USWeb/CKS names new chief operating officer

The Web consulting firm says it has named executive partner Bob Clarkson its new chief operating officer, replacing Tom Steiner, who will continue as president.

Web consulting firm USWeb/CKS today said it has named executive partner Bob Clarkson its new chief operating officer.

Clarkson replaces Tom Steiner, who was named chief operating officer just two months ago following USWeb's $308 million acquisition of Mitchell Madison Group, a consulting firm Steiner founded.

Effective immediately, USWeb said Steiner will continue as president, focusing on strategy and planning for the company, while Clarkson focuses on day-to-day operations.

In addition, Clarkson, previously executive partner for the Northwest region for USWeb, will be responsible for global operations with all nine regions worldwide reporting to him, the company said.

Five partners, formerly of Mitchell Madison Group, were also promoted today to run specific regions. Thomas Metz will be responsible for pan-European operations, the company said. John Pries will be in charge of the North region. In New York, USWeb said Vikas Kapoor will join Nancye Green, an executive partner of the company, to share responsibility for the region. Russ Nash will run the Southwest region. Merrill Burns will be responsible for USWeb's newly formed Latin America and Asian region, the company said.

The San Francisco-based firm, which competes against a growing number of Web consultancies such as Scient, Sapient and Viant, said it will soon announce a replacement for Clarkson as the executive responsible for the Northwest region.