Newly merged USWeb/CKS said
seven company executives have been appointed Executive Partners for the firm,
each responsible for managing a specific geographic region.
The newly appointed Executive Partners are as follows:
The Northwest region will be led by both Keith Schaefer, formerly managing
partner of the USWeb San Francisco office, and Kimberly Johnson, formerly EVP
Western Region for CKS Group.
The Southwest will be managed by Ron Hom, formerly managing partner in the
USWeb Los Angeles office, and the Central region by John Boog-Scott, formerly
managing partner for the USWeb Dallas office.
Nancye Green, co-founder of Donovan and Green, a wholly owned subsidiary of
USWeb/CKS will lead the Northeast.
The Southeast will be led by Don Maurer, CEO and president of McKinney &
Silver, also a wholly owned subsidiary of USWeb/CKS. Robert Clarkson, formerly
EVP of Operations for CKS International, CKS Group Eastern Region and CKS
Technology Group, will head international operations for the company.
The Executive Partners will report to Toby Corey, COO and president of
The Executive Partners will be responsible for their region’s financial
performance, client satisfaction, business development, recruiting, and
employee professional growth, the company said. Each of the six regions will
offer the full set of strategy, marketing communications and Internet
technology services and expertise of USWeb/CKS.
“Consolidating our resources into six regions is the next step toward
assembling USWeb/CKS into one company and leveraging our expertise to deliver
strategies and implement innovative ways to help our clients build their
businesses,” said Robert Shaw, CEO of USWeb/CKS. “We have started to build on
the foundation already in place to create a powerhouse global Internet systems
and marketing communications company.”
The company said that Joe Firmage, co-founder of USWeb/CKS, will step down as
chief strategist. He will be a consultant and strategic advisor to the company
and will continue to retain his seat on the board of directors. Firmage has
developed an intense interest in UFO theory.
“In a move of exceptional responsibility, Joe came to me and said
his primary concern is what’s best for USWeb/CKS,” Shaw said. “Given the market exposure
associated with his outside interests with the International Space Sciences
Organization, Joe suggested that we would all be better served if he no longer
had any official operating role with the company.”