COLUMBIA, Md.—Merkle (,      the nation’s largest and fastest growing customer relationship marketing     agency, has appointed Gregory J. Curran as vice president, group     creative director for Banking and Finance in its Advanced Communications     Group (ACG). In this newly created position, Curran will be responsible     for managing all aspects of ACG’s engagements with clients in the retail     banking sector, including conceiving and executing communications     strategies for customer engagement and business development.

Curran brings to Merkle more than 15 years of creative leadership     experience across a wide range of industries, including financial     services, publishing, hi-tech and business services. Prior to joining     Merkle, he was content director and marketing strategist at TDO     Communications, Inc., an Irvington, N.Y.-based marketing communications     agency specializing in blue-chip clients. Curran previously served as     vice president of marketing at North Greenwich Financial where he helped     lead the design and launch strategy for Splender, a web-based consumer     lender. His background also includes tenures at marquee agencies such as     Wunderman and Ogilvy & Mather.

“Greg is exceptionally well-qualified to lead the creative team within     our banking and finance group, an important vertical market for Merkle’s     continued growth and global expansion initiatives,” said Will Bordelon,      vice president and general manager, Banking and Finance Group.

Mark Weninger, Merkle’s chief creative officer, said, “Greg’s experience     in driving business growth for clients and his rare talents as a     creative leader will enable him to become an integral part of ACG as we     continue to expand our services and set the pace for a dynamic creative     contribution to customer relationship marketing. I’m delighted and proud     to welcome Greg onto the Merkle team.”

About Merkle

Merkle is the nation’s largest and fastest growing independent customer     relationship marketing agency. For more than 20 years, Fortune 1000     companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle     to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. By combining a     complete range of marketing, technical, analytical and creative     disciplines, Merkle works with clients to design, execute and evaluate Integrated     Customer Marketing™ programs. With more than 1,000 employees,      the privately held corporation is headquartered near Baltimore in     Columbia, Maryland with additional offices in Boston, Chicago, Denver,      Little Rock, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Hagerstown,      Md. and Shanghai. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle     or visit

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