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Roll Call: W2O, AOL, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, Metropolitan Group

Suzanne Grimes was appointed president-chief operating officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, effective January 1, 2013. Ms. Grimes previously served as president of the U.S. Lifestyle Communities group at Reader’s Digest Association, where she also led the Reader’s Digest business units in Canada and India. (AdAge)

AOL’s Advertising.com Group has hired B-to-B marketing veteran Allie Savarino Kline as its new chief marketing officer. Ms. Kline will join AOL early in the new year from 33Across, where she ran marketing for the social-data startup. The decision to hire Kline for this new role comes as AOL begins to treat its ad-tech business, content business, and legacy consumer-product business as three separate entities. (AdAge)

W2O will be acquiring VM Foundry, a 15-person digital agency in Austin, Texas. As part of the move, W2O is also launching W2O Digital, a center of excellence for the W2O companies. This is part of a larger commitment to using technology to make PR smarter and more effective. In addition to VM Foundry, W2o also acquired big-data firm Ravel earlier this year. (Blog)

Metropolitan Group announced growth throughout its four national offices. Current president and founder Eric Friedenwald-Fishman has named principal and senior executive vice president Laura K. Lee Dellinger as the agency’s new president. Dellinger has been with the firm for more than 16 years and currently serves as the leader of the agency’s Portland office–she will continue to provide client services in her new role. Taking over the leadership role of the Portland office is Kiernan Doherty, who is also being promoted to vice president. Kiernan joined MG in 2007 and has served as a senior director at the agency since 2010. Executive vice president and principal, Kevin Kirkpatrick, will become the national leader of MG’s Strategic Communication practice while continuing to serve as Chicago office lead. Maria Elena Campisteguy will add national leadership of the agency’s Organizational Development practice to her role as lead of MG’s Multicultural Engagement practice; she will also continue to serve as executive vice president and principal. (Release)

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