NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Media, the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world, is pleased to announce that it has elevated its Chief Financial Officer, Vincent O'Toole, to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. O'Toole will also retain his Chief Financial Officer title.
"I'm pleased to announce that I am elevating Vinnie to Chief Operating Officer," said Bill Koenigsberg, President, Founder and CEO of Horizon Media. "This promotion recognizes Vinnie's focused and thoughtful strategic leadership across so many aspects of the business. Vinnie continues to help Horizon to grow, invent and transform as we continue to help our clients navigate the ever-changing media landscape. It has been a pleasure having him by my side for the past eight years and I look forward to our continued partnership with great excitement and enthusiasm."
O'Toole is tasked with overseeing Horizon Media's Finance, Information Technology, Business Affairs, Shared Services and Facilities departments, ensuring that Horizon's business infrastructure runs as efficiently and smoothly as possible. In his new position as Chief Operating Officer, O'Toole will now additionally oversee the agency's new data science practice, led by newly hired Chief Analytics Officer, Rick Watrall; the direct marketing operation, helmed by Executive Vice President and Managing Partner, Gene Turner; and the agency's INVENT@horizon initiative, spearheaded by Chief Invention Officer, Taylor Valentine.
With Vincent as Chief Financial Officer, Horizon has achieved double digit growth in each of the past eight years. O'Toole has also been instrumental in the formation of strategic partnerships and enhanced service offerings that include Horizon's acquisition of InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the creation of Bungalow Horizon, an integrated content production studio, and the formation of the agency's Eden Road Trading division for corporate trade and barter. He is a key member of Horizon's recently announced INVENT@horizon internal incubator program.
"I'm honored to be appointed Chief Operating Officer," said Vincent O'Toole, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Horizon Media. "The last eight years have been both personally and professionally rewarding. Bill has created an incredible culture of invention and I'm excited to help Bill as he continues to evolve his vision for the media agency of the future."
Before his time at Horizon Media, O'Toole was Senior Vice President and Controller at MTV Networks. He has also held senior-level positions at Simon & Schuster Publishing, Paramount Communications and Arthur Andersen.
About Horizon Media
Horizon Media, Inc. is the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency 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 $5.2 billion and over 1100 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 horizonmedia.com.
SOURCE Horizon Media