AP Appoints Vice Presidents


(AP) Kelly Smith Tunney, AP’s director of corporate communications, and Tom Brettingen, AP’s director of business development, have been named vice presidents.

The appointments were made at the AP board’s winter meeting in New York on Jan. 17.

AP President and CEO Louis D. Boccardi said: “Kelly and Tom have had distinguished AP careers and fully earned this recognition.”

Tunney, assistant to the president, was appointed director of corporate communications in 1999. She was named assistant to the president in 1995, overseeing Administrative Services, Corporate Communications, and Wide World Photos. She joined the AP in 1962 as a newswoman in Miami. She was later assigned to AP Newsfeatures in New York and transferred to Washington, D.C. She had news assignments in Europe, Asia, and Central America.

In 1967, Tunney was a war correspondent in Vietnam, the first woman AP sent into a war zone since World War II. She was appointed director of Media Relations in New York in 1981 and later that year was named assistant personnel manager. In 1983, she was named director of Corporate Communications, and in 1984 she became an assistant general manager. From 1989 to 1995, she was chief of bureau in Seoul, South Korea, before returning to New York.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Tunney grew up in Wichita, Kan., and holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

Brettingen was named director of Business Development in 1996. He is responsible for AP Information Services division, AP’s advertising services (AdSend and AdVantage), AP Telecommunications, the AP Photo Archive, and Wide World Photos, and other new business opportunities.

In 1994, Brettingen was appointed executive director of AP AdSEND, the cooperative’s ad delivery business, and in 1995 he became deputy director of Business Development. Before that, he served seven years as vice president of business information services for ARI Network Services Inc., a Milwaukee-based electronic commerce company.

Brettingen was general executive in AP’s Newspaper Membership department from 1982 until his departure in 1986. He served from 1977 to 1982 as chief of bureau in Miami.

Born in Isle, Minn., Brettingen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He joined the AP in 1970 as a newsman in Sioux Falls, S.D., and became Sioux Falls correspondent and Minneapolis news editor before transferring to New York as deputy sports editor in 1976.

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