Women dominate latest wave of industry activity


(photo: Hanson Dodge)

Stacie Boney is new president of Hanson Dodge

Women’s History Month starts off with big news: former Energy BBDO executive Stacie Boney has been named by Milwaukee-based Hanson Dodge as its first female president.

Boney succeeds Tim Dodge, who is said to be staying with the integrated marketing agency as

CEO. She came to the agency in 2016 after previously leading accounts for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Sara Lee, Henkel Corp. and S.C. Johnson as a senior executive at Energy BBDO in Chicago.

“Business transformation through creativity is what excites me,” Boney said in a statement. “In Hanson Dodge I found a creatively driven, founder-led agency that was serious about growth. I was also attracted by Hanson Dodge’s talent level and award-winning culture.”

As president, Boney will “drive excellence across all areas of the agency’s work for clients,” according to the statement. Dodge, in his CEO role, will focus on innovating the agency’s offerings.

Dodge took on the CEO role after his former business partner, Ken Hanson, left the agency. Hanson announced his departure in July.

The creative firm began three decades ago and has grown to work with local and national clients. Locally, it works with organizations including Visit Milwaukee, Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Hanson Dodge also works with national active lifestyle brands such as Keen Footwear, Wilson Sporting Goods and Trek Bicycle.

Hanson Dodge said the leadership changes are part of the agency’s long-term growth plan. The company plans to further expand its digital solutions, attracting and retaining top talent and pursuing additional clients, according to the release.

Susanna Song parts ways with CBS-2

Song joins High Wire Networks

Robert Feder reports in his “Robservations” column that general assignment reporter Susanna Song has decided to move on from WBBM-Channel 2 after more than seven years. Her last day at the CBS-owned station will be Friday.

According to the piece, Song is joining tech company Hire Wire Networks as their Director of Communications and Marketing at High Wire Networks. “This new role will give me the time and flexibility to maintain a career while still be the best mother for my two young kids,” she said about the West Batavia-based company. “Who knows what the future holds, but this is undoubtedly the path that feels right for now and I’m excited to see where it all leads.”

Song is a native of north suburban Buffalo Grove and graduate of Stevenson High School and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She joined CBS 2 in 2010 from KSTP, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Thavary Krouch joins Chicago Film Office

Krouch wants to bring stories that connect

The Chicago Film Office has announced that Thavary Krouch has joined the team and will be responsible for managing local and independent initiatives.

Rich Moskal, Director of the film office, describes Krouch as,”a filmmaker and educator with extensive knowledge of the local film and media community. We’re proud to have her as part of our team and look forward to her working with you on future projects.”

On her website Krouch, who formerly worked at Facets, says she is a writer and media maker, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect brands to their audiences. Whether a brand’s message is in print or digital, she understands the magic that translates images and words into action.

She holds an MFA in writing, producing and producing from Columbia College and BA in Anthropology from Indiana University.

Krouch’s office email will be thavary.krouch@cityofchicago.org effective
next week.

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