SOURCE: Horizon Media

May 21, 2013 17:08 ET

Media Industry Leader and Veteran Marianne Gambelli Joins Horizon Media as Chief Investment Officer

Former Top Executive at NBC Universal Tapped to Lead Agency's Offline Media Activation Teams

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) -  Horizon Media, the largest independent media services agency in the world and the fastest growing in the industry, today announced that Marianne Gambelli, a highly respected industry leader and 22-Year NBC Universal veteran, is joining the company as EVP, Chief Investment Officer. Gambelli succeeds Aaron Cohen, EVP and Chief Media Negotiation Officer, who moves to a senior advisory role within the company that reports to Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media.

Gambelli comes to Horizon Media from NBC Universal where she was president of NBC broadcast sales and responsible for the company's network primetime, news and sports advertising. She has demonstrated leadership in advertising sales, marketing, strategic planning and multi-platform portfolio development, and was involved in the allocation of over $7BN in media investments during her tenure at NBCU.

In her role, Gambelli will partner with senior leadership to lead all offline media activation strategies to monetize client investments, seek out new and emerging technologies, new media research capabilities, and develop multi-year and multi-platform media deals. Additionally she will drive the creation of new revenue-generating media assets for the agency and will be a member of Horizon Media's executive board. The position will report directly to Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media.

"Horizon is a magnet for the industry's top talent," said Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media. "And this is another example of industry leaders who see a significant opportunity to advance the future of the media ecosystem. During her time at NBCU, Marianne has been a trusted partner in driving innovation, creativity and value for our clients. We're pleased to welcome Marianne to our Horizon family."

"I've worked with Horizon Media for many years, and have been consistently impressed with their creative mindset and personal approach to driving business value," said Marianne Gambelli, EVP, Chief Investment Officer at Horizon Media. "After many great years at NBCU, I'm excited to return to my agency roots, and to apply my experience across a diverse range of clients." 

Before her time with NBCU, Gambelli worked at agencies including New York-based Backer Spielvogel Bates and Grey Advertising from 1980 to 1990 in various media positions. Gambelli was most recently included in Advertising Age's 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising list.

About Horizon Media

Horizon Media, Inc. is the largest independent media services company in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world's ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year.

The company's mission is "To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere." By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become the fastest-growing media agency in the industry, with estimated billings of over $4 billion and approximately 800 employees.

The company is also a founding member of Columbus Media International, a multi-national partnership of independent media agencies. For more information, please visit

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