The World: New York - MediaCom USA appoints Checkeris as CEO

Doug Checkeris has been named the chief executive of MediaCom USA. Previously the chief executive of MediaCom Canada, he succeeds Dene Callas, who is moving to the new position of global director of creative.

"Doug has an impressive track record and knows the MediaCom network intimately," Alexander Schmidt-Vogel, the MediaCom worldwide chairman, said. "He brings passion and excitement to everything he does, and is a consummate media professional."

Under the leadership of Checkeris, MediaCom Canada grew by more than $70 million last year - the largest figure of any media agency in the country - with billings of $787 million. Checkeris began his career at MBS, the forerunner to MediaCom, in Canada 24 years ago as a media trainee.