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Horizon Media Expands Cross-Cultural and General Market Planning With Two Key Leadership Hires

Agency Appoints Karina Dobarro as VP, Managing Director, Multicultural Brand Strategy and Jerly Marquez as Associate Director of Multicultural Brand Strategy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 11, 2014) - Horizon Media announced today that it has hired a senior executive to lead the multicultural brand strategy practice within the agency to further strengthen its existing cross-cultural capabilities as the company continues to infuse cross-cultural experts across all of its brand teams. Horizon has appointed Karina Dobarro as VP, managing director, multicultural brand strategy. Joining her is Jerly Marquez as associate director of multicultural brand strategy. Dobarro will report to Stan Fields, EVP, Managing Partner at Horizon Media, and Marquez will report to Dobarro.

"We have an advanced multi-cultural practice," said Stan Fields, EVP, Managing Partner at Horizon Media. "These new hires further strengthen our leadership and proven ability to develop engaging and culturally relevant communications for our clients."

Dobarro is a multicultural marketing leader with particularly strong Hispanic market expertise. She has a proven record of developing successful multicultural campaigns for many leading brands, including AT&T, Unilever, Macy's, Volkswagen, and Kimberly Clark. She joins Horizon Media from Mindshare where she was Managing Director of multicultural marketing, spearheading its multicultural unit.

"Having seen Horizon make significant strides in the multicultural marketplace for its existing client roster, I'm thrilled to be joining the agency as multicultural lead to further elevate and grow this facet of the business," said Karina Dobarro, VP Managing Director of multicultural brand strategy at Horizon Media. "Nearly half of adult Millennials, the coveted 18-34 demographic, are multicultural. This is the highest share of non-white Americans in any generation. Given this demographic shift, it is paramount that communications planning continues to evolve and reflect this cultural diversity."

Dobarro spent the last six years working across GroupM's portfolio of agencies including Mindshare and MEC. Prior to Mindshare she was the Senior Partner, Account Director at MEC, and managing communications planning for an array of clients such as AT&T, Ikea and Campbell's. Previously she spent four years at the Vidal Partnership, responsible for media planning and buying for The Home Depot. Dobarro started her career at Initiative Media, first in San Francisco and in New York where she worked on Bayer, Elizabeth Arden and Burlington Coat Factory.

Jerly Marquez joins Horizon from GroupM, where she spent six years as a U.S. Hispanic and multicultural market specialist supporting WPP media agencies Maxus, MEC, MediaCom and MindShare. In this role, she managed all aspects of local broadcast buying, with an extensive track record of analyzing market trends and capitalizing on opportunities to create high profile visible partnerships across a roster of brands including AT&T, Audi, Volkswagen, Shell Oil and Mexico Tourism. Jerly started her career at The Vox Collective as a Media Planner/Buyer, where she was responsible for the development and execution of prominent Hispanic campaigns for clients, such as Verizon Wireless, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Fifth Third Bank and Macy's.

About Horizon Media

Horizon Media, Inc. is one of the largest and fastest growing media services agencies in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. 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. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100 year history of the 4As, the marketing industry's leading trade association.

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 one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $4.3 billion and over 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 www.horizonmedia.com.

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