Marc USA taps Jerry Thompson to expand PR practice
Clint Dempsey Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Klinsmann shocked a large portion of U.S. fans ahead of their game with Panama when he announced that Dempsey isnt guaranteed of a spot in Brazil, but it is impossible to envision a U.S. team without the 30-year-old in the side. #USMNT captain Clint Dempsey isn’t guaranteed a spot on the 2014 World Cup team, coach Jurgen Klinsmann says. SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2013 The versatile attacking midfielder has made over 100 appearances for his country and scored 12 goals since the start of 2012. Dempsey, who impressed at Fulham before joining Tottenham at the start of the 2012 season, is the type of headline-grabbing performer that the U.S. need in Brazil. He scored in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and is one of the few players in the U.S. side with the ability to turn a game with a single moment of brilliance. Jermaine Jones Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Schalkes Jermaine Jones is one of just two U.S. playersalong with Anderlechts Sacha Kljestancompeting in the Champions League this year. The German-born American missed out on his countrys last two games after picking up a knee injury and, while it had been reportedper Sky Sports that Jones was set to undergo surgery, the 31-year-old refuted these claims on twitter: On my way to training soon!! Surgery ?? No… Schalke 04 is more important atm!!
Thompson is joining the ad agency in the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of public relations. Thompson most recently was at Ketchum Public Relations, where he led Ketchum Energy, the agency’s global energy industry consulting group. Thompson’s background in the energy and tech sectors was a factor in Marc USA’s decision to bring him on board. Marc USA CEO Michele Fabrizi said Thompson’s “deep experience” in these areas would help the ad agency expand in those categories. Thompson said his decision to move to Marc USA was based, at least in part, on the agency having “fully broken down the marketing discipline silos to provide clients with seamless solutions across all channels,” Added Thompson: “Clients want and need to take advantage of the full range of earned, owned, shared and paid media.” Over the course of his career, Thompson has counseled a range of clients, including FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Alcoa and Heinz. Thompson hold a B.S. in communication and journalism from Indiana State University. Marc USA has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Miami, and employs more than 200 people. The agency’s annual billings are in excess of $320 million. Related links:
His low cross was deflected back into Zusis path for the hometown hero to slip past goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr. Some four minutes later, a Jamaican clearance rolled right into the feet of the streaking substitute left back Edgar Castillo, who calmly picked out the wide-open Altidore in front of goal, who doubled the score. That was really all the good news for the Americans on the night though. Bereft of several regulars like wide player Fabian Johnson, central defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Eddie Johnson, not to mention orchestrators Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had hoped that the drop-off to their replacements would be small. Hed been hammering home the importance of depth and competition for positions for his two years and change in charge, after all. RED, WHITE AND BLUE USA supporters steal the show in win over Jamaica in Kansas City. But Mix Diskerud wasnt able to replicate Bradleys distribution, nor could he establish much of a partnership with Jermaine Jones in central midfield. Ahead of them, Johannsson didnt mesh with a mostly underwhelming Altidore either. With little traffic flowing through Landon Donovan or Bedoya on the wings, the attack lacked the necessary sting to push through an athletic Jamaican side and forge the requisite chances. They probably werent helped any by the flat 4-4-2 formation Klinsmann reintroduced after shelving it quite some time ago. And the high playmaker — typically Dempsey — in the customary 4-5-1 lineup was much missed. The backs hadnt the room to overlap with the wingers ahead of them staying wider, rather than coming underneath to support the lone striker. It was, simply put, a failure. After initially being pinned back by the Reggae Boyz, whose speed far exceeded their skill, the Americans found room to play higher upfield. But they had little use for that freedom.