Nordensson Lynn & Associates has hired Matthew Russell as the director of the Tucson agency’s public relations and public affairs division. He previously served as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
The Solis Group in Denver has tapped Gary Krauss as director of account services. Prior to joining the agency, Krauss worked at Young & Rubicam as an account supervisor before becoming an advertising and marketing consultant.
The Colorado Springs office of Praco Ltd. Public Relations and Advertising Co. has added Jennifer Levin as an account executive and Shilpa Bakre as account coordinator.
McClain Finlon Advertising in Denver has promoted Cameron Bridges to associate creative director.
Dan Abdalla has been named account coordinator at Thomas Puckett Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations in Las Vegas.
Envision Advertising & Marketing in Reno has tapped Nickie Price as senior art director. She previously worked as an independent graphic design consultant.
Cathy Leiden, director of client services/strategic planning at LVL Advertising in Palo Alto, has resigned to take a marketing position at Palm Computing, an LVL client.
Anderson & Lembke in San Francisco has tapped Jeremy Thomas as director of account planning. The shop also has hired Judyth Greenburgh as senior art director. Glen Sheehan has been selected as A&L’s new interactive associate creative director. Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West in San Francisco has hired Cheryl Friedman as account director. She previously was vice president/management supervisor at McCann-Erickson in San Francisco.
Highway One in San Francisco has promoted Jennifer Fox to management supervisor. She will be responsible for Blue Cross of California and Data Broadcasting Corp.
Newport Beach-based Hilary Kaye Associates has named Mike Kilroy an account executive.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau has tapped Kerri Verbeke Kapich as director of advertising and special projects. The bureau also has hired Joe Timko as national public relations manager.
McCann-Erickson’s Los Angeles office has promoted Beth Distel from vice president, associate media director, to vice president, group media director. Distel will continue to hold primary media responsibilities for all Nestle brands handled by the agency’s Los Angeles office and for Six Flags Magic Mountain. Michael Fiedling has been named vice president. Kristin Anderson has been promoted to corporate communications and new business manager.
Randi Marcus has been advanced to new media analyst.
Colby Monet Arrington has been promoted to account executive in San Diego-based Capener, Matthews & Walcher’s advertising division. Arrington previously worked as an assistant account executive at the agency. The shop has also hired Barbara Britain as a media coordinator.
Oxford & Drozda Advertising in San Diego has tapped Aileen McManamon as director of new business development.
Colby Effler & Partners in Santa Monica has recently added several new employees to its staff: senior vice president, media director Mary Flatlie; vice president, management supervisor Joan Goldfeder; and vice president, director of print production Jean Ro.
The agency’s creative department has hired senior art director Karen Costello, senior copywriter David Locascio, art director Richard Bronshvag and broadcast traffic manager/business affairs coordinator Hillary Fielding.
DDB Needham Los Angeles has made the following new hires: Jill Baldauf, management supervisor in the general advertising division; Ken Bracken, creative director of promotions; Mark Monteiro, interim creative director; and Russel Wohlwerth, director of new technologies.
Seattle advertising agency CF2GS has promoted Dave Sharp to senior vice president/director of account management and Mary Knight to vice president/executive creative director.