Earle Palmer Brown in Greenwich has announced the following hires: Richard Leonard, vice president, from Ketchum Public Relations; Marc Schwartz, account executive, from Stanton Crenshaw Communications; Kristin Stanley, account executive, from Wells BDDP; Janella Baanante, assistant account executive, from Sixty Second Preview Movie; and Carrie Wilcox, account executive, from PaineWebber. Leonard will work on the Drake Beam Morin and Retail Target Marketing Systems accounts; Schwartz will assist Leonard on those accounts. Stanley is responsible for clients IBM and The GartnerGroup; Baanante will also work on IBM. Wilcox is responsible for clients Champion International, Northwestern Mutual Life, Publicitas and Dorian Drake International.
Cone Communications in Boston has tapped Nicole Poisson as account executive and Blair Berger as account coordinator. Poisson, formerly with Alan Taylor Communications, works on the Summit Technology and Swiss Army Brands accounts; Berger, most recently with the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, works on the iBaby, Mattel and Select Comfort accounts.
Mullen in Wenham has announced the following staff additions: Reed Richard, vice president, direct; Sarah Blum, account supervisor, direct; Dan Nearing, senior art director, direct; Ellen Hale, production manager, direct; Barbara Chandler, account supervisor, advertising; Hannah Swift, account executive, public relations; and Jean MacKinnon, assistant account executive, public relations.
Community Newspaper Co., Needham, has appointed Woody Helfand vice president of sales. Helfand was previously director of sales training at Knight Ridder.
Wakefield-based Eliassen Group has appointed Gregory Hamilton director of marketing.
Kirsten Whitten-Bunszel has been hired as public relations account executive at Devine & Pearson in Quincy. She was most recently an editor with Yankee Food Service, a division of Griffin Publishing Co.
Karen McCann has been named account executive at Gray Rambusch Advertising in Boston. McCann most recently was marketing coordinator with the Harvard Business School.
Talbots in Hingham has added three executives to its merchandising team: Cynthia Murray, Chris Cupples and Kate McKee. Murray is vice president, general merchandise manager for the women's sportswear business. She was most recently vice president, merchandise manager at Saks Fifth Avenue. Cupples, who was previously senior vice president, sales and marketing for the 1928 Jewelry Co., is vice president, general merchandise manager for shoes and accessories. McKee heads the newly formed in-house design division. She was most recently head designer for Liz Claiborne's Collection line.
Arnold Communications in Boston has promoted Bill DeWitt to vice president and Shergul Arshad to account supervisor. DeWitt works on the Fleet Financial Group account, and Arshad works on the Stop & Shop and Polaroid accounts.
Feinstein Kean Partners in Cambridge has promoted Christine Cramer to director and Jessica Smith to senior account director. Cramer, joined the agency last year as a manager from Edelman Healthcare. Smith has been on board since 1996.
Boston-based Parents' Plus has appointed Jodi Leary sales manager for the Rhode Island Parents' Paper. Leary also serves as an account executive for The Family Paper for Southern Maine.
International Data Group in Boston has appointed Alys Creighton director of corporate communications. She was most recently a vice president with Miller/Shandwick Technologies, where she worked with such clients as Compaq Computer Corp. and The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition.
Pamet River Partners in Boston has promoted Marian Dunshee to executive vice president, operations and outreach from executive vice president, business planning. She has worked with some of the firm's international accounts, such as MCI and Hachette-Filipacchi Media.
Jessica Callihan has been named assistant editor at Desktop Engineering magazine in Peterborough. Callihan most recently was a technical copywriter for the San Francisco Reservations Web site.