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DMA Completes Board Elections During San Diego Event

21 Oct, 2009 Response This Week

SAN DIEGO – The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) named its 2010 board officers during this week’s annual convention in San Diego, including Eugene Raitt – senior vice president for accident and health and CMO for Asia at Allied World Assurance Company – as its chairman. The announcement of Raitt, plus 12 new members, and the retention of Gerry Pike as a board member, was made at the DMA’s annual business meeting in San Diego, Calif.

DMA board members made other officer selections including Dave Williams, president and CEO of Merkle, as vice chairman; G. Steven Dapper, chairman and founder of Hawkeye, as treasurer; and Brian Wolf, executive vice president of consumer marketing and sales at Time Inc., as secretary.

Gerry Pike, whose open criticism of the DMA has stirred up controversy over the past month, maintained his post on the board. Pike recently posted online a statement claiming that the “DMA’s relevancy is fading, its membership falling and its events failing as budget-buster dues and conference fees are sending long-time DMA members heading for the exits.” In response, the DMA issued a cease-and-desist order.

Prior to the election of the new officers, 12 new members were approved to join the board: Chris Bradley, president and CEO of Cuddledown; Matt Blumberg, CEO and chairman of Return Path; Ken A. Dawson, CMO of Infocision; Arjan Dijk, director of global acquisition marketing at Google; Bill L. Fairfield, CEO of infoGROUP Inc.; Edwin P. Garrubbo, CEO of Creative Commerce LLC; John B. Kahan, general manager, business and customer intelligege, online services division of Microsoft; John A. Meyer, CEO and president of Acxiom; Gian-Carlo Peressutti, senior vice president, public affairs at RR Donnelley; Nicholas P. Staheyeff, vice president, CFO international of eBay International AG; David R. Verklin, CEO of Canoe Ventures LLC; and David A. Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

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