Bill Brand joined Lifetime Television in New York as senior vice president of reality programming. He previously worked as vice president of programming and production at VH1.
American International Group hired Steven Rautenberg as vice president, communications. He succeeds John Wooster Jr., who will remain at the New York-based company as special adviser. Rautenberg formerly served as vice president and general manager, corporate communications at Canon U.S.A.
Leslie Tannenbaum rose to chief financial officer of Display Technologies. She succeeds Joe Herrmann, who was recently promoted to executive vice president, general manager. Tannenbaum previously worked as the College Point-based merchandising supplier’s controller.
The Halo Group in Hauppauge hired Peter Kornberg as associate creative director. He was previously an art director at McCann-Erickson in Prague, Czech Republic, where he worked on accounts such as Motorola, Nestlé, Coke, Unilever and General Motors.
Charlex promoted Chris Byrnes to president from senior editor and graphics director, as part of the New York-based digital-design, effects and production company’s restructuring. The company also named nine vice presidents: John Zawisha, senior editor; Greg Oyen, senior flame artist and technical director; Marc Goldfine, senior flame artist; Steve Chiarello, senior producer; Harry Skopas, director of engineering; Amy Kindred, executive producer; Tom Ferguson, business manager; Donna German, financial controller; and David Lang ley, corporate affairs.
Aveda appointed Mark O’Berski to the newly created position of vice president, consumer marketing. Prior to joining the New York- and Minneapolis-based com pany, O’Berski was general manager of Le Club des Créateurs de Beauté, an international direct marketer of French beauty products.
Spontaneous Combustion, a digital studio that specializes in design, visual effects and animation for the advertising, broadcast and film industries, named Julie Watkins senior visual effects designer. Watkins joined the New York studio from R!ot Manhattan, formerly known as Manhattan Transfer, where she was senior Inferno artist, working on campaigns and spots for companies that included Volkswagen, AT&T, Cingular Wireless, HBO and MTV.
Alice Kolator was appointed vice president, director of public relations for Pedone & Partners in New York. She replaces Fern Flamberg, who left the company to work abroad. Kolator previously worked at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, where she was a senior account supervisor in the consumer-healthcare division.
The MRA Group in Syracuse promoted Rich Randazzo to vice president of production services. He was formerly the director of production at MRA.
Silhouette Optical in Northvale, the U.S. unit of Linz, Austria-based luxury-eyewear manufacturer Silhouette Inter national, appointed Gloria Maccaroni vice president of retail marketing. She had been vice president of marketing for Seiko Corp. of America.
Paul Silverman was hired as director of media management at Pharmacia Corp. in Peapack. He previously was director of media/global advertising services at Campbell Soup Co. in Camden.
Daria Friedman arrived at InsightFarm, a Burrelle’s/VMS company, as research manager. Prior to joining the Livingston-based company, she was director of business development at ARC Research Corp. in Cranford.
Chris McDonough joined Turchette Advertising, based in Fairfield, as co- creative director/senior art director. He previously was creative director at Mar ketSource Corp. in Cranbury.
Lisa Gittleman was hired as account executive of the online marketing staff at SPI Group in Upper Montclair. She formerly worked as account executive at Winning Strategies Public Relations’ Newark office.
Kevin Tromp joined MARC USA/Pittsburgh as senior vice president/director of account management. His duties include overseeing the agency’s account management and serving on its executive committee. He had been senior vice president, chief marketing officer at the Masters Institute of Technology in Sacramento, Calif.
Pittsburgh-based Gray Baumgarten Layport hired two new staffers. Ted Walzl was named an art director; he formerly served as an art director for The Pittsburgh Technology Council and Think. Reiko Becker joined GBL’s creative team as a designer for a variety of print media. Previously, Becker was a graphic designer with Droz and Associates in Pittsburgh.
Lorna Weir was promoted to account group supervisor from account supervisor at Dudnyk Healthcare Group in Horsham. She formerly served as marketing manager for Deckers Outdoor Corp. in Goleta, Calif.
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