, Matthew Masten, and Jujamcyn Theaters in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and La Jolla Playhouse.

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Historic Small Town Bar Goes Big With @NanoLumens NanoSlim LED Display

September 26th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

The Tannery Row Ale House, established in 1873 in Buford, Georgia, has installed a 224” 6mm NanoLumens NanoSlim LED Display in its large bar room to entertain guests.

unnamedTo prepare for football season, the Tannery Row Ale House decided to install the town’s biggest, brightest and clearest display for its guests to watch the game. To do so, it turned to NanoLumens, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of indoor LED display solutions, to provide the 224” NanoSlim LED Display for the bar room.

“The Tannery Row Ale House is determined to host the best football sporting events in town,”
says Nathan Remmes, NanoLumens director of business development. “The LED NanoSlim Display guarantees them that opportunity; the display is bright and provides maximum range. Anyone at the back of the bar can view the screen with complete clarity. It’s the ideal display for this space.”

After touring the NanoLumens showroom, bar owners Shane Maxwell and Brian Campbell selected the NanoSlim LED Display. “This display is thin and lightweight, but expansive,” Maxwell said. “The bigger the screen, the better. We want all of our guests to enjoy watching the game at our bar.”

unnamed-1Measuring 17’ by 11’, the NanoSlim display sits at the center of the restaurant in an area that flexes into an outdoor space during the warmer seasons. It’s possible to maximize the display year round, whether viewers watch baseball outside or football inside.

Aside from sporting events, the Ale House rents out its large central space for meetings and conventions.

“When conventions take place, renters can use the LED Display to showcase whatever visuals they’d like,”
says Maxwell.

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Toronto-based @CieslokMedia Puts Board of Directors in Place

September 26th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Toronto-based Cieslok Media has put a Board of Directors in place, composed of both investment firms’ representatives and two with advertising experience including one of North America’s best known media strategists.

Doug Checkeris

Doug Checkeris

Sitting on the Board, in addition to Jörg Cieslok, president and CEO of Cieslok Media, are: Mitch Green, managing partner, Clairvest Group Inc.; Robbie Isenberg, principal, Clairvest Group; Doug Checkeris, partner, strategy, media and technology, GNR8R Marketing Group; and David Woods, GLH Group Family Investment Office, chairman of the Investment Committee;

Cieslok himself has more than 20 years of experience in the out-of-home sector and has been building Cieslok Media since buying the Canadian operations of Titan in October, 2013.

“We are thrilled to have these exemplary individuals serve on the Cieslok Board of Directors,” he says. “They bring considerable depth of experience and expertise, and will provide invaluable guidance to Cieslok as we continue to grow.”

Robbie Isenberg

Robbie Isenberg

Since Green joined Clairvest in 2002, his responsibilities have focused on domain research and investment origination, structuring and execution. He previously worked in leveraged finance for BNP Capital Markets and in corporate finance for Bank of America after beginning his career in operations management at Bloomingdale’s flagship store.

Isenberg joined Clairvest in 2010 and participates in all areas of the investment process. Prior to joining Clairvest,

Robbie worked as a Senior Case Team Leader for the Monitor Group based in New York. Robbie also earlier worked in the investment banking group of Credit Suisse in Los Angeles focused on leveraged finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Checkeris was part of the leadership team at Media Buying Services that literally redefined the Canadian agency landscape by pioneering the concept of liberated media planning and buying from traditional agencies. MBS went on to become the largest media company in the country and was eventual acquired by WPP and became known as MediaCom where Checkeris was the Canadian CEO and then promoted to North American CEO overseeing seven offices and more than $6 billion in annual media spending.

Mitch Green

Mitch Green

With over 25 years of agency experience, Checkeris has worked and managed the entire spectrum of agency disciplines and has worked with such clients as P&G, GlaxoSmithKline, TD/Canada Trust, Subway, Warner Bros., Audi, BMW, Mini, Volkswagen, E*Trade, Pfizer, Discovery Card and Rogers.

Since leaving MediaCom, Checkeris has focused on several startups including Qwyrk which brings sound to digital self expression, Nestbuilder.com which is disrupting the market for real estate lead generation in the US, and UnReel Games which offers an innovative new user experience to online slot gaming.

As a member of GNR8R’s leadership team, he brings a drive for new ideas, directions and business models that challenge the status quo.

Woods is also an experienced advertising professional, spending over 12 years in an executive role at MediaCom, over five years in an executive role at Pattison Outdoor Company and Jim Pattison Group, and recently joined GLH Group – Family Investment Office as chairman, Investment Committee. He is member of the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Nu Flow Holdings Limited, where he is chairman of the Board, Aware Ltd. and Forge First Holdings Company.

Tim Harris Joins Cieslok Media

September 26th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Cieslok Media, Toronto, has appointed Tim Harris to the position of director, national sales, while Mike Blanchard, who formerly held that position, moves to become director, mobile media.

Tim Harris

Tim Harris

“Our business is evolving,” says Jörg Cieslok, president and CEO. “While we continue to focus our efforts on our digital out-of-home growth across Canada, at the same time, our mobile offerings have become expansive. It became evident to us over the past several months that there was a high demand for our unique mobile targeting capabilities. This is why we decided to move forward with creating a dedicated department to manage this business.”

Harris has over 25 years of experience in advertising sales and management, with a proven track record of success. He started his career on the agency side, and moved into advertising sales with the Toronto Sun before joining some of the largest broadcasters with Baton, Canwest and Shaw Media.

Mike Blanchard

Mike Blanchard

Blanchard has 14 years of sales management experience, representing some of the largest media brands in North America.

His background in digital landscape analysis, digital strategy and optimization for some of the country’s largest publications proved extremely advantageous for Cieslok.

In the role of director, national sales, Blanchard worked with the national advertising community to build and promote Cieslok’s out-of-home and mobile offerings.

With a keen aptitude for digital, Mike forged some strategic relationships with partners that put Cieslok’s unique targeting offerings on the map in the mobile industry.

Gemma Reynolds Joins APN Outdoor

September 26th, 2014

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Gemma Reynolds joined APN Outdoor in Sydney this week as an Account Manager. Gemma (shown below) took the role, vacated by Debbie Webb who has been promoted to Group Sales Manager (GSM), effective immediately.

Gemma Reynolds

Debbie (shown below) joined APN Outdoor in 2009. In this new role, Debbie will be responsible for a group of highly regarded agencies, each with significant and experienced outdoor clientele.

Debbie Webb

David Pullinger, APN Outdoor NSW Sales Director said of the appointment, “Debbie has established herself as an outstanding sales performer over her time at APN Outdoor. Her passion for the role, company and overall industry is palpable, and we are thrilled to see her taking on another challenge, and look forward to seeing her achieve in this capacity.”

Gemma brings with her industry knowledge from several years’ experience working in the outdoor industry, and a highly regarded reputation.

This growth and development in the Sydney sales team comes at an exciting time for APN Outdoor as they focus on the large scale rollout of their digital rail offering, XtrackTV, as well as sustaining leadership in the large format digital space with Elite Screens.