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Givi Topchishvili
Founder & President, 9.8 Group
Givi Topchishvili is the Founder and President of the 9.8. Group, a holding comprised of companies with a recognized expertise in marketing, media, technology, healthcare, and research. The 9.8 Group is a consolidated management operation, serving as the parent company to marketing service agencies as well as an incubator and accelerator for technology, healthcare, eLearning and research ventures.
A media and marketing industry veteran with over 25 years of experience, Givi’s expertise spans from Russia’s first IPO with financial media company RosBusinessConsulting to his U.S.-based agencies – an acclaimed international market entry consulting firm, Global Advertising Strategies, and the leading cross-cultural healthcare marketing agency, Prime Access. Today, both companies have garnered the recognition of influencers and decision makers in the pharmaceutical, consumer, lifestyle, and travel & tourism sectors, and have been awarded prestigious awards for their work with such noted brands as Novartis, Merck, Lufthansa and DIRECTV, among others. In addition, the 9.8 Group includes product lines addressing the market demand in Revenue Cycle Management, Health Care Analytics, and eLearning.
Rooted in research, creativity and innovation, the 9.8 Group brings together the diverse worlds of science, technology, healthcare and culture.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
gt@global-ny.com
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Victoria Levinson
Executive Vice President, Operations
Having been with Global Advertising Strategies since its inception in 1999, Victoria has held numerous managerial positions. Working closely with the CEO she plays a key role in all aspects of operations and strategic business development, ensuring the company's steady growth and success. In her current role of EVP of Operations, Victoria develops and administers internal policies and procedures, directs Global's business relationships, and oversees all of the firm's financial and legal obligations. Prior to joining Global, Victoria worked as a consultant for international market-entry projects, employing her expertise across specific markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Her knowledge of five languages and her broad international experience have given Victoria in-depth understanding of worldwide markets and their demands.
Ms. Levinson graduated summa cum laude from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program at Hunter College in New York City, majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. Her post-graduate studies included coursework in marketing and business management at NYU's Stern School of Business.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
contact.victoria@global-ny.com
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Ken Solano
Director, Digital Media
Ken leads digital marketing and advertising strategy for the entire Global client roster. From social media to websites, search, email and mobile, Ken’s team helps clients connect consumers with their brands through online channels.
Prior to Global, Ken was a Brand Strategy Supervisor at Horizon Media, working on such accounts as the History Channel/A&E, Sobieski Vodka, Quiznos, Dorel, ACE, as well as the Barclay business in London through Horizon’s global externship program. Also at Horizon, Ken was a member of the organization’s Hispanic Council. Earlier in his career, he worked at The Vidal Partnership managing branding initiatives for such prominent accounts as The Home Depot and Nissan.
A graduate of St. Peter’s College with a degree in Marketing, Ken is an avid Knicks fan.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
KSolano@global-ny.com
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Leiann S. Kaytmaz
Human Resources Director
Leiann joined Global Advertising Strategies in 2007 as the Human Resources Manager and is responsible for the management of the department, including employee relations, recruitment, and benefits administration.
Prior to joining Global, Leiann worked for several years in executive search, placing sales and marketing professionals within the media industry. She spent four years as Director of Recruiting for a national media graphics company and then served as Director of Recruiting for Edison Schools Inc. Most recently, she worked with such notable companies as Zagat Survey, Corcoran Group Real Estate and Barnes and Noble Inc.
Leiann holds a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
contact.leiann@global-ny.com
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Olena Kushch
Account Director
As the Director of Client Services for Global's Healthcare Marketing Practice Group, Olena oversees the agency's key pharmaceutical accounts. She is responsible for strategic development and tactical implementation across several brands and cross-cultural markets in the U.S. A law school graduate, Olena's background has proven beneficial in her work with the heavily regulated pharmaceutical industry.
With Global for over 5 years, Olena has contributed her marketing expertise to campaigns for CMS Forex and Aerosvit Ukrainian Airlines. Prior to Global, she worked with such noted brands as Wyeth, Sega and Nintendo.
Olena holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science from Michigan State University, a Master of Intellectual Property Law degree from George Washington University, and a Law degree from Kiev National University. A globetrotter and an avid tango dancer, Olena finds time to study theater as well as master Spanish and Italian languages, to add on to her native Russian and Ukrainian.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
OKushch@global-ny.com
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Jesse Williamson
Director, Business Development
With Global Advertising Strategies since 2009, Jesse oversees corporate and business development for the agency. He is also responsible for identifying strategic cross-agency partnerships for Global to boost its product offerings and capabilities.
Prior to joining Global, Mr. Williamson was affiliated with Seidman & Co., Inc., a boutique investment bank specializing in small- and mid-cap companies as well as international and cross-border transactions. In his role as Vice President, Jesse was responsible for M&A and capital raise activities, with a focus on international projects. Jesse's earlier experience includes strategic, operational, and financial consulting engagements with organizations including the United Nations, Major League Baseball, Met Life and Scripps Networks.
A Deming Scholar, Jesse holds an MBA in Finance and Management Systems from Fordham University, and a BA in English from Rutgers University.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
contact.jesse@global-ny.com
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Alexandra Moncion
PR and Communications Director
Managing Global's Corporate Communications initiatives, Alex oversees the agency's position as the leader in the cross-cultural, digital, and international marketing space. From sharing Global's thought leadership at conferences and forums, to highlighting relevant best practices at industry awards and social media channels, Alex ensures that the agency's unique insight and culture remain at the forefront.
Prior to Global, Alex led PR analytics initiatives at BurrellesLuce, where her clients included Honda, Sony Electronics, Nintendo, and Universal Studios.Earlier in her career, she was a part of the consumer marketing team at the Minneapolis office of Fleishman Hillard, working on Hormel, General Mills, and Schwan's.
Alex holds a B.A. in Journalism and Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. A running enthusiast and an amateur nutritionist, those skills come in handy in communicating with the agency's healthcare clients as well as in raising an active toddler in New York.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
AMoncion@global-ny.com
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Lena Feygin
Director, Special Projects
Lena leads all Special Projects as well as Learning Management &Training Development efforts for Global. With over a decade of experience in training, e-learning, blended learning, and performance support solutions, Lena adds her deep expertise in healthcare IT and workflow improvement to the agency’s healthcare marketing practice and beyond.
Prior to joining Global, Lena’s primary focus was on ideation, planning, and execution of blended learning training programs and curricula development in the field of healthcare IT. Her experience includes vocational education and corporate training specific to healthcare industry regulations.
Lena holds an Executive MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and a B.A. in Psychology from Fordham University. When she’s not working or learning, Lena serves as a Board Member and a Chair of the Technology Committee for NYWA (New York Women’s Agenda) empowering women of New York.
New York
55 Broad Street
212.964.0030
lfeygin@global-ny.com